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Legal or Professional Assistant Opportunity

Posted on October 1, 2015, Authored by ,

  Current Openings Ruder Ware L.L.S.C., a continuously growing business law firm with offices in both Wausau and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is seeking a talented individual to fill a legal assistant position in our Wausau location. This opening is business-…

Caveat Emptor: Labor Board Judge Gives Would-Be Buyers of Union Companies Reason to Beware

Posted on October 5, 2015, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

Recently, one of the National Labor Relations Board’s administrative law judges (“ALJ”) issued a decision that reminds would-be purchasers of unionized companies to proceed with caution before taking the plunge.  The case is Riccelli Enterprises, Inc., a…

Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act

Posted on October 12, 2015, Authored by Russell W. Wilson
Russell W. Wilson
Of Counsel
Wausau Office
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I. Introduction The terms “waters of the United States” and “navigable waters of the United States” are two separate definitions applied by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) in different contexts pursuant to different statutes.  Let’s…

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Nationwide Stay of Proceedings in the Clean Water Rule

Posted on October 13, 2015, Authored by Russell W. Wilson
Russell W. Wilson
Of Counsel
Wausau Office
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Various challenges to the Clean Water Rule, issued by the EPA and the Corps of Engineers on June 29, 2015, and effective August 28, 2015, have been consolidated by the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  On…

Comparative MRIs Support IME Opinion

Posted on October 13, 2015, Authored by Russell W. Wilson
Russell W. Wilson
Of Counsel
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has affirmed a Labor and Industry Review Commission (LIRC) decision that denied additional benefits for an initially conceded injury based on the independent medical examiner’s (IME) review of comparative MRIs.  David Dolla…

Beware of Past Practice Clauses in Collective Bargaining Agreements

Posted on October 15, 2015, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

Last month, a staff arbitrator with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) issued a grievance decision interpreting certain language in a collective bargaining agreement regarding past practices.  The WERC is a Wisconsin state agency respon…

Grievance Award: Missed Staff Meeting Results in Suspension

Posted on October 19, 2015, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

In a grievance arbitration case, an employee of sixteen years, with no prior record of discipline,  missed a mandatory one-hour staff meeting at work.  Following an investigation, the private company suspended the employee for three days without pay.  Th…

Strength Exam May Cause Discrimination Complaint

Posted on October 20, 2015, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

A recent news article reported that a trucking company has settled an age and sex discrimination charge filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over a strength exam that it used when hiring drivers for its business.  The EEOC claimed that th…

2016 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2016 Social Security Taxable Wage Base

Posted on October 21, 2015, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
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2016 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2016 Social Security Taxable Wage Base The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. All of the limits shown below remain unchan…

2016 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2016 Social Security Taxable Wage Base

Posted on October 21, 2015, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Well, if you were hoping for a cost of living adjustment in the employee benefits part of your life, you aren’t going to get it from the 2016 qualified plan limits just issued by the IRS.  Here are the new limits.  Same as the old limits as you can see. …

When it Comes to Criminal Background Checks, Honesty is the Best Policy (For Employers Too!)

Posted on October 28, 2015, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

Last week I was asked to present, along with a panel of attorneys, to a group of law students. For a group of students facing a tough job market, the most common theme of the discussion related to the hiring process and how these students could maximize …