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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…

There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch - Just Ask the Department of Labor

Posted on April 12, 2013, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

A few days ago I was reading the Wall Street Journal and came across an interesting article about whether daily, fringe-benefit meals are taxable - a watered-down version of the article may be accessed here. Apparently (and probably not too surprising to…

No Backup Plan Needed, Exchanges Will be Ready by October 1 Says HHS Secretary

Posted on April 15, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Last week I had the pleasure of talking Affordable Choice Act with human resource and benefits professionals in Madison and Wausau. From some of the questions I was fielding it was clear that there were some out there who doubted whether the federally fa…

Being At Work Is An Essential Job Function

Posted on April 19, 2013, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

One of my colleagues recently wrote about an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that determined whether an employee is disabled. That determination was based on the employee's ability to perform the essential functions of the job. Rather than conside…

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Important Self-Insured ERISA Plan Reimbursement Case

Plan administrators and sponsors of self-insured group health plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA") should be aware of a case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on April 16, 2013, US Airways, Inc. v. McCutcheon. The fact…

Tasty Tax Morsel - The IRS Wants A Bite!

Posted on April 23, 2013, Authored by Amy E. Ebeling
Amy E. Ebeling
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Tax Deductions

A colleague posted the other day about including the value of employer provided meals when calculating overtime compensation. Employers often provide delicious edibles to promote healthy eating, improve morale, and foster collaboration over lunch. Emp…

Subrogation Under ERISA

Posted on April 25, 2013, Authored by Russell W. Wilson
Russell W. Wilson
Of Counsel
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Mary Ellen Schill and I were talking about the e-alert that we posted April 19 on the right of reimbursement for self-insured group health plans under ERISA in light of the US Airways v. McCutcheon case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on April 16. A co…

Attorney Jane Lokken Receives "Woman of Achievement" Award From The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

Posted on April 25, 2013, Authored by ,

Ruder Ware is pleased to congratulate Jane Lokken on receiving the Woman of Achievement Award from the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. This award celebrates the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of their community, honoring …

Attorney John Fisher, II Presents at National Health Care Compliance Institute in Washington, D.C.

Posted on April 29, 2013, Authored by ,

Ruder Ware health care and compliance attorney John Fisher, II was a featured speaker at the Health Care Compliance Association's 2013 Compliance Institute. The Institute was attended by nearly 3,000 compliance officers, attorneys, and vendors from acros…

Employers Must Saddle Up: Organized Labor Has a New Trojan Horse

Posted on April 30, 2013, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

This past month, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) caught the employer community off guard with an unexpected, union-friendly pronouncement, one that provides labor unions free reign to infiltrate non-union workplaces. O…