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Legal Updates Archive

Published Before January 23, 2016

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.

Quality and Cost Provider Scoring

Authored by John H. Fisher, II
John H. Fisher, II
Attorney
Wausau Office
, 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

Authored by Shanna N. Yonke
Shanna N. Yonke
Attorney
Wausau Office
, 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…

Estate Recovery Program Changes Effective August 1, 2014

Authored by Shanna N. Yonke
Shanna N. Yonke
Attorney
Wausau Office
, June 5, 2014
Last year, Wisconsin legislators approved major changes to Wisconsin's Estate Recovery Program (ERP), which seeks repayment of long-term care benefits provided to medical assistance recipients from their estates upon their deaths. Yesterday, the Wisconsin…

Is Life Insurance a Suitable Investment? Trustees No Longer Required to Monitor Suitability

Authored by Shanna N. Yonke
Shanna N. Yonke
Attorney
Wausau Office
, May 18, 2014
Under existing Wisconsin law, the trustee of an irrevocable trust that owns life insurance contracts is required to monitor the contracts to determine whether they are suitable investments for the trust and, if necessary, to take steps to prevent the…

E-Z Legal Form Results in Uneasy Post-Death Issues

Authored by Shanna N. Yonke
Shanna N. Yonke
Attorney
Wausau Office
, May 1, 2014
Have you ever seen fill-in-the-blank wills online or in a bookstore? They are inexpensive and can be completed relatively quickly. Unfortunately, those forms are not personalized to meet your estate planning needs and they may lack provisions that are…

New Implements of Husbandry Bill Now in Effect

Authored by Ruder Ware Alumni, April 28, 2014
In an effort to modernize state law with regard to the operation of farm machinery, Governor Scott Walker signed Act 377, often referred to as the "Implements of Husbandry Bill," on April 24, 2014. Act 377 increases weight limits and size restrictions for…

2015 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, April 23, 2014
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 2015. HSA/HDHP Requirement Cost-of-Living…

No More Friend Me or You're Fired: Walker Signs Bill to Regulate Employer Access to Employee Social Media Sites

Authored by Sara J. Ackermann
Sara J. Ackermann
Chair of Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Practice Group
Attorney
Wausau Office
, April 11, 2014
On April 8, Gov. Scott Walker signed the Wisconsin Social Media Protection Act. Prudent Wisconsin employers should make sure to understand how this law affects both workplace and recruiting practices. With some exceptions, the Wisconsin Social Media…

Treasury Department Delays Employer Mandate for Small Employers; Lower Threshold for Avoiding Penalties

Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, February 10, 2014
This afternoon the Treasury Department announced that employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees (FTEs), but less than 100 FTEs, will not have to comply with the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act until 2016. The determination of…

Clothing Optional? The US Supreme Court Rules Employers Need Not Pay Workers for Time Spent Putting On/Taking Off Protective Gear

Authored by Sara J. Ackermann
Sara J. Ackermann
Chair of Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Practice Group
Attorney
Wausau Office
, January 27, 2014
Today the United States Supreme Court held that time spent "donning and doffing" protective clothing is not compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp, Sandifer and other steelworkers filed a putative…