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Mixed Motive For Discrimination Decision - Be Careful

Posted on June 3, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

A recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision highlighted the importance of employers being very careful when making employment decisions to ensure that part of the rationale for a decision is not discriminatory in nature. In this decision, Milwaukee Coun…

Watch Out - Protections Against Swearing at Boss

Posted on June 4, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

The National Labor Relations Board continues to reach out to provide protection to employees. In a recent decision, the Board concluded that an outburst in the workplace by an employee was considered protected speech, because the employee did not explici…

Who needs a Tax Extenders Bill? It's only June!

Posted on June 5, 2014, Authored by Amy E. Ebeling
Amy E. Ebeling
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Tax Deductions

Over the past few years, we have all become accustomed to tax deductions, credits, and reduced rates expiring. We have also become accustomed to our elected officials debating until the very last minute about whether to extend sunsetting tax provisions. …

Is Six Months Enough?

Posted on June 6, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

A recent decision from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has addressed the question whether a six-month leave of absence for a disabled employee is sufficient to satisfy the reasonable accommodation requirement. The Court of Appeals found that Kansas St…

Get Your 2015 Health Savings Account Limits Here!

Posted on June 10, 2014, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Tax Deductions

Sorry to be a little late to the Ruder Ware tax blog party, but I have arrived bringing a nice housewarming present. Let's just say I'm re-gifting an earlier article I posted on our website back in April. Health savings accounts (HSAs) are tax creatures …

Stop Talking About Your Compensation - Not

Posted on June 10, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

Many companies have a policy that prohibits employees from talking about their salary or benefits in order to avoid morale issues in the workplace. It is sometimes hard to enforce a policy like this, but companies believe it is important to make it clear…

Taxpayers Have Rights???

Posted on June 11, 2014, Authored by Amy E. Ebeling
Amy E. Ebeling
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Tax Deductions

Taxpayer Bill of Rights - On Tuesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unveiled the new and improved "Taxpayers' Bill of Rights." Unbeknownst to most taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Code actually sets forth rights of taxpayers (who knew!). The IRS tout…

Inherited IRAs are Not Protected From Bankruptcy Creditor Claims

Posted on June 13, 2014, Authored by Shanna N. Yonke
Shanna N. Yonke
Attorney
Wausau Office
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Generally, federal and state bankruptcy laws protect traditional individual retirement accounts (IRAs) from creditor claims. Courts have differed, however, on whether those laws also protect an IRA that is inherited (an "inherited IRA") by a child or oth…

Are Employment Application Questions About Convictions and Arrests Taboo?

Posted on June 16, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

Recently, several businesses have asked me to carefully scrutinize their employment application forms for compliance with state and federal law. Interestingly, one question that consistently arises is whether employers in Wisconsin are permitted to ask q…

Conflicted?

Posted on June 16, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Local Governments and School Districts

When Was the Last Time You Dusted Off Your Non-Solicitation and Distribution Policy?

Posted on June 18, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

Many employers, in an effort to improve workplace productivity, efficiency and safety, implement so-called "Solicitation and Distribution of Materials" policies. These policies generally prohibit non-work-related communications by employees during work t…

Royal Flush! FBARs Due June 30th

Posted on June 18, 2014, Authored by Amy E. Ebeling
Amy E. Ebeling
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Tax Deductions

This is your reminder that your Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Reports (FBARs) are due on June 30th. If you have a financial interest in or signature authority over a foreign financial account, including a bank account, brokerage account, mutual fun…

Quality and Cost Provider Scoring

Posted on June 19, 2014, Authored by John H. Fisher, II
John H. Fisher, II
Attorney
Wausau Office
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Very recently, we have seen commercial payors begin to roll out provider scoring systems. Information about the specifics of these systems is still developing, so I am not providing details at this time. Some of you may have already encountered this issu…

In Memoriam

Posted on June 19, 2014, Authored by ,

Indelible Legacy It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our long-time partner and friend, G. Lane Ware. After Lane was admitted to the bar in 1965, he raised the bar for his entire profession through his legal and civic leadership. He …

Wausau and Other Wisconsin Taxpayers Beware of Tax Jail Scam

Posted on June 19, 2014, Authored by Amy E. Ebeling
Amy E. Ebeling
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Tax Deductions

I received a telephone call from a prospective client yesterday. Let's call her Suzie. Suzie called me asking for guidance on how to handle a phone call she received from the IRS. The caller stated on Suzie's voicemail that Suzie had 2 hours to return th…

No More Marijuana Taxes!

Posted on June 25, 2014, Authored by Amy E. Ebeling
Amy E. Ebeling
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Tax Deductions

I can't help but write a puff piece about the recent lawsuit filed in a Denver District Court earlier this week. In the lawsuit, the attorney is asking the court to block marijuana taxes in Colorado, claiming the state's tax system violates the Fifth Ame…

The Role of Confidentiality Agreements in a Corporate Compliance Program

Posted on June 26, 2014, Authored by John H. Fisher, II
John H. Fisher, II
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Health Care

A recent federal court decision from Pennsylvania illustrates the importance of a confidentiality agreement as part of a compliance program. The Pennsylvania court found that a confidentiality agreement that had been signed by an employee restricted the …

Fair Share Dues - Probably No Change

Posted on June 30, 2014, Authored by ,