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Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
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Federal Judge Refuses to Block New OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule from Taking Effect Tomorrow

Posted on November 30, 2016, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

A federal judge has refused to issue a preliminary injunction to block OSHA’s new anti-retaliation and discrimination rule from taking effect as scheduled.  This means that tomorrow, December 1, the rule prohibiting employers from retaliating or discrimi…

OSHA’s New Guidelines for Employer Anti-Retaliation Policies

Posted on January 18, 2017, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Most employers and employees know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency charged with overseeing safety and health in U.S. workplaces.  Many are surprised, however, to learn OSHA is also responsible for enforc…

OSHA Extends Deadline for Electronically Submitting Worker Injury and Illness Records

Posted on May 18, 2017, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on May 17, 2017 that the deadline for employers with 250 and more employees to electronically submit information from their 2016 Form 300A to OSHA is being extended.  Under the electronic…

Forfeitures for Ordinance Violations - When Are They Excessive?

Posted on June 2, 2017, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

An age-old problem faced by municipal officials is what to do about residents and landowners who fail to take care of their properties and allow junk, debris, and other unsightly items to accumulate.  This often leads to citizen complaints and even healt…

Free Parking, Yes, But No Stark Law Claim

Posted on June 21, 2017, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Health Care

A federal court recently dealt a victory to a health care provider over whistleblower allegations that free parking and valet service at a medical office building violated the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute.  In Bingham v. BayCare Health Syst…

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules on Appleton School District Open Meetings Law

Posted on June 29, 2017, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

In a unanimous and much-anticipated decision released today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a committee of school personnel formed to review materials for a high school course under a procedure set forth in school board rules is a “governmental b…

Federal Court Reverses NLRB “Positive Work Environment” Handbook Decision

Posted on August 1, 2017, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) created controversy a couple of years ago when it ruled that handbook policies maintained by T-Mobile USA requiring employees to maintain a positive work environment were illegal because they could be seen as hav…

Inspector General Audit Could Impact Skilled Nursing Facilities

Posted on September 12, 2017, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Health Care

Skilled nursing facilities (SNF) may see even more scrutiny from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) because of a recent audit conducted by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The audit lo…

Deadline for Reporting Animal Waste Air Emissions Postponed

Posted on November 22, 2017, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Ag-Visor

Last week, Attorney Russell Wilson of Ruder Ware issued a legal update about EPA’s deadline of November 15, 2017 for reporting excessive air emissions of hazardous substances from animal waste at farm operations.  In that article Russ also reported on th…

OSHA Extends 300A Electronic Reporting Deadline to December 15

Posted on November 27, 2017, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

The Occupational and Safety Administration (OSHA) has announced the December 1, 2017 deadline for certain employers to electronically submit 300A injury and illness reports for 2016 has been extended by two weeks, to December 15, 2017. This deadline e…

Federal Government Will Seek Dismissal of False Claims Act Cases That Lack Merit

Posted on November 28, 2017, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Health Care

A top official in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a major change in the federal government’s position on claims brought under the False Claims Act (FCA).  Michael Granston, the director of DOJ’s Civil Frauds Section, the section t…

The NLRB Announces a Major Reversal on Employee Policies and Handbooks

Posted on December 21, 2017, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

We have reported in blog articles and seminars in recent years on decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that invalidated employee policies and handbook provisions which sought, among other things, to promote workplace civility and reason…

Wisconsin Employers: Have You Had Your Non-Compete Agreements Reviewed Recently? Recent Court Case Invalidates Non-Solicitation Under WI law!

Posted on January 30, 2018, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

What WI employers need to know:  Wisconsin employers must immediately revise their non-compete agreements so as to comply with this recent decision.  Contact Bob Reinertson, Mary Ellen Schill or Sara Ackermann of the Ruder Ware team to assist you!! Th…

Changes in Federal Enforcement Cases and the Stark Law May Benefit Health Care Providers

Posted on March 16, 2018, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Health Care

Some recent changes in federal law and in federal agency interpretation of federal law may both clarify and relieve some regulatory obligations of health care providers. Lessening Dependence on Federal Agency Interpretations of Federal Law In late …

Do You Really Need To Care About OSHA?

Posted on March 29, 2018, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Ag-Visor

There seems to be a fair amount of confusion among farmers as to what role the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plays in regulating farming operations.  Among questions we get are “Do I as a farmer need to care about OSHA?” and “Does …

DOJ Focuses Antitrust Enforcement on Health Care Industry

Posted on June 5, 2018, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Health Care

As health care attorneys we are often called upon to consider the antitrust implications in a variety of contracts and transactions.  For example, the establishment of clinically integrated health care networks requires consideration of potential price f…

Yes, Employees Can Be Required to Behave Civilly and Reasonably

Posted on June 22, 2018, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is continuing to expand on its newfound flexibility toward employee handbook rules.  The NLRB’s General Counsel, Peter Robb, recently issued a memo defining in greater detail which types of handbook rules are acc…