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Indefinite Leave As Reasonable Accommodation?

Posted on December 4, 2013, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Deciding what to do when an employee says she cannot return to work because of a medical condition, even after exhausting all FMLA leave, is one of the most difficult questions faced by an employer, especially in Wisconsin. I have written before about th…

2014 Standard Mileage Rates

Posted on December 6, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
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The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2014. Effective January 1, 2014, the optional standard mileage rate…

Your Mileage May Vary - IRS Issues 2014 Mileage Rates

Posted on December 6, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

This afternoon the IRS issued the standard mileage rates for determining the deductible cost for operating automobiles for various purposes (business, medical, charitable) for 2014. Specifics can be found here. Clearly the IRS has noticed the decline in …

I Swear It Can Be Harassment: Workplace Profanity

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

A recent federal court lawsuit out of the State of Oregon serves as a great reminder that workplace profanity can be used as evidence to support a so-called "hostile work environment" harassment claim under certain circumstances. The case is Griffin v. C…

Unemployment Compensation Law Changes - Happy New Year?

Posted on December 9, 2013, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Wisconsin employers will receive some relief from the employee-focused unemployment compensation law in Wisconsin after January 1. The Wisconsin Legislature has passed a new law which makes a number of changes to the unemployment compensation law affecti…

Focus Team: Health Care

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Focus Team: School Districts

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The Wisconsin Trust Code: Contemporary Trust Laws to Deal With Contemporary Trust Issues

Posted on December 16, 2013, Authored by ,

Wisconsin has never been considered a leading jurisdiction for the creation and administration of trusts. Thanks to years of volunteer work by some dedicated Wisconsin attorneys, that perception will change significantly on July 1, 2014, when the new Wi…

Are Quickie Elections Coming in 2014?

Posted on December 16, 2013, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

A recent action by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has signaled that a new rule on "quickie" elections will be up for debate (and likely passage) in 2014. Several days ago, the NLRB voluntarily dismissed the appeal of a federal District Court d…

Arbitrate Your Employment Disputes?

Posted on December 17, 2013, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

A recent decision from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a ruling from the NLRB and held that an agreement between an employer and employee that provided for arbitration of any disputes (including class-action claims) was valid and did not viol…

NLRB's New Top Attorney Threatens to Overturn Employer-Friendly E-Mail Decision

Posted on December 18, 2013, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

Last week, the NLRB's (Board) newly-confirmed top lawyer, Richard Griffin, publicly commented that if given an opportunity (in other words, if the right case came along), he would attempt to overturn the employer-friendly, Bush-Era Board decision upholdi…

Happy New Year (?)

Posted on December 31, 2013, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

This is the time of year that we say "thank you" and "best wishes" to all. On behalf of Ruder Ware, I want to thank all of our clients for the confidence they have shown in our representation. I also want to thank all of the human resource professionals …