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Obesity as Perceived Disability

Posted on March 8, 2018 by

I recently did a blog about obesity as a disability under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act.  I concluded that the condition of obesity did not automatically constitute a disability although courts could find that an employer discriminated against an obese person if it perceived the person to be adversely impacted by the obese condition and […]

Let’s Start Over – 2018 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

Posted on March 7, 2018 by

It is unusual for the IRS to implement a retroactive change to a previously announced limit (whether it be qualified plan limits or HSA limits).  Especially when the change is a reduction in the amount that taxpayers can save/contribute.  But who would disagree that 2018 has been a bit unusual.  On March 5, 2018 the […]

Obesity as a Disabling Condition in Wisconsin?

Posted on March 6, 2018 by

A recent decision from the State of California has held that obesity is considered a protected disability under California law if the condition of obesity is caused by a psychological condition.  This gave me pause to wonder whether obesity would be considered a disability under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act. It appears there is really […]

Will Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Really Make Changes to the Stark Law?

Posted on February 26, 2018 by

If you navigate to the American Hospital Association (AHA) Interactive Town Hall of January 17, 2018, you can view a video in which Seema Verma, the current Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, discusses some of the efforts currently underway at CMS to ease the burden of applicable regulations through the Medicare […]

Opioid Fraud and Abuse as a Compliance Risk Area

Posted on February 20, 2018 by

The opioid epidemic is different than other drug related social problems because, in many cases, addiction to opioids starts in the medical office or in the pharmacy; in most cases through the treatment of legitimate physical pain and often chronic pain.  As such, the marketing practices of companies who manufacture, market, and distribute these highly […]

Employee Social Media and Employee Discipline – Caution

Posted on February 20, 2018 by

A number of companies have adopted social media policies that address the types of things employees can post on social media even if it is the employee’s private social media page.  While companies have the right to protect their reputation and their business information, the way businesses monitor and possibly use private social media posts […]

Interagency Guidance on Accounting and Reporting Implications of Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

Posted on February 16, 2018 by

On January 18, 2018, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency released guidance on the accounting implications of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (the “Act”) signed into law on December 22, 2017.  The guidance provides information on the […]

Hiring the Right Person for the Job Can be Challenging for Farmers Who Have Little Experience in Human Resources

Posted on February 15, 2018 by

Successful hiring is extremely important, especially in farming where a small group of people are doing complicated stressful work in an outdoor setting. Though not a comprehensive guide to hiring great employees, there are some key steps farmers can follow when hiring an employee. Define the Job – Hiring the right employee starts with understanding the […]

Employer Must Make Clear Decision the First Time

Posted on February 8, 2018 by

A recent decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has again emphasized the importance of an employer making the right decision regarding the handling of an employment matter at the very start and not changing the rationale for an employment decision throughout the handling of the employment matter or any subsequent litigation.  In this […]

More Planning Tips for Individuals Under New Tax Act

Posted on February 5, 2018 by and

As Shanna Yonke mentioned in her January 22, 2018 Legal Update The New Tax Law Provides Estate Planning Opportunities, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017.  The Act (officially, Public Law 115-97) is the most sweeping tax legislation to be enacted in decades.  It is broad in scope, […]