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Sara J. Ackermann
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Drafting Enforceable Agreements Presentation

I recently presented "Restrictive Covenants in Employment: Drafting Enforceable Agreements" at the State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® 2012 Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute. A video of the presentation can be seen here on the State Bar of Wisc…

"I always feel like somebody's watching me."

Recently a client's Human Resources Manager complained to me that there was "nothing" the company could do to prevent an employee from "faking a migraine" when she felt like taking off in the middle of the day. This particular employee was certified for …

Is it Only a Matter of Time Before LGBT Individuals Have Federal Employment Protection??

Remember Jack Tripper? Pretending to be gay to stay in the coveted apartment with Chrissy and Janet? Oh, the ruse Jack played for years with multiple landlords who never quite caught on to Jack's true identity. In the employment setting, the opposite …

The Ultimate Bait and Switch? Female Job Applicant Who Claims She Was Forced to Perform Sexual Favors as Part of Application Process has no Title VII Claim Because the Job she was Applying for Did Not Exist.

The story begins when Phil Vanaria, an employee of Cook County's Oak Forest Hospital learns from a friend that Krystal Wilson, an out-of-work massage therapist, was offering to perform massages at her home studio. Vanaria contacted Wilson regarding her s…

NFL on the Defensive: What Your Organization Can Learn From the Rice Incident

If you are one of the 150 million Americans that tunes in to weekly NFL games, you know that the NFL is now under fire for how it handled the original investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence allegations. Regardless of whether you follow footbal…

If You Are A Federal Contractor/Sub-Contractor Your Workers Got a Boost In Pay: $10.10 New Minimum Wage for Workers on Federal Contracts

On February 12, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13658, "Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors," to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for all workers on Federal construction and service contracts. The President took this executive action…

Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones But Words Will Never Hurt Me….Unless I Work in California!

A California law that recently took effect requires company supervisors to undergo anti-bullying training. Mandated training is nothing new for California employers. Since 2005, California has required employers with 50 or more employees to conduct sexua…

“In Sickness and in Health…”: DOL Issues Final Rule Granting FMLA Rights to Married Same-Sex Couples

In a win for same-sex married couples, the DOL has revised the FMLA so that employees in legal same-sex marriages can take FMLA leave to care for their spouse or family member, regardless of where they live. The regulation is effective March 27, 2015. Fo…

The DOL Has Had a Busy Summer!

The DOL has had a busy summer!  From proposed overtime rules to independent misclassification warnings, the prudent employer should take notice.  For more information, see my two recent legal updates: Hey Employers! The DOL is Watching - Are Your Workers…

Today the DOL Announced its Long-awaited Final Rule!

Today the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its long-awaited rule expanding overtime protection for employees.  Attorney Sara Ackermann wrote a short legal update detailing the highlights.  In addition, the update contains a link to the DOL’s resource …

Breaking News: Judge Says He Will Issue Ruling on November 22 Regarding DOL Proposed OT Rule!

As we reported recently, (see DOL Overtime Rule Update: Breaking News!!!!!) 21 States and multiple business groups have filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas seeking a delay in the implementation of the proposed OT rule set for December 1.   Yester…

Breaking News: Texas Judge Delays Overtime Rule!

Late today, a Texas federal district court judge issued a ruling that DELAYS the Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rule that was set to go into effect on December 1.  This means that a hearing will be scheduled to determine whether or not the DOL e…

Check Your Handbooks!!! UPS Settles Maximum Leave Policy Violations for $2 million.

The EEOC filed suit against UPS on behalf of approximately 90 current and former employees for multiple violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The agency charged UPS with failing to properly accommodate employees with disabilities.  Mo…

Judge Strikes Down DOL’s Proposed Overtime Rule!

Finally, it appears we have closure on this saga that started over a year ago!  On August 31st, the same Texas federal district court judge who granted a preliminary injunction last November delaying the effective date of the Department of Labor’s new ov…