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Published Before November 23, 2015

The content in the following publications is based upon the state of the law at the time of its original publication. As legal developments change quickly, the content in these publications may not remain accurate as laws change over time. None of the information contained in these publications is intended as legal advice or opinion relative to specific matters, facts, situations, or issues. You should not act upon the information in these publications without discussing your specific situation with legal counsel.

U.S. Supreme Court rules in King v. Burwell – Subsidies Available in All States


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Authored by Mary Ellen Schill, June 25, 2015
The United States Supreme Court just held in the King v. Burwell case that taxpayers in states which have not established their own exchange are still entitled to the premium assistance subsidies.  The challengers in the Burwell case had argued that the…

The Odd Jurisdictional Line: “Waters of the United States” in SWANCC


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Authored by Russell W. Wilson, May 26, 2015
This article reviews the second of three important U.S. Supreme Court cases that examine the jurisdictional reach of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) by interpreting the definition of the “waters of the United States.”  The first case was United States v.…

Attorney Shaughnessy Murphy Joins Ruder Ware

May 18, 2015
Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Shaughnessy Murphy to our Eau Claire attorney team.  Shaughnessy advises clients on a wide variety of business transactional matters, including the organization of business entities; financing, sale and…

2016 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments


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Authored by Mary Ellen Schill, May 4, 2015
The Internal Revenue Service today announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the HSA contribution limits and for High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums for 2016.   HSA/HDHP Requirement Cost-of-Living…

“Waters of the United States”: Something More Than Actually Navigable Waters


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Authored by Russell W. Wilson, April 29, 2015
The joint initiative of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) to define the “waters of the United States” is the result of three U.S. Supreme Court cases that develop the…

The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Applies the “Significant Nexus” Test in Wetlands Litigation


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Authored by Russell W. Wilson, March 16, 2015
On March 10, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an unpublished decision in Precon Development Corporation, Incorporated v. United States Army Corps of Engineers (link to Decision).  Unpublished decisions are not binding…

“In Sickness and in Health…”: DOL Issues Final Rule Granting FMLA Rights to Married Same-Sex Couples


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Authored by Sara J. Ackermann, March 10, 2015
The DOL issued a Final Rule revising the Family and Medical Leave Act's (FMLA) definition so that eligible employees in legal same-sex and common law marriages can take FMLA leave to care for their spouse or family member, regardless of where they live.…

Wisconsin Will Become A Right-To-Work State This Week?


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Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, , February 23, 2015
Since the news broke last Friday, it is becoming very clear that Wisconsin will become a right-to-work state in the very near future. Dean Dietrich and a colleague had a conversation about this proposed legislation recently which we have summarized here.…

Bah Humbug: NLRB’s Long-Awaited E-Mail Access Decision Is Sure to Put a Damper on Holiday Cheer for Non-Union Employers


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Authored by , December 12, 2014
On December 11, 2014, a divided [3-2, along partisan lines] National Labor Relations Board ("Board") issued its long-awaited decision in Purple Communications, Inc., which many management-side labor relations professionals correctly predicted would…

2015 Standard Mileage Rates


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Authored by Mary Ellen Schill, December 10, 2014
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 2015. Effective January 1, 2015, the optional standard mileage rates…