Ruder Ware’s Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations practice group works in tandem with private and public employers providing counsel on all aspects of human resource management. The breadth of services offered, unique for a law firm headquartered in Wausau, Wisconsin, includes counsel on highly sensitive issues such as workplace harassment, employee privacy, employee compensation, drug and alcohol testing, and disciplinary issues. In addition, attorneys design and assist with the development, implementation, and enforcement of policies and procedures relating to benefits, hiring practices, employee handbooks, state and federal discrimination laws, FMLA, FLSA, ADA, OSHA, and workers’ compensation.
Attorneys in the group regularly represent public and private sector employers in collective bargaining, union elections, unfair labor practices, and grievance arbitration matters in addition to guiding nonunion clients on maintaining their union-free status.
Actively involved in organizations with human resource professionals as the primary member base, our attorneys are in tune with the various sensitivities and complexities of the profession. Our attorneys often present seminars and in-house training on employment law topics both across the state and nationwide.
With decades of experience working with human resource professionals, Ruder Ware has created an audit program to proactively identify potential problems in an employer’s human resource operations. The audit reviews and analyzes current employee-related policies and procedures. For additional detail, follow this link for a complete program description.
As an added service, our firm offers no cost electronic legal and legislative updates to all interested human resource professionals. In addition, Ruder Ware publishes an electronic newsletter titled Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Quarterly addressing in-depth issues that affect human resource professionals. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter, follow this link to sign up.
Recent significant achievements by our Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations practice group include:
Completion of affirmative action plans for various clients who are subject to requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance.
Completion of employment law audits of client operations that identify policies and practices in violation of state and federal laws and subsequent correction of those matters.
Successful negotiation of successor labor agreements that implement health savings accounts resulting in substantial savings for client.
Gave advice and assistance to clients in preparing swine flu policies that outline
action to be taken in case of infection of employee workforce.
Assisted several clients with evaluating the potential for withdrawal liability
if multiemployer pension plan contributions were to be discontinued.
Successfully represented employer in grievance arbitration proceeding
upholding discrimination of employee.
Follow this link for past achievements.
Areas of practice by the Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations practice group:
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
As part of a full-service law firm, our attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware, the largest Wisconsin law firm headquartered north of Madison, also provides legal counsel in Business Transactions, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, and Trusts & Estates.