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Legal Updates Archive

Published Before January 17, 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.

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
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, 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…

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Important Self-Insured ERISA Plan Reimbursement Case

Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Russell W. Wilson
Russell W. Wilson
Of Counsel
Wausau Office
, April 19, 2013
Plan administrators and sponsors of self-insured group health plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA") should be aware of a case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on April 16, 2013, US Airways, Inc. v. McCutcheon. The…

Stay of Act 10 Decision Denied by Court of Appeals

Authored by Ruder Ware Alumni, March 13, 2013
On Tuesday, March 14, 2013, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals denied a motion by Governor Walker and others to stay while that decision was being appealed Judge Colas' September 2012 ruling that declared unconstitutional certain portions of Act 10. As we…

Attention Employers! New I-9 Form Required by May 7, 2013

Authored by Sara J. Ackermann
Sara J. Ackermann
Chair of Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Practice Group
Attorney
Wausau Office
, March 12, 2013
On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services division of the Department of Homeland Security released a new I-9 Form. Here is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the new form: When do we need to start using the new form? The…

The Scope of Prior Art in Patent Cases to Expand

Authored by Derek L. Prestin
Derek L. Prestin
Attorney
Eau Claire Office
, March 4, 2013
The Leahy-Smith American Invents Act (AIA) will be expanding the scope of prior art that may be considered by the Patent Office as part of the examination of a patent application on March 16, 2013. This change will result in significant changes to the…

Transition of Patent Procedure to First-to-File Coming Soon

Authored by Derek L. Prestin
Derek L. Prestin
Attorney
Eau Claire Office
, March 1, 2013
The Leahy-Smith American Invents Act (AIA) will be making a significant change to the process of obtaining a patent in the United States on March 16, 2013, when the United States patent system transitions from the long-standing first-to-invent system to a…

FMLA Spring Cleaning: Toss That Old FMLA Poster and Post the New One by March 8!

Authored by Sara J. Ackermann
Sara J. Ackermann
Chair of Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Practice Group
Attorney
Wausau Office
, February 27, 2013
By March 8, 2013, employers covered under the federal Family Medical Leave Act (those with 50 or more employees) must display the Department of Labor's new version of the Employee Rights and Responsibilities Under the Family and Medical Leave Act poster.…

Scam Warning: Corporate Records Service Annual Minutes Form

Authored by Amy E. Ebeling
Amy E. Ebeling
Attorney
Wausau Office
, February 1, 2013
State officials are warning Wisconsin business owners about "Corporate Records Service," a company sending out formal-looking "Annual Minute Forms" to Wisconsin businesses in an attempt to collect confidential information and fees for unnecessary…

Final Regulations Issued Under the HITECH Act

Authored by John H. Fisher, II
John H. Fisher, II
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, January 23, 2013
A final rule containing a wide range of changes to the privacy and security provisions of HIPAA was released last Thursday (January 17, 2013) by the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The final regulations include a…