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The Next Step toward Open Government – Preserving Text Messages

The Wisconsin Public Records Board is looking into the next step in preserving open government, which is how to save text messages and social media messages authored by local government officials.  The Public Records Board recently issued a press release…

Conference of State Bank Supervisors Urges Federal Regulators to Simplify Regulatory Capital Rules

On September 27, 2017, the FDIC, the Federal Reserve, and the OCC (the “Agencies”) issued a proposed rule that simplifies the compliance requirements of the existing regulatory capital rules and is intended to reduce the regulatory burden imposed by it. …

Protect Your Assets - Medical Assistance & Long-term Care Planning - Eau Claire, WI

Posted on January 8, 2018, Authored by ,

The Need for Planning Who Is Eligible for Medical Assistance Planning?  Protection of the House and Vacation Home  Permitted Transfers of Assets  Using Trusts to Protect Your Assets This seminar is presented at no charge - refreshments are included. I…

Protect Your Assets - Medical Assistance & Long-term Care Planning - Wausau, WI

Posted on January 8, 2018, Authored by ,

The Need for Planning Who Is Eligible for Medical Assistance Planning?  Protection of the House and Vacation Home  Permitted Transfers of Assets  Using Trusts to Protect Your Assets This seminar is presented at no charge - refreshments are included. I…

Using Prenuptial Agreements to Protect the Family Farm

The family farm is a special asset. The family may have worked hard through decades, maybe even generations, to accumulate and develop the farm’s land, equipment and livestock. The children may be grown and successors to farming operations. The older …

What Does New Employee Handbook Standard Mean?

Posted on January 12, 2018, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Attorney Bob Reinertson wrote recently about a decision of the National Labor Relations Board that significantly changed how the NLRB will review workplace policies and employee handbooks to determine whether they are in compliance with federal law.  The…

Settling Discrimination Complaints in Wisconsin

Posted on January 17, 2018, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

A recent decision from the Wisconsin Labor and Industry Review Commission has placed a cloud over the settlement of discrimination complaints in Wisconsin.  The cloud may not be very dark, but it is a matter that needs to be considered by employers when …

Mental Health Disabilities – What to Do?

Posted on January 18, 2018, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

We are seeing a growth in disability claims based upon mental health conditions which is very troubling for employers because it is hard to understand whether an employee actually has a mental health condition and it is certainly hard to quantify how tha…

The New Tax Law Provides Estate Planning Opportunities

Posted on January 22, 2018, Authored by Shanna N. Yonke
Shanna N. Yonke
Attorney
Wausau Office
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Shortly before Christmas, Congress approved and President Trump signed into law the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.  The new law increases the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax exemptions from $5 million to $10 million, adjusted for inflat…

Western District of Wisconsin Ranks 1st in the Nation in Chapter 12 Farm Bankruptcy Filings in 2017.

Low grain and milk prices have negatively affected Wisconsin’s ag economy for a few years now.  As further evidence of the financial stress on Wisconsin farmers, the national bankruptcy statistics show that, in 2017, more Chapter 12 farm bankruptcy cases…

Ruder Ware Attorney Provides Comments on Ag Lending Market

Chris Seelen, a member of Ruder Ware’s Banking and Financial Institutions Focus Team, recently provided comments on Wisconsin’s ag lending market for Wisconsin Public Radio.  The WPR story focused on new federal court data that shows the Western District…

Finding the Right Employee for Your Business

Posted on January 29, 2018, Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Employers today are struggling to fill vacant positions that are needed to meet customer needs.  The struggle is a combination of finding potential employees with the skills needed for the particular position and with the skills that make a good worker s…

Wisconsin Employers: Have You Had Your Non-Compete Agreements Reviewed Recently? Recent Court Case Invalidates Non-Solicitation Under WI law!

Posted on January 30, 2018, Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Robert J. Reinertson
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

What WI employers need to know:  Wisconsin employers must immediately revise their non-compete agreements so as to comply with this recent decision.  Contact Dean Dietrich, Bob Reinertson, Mary Ellen Schill or Sara Ackermann of the Ruder Ware team to ass…