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HHS Releases Inflation Adjusted Federal Civil Penalties

Posted on December 1, 2016, Authored by John H. Fisher, II
John H. Fisher, II
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Health Care

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued new interim final rules to adjust a variety of Federal Civil Penalties for inflation.  The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 required the agency to promulgate …

Cybersecurity Risk: Latest Guidance from Bank Examiners

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has indicated in a recent bulletin that its examiners will gradually incorporate a Cybersecurity Assessment Tool into its examinations of national banks and other institutions under its regulatory purview.  A…

Perceived National Origin Discrimination Can be Pitfall for Employers

Posted on December 12, 2016, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

I have always struggled with the notion of “perceived” discrimination and whether an employer has actually discriminated against an employee because they perceive the employee to be disabled or of a different national origin or something else.  The EEOC …

2017 Standard Mileage Rates

Posted on December 13, 2016, 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 2017, and the reduced rates reflect the continued decrease in gasol…

More Overtime or Not?

Posted on December 13, 2016, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

The table is set for a fight over whether or not more employees will be eligible for overtime pay as a result of the Department of Labor regulation changing the qualifications to be an exempt employee.  President-Elect Trump has nominated Andrew Puzder t…

2017 IRS Standard Mileage Rates Reflect Steady Gasoline Prices

Posted on December 13, 2016, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

On December 13, 2016 the IRS issued its standard mileage rates for 2017.  Details can be found here.  Each year (sometimes more frequently than that in times of price volatility) the IRS announces the standard mileage rates for determining the deductible…

Be Prepared Before Your Borrower Files a Farm Bankruptcy

Posted on December 15, 2016, Authored by John D. Leary
John D. Leary
Attorney
Eau Claire Office
, Filed under Banking and Financial Matters

How prepared are you for a workout or Chapter 12 farm bankruptcy filed by your Borrower?  Make it your New Year’s Resolution to know the answer to these questions about your Borrower. Do you conduct regular file reviews?  Regular loan file reviews can…

Automobile Dealerships and Part Suppliers: Unintended Consequences in Whistleblower Rules?

Posted on December 15, 2016, Authored by Russell W. Wilson
Russell W. Wilson
Of Counsel
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

OSHA enforces laws that protect whistleblowers under 22 whistleblower statutes ranging from the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act to the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century.  This article focuses on OSHA’s final rule …

OSHA’s Final Rule Clarifying (and Confirming) the Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness

Posted on December 20, 2016, Authored by Russell W. Wilson
Russell W. Wilson
Of Counsel
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

OSHA has always taken the position that the duty to record accurate and complete injuries and illnesses is a continuing duty.  OSHA concedes, however, “that its recordkeeping regulations were not clear with respect to the continuing nature of employers’ …

Christmas Disability?

Posted on December 21, 2016, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

I have written over the year regarding disability discrimination and the notion that an employer can be subject to a discrimination complaint under both state and federal law if the employer “perceives” an individual to be disabled and unable to perform …

Reassignment to a Vacant Position Under the ADA: Eleventh Circuit Concludes the Best Candidate Gets the Job - But What About Wisconsin?

Posted on December 22, 2016, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

Earlier this month, the United State's Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in EEOC v. St. Joseph's Hospital, Inc., announced that the Americans with Disabilities Act does not, as a reasonable accommodation, require the transfer of a disabled emplo…

Recent Health Care Legal Developments – Looking Forward to 2017

Posted on December 29, 2016, Authored by John H. Fisher, II
John H. Fisher, II
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Health Care

As we are coming close to the end of another year, I thought it might be good to pull together some of the health law articles and blogs we produced during 2016.  Ruder Ware's Health Care Focus Team puts out a lot of information on a variety of different…

Regulators’ Christmas Gift to Banks: 18-Month Examination Cycle

Posted on December 30, 2016, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Banking and Financial Matters

Earlier this month, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued final interagency rules which will reduce regulatory compliance costs for over 600 b…