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Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003

Posted on May 30, 2003 by

On May 28, 2003, President Bush signed the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 (the “Act”). The Act provides a tax cut package of $350 billion and contains no provisions for raising revenue. Outlined below are several key provisions for investors and businesses. Reduction in Ordinary Income Tax Rates for Individuals. The […]

Managing Environmental Impairment

Posted on April 10, 2003 by

Environmental issues permeate commercial and industrial real estate development and acquisition of businesses. In addition to traditional contractual mechanisms to allocate the risk of environmental liability, there are a variety of statutory protections to encourage Brownfield redevelopment. This outline will describe mechanisms available to the stakeholders in commercial and industrial development. I. LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL UNIT […]

New Burden Placed on Employers to Disprove Discrimination

Posted on September 1, 2001 by

Last year, the United States Supreme Court increased the burden on employers to disprove claims of discrimination. In a case known as the Reeves decision, the Supreme Court, for the first time, allowed a jury to find that discrimination had occurred based on “inferences” of discrimination rather than on direct evidence of discrimination. In other […]

Who Should Be Trustee?

Posted on March 1, 2001 by

Many people think of trusts as stodgy legal documents used primarily for leaving money to heirs. But the truth is that trusts are much more than that. Trusts can be used for a broad variety of purposes, from charitable gifting to reducing your taxes. A trust is simply a formal agreement that assigns ownership of […]

Non-Compete Agreements Must Be Limited To Be Enforceable

Posted on January 9, 2001 by

A noncompete provision prohibits an individual from competing against the individual’s employer or former employer during his or her employment and after the employment relationship has ended. Wisconsin has adopted a law which addresses the legality of noncompete provisions. Section 103.465 of the Wisconsin Statutes states that a provision prohibiting an individual from competing with […]

Employees Allowed 180-Days to File Title VII Claims

Posted on December 31, 1969 by

In Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., No. 05-1074 (U.S. May 29, 2007), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that for purposes of calculating an employee’s 180-day time limit for bringing a Title VII claim, the employer’s initial unlawful decision to set the employee’s pay, rather than each subsequent issuance of a paycheck based on […]