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Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones But Words Will Never Hurt Me….Unless I Work in California!

A California law that recently took effect requires company supervisors to undergo anti-bullying training. Mandated training is nothing new for California employers. Since 2005, California has required employers with 50 or more employees to conduct sexua…

New Ways of Finding Revenue at the Fire Department

Posted on February 3, 2015, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Local Governments and School Districts

Very recently, a staff arbitrator from the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission sided with the City of Green Bay (City) and dismissed a grievance filed by the Firefighter’s Union giving the City the go ahead to develop a program with a local…

What Keeps Me up at Night About the Affordable Care Act?

Posted on February 3, 2015, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Expert? Guru? While I’d like to think that I merit those descriptions when it relates to the Affordable Care Act, I know for a fact that there is a lot about the ACA that, as they say, “keeps me up at night.” The practice of law is just that, practice, a…

Must Companies “Ban the Box” in Wisconsin?

Posted on February 4, 2015, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

“Ban the box” legislation has become popular throughout the country. Fifteen states and a number of local jurisdictions have adopted legislation that involves arrest and conviction record discrimination and specifically “bans the box" that must b…

What You Do During A Meal Break May Mean More Pay

Posted on February 5, 2015, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

A recent decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals addressed whether employees performing certain activities during a meal break must be compensated in the form of pay for that work. Fortunately, the Court of Appeals held in favor of the e…

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Allows “Stacking” for Revision Prosthetic Procedures

Posted on February 12, 2015, Authored by Russell W. Wilson
Russell W. Wilson
Of Counsel
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals issued its decision on February 4 in a consolidated appeal that allows permanent partial disability benefits to be “stacked” where revision prosthetic surgical procedures were necessary. The effect of the ruling is …

A Quick Fix to the Quickie Election Rules?

Posted on February 13, 2015, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

The United States Chamber of Commerce and several trade associations have filed a motion for summary judgment in a federal court in Washington D.C. seeking to overturn the “quickie election” rules recently adopted by the National Labor Relations Board. T…

Attorney John Leary Earns Minnesota Bar License

Posted on February 17, 2015, Authored by ,

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce that Attorney John Leary recently earned his Minnesota Bar license.  Being licensed in both Wisconsin and Minnesota will enable Leary to assist banks and financial institutions based in Wisconsin with their Minnesota mat…

Retaliation Claims are at the Top

Posted on February 17, 2015, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

A recent report issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission shows that retaliation claims are the largest number of claims that are brought to the EEOC for consideration. Sex discrimination claims rank second and disability discriminati…

Court Decision Leaves Bad Taste in Mouth of Restaurant Company: Found Liable for Predecessor Company’s Workplace Retaliation

Posted on February 18, 2015, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

We’ve all heard of the concept of “paying for the sins of our ancestors.” Well, in that same vein, the federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals [which presides over Wisconsin employers] recently concluded that a Wisconsin restaurant company is liable for…

What's in Your Wallet? Vested Rights and Employee Health Insurance

Posted on February 19, 2015, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Local Governments and School Districts

Does anyone remember a TV credit card commercial where a medieval Viking turns directly toward the camera and asks the rhetorical question: “What’s in your wallet?” An analogous question may come into focus when reviewing a collective bargaining agreemen…

Wisconsin Will Become A Right-To-Work State This Week?

Posted on February 23, 2015, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
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Since the news broke last Friday, it is becoming very clear that Wisconsin will become a right-to-work state in the very near future. Dean Dietrich and a colleague had a conversation about this proposed legislation recently which we have summarized here.…

U.S. Supreme Court will Answer the Question of Who Must Give Notice of an Accommodation

Posted on February 26, 2015, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in a religious discrimination case that asks the question whether an employee/applicant needs to request an accommodation of religious beliefs in order for an employer to be required to consi…

Right-to-Work Legislation and the Union “Free-Rider” Conundrum: The Rest of the Story

Posted on February 27, 2015, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

This week, the Wisconsin State Senate passed the much maligned “right-to-work” bill—which now moves onto the State Assembly [and is anticipated to be signed into law by Governor Walker]. In reading about the controversial legislation, and talking…