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BREAKING: Supreme Court to Weigh in on Transgender Restroom Access in Schools

Authored by Kevin J.T. Terry, October 28, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday accepted a closely watched case over restroom access for transgender students. Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., will examine whether the Title IX education code’s prohibition on “sex” discrimination includes…

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

Authored by Mary Ellen Schill, 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, 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…

The Importance of Buy-Sell Agreements

Authored by Steven P. Lipowski, September 14, 2016
When business partners form a company and get started in their new venture, optimism and opportunity are usually in full supply. At that point, it is only natural to avoid thinking about some difficult questions about the business. One key, and all too…

The Eleventh Circuit Stays Challenge to the Clean Water Rule

Authored by Russell W. Wilson, August 22, 2016
On August 16, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which is located in Atlanta, issued its stay of proceedings in the challenge before that circuit to the Clean Water Rule that was filed in the federal district court for the…

Legally Speaking: A Transforming Legal Marketplace and its Impact on Business

Authored by Matthew D. Rowe, August 9, 2016
Like many industries worldwide, the legal world finds itself in an era of transformation.  After decades of rapid growth, the demand for traditional legal services has slowed enormously since 2008.  A number of factors drive this sea change—two of the…

IRS Releases Proposed Regulations That Will Affect the Ability to Transfer Your Family Business to the Next Generation

August 2, 2016
On Tuesday, the IRS released proposed regulations that will prevent owners of interests in a family business from being able to value those interests at a discount when transferring them to the next generation of owners, either through lifetime gifts or…

Transgender Student Files First Discrimination Suit Against Wisconsin School District

Authored by Kevin J.T. Terry, July 27, 2016
Last Tuesday, the Kenosha Unified School District (“KUSD” or “the District) became the first Wisconsin school district to be sued under federal law by a transgender student alleging the District and its representatives have taken a series of…

Wetlands Determinations - Uncertainty for the Clean Water Rule?

Authored by Russell W. Wilson, June 30, 2016
On May 31, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc. holding that approved judicial determinations as to the presence of wetlands issued by the Corps of Engineers constitute…

Today the DOL Announced its Long-awaited Final Rule!

Authored by Sara J. Ackermann, 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…