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Aggressive Conduct Toward Subordinate Places Sheriff in Jeopardy of Civil Suit Under Wisconsin Law

Posted on September 2, 2014, Authored by Russell W. Wilson
Russell W. Wilson
Of Counsel
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Just how threatening and intimidating can a superior or co-employee act toward a subordinate or co-employee without incurring the risk of a civil lawsuit for damages under Wisconsin law? The federal district court in Madison faced that interesting questi…

English-Only Policies Under Scrutiny

Posted on September 3, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Some companies have adopted an English-only policy which requires that employees use English as the only language allowed in the workplace. This type of policy is often adopted for safety reasons to ensure that everyone understands what is being said in …

Using "Like" on Facebook may be Protected Speech

Posted on September 5, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

A recent decision from the National Labor Relations Board (August 25, 2014) held that an employee using the "Like" feature on a Facebook page to show support for comments by another employee about the conduct of the company payroll system constituted pro…

Shoemaker: A Personal Experience

Posted on September 11, 2014, Authored by Daniel J. Rupar
Daniel J. Rupar

In Memoriam
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This is a tale of a shoemaker who was so busy making everyone else's shoes that he forgot about his own. We all have plenty of time to get the "paperwork" of our estate planning done, right? For most of us, it's just another thing to check off as far as …

NFL on the Defensive: What Your Organization Can Learn From the Rice Incident.

Right now the National Football League is "on trial." We aren't talking about your typical trial before a judge and jury. This is a trial of the worst kind - a trial by media. With about half of Americans admitting they are fans of professional football,…

NFL on the Defensive: What Your Organization Can Learn From the Rice Incident

If you are one of the 150 million Americans that tunes in to weekly NFL games, you know that the NFL is now under fire for how it handled the original investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence allegations. Regardless of whether you follow footbal…

EEOC Challenges Wellness Program

In a recent complaint filed in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the EEOC has challenged a wellness program administered by a Wisconsin company. Under the wellness program employees were asked to complete a health risk assessment, including questions r…

Decision on "Like" Facebook Protection is Appealed

Posted on September 17, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

I recently blogged about a decision from the National Labor Relations Board holding that an action by a worker to "Like" a comment on Facebook about the poor conduct of a company was considered protected speech under the National Labor Relations Act. The…

EEOC Strikes Again

Posted on September 17, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

I mentioned in a blog several weeks ago that summer was gone and the EEOC was embarking upon a renewed effort to "flex its muscles" and pursue claims designed to limit the rights of employers. The EEOC has acted again by bringing a lawsuit against a Cali…

Working from Home May Not be Automatic

Posted on September 18, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

I wrote a blog a number of months ago about a federal Court of Appeals decision which strongly suggested that working from home would be a required reasonable accommodation in certain circumstances. A decision involving Ford Motor Company strongly sugges…

Annual Employment, Benefits, & Labor Relations Law Conference - 2014

Posted on September 23, 2014, Authored by ,

Westwood Conference Center 1800 Westwood Center Blvd Wausau, WI 54401 Please contact: Shannon Jacobson at sjacobson@ruderware.com (715) 845.4336 Registration: 7:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions: 8:00 a.m. 8:05 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Affordabl…

35th Annual Estate Planning Update

Posted on September 24, 2014, Authored by ,

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West 10499 Innovation Dr Wauwatosa, WI 35th Annual Estate Planning Update Ruder Ware Attorneys Mark Bradley and Melissa Kampmann will present on the topic Borrowing Money When Collateral is Held in Trust About the Program Vi…

Ruder Ware Paints Marathon County Orange

Posted on September 25, 2014, Authored by , Filed under Community

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. Organized by the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, the campaign brings greater attention to the issue of hunger in Americ…

Bring Your Comfort Animal to Work  Everyday?

Posted on September 29, 2014, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

I am familiar with the national movement of "bring your child to work," but now I am wondering if we will have a national movement to bring your "comfort animal" to work. A recent federal court decision in Hawaii held that an employer may have discrimina…

WDNR's Duty and Authority to Consider Cumulative Impacts in Groundwater Withdrawal

Posted on September 30, 2014, Authored by Russell W. Wilson
Russell W. Wilson
Of Counsel
Wausau Office
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Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey Boldt, Wisconsin Division of Hearings and Appeals, issued his September 3, 2014, decision holding that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has the legal authority and duty to consider cumulative impacts from gro…

The Women's Community Features Angela Gonzalez

Posted on September 30, 2014, Authored by , Filed under Community

Angela Gonzalez has been volunteering at The Women's Community since 2009. As an On-Call Volunteer Advocate, Angela goes to the local hospital emergency rooms, and provides immediate and valuable support to individuals that experienced a sexual assault. …

Ambulatory Surgery Center Compliance Federal Settlement Raises Issues for Physician Owned Surgery Centers

Posted on September 30, 2014, Authored by John H. Fisher, II
John H. Fisher, II
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Health Care

A Federal Whistleblower that was recently settled in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee illustrates the difficult issues involved in structuring ambulatory surgery center ("ASC") investments. Specifically, the case demo…