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Act 10 Seventh Circuit Update

Posted on January 25, 2013, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Local Governments and School Districts

Accurate Job Descriptions Key in ADA Case

Posted on April 7, 2013, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

The Eighth Circuit recently decided a case that stands for the notion that an employer's description of the essential functions of an employee's job, and not the employee's specific personal experience in the job, is critical in determining whether or no…

Walk-Off Home Run Beats Employer in the Bottom of the Ninth

Posted on June 20, 2013, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

All sports fans know that in baseball, it is a critical advantage to be the home team. This is because the home team bats last in the ninth inning and has the last crack at hitting the game winning home run. A recent case in New York (Allen v. Chanel, In…

Federal Court Decision Supports Strict Call-In Procedures

Posted on August 15, 2013, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

Many employers maintain no-fault attendance policies requiring advanced notice of absences and a voluntary quit provision when an employee fails to report to work for two days without providing notice. These policies assist companies in meeting client de…

Is a Policy of 12 Months and You're Out, Out?

Posted on February 28, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

The United Parcel Service, Inc.'s (UPS) motion to dismiss a claim filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) challenging the company's leave policy was denied last week by the U.S. District Court in Illinois. EEOC v. United Parcel Servic…

Allergy Relief

Posted on May 9, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Local Governments and School Districts

Cruel Intentions

Posted on May 13, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Local Governments and School Districts

Conflicted?

Posted on June 16, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Local Governments and School Districts

Obesity as a Disability Under the ADA

Posted on July 8, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

Recent court actions continue to support a claim that obesity is a covered disability. America's Car-Mart (Car-Mart) reached a mutual agreement to settle a claim brought by a former employee alleging that Car-Mart discharged him from his General Manager …

Protecting Your Workplace May Be Getting Easier

Posted on August 27, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

On numerous occasions, we have received a phone call from a client that goes something like this: "An employee has reported to human resources that their (family member/friend/acquaintance) has been engaging in harassing behavior that the employee is con…

DOJ Provides Guidance to School Districts

Posted on November 18, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Local Governments and School Districts

When it Comes to Criminal Background Checks, Honesty is the Best Policy (For Employers Too!)

Posted on October 28, 2015, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

Last week I was asked to present, along with a panel of attorneys, to a group of law students. For a group of students facing a tough job market, the most common theme of the discussion related to the hiring process and how these students could maximize …

Legal Updates on Bills Affecting Employers, Schools, and Local Governments

Posted on November 17, 2015, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

As a service to our clients, contributors to the Blue Ink will be drafting legal updates regarding the recent bills signed by Governor Walker. Many of the bills directly affect both public sector and private sector employers. The first update in this ser…

New Proposed EEOC Guidelines on Retaliation

Posted on January 29, 2016, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

On January 21, 2016, the EEOC issued its Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues which is to be used as a reference for staff investigators on charges alleging retaliation and other related issues.  The stated purpose of the guida…

EEOC Releases Proposed Guidelines on Retaliation

Posted on January 29, 2016, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Local Governments and School Districts

E-mail Communication to Board Members Creates Meeting?

Posted on May 19, 2016, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Local Governments and School Districts