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2014 Inflation Adjustments - You May Gift $14,000 Tax-Free (Grandma, are you reading this?)

Posted on January 2, 2014, Authored by Amy E. Ebeling
Amy E. Ebeling
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Tax Deductions

The Internal Revenue Service announced in October 2013 the annual inflation adjustments for a variety of tax provisions including tax rates, standard deductions, limitations for itemized deductions, and exclusion amounts. Fortunately for children and gra…

Electronic Health Records Donation - Final Rules Issued by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Office of Inspector General

Just before the current rule was due to expire, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 27, 2013 released final regulations on donation of electronic health record software. The existing rule, which was set to expire on December 31,…

Traveling to Work - New Employer Liability

Posted on January 6, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Employers understand they may be liable for employee injuries that arise while an employee is reporting to work, such as an automobile accident on the way to work or an injury when walking into the company premises from the parking lot. These potential a…

Annual CWSHRM Human Resources & Labor Law Conference - 2014

Posted on January 8, 2014, Authored by ,

Holiday Inn South, 4751 Owen Ayres Court Eau Claire, WI Please contact Angela Mothes at: amothes@ruderware.com, or (715) 834.3425 Impact of U.S. v. Windsor and IRS Recognition of Same Sex Marriages on Wisconsin Employers Attorney Amy Ebe…

Asking Questions of a Disabled Applicant

Posted on January 8, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

One of the most challenging situations faced by an employer is deciding whether or not to question an applicant about their condition when it is obvious the applicant suffers from some type of disabling condition (i.e. applicant arrives in a wheelchair o…

Hot Topics in Agricultural Law: Succession Planning

Posted on January 9, 2014, Authored by ,

Chet and Emil's Restaurant, 388 Main St, Birnamwood REGISTRATION Please call Jennifer Lau 715.803.1230. Succession planning is a topic that has been gaining significant interest amongst ag producers. This seminar will cover the topic from a…

Minnesota Joins Other States in Protecting Applicant Information

Posted on January 13, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

As of January 1, 2014, employers in Minnesota may not ask an employee for information about their criminal background in the employment application process. This is known as "Ban-the-Box" law which has been passed in seven states, and similar laws are pe…

"Can you hear me now?" Supreme Court May Provide Clarity on Cell Phone Searches

Last Friday, the Supreme Court decided to tackle an issue that may impact school districts. The Court will review a pair of cases about whether the police need a warrant to search the contents of a criminal suspect's cell phone. While school district adm…

Light Duty Only for Work-Related Injuries  Pregnancy Discrimination?

Posted on January 22, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Many employers have adopted a light duty policy that only applies for an employee that suffers an on-the-job injury. The theory is to allow light duty for work-related injuries in order to encourage an injured employee to return to regular duty. Such a p…

Clothing Optional? The US Supreme Court Rules Employers Need Not Pay Workers for Time Spent Putting On/Taking Off Protective Gear

Today the United States Supreme Court held that time spent "donning and doffing" protective clothing is not compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp, Sandifer and other steelworkers filed a putative collecti…

Interactive Process is a Must

Posted on January 28, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

A recent decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Wisconsin) again emphasized the absolute necessity that an employer engage in an interactive process with an employee claiming a disability before making any decision regarding acc…

Reading and Early Childhood Development on WPR's Route 51

Posted on January 31, 2014, Authored by , Filed under Community

On Thursday, January 30th, Route 51 explored the importance of reading and early childhood development, both identified as urgent needs in the just released United Way LIFE Report (Local Indicators for Excellence), which details the strengths and challen…