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OCC Updates Guidance on Business Combinations

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) has recently updated its “Business Combinations” booklet, which is part of the Comptroller’s Licensing Manual.  The revised booklet replaces the prior version, which was issued by the OCC in December …

Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Who’s Next?—Are you prepared for harassment allegations in your workplace?

Sexual harassment in the workplace is not new.  However, the rash of recent cases reported in Hollywood, Corporate America, and our Federal Government are shining a new spotlight on the issue. As an employer in Wisconsin, here is what you need to know…

Simple IRA Retirement-saving Solution

Posted on December 4, 2017, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Ag-Visor

Workplace retirement programs play an important role in attracting and retaining employees, helping workers (and owners!) save, and provide significant tax advantages.  Employer contributions to “qualified” plans (like 401(k) plans) or IRA-based plans ar…

Examiners are Carefully Scrutinizing Financial Institutions’ Compensation Arrangements

It has come to our attention that some examiners have recently been carefully scrutinizing financial institutions’ employee compensation arrangements. Although it now appears unlikely that the proposed Dodd-Frank rules on financial-institution incentive …

2018 IRS Standard Mileage Rates Reflect Rising Fuel Prices

Posted on December 15, 2017, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

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 2018, and the increased rates reflect the increase in gasoline price…

The NLRB Announces a Major Reversal on Employee Policies and Handbooks

Posted on December 21, 2017, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

We have reported in blog articles and seminars in recent years on decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that invalidated employee policies and handbook provisions which sought, among other things, to promote workplace civility and reason…