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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.

Electronic Health Records Donation - Final Rules Issued by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Office of Inspector General

Authored by John H. Fisher, II
John H. Fisher, II
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, January 2, 2014
Just before the current rule was due to expire, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 27, 2013 released final regulations on donation of electronic health record software. The existing rule, which was set to expire on December…

The Wisconsin Trust Code: Contemporary Trust Laws to Deal With Contemporary Trust Issues

December 16, 2013
Wisconsin has never been considered a leading jurisdiction for the creation and administration of trusts. Thanks to years of volunteer work by some dedicated Wisconsin attorneys, that perception will change significantly on July 1, 2014, when the new…

2014 Standard Mileage Rates

Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, December 6, 2013
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 2014. Effective January 1, 2014, the optional standard mileage rates…

Recertification Elections to Begin Again - Hopefully

November 25, 2013
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has struck down the sanction order issued by Judge Colas against the two WERC Commissioners. The end result is the proposed rescheduling of union recertification elections for school district employees to start on or about…

2014 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2014 Social Security Taxable Wage Base

Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, November 1, 2013
The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. Many of the limits shown below are unchanged from last year. All of the above are plan year limits (i.e., for the plan year…

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Upholds Worker's Compensation Safety Violation Penalty

Authored by , Russell W. Wilson
Russell W. Wilson
Of Counsel
Wausau Office
, October 31, 2013
The maximum penalty imposed on employers for safety violations in worker's compensation is $15,000. Seldom does a safety violation case make its way through a hearing before an administrative law judge, to appeal to the Labor and Industry Review…

Dane County Judge Issues Contempt Order; Re-certification Elections on Hold

Authored by Dean R. Dietrich
Dean R. Dietrich
Attorney
Wausau Office
, October 22, 2013
On Monday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas issued an order finding the two-members of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission in contempt of court for continuing to process re-certification elections involving school district employees.…

Municipal Employees are Required to Contribute to Retirement; The Only Question is When?

October 18, 2013
Based upon the dismissal of the lawsuit involving Wisconsin Act 10, municipal employees will be required to pay one half of the actuarially-determined cost of retirement benefits, but it is still unclear when this employee-required contribution is to…

WERC Sets CPI Limit for New Labor Agreements

August 2, 2013
The WERC has calculated the CPI limit for new Labor Agreements being negotiated with public sector unions. The CPI limit on base wage negotiations for Labor Agreements that expire on June 30, 2013, is 2.07%. The CPI limit for base wage negotiations for…

WERC Orders Re-certification Elections

July 11, 2013
The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) has recently announced the timelines for public employee unions currently representing employees to file petitions for re-certification as a recognized bargaining agent for public sector employees. New…