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Searching for Articles published in December 2012.
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Time to Rethink Use of Credit Reports

Posted on December 29, 2012, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

I read that Vermont was the 8th state to regulate the use of credit reports or credit-related information for doing background checks. It may be time to rethink the use of credit-related information for conducting background checks or making other employment decisions. Eight states have now passed legislation that regulates the use of credit-related information for employment purposes. Wisconsin has been a leader in establishing protected categories, such as arrest and conviction record or use of lawful products during non-work hours. Employers have to be very careful what they do when conducting a background check to make sure they do not acquire information that can be used against them when challenging an employment decision, particularly in the area of deciding which employee to hire. It may be best to limit the use of credit-related information, because it is hard to show that credit-related information is directly related to the hiring decision. This is like the use of social media as a background check vehicle; you may acquire more information than is necessary and may place you in a difficult position to avoid the use of information you have learned during an aggressive background check. Employers should be cautious about the use of this credit-related information when making employment-related decisions.

Welcome to our Employment Blog

Posted on December 21, 2012, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

Ruder Ware's Employment, Benefits, and Labor Relations Practice Group launched our blog for several reasons. First, the blog is designed to be a platform to promote the dynamic and apropos delivery of value added information between our attorneys and clients. Second, our attorneys are dedicated to being more than just trusted legal advisors to our clients, we pride ourselves on being considered true business allies. As such, our hope is that the blog will further humanize our unique and time-tested legal practice, through sharing of our distinctive perspective, with slapstick and flare. Finally, we created the blog to anchor a cyber presence that parallels our recognized place within the Wisconsin legal communitywe think the blog demonstrates that our law firm is committed to meeting and exceeding the service demands of a constantly evolving community of legal-service consumers in the Badger state and beyond. Again, we hope you enjoy The Blue Ink blog. Please take your time and stay awhile. We hope you agree that The Blue Ink is a perfect marriage of Ruder Wares rich history and our firms innovative thought-leadership. We hope you find it timely, useful and entertaining. Most of all, we hope the blog further cements our reputations as approachable, real people who just happen to love the law (we know, weird isn't it?) and love helping you better understand it. Thank you for visiting The Blue Ink and come back soon.

Employment Blog Intro

Posted on December 22, 2012, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

The world of employment and benefits law changes on a daily basis. New decisions come out defining the responsibilities of an employer or limit the ability of an employer to make business decisions. Lawyers at Ruder Ware are conscious of these daily changes and will use this blogspot to keep you updated about developments in the area of employment law and benefits law. Whether it is a recent court case or a recent development from federal or state agencies, we will use these blogs to communicate changes that may impact your everyday human resources activities. For example, a recent federal district court held that statements by a supervisor that a particular employee was mentally unstable could be used to determine that the company perceived a particular employee to be disabled and thereby protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. We look forward to providing you with timely and relevant information to update you on employment benefits law activities.

NLRB Tells You What You Can Put in Your Policies

Posted on December 26, 2012, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, Filed under Employment

Two recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board again shows the intrusion of the Board into the business of running a company. In these decisions, the NLRB (by a 2-1 vote) held that an employer violated federal labor law by: Establishing a company policy that prohibited employees from disclosing confidential personnel information and documents to persons outside the organization; By establishing rules in an employee handbook that included a rule prohibiting employees from electronically posting statements that damage the company reputation or damage any individuals reputation. In both cases, the NLRB said that the policies adopted by the company violated federal law because it restricted the right of employees to address issues of wages, hours and conditions of employment that is protected under Section 7 of the NLRA, even in a non-union setting. The dissenting board member wrote that there was nothing in these policies that referenced union activity and it was not reasonable for the company to believe that employees construed the rule or policy to prohibit protected activity regarding union rights and individual rights. This is a continuation of an effort by the NLRB to place restrictions on what companies can do to control the activities of employees. This represents a very liberal interpretation of the Section 7 rights of an employee in instances when the company does not even refer to union organizing efforts or union activity in its rule or policy. Employers must be aware of this significant enforcement effort by the NLRB and be careful how they word their policies in an employee handbook.

Welcome to our Community Blog

Posted on December 30, 2012, Authored by , Filed under Community

Welcome to Ruder Ware's The Blue Ink blog, we hope you enjoy it. Ruder Ware's involvement in the community stretches back to the days when George Ruder and his family donated a Grand Piano to the Grand Theater in hopes of drawing entertainers from all over the world to play right here in Wausau, WI. We'll be sharing our attorneys experiences out in the community as they continue to lend a helping hand, sit on a board, or just keep things moving in our region. Again, we hope you enjoy The Blue Ink blog. Please take your time and stay awhile. We hope you agree that The Blue Ink is a perfect marriage of Ruder Ware's rich history and our firm's innovative thought-leadership. We hope you find it timely, useful, and entertaining. Most of all, we hope the blog further cements our reputations as approachable, real people who just happen to love the law (I know, weird isn't it?) and love helping you better understand it. Thank you for visiting The Blue Ink and come back soon.