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Legal Updates Archive

Published Before November 22, 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.

The Case of the Stray Dog

December 3, 2007
In a recent case, Stevenson v. Hyre Electric Co., No. 06-3501 (7th Cir. Oct. 16, 2007), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (whose jurisdiction encompasses Wisconsin) ruled that an employer may have had "constructive notice" of an employee's need for…

OSHA Implements New Rules Regarding Payment of Personal Protective Equipment for Employees

November 30, 2007
Production and maintenance employees often need to wear protective equipment, including personal protective equipment, to be protected from injury, illness, and death caused by exposure to workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment includes many…

FMLA Military Leave

November 16, 2007
We previously advised you of a proposed federal bill that would have provided 26 weeks of job protected leave to certain caregivers for family members who were injured while on active military duty. This bill was attached to a larger bill that would have…

USCIS Issues new I-9 Form


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Authored by Sara J. Ackermann, November 12, 2007
On November 7, 2007, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) issued a revised Form I-9 and revised Handbook for Employers regarding completion of this form. Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), U.S. employers are…

Permanent and Total Disability Award - The Importance of Light Duty Work


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Authored by Russell W. Wilson, October 24, 2007
A recent decision reached by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals has highlighted the serious risk of permanent and total disability of worker's compensation awards to older workers and the importance of light duty work. Thomas J. Gutoski, a high school…

Are You Prepared for E-mail Discovery?

October 2, 2007
During the discovery period of litigation, one side digs for information from its opponent by asking written questions, submitting requests for documents, and conducting face-to-face interviews (i.e., depositions). Attorneys are bound by ethics and the…

EEOC Challenges Terms of Severance Agreements

September 19, 2007
It's a little known fact: employees are terminated every day. Many employers present employees that are about to be terminated with a severance agreement. The severance agreement will usually provide the employee with compensation beyond what the employee…

Update - Final Regulation Regarding "Safe Harbor" Procedures for Employers Who Receive "No-Match" Letter

September 11, 2007
"No-match" letters are sent to employers by the Social Security Administration when social security numbers submitted for workers do not match the data in the government's files. The reason may be that workers are undocumented and using fake or "borrowed"…

Limited 409A Relief! IRS Delays Plan Document Compliance Deadline One Year


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Authored by Mary Ellen Schill, September 11, 2007
Late yesterday the IRS issued Notice 2007-78 in response to employer requests for an extension of the deadline to bring nonqualified deferred compensation plans into compliance with the final regulations under Code Section 409A (issued April 10, 2007).…

New EEO-1 Deadline Fast Approaching

September 7, 2007
The federal EEO-1 report requires employers with 100 or more workers, federal contractors with 50 or more workers and $50,000 or more in federal business, and some financial organizations (e.g., banks), regardless of size, to annually report the racial…