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Published Before November 18, 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.

2014 Standard Mileage Rates

Authored by Mary Ellen Schill, 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, 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, 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, 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…

Residency Requirements are Severely Limited

July 9, 2013
The Budget Bill has created a new state statute that addresses employee residency requirements. Section 66.0502 was created by 2013 Wisconsin Act 20. This new law was published on July 1, 2013 and therefore is effective on July 2, 2013.   Under the new…

2014 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

Authored by Mary Ellen Schill, May 2, 2013
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 2014. HSA/HDHP Requirement Cost-of-Living…