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What's the Frequency Kenneth: How Often May Employers Solicit Updates from Employees on FMLA Leave?

Posted on June 3, 2013, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

Recently, while paging through a set of "boilerplate," employer FMLA notification forms, I noticed a field/blank for employers to insert how frequently an employee seeking FMLA leave is to provide updates concerning return-to-work status. Believe it or n…

Disabled Employee Must be Considered for Vacant Position

Posted on June 5, 2013, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Recent action by the United States Supreme Court has clarified the duty of accommodation that an employer must make under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The action of the U.S. Supreme Court was to deny review of a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decis…

Is Coffee My Friend or My Foe?

Posted on June 11, 2013, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

As a labor negotiator, I rely upon coffee to help me through the long days and long evenings that often occur when negotiating a new labor agreement. I have come to hold coffee in highest esteem as my best friend. I recently read that coffee may deter th…

Sorting Out the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace - Forum Provides Answers (and More Questions!)

Posted on June 17, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

On Thursday evening June 13, I had the pleasure of participating in a public forum sponsored by the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service entitled, "Preparing for the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace: A View from Wisconsin." As one of thr…

Walk-Off Home Run Beats Employer in the Bottom of the Ninth

Posted on June 20, 2013, Authored by Kevin J.T. Terry
Kevin J.T. Terry
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

All sports fans know that in baseball, it is a critical advantage to be the home team. This is because the home team bats last in the ninth inning and has the last crack at hitting the game winning home run. A recent case in New York (Allen v. Chanel, In…

Attorney Stewart L. Etten Elected President of Ruder Ware

Posted on June 25, 2013, Authored by ,

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the election of Stewart Etten as its president. Etten becomes the fifth president in the firm's 93-year history succeeding Mark Bradley who will continue to serve on the firm's Board of Directors and practice law. Ett…

Supreme Court Hands Employers Victory: Court Adopts Narrow Definition of "Supervisor" in Sex Harassment Cases

Posted on June 25, 2013, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its long-awaited opinion in the Vance v. Ball State case (find a copy of the opinion here). The Court established the proper definition of "supervisor" under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 19…

How the DOMA Decision Affects Employee Benefit Plan Sponsors

Posted on June 26, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

This morning, in a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. On equal protection grounds, the Court held that if a state has recognized same sex ma…

Is the NLRB Alive? Supreme Court Will Decide

Posted on June 27, 2013, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

On Monday, the United State Supreme Court granted certiorari (meaning they have agreed to hear a case) on whether the appointments by President Obama in January 2012 to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are valid appointments or improper applicat…