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Our Practices

Employment Law

State and federal employment laws outline how employers are expected and required to deal with employees, former employees, and applicants for employment. Ruder Ware attorneys assist both private and public employers in proactively designing, drafting, and maintaining policies "in compliance" with state, local, and federal laws. Our attorneys practicing employment law focus exclusively on the representation of employers.

Our attorneys frequently present relevant and timely employment, benefits, and labor relations law topics across the state and nationwide. In addition, attorneys within our Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations group are active members in organizations such as the Central Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management.

We understand the complexities of complying with the legal and practical issues relating to human resource management and assist our clients in developing strategies to address issues such as discipline, workplace harassment, employee privacy, and accommodating employees with disabilities.

Ruder Ware offers a depth and breadth of legal services provided to private and public sector employers. Those services include:

  • Employment Discrimination
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Compliance
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Employee Handbook/Policies
  • Affirmative Action Plans
  • Wage and Hour Claims/Department of Labor (DOL) Audits
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Compliance and Policy Matters
  • Employment Agreements, Including Noncompete/Confidentiality Issues
  • Severance Agreements
  • Plant Closing/Mass Layoff (WARN compliance) Issues
  • Discipline/Discharge Issues
  • Training
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Employment Law Audits
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance
  • ERISA
  • Qualified Retirement Plans
  • Executive Compensation Design and Compliance
  • COBRA and HIPAA

Ruder Ware offers an employment law audit program designed to identify employee-related policies needing revision, definition, or update. Ruder Ware can help your company proactively detect "hidden problems" by performing an audit of your human resource operations. Tailored to your needs, an employment law audit involves a detailed review and analysis of all current employment-related policies and procedures. The goal of an audit is to ensure your company is in compliance with current employment laws so you are prepared if a lawsuit arrives.

Employment law audits are available upon request. Estimates for this service can be provided so the audit can be budgeted.

Founded in 1920, as part of a full-service law firm, our attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware provides business, tax, employment, municipal, estate planning, real estate, litigation, and trust services through its offices in Wausau and Eau Claire. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.