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COBRA Provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)

Posted on February 25, 2009 by

Attorney Mary Ellen Schill spoke in Eau Claire on February 26 on the new COBRA rules found in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the stimulus law signed by President Obama on February 17, 2009). Since these new rules affect ALL employers sponsoring group health plans (regardless of size, and both public and […]

Judge Halts Milwaukee’s Paid Sick-Day Ordinance

Posted on February 11, 2009 by

On February 6, just four days before Milwaukee’s sick-pay ordinance was scheduled to go into effect, a Milwaukee County circuit court judge granted a temporary injunction sought by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. This means the ordinance is stayed pending a hearing on a permanent injunction now scheduled for May 11, 2009. Under the […]

Employee’s Termination for Failing to Report for Work Not a Violation of Federal FMLA

Posted on February 10, 2009 by

In a recent case, Phillips v. Mathews, 547 F.3d 905 (8th Cir. 2008), the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an employer did not violate the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when it terminated an employee after she failed to show up for work, even though the employer had sufficient notice that […]

2009 Senate Bill 46

Posted on February 10, 2009 by

2009 Senate Bill 46 was submitted in the Wisconsin State Senate on February 5, 2009. If adopted, the Bill will affect grievance arbitration and complying with fair-share agreements in collective bargaining agreements during contract hiatus. Under the current Municipal Employment Relations Act (MERA), an employer must maintain the status quo during contract negotiations (i.e., commonly […]

Senate Bill 20 – Increase of Fair Employment Act Compensatory and Punitive Damages

Posted on February 4, 2009 by

We wish to alert you to a pending Wisconsin Senate Bill which could have a devastating impact on employers if it becomes law. The Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA) protects employees and job applicants from discrimination on certain protected grounds, such as age, sex, race, disability, marital status, arrest or conviction record, etc. Under the […]

Urgent – Date for Using Revised Form I-9 Extended

Posted on February 2, 2009 by

Employers must complete a Form I-9 (i.e., immigration) for all newly hired employees. We previously provided you with information in regard to the new I-9 form and the date it would be effective, today, February 2, 2009. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has delayed, by 60 days, until April […]

President Obama Signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Posted on January 30, 2009 by

On January 29, 2009, President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The Act is the first bill signed into law by President Obama since taking office. Under the new law, it is now easier for workers to sue their current and former employers for pay discrimination. The Ledbetter Fair Pay Act […]

Breaking News: Senate Approves Pay Discrimination Bill!

Posted on January 23, 2009 by

The Senate approved a bill today, Thursday, January 22, that will make it easier for workers to sue their employers and former employers for pay discrimination. It will likely be the first legislation that President Barack Obama signs into law. The bill overturns a 2007 Supreme Court decision that many believe resulted in workplace injustice. […]

Wisconsin Implements New Medical Assistance Rules

Posted on January 13, 2009 by

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program, known as Medical Assistance in Wisconsin, which provides health care coverage to financially eligible individuals. It is the only program that pays for long-term nursing home care. Federal legislation, effective February 8, 2006, and adopted by Wisconsin, effective February 1, 2008, changed many important aspects of Medical […]

Suspension of Required Minimum Distributions for IRA Owners and Qualified Plan Participants

Posted on December 29, 2008 by

In an effort to minimize tax and financial burdens associated with IRAs and certain retirement plans (1) in current market conditions, Congress recently passed, and on December 23, the President signed into law, the Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008 (the Act). Two components of the Act, which are summarized below, provide IRA […]