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Pregnancy Discrimination Law May Leave Some Employers Feeling Like a Babe in The Woods

Posted on December 1, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

Running a business is, undeniably, a daunting task. On top of the challenge of running a business, today’s employers are also responsible for staying current with the latest and greatest legal developments impacting their workplaces. One area of increase…

Dealing with Employee Facebook Postings can be Dangerous

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

A number of recent decisions have laid out some of the risks related to employee Facebook postings and decisions by the employer to terminate an employee for inappropriate statements on Facebook. These decisions have involved constitutional challenges to…

Indiana Supreme Court Holds Right-to-Work Law is Constitutional

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

Several months ago, there was a lot of media coverage about a law adopted by the Indiana Legislature known as the Right-to-Work law. This law provided that a union could not force union members to pay union dues or be required to join a union that repres…

NLRB Continues Full Throttle Assault on Employer Solicitation and Distribution Policies

Posted on December 5, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

This post follows, and builds upon, my November 26, 2014 post Labor Unions Have Another Reason to Be Thankful:  NLRB Serves Up Holiday Season Gift. On November 26, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board issued another union-friendly decision in connect…

IRS Issues Changes to Gas Reimbursement in 2015

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

Attorney Mary Ellen Schill recently authored an update detailing the changes.  2015 Standard Mileage Rates

2015 Standard Mileage Rates

Posted on December 10, 2014, 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 2015. Effective January 1, 2015, the optional standard mileage rates…

Gas Goes Down, IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rate Goes Up?

Posted on December 10, 2014, 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) beginning January 1, 2015. Details can be found here. Even with declining gasoline…

Bah Humbug: NLRB’s Long-Awaited E-Mail Access Decision Is Sure to Put a Damper on Holiday Cheer for Non-Union Employers

Posted on December 12, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys,

On December 11, 2014, a divided [3-2, along partisan lines] National Labor Relations Board ("Board") issued its long-awaited decision in Purple Communications, Inc., which many management-side labor relations professionals correctly predicted would funda…

National Labor Relations Board is “Not-So-Secret” Santa to Organized Labor – Delivers Union-Friendly Gift in Advance of the Holidays

Posted on December 12, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board issued its long-awaited email access decision in Purple Communications, Inc. There is no question that this decision is a “game changer” in the area of union organizing activity at non-union worksites. For de…

NLRB Finalizes Union Election Rules to “Modernize” and “Streamline” Election Process at Nonunion Workplaces

Posted on December 15, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

On December 12, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board finalized its much-maligned representation election rules designed to make union organizing drives at nonunion workplaces much easier. The new rules make organizing easier by: (1) significantly red…

Sex Discrimination of All Types Will Be Enforced

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

The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission has filed a complaint against two different companies alleging discrimination against individuals because of their actions to change gender and allegations the employee was terminated because of such conduct. T…

Ruder Ware Donates 148 lbs. of Food and Toiletries

Posted on December 16, 2014, Authored by , Filed under Community

Employees at Ruder Ware participated in a month long food drive to benefit The Neighbors' Place (TNP). Ruder Ware's Jamie Schaefer, COO, and Lisa O'Flyng, Marketing Director, delivered the food and toiletries just in time for the Holidays. It's estimated …

Caution: Union Organizing Activity Can Come Quickly

Posted on December 17, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

We have written several blogs about the recent activity of the National Labor Relations Board that directly affects union organizing efforts. Recent action by the NLRB has authorized the use of company e-mail for union solicitation communications by empl…

NLRB Changes Standard – Two Chances to Protect Employee Rights

Posted on December 19, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

A decision issued last week by the National Labor Relations Board significantly changed the “deferral standard” that was used by the NLRB when considering whether a grievance arbitration award properly addressed the protection of employee rights to commu…

New Year Present from EEOC – Review of Wellness Programs

Posted on December 22, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

As we think about Christmas presents, the EEOC recently announced its initiatives for the next year. One of those initiatives will be a review of wellness programs and the incentives that an employer provides to employees to participate in a wellness pro…

NLRB Signals Code Red at Big Blue: Concludes Walmart’s Dress Code Violates NLRA

Posted on December 23, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

As I’ve written in the past, the National Labor Relations Act applies to non-union employers too. I’ve wanted to write about the National Labor Relations Board’s recent “dress code” decision for several days now—however, with the Board's firestorm of sig…

Management Rights Clauses – Employer’s Ability to Make Policy Changes Depends Upon What Management Writes

Posted on December 31, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

On December 30, 2014, a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge (“ALJ”) issued his decision in Graymont PA, Inc., available here: Graymont PA, Inc. Decision.   Through Graymont, PA, Inc., the ALJ reminded unionized employers to th…