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Legal Updates Archive

Published Before November 20, 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.

2015 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2015 Social Security Taxable Wage Base


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Authored by Mary Ellen Schill, October 23, 2014
The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. Many of the limits shown below increased from last year. All of the above are plan year limits (i.e., for the plan year which…

WDNR's Duty and Authority to Consider Cumulative Impacts in Groundwater Withdrawal


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Authored by Russell W. Wilson, September 30, 2014
Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey Boldt, Wisconsin Division of Hearings and Appeals, issued his September 3, 2014, decision holding that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has the legal authority and duty to consider cumulative impacts from…

Shoemaker: A Personal Experience


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Authored by Daniel J. Rupar, September 11, 2014
This is a tale of a shoemaker who was so busy making everyone else's shoes that he forgot about his own. We all have plenty of time to get the "paperwork" of our estate planning done, right? For most of us, it's just another thing to check off as far as…

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


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Authored by Sara J. Ackermann, September 11, 2014
Right now the National Football League is "on trial." We aren't talking about your typical trial before a judge and jury. This is a trial of the worst kind - a trial by media. With about half of Americans admitting they are fans of professional football,…

Wisconsin Act 10 is Constitutional - Is there a Next Step?

July 31, 2014
As you all may know, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has held, in a 5-2 decision, that Wisconsin Act 10 is constitutional and the limitations on collective bargaining, no dues deduction and yearly re-certification elections do not violate the constitutional…

Wisconsin Supreme Court Holds that Worker's Compensation Carrier's Settlement With Third Party Tortfeasor Binds the Employee to the Terms of the Settlement


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Authored by Russell W. Wilson, July 31, 2014
Under Worker's Compensation, an injured employee receives benefits on a "no-fault" basis and the employer receives immunity from civil suit for damages. When a third party's negligence causes or contributes to the employee's injury, however, the third…

Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Policy Favors Immunity From Suit


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Authored by Russell W. Wilson, July 14, 2014
When the Worker's Compensation Act was adopted in Wisconsin the quid pro quo were no-fault benefits to the employee and protection to the employer against lawsuits. Wisconsin courts have consistently upheld the employers' end of the bargain. The Wisconsin…

Fair Share Dues - Probably No Change


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Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, June 30, 2014
Today, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that strikes down the right of a public sector union to charge "fair share" dues from certain public sector employees in the State of Illinois. This decision focuses on a unique situation where…

Quality and Cost Provider Scoring


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Authored by John H. Fisher, II, June 19, 2014
Very recently, we have seen commercial payors begin to roll out provider scoring systems. Information about the specifics of these systems is still developing, so I am not providing details at this time. Some of you may have already encountered this issue…

Inherited IRAs are Not Protected From Bankruptcy Creditor Claims


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Authored by Shanna N. Yonke, June 13, 2014
Generally, federal and state bankruptcy laws protect traditional individual retirement accounts (IRAs) from creditor claims. Courts have differed, however, on whether those laws also protect an IRA that is inherited (an "inherited IRA") by a child or…