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  • U.S. Supreme Court Reviews Notice Requirement

    Posted on October 29, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

    The United States Supreme Court has agreed to review a decision on a case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against national clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. which focuses on the duty of an employee to request an accommodation for religious beliefs. This decision will have a significant impact on employer…   

  • IRS Issues 2015 Limits for Qualified Plans

    Posted on October 23, 2014, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
    Mary Ellen Schill
    Attorney
    Wausau Office
    , Filed under Employment

    Autumn brings two things, at least in Wisconsin. Lots of leaves on your lawn, and the IRS announcement of the contribution and benefit limits applicable to qualified retirement plans for next year. Lets ignore the leaves for now, but the IRS limits we can help you with. Keep this chart with your important papers. Adjusted annually for cost of liv…   

  • If You Are A Federal Contractor/Sub-Contractor Your Workers Got a Boost In Pay: $10.10 New Minimum Wage for Workers on Federal Contracts

    On February 12, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13658, "Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors," to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for all workers on Federal construction and service contracts. The President took this executive action because boosting wages lowers turnover and increases morale, and will lead to higher productivi…   

  • EEOC Brings More Complaints

    Posted on October 1, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

    I have written over the past several months regarding the activism at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The beat goes on. Several recent complaints have been filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission seeking to protect employees from alleged discriminatory conduct by an employer. In the first case, the EEOC filed suit over al…   

  • Bring Your Comfort Animal to Work  Everyday?

    Posted on September 29, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

    I am familiar with the national movement of "bring your child to work," but now I am wondering if we will have a national movement to bring your "comfort animal" to work. A recent federal court decision in Hawaii held that an employer may have discriminated against an employee based upon his depression and adjustment disorder disabilities when the …   

  • Working from Home May Not be Automatic

    Posted on September 18, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

    I wrote a blog a number of months ago about a federal Court of Appeals decision which strongly suggested that working from home would be a required reasonable accommodation in certain circumstances. A decision involving Ford Motor Company strongly suggested that the company would be required to allow an employee with irritable bowel syndrome to wor…   

  • EEOC Strikes Again

    Posted on September 17, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

    I mentioned in a blog several weeks ago that summer was gone and the EEOC was embarking upon a renewed effort to "flex its muscles" and pursue claims designed to limit the rights of employers. The EEOC has acted again by bringing a lawsuit against a California company challenging the language in an employee information release form that gave the co…   

  • Decision on "Like" Facebook Protection is Appealed

    Posted on September 17, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

    I recently blogged about a decision from the National Labor Relations Board holding that an action by a worker to "Like" a comment on Facebook about the poor conduct of a company was considered protected speech under the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRB found that the termination of an employee for "liking" a comment on Facebook was a violati…   

  • NFL on the Defensive: What Your Organization Can Learn From the Rice Incident

    If you are one of the 150 million Americans that tunes in to weekly NFL games, you know that the NFL is now under fire for how it handled the original investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence allegations. Regardless of whether you follow football, you should check out my recent article, "NFL on the Defensive: What Your Organization Can Lea…   

  • Using "Like" on Facebook may be Protected Speech

    Posted on September 5, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

    A recent decision from the National Labor Relations Board (August 25, 2014) held that an employee using the "Like" feature on a Facebook page to show support for comments by another employee about the conduct of the company payroll system constituted protected speech under the National Labor Relations Act. The Board held that the termination of the…   

  • English-Only Policies Under Scrutiny

    Posted on September 3, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

    Some companies have adopted an English-only policy which requires that employees use English as the only language allowed in the workplace. This type of policy is often adopted for safety reasons to ensure that everyone understands what is being said in an emergency situation. Unfortunately, the adoption of an English-only policy can create liabili…   

  • Aggressive Conduct Toward Subordinate Places Sheriff in Jeopardy of Civil Suit Under Wisconsin Law

    Posted on September 2, 2014, Authored by Russell W. Wilson
    Russell W. Wilson
    Of Counsel
    Wausau Office
    , Filed under Employment

    Just how threatening and intimidating can a superior or co-employee act toward a subordinate or co-employee without incurring the risk of a civil lawsuit for damages under Wisconsin law? The federal district court in Madison faced that interesting question in a preliminary motion hearing. As a result, the lawsuit against the sheriff of Burnett Coun…   

  • Lazy Days of Summer are Gone - EEOC Files Lawsuits

    Posted on August 29, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

    It appears the lazy days of summer have gone away. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed two lawsuits showing its aggressive stance to "cleanup" its view of discrimination matters. One lawsuit involved discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act for being terminated when deciding not to participate in a well…   

  • Protecting Your Workplace May Be Getting Easier

    Posted on August 27, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

    On numerous occasions, we have received a phone call from a client that goes something like this: "An employee has reported to human resources that their (family member/friend/acquaintance) has been engaging in harassing behavior that the employee is concerned may continue into the workplace. What can we do to protect the employees (or students), o…   

  • Update: Watch Out for NLRB Activism

    Posted on August 26, 2014, Authored by Ruder Ware Attorneys, Filed under Employment

    I recently attended an employment law seminar sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin. One of the presenters was the Officer in Charge of Sub region 30 of the National Labor Relations Board. In a very candid and open discussion, the Officer in Charge made it very clear that the activism of the National Labor Relations Board will be continuing and e…