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Beware of Governmental E-mail Meetings

Posted on January 6, 2016, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Local Governments and School Districts

A Wisconsin circuit court recently suspended proceedings against former city council members for violating Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law.  The individuals were accused of conducting governmental business during their prior term of office through e-mail c…

EEOC Fails to Claim That a Company’s Wellness Program Violates the ADA

Posted on January 7, 2016, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

A federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin has dismissed a claim by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) that a company’s wellness program violates the American’s with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).  The …

Bypassing Scylla and Charybdis: Pre-enforcement Judicial Review of Wetlands Determinations Under the Clean Water Act

Posted on January 11, 2016, Authored by Russell W. Wilson
Russell W. Wilson
Of Counsel
Wausau Office
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Introduction In the Odyssey, Homer told of the inescapable sailing hazards that confronted Odysseus: the six-headed sea monster, Scylla, on one side of a strait and a whirlpool, Charybdis, on the other.  Odysseus chose to avoid losing all to the whirlp…

ADA Protections in the Application Process

Posted on January 11, 2016, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

A recent lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is a reminder that employers have a duty to accommodate an applicant for employment if the applicant identifies the need for accommodations during the application/interview process.  T…

Will Fair Share Go Away?

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case filed by several teachers in California that were seeking to eliminate the requirement of paying fair share dues to the California Teachers Association.  The case centered around t…

National Issues That Will Affect Central Wisconsin Businesses in 2016

Posted on January 25, 2016, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys,

Staying up-to-date and compliant with new laws, rules, and regulations is an ever increasing cost of doing business. Despite the fact that at the end of 2015 Congress took important steps to provide businesses with long-term certainty by permanently exte…

Are Your Supervisors Really Supervisors?

Posted on January 27, 2016, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

A recent decision from the Federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has created some question regarding the definition of supervisor under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  In a recent, unpublished decision, the Fourth Circuit upheld the finding b…

Caution, Caution – Are You a Joint Employer?

Posted on January 28, 2016, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Recent guidance from the Department of Labor has created a stir regarding two or more businesses that could be considered joint employers and thereby held jointly and severally responsible for complying with minimum wage and overtime pay requirements of …

Workplace Volunteer Council Receives United Way's "Partners in Caring Award"

Posted on January 29, 2016, Authored by , Filed under Community

The Workplace Volunteer Council was recently honored at the United Way’s Recognition luncheon on January 19, 2016, with the Partners in Caring Award. Several Ruder Ware employees have played a key role in the organization: Rhonda Karau, library manager…

New Proposed EEOC Guidelines on Retaliation

Posted on January 29, 2016, Authored by Kevin J.T. Terry
Kevin J.T. Terry
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

On January 21, 2016, the EEOC issued its Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues which is to be used as a reference for staff investigators on charges alleging retaliation and other related issues.  The stated purpose of the guida…

EEOC Releases Proposed Guidelines on Retaliation

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