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Transition of Patent Procedure to First-to-File Coming Soon

Posted on March 1, 2013, Authored by Derek L. Prestin
Derek L. Prestin
Attorney
Eau Claire Office
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The Leahy-Smith American Invents Act (AIA) will be making a significant change to the process of obtaining a patent in the United States on March 16, 2013, when the United States patent system transitions from the long-standing first-to-invent system to a…

Who Is Really Running Your Business?

Posted on March 1, 2013, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

Recent events at the state and federal level have again put in question who is really running businesses today. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) through various opinions and rulings, has said that any business, even if not unionized, may not tak…

The Scope of Prior Art in Patent Cases to Expand

Posted on March 4, 2013, Authored by Derek L. Prestin
Derek L. Prestin
Attorney
Eau Claire Office
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The Leahy-Smith American Invents Act (AIA) will be expanding the scope of prior art that may be considered by the Patent Office as part of the examination of a patent application on March 16, 2013. This change will result in significant changes to the con…

IRS Invites More Employers to Settle; Promises Process Will Not Open Pandora's Box

Posted on March 6, 2013, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

On February 27, 2013, the IRS announced expanded eligibility for its Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP). As many employers recognize, the Obama administration has made misclassification of employees (misclassified as independent contracto…

Small Businesses can SHOP for Health Coverage Starting in 2014

Posted on March 11, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

When I take my Affordable Care Act show on the road, usually my audience consists of human resources and benefits professionals who are looking for information they can take back to their workplace and the business owners. Last week I had the opportunity…

Attention Employers! New I-9 Form Required by May 7, 2013

On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services division of the Department of Homeland Security released a new I-9 Form. Here is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the new form: When do we need to start using the new form? The …

Stay of Act 10 Decision Denied by Court of Appeals

Posted on March 13, 2013, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys,

How Much Should You Get Paid for Getting Dressed in the Morning?

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

The United States Supreme Court will be considering whether the time that an employee spends putting on and taking off work clothes is a compensable act which would require payment for time spent in that activity. A case involving employees of U.S. Steel…

DOL Plans to Take Final Action on Revised Persuader Rules: Employer Community Remains Unconvinced

Posted on March 22, 2013, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

According to the federal Department of Labor (DOL), it plans to publish a final rule in April 2013 revising its so-called "persuader rules" under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. The "persuader rules" have long obligated employers to di…

Twelve Ruder Ware Attorneys Receive U.S. News & World Report's Best Lawyers Designation

Posted on March 25, 2013, Authored by ,

March 2013 - Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the following attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America(R) 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken SC): David G. Anderson: Real Estate Law …

Deaf Candidates are Entitled to Interpreter During Interview?

Posted on March 26, 2013, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission has filed a federal lawsuit against Toys "R"' Us alleging that the Company violated the Americans With Disabilities Act when it did not provide a sign language interpreter to a deaf applicant at a job interview…