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Legal Updates Archive

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.

Federal Family and Medical Leave Act Issues

April 17, 2006
I. Meaning of "Care" for FMLA Purposes.   In Tellis v. Alaska Airlines, Inc., 414 F.3d 1045 (9th Cir. 2005), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently considered what kind of "care" is required to qualify an employee for leave to care for a family…

Wage and Hour Trends

April 17, 2006
I. Wage/Hour Claims. The number of minimum wage and overtime pay lawsuits filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has increased sharply in recent years. After consistently being between 1,000 and 2,000 a year during the 1990s, the number of…

Recent Court Decision Regarding Calculating Overtime Pay

April 6, 2006
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay overtime pay to non-exempt employees who work more than a specified number of hours during the work week. The FLSA does not limit the number of hours that an employee may work, either daily or…

Wal-Mart Wisconsin Employees Fail in Effort to Certify Class Action for Unpaid Meal and Rest Breaks


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Authored by Sara J. Ackermann, March 28, 2006
Recently, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals decided that Wisconsin will not be a state where Wal-Mart employees can litigate whether they were properly paid for meal and rest breaks. Hermanson, et al v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2001 CV8080 (Feb 21, 2006.)…

2005 Wisconsin Act 86  Changes to Unemployment Compensation Law

March 28, 2006
A new state law, 2005 Wisconsin Act 86, made various changes to the unemployment insurance provision of the state statutes. The changes became effective January 1, 2006. The new law increased the weekly benefit rates for eligible individuals. A second…

USERRA Regulation Update

February 21, 2006
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 ("USERRA"), 38 U.S.C. 4301-4333 was enacted by Congress to protect the rights of persons who leave employment positions to undertake military services. The Department of Labor recently…

Employer's Policies May Have Violated FMLA

February 14, 2006
I. One Hour Advance Notice Policy.   Many employers have adopted policies stating employees must provide a certain amount of advance notice if they will not be reporting for work. For example, an employer may require an employee to call-in and provide…

Are you in Compliance With the Affirmative Action Plan Requirements?

February 7, 2006
By federal law, certain employers are required to develop and maintain an affirmative action plan (AAP). The central premise underlying an AAP is that an employer's workforce should reflect the gender, racial, and ethnic profile of the labor pools from…

Supreme Court Rules In "Donning and Doffing" Cases


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Authored by Sara J. Ackermann, November 11, 2005
On November 8, 2005, the United States Supreme Court unanimously held that the time employees spend walking to and from the production floor after putting on ("donning") unique protective clothing [1] and gear and before taking off ("doffing") such gear,…

Szleszinski v. LIRC, 2005 Wisc. App. 832

October 31, 2005
In a recent case, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals found that an employer violated the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act ("WFEA") when it terminated an employee without sufficient evidence to support the "valid safety" defense. The plaintiff, Leon Szleszinski,…