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EPA’s Risk Management Plan (RMP) Final Rule Delayed

Authored by Russell W. Wilson
Russell W. Wilson
Of Counsel
Wausau Office
, April 6, 2017
EPA’s new Risk Management Plan (“RMP”) Final Rule was to take effect on March 14, 2017.  EPA has delayed the effective date until June 19, 2017, and has proposed a further delay until February 19, 2019, in light of industry petitions for reconsideration…

2017 Standard Mileage Rates

Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, December 13, 2016
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 2017, and the reduced rates reflect the continued decrease in…

2017 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2017 Social Security Taxable Wage Base 2

Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, October 27, 2016
The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. Some of the limits shown below remain unchanged from last year, but others have increased. Qualified Plan Limit Qualified…

DOL Overtime Rule Update: Breaking News!!!!!

Authored by Sara J. Ackermann
Sara J. Ackermann
Chair of Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Practice Group
Attorney
Wausau Office
, September 22, 2016
On September 20, 2016, two lawsuits were filed in an attempt to block the DOL’s proposed overtime rule (the "Rule").  Wisconsin joined 20 other states in filing one suit while the U.S. Chamber of Commerce along with 50 other business groups filed the…

Today the DOL Announced its Long-awaited Final Rule!

Authored by Sara J. Ackermann
Sara J. Ackermann
Chair of Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Practice Group
Attorney
Wausau Office
, May 17, 2016
Today the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its long-awaited rule expanding overtime protection for employees. The rule will go into effect December 1, 2016.  Highlights include: Raising the salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 a year, or from…

2017 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, May 1, 2016
The Internal Revenue Service on April 29th 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 2017.   HSA/HDHP Requirement…

DOL OT RULE UPDATE!!!! Release Date Now Expected in June of 2016

Authored by Sara J. Ackermann
Sara J. Ackermann
Chair of Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Practice Group
Attorney
Wausau Office
, March 17, 2016
Multiple D.C. insiders and media outlets have reported that earlier this week the DOL forwarded the proposed final overtime rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its mandatory review.  (If right now you are asking yourself, “what is the…