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Our Practices

Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations

Ruder Ware's Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations practice group works in tandem with private and public employers providing counsel on all aspects of human resource management. The breadth of services offered, unique for a law firm headquartered in Wausau, Wisconsin, includes counsel on highly sensitive issues such as workplace harassment, employee privacy, employee compensation, drug and alcohol testing, and disciplinary issues. In addition, attorneys design and assist with the development, implementation, and enforcement of policies and procedures relating to benefits, hiring practices, employee handbooks, state and federal discrimination laws, FMLA, FLSA, ADA, OSHA, and workers' compensation.

Attorneys in the group represent public and private sector employers in collective bargaining, union elections, unfair labor practices, and grievance arbitration matters in addition to guiding nonunion clients on maintaining their union-free status.

Actively involved in organizations with human resource professionals as the primary member base, our attorneys are in tune with the various sensitivities and complexities of the profession. Our attorneys often present seminars and in-house training on employment law topics both across the state and nationwide.

As an added service, our firm offers no cost electronic legal and legislative updates to all interested human resource professionals. In addition, Ruder Ware publishes an electronic newsletter titled Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Newsletter addressing in-depth issues that affect human resource professionals. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter, follow this link to sign up.

With decades of experience working with human resource professionals, Ruder Ware has created an audit program to proactively identify potential problems in an employer's human resource operations. The audit reviews and analyzes current employee-related policies and procedures. For additional detail, follow this link for a complete program description.

Recent significant achievements by our Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations practice group include:

  • Conducted employment law audits identifying policies and practices in violation of state and federal laws and subsequent correction of those matters.

  • Successfully negotiated successor labor agreements¬† implementing health insurance changes to comply with ACA resulting in substantial client savings.

  • Successfully represented company in employment discrimination case before Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development thereby resolving sex discrimination and disability discrimination complaints.

  • Counseled employers regarding compliance with discrimination laws providing advice for limiting potential liability to employer for employment claims.

  • Assisted clients to ensure compliance with new legal requirements in preparing for changes to state and federal law as well as recent court decisions.

  • Assisted several clients with evaluating the potential for withdrawal liability if multi-employer pension plan contributions were to be discontinued.

  • Successfully represented employer in grievance arbitration proceeding upholding termination of employee.

Areas of practice by the Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations practice group:

Founded in 1920, as part of a full-service law firm, our attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware provides business, tax, employment, municipal, estate planning, real estate, litigation and trust services through its offices in Wausau and Eau Claire. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.