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Evaluate the Risks When Using Non-Competes

Posted on September 27, 2023 by

In today’s interconnected world, how to protect vital business assets such as key employees and confidential information is top of mind for businesses. Tools such as non-solicitation, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements are utilized as a method of protection for businesses. However, the changing legal landscape related to non-compete provisions has made it essential to be […]

Capitol Connection, September 2023

Posted on September 15, 2023 by

In this issue: Welcome to the Ruder Ware Capitol Connection Note From Public Affairs Director John Jacobson Top Three Issues Of Interest Wisconsin Supreme Court/Legislative Redistricting Special Session: Childcare, Higher Ed, And Workforce Income Tax Reduction Ruder Ware Tracker   WELCOME TO THE RUDER WARE CAPITOL CONNECTION   The ever-changing landscape of state government requires […]

Welcome Attorney Jake Schraeder

Posted on August 15, 2023

While some see roadblocks, Jake sees solutions and resolution strategies – this ultimately inspired him to become an attorney.

Changes to I-9 Forms – Make Sure You Are In Compliance!

Posted on August 7, 2023 by

The New Form: On July 21, 2023 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new Form I-9. The new Form I-9 became available for employers to use on August 1, 2023. The old Form I-9 can continue to be used through October 31, 2023, but all employers must be using the new Form […]

Breaking News—New Standard for Religious Accommodation Claims!

Posted on June 29, 2023 by

It just became very easy for an employee to sue their employer for failure to accommodate religious beliefs.  Today, in its Groff v. DeJoy opinion,  the United States Supreme Court unanimously held that an employer must make such an accommodation unless it would result in substantial increased costs in relation to the conduct of its […]

Spring Brings Showers, Flowers, and Breaking Non-compete News!

Posted on June 5, 2023 by

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s General Counsel publicly announced her position that most non-compete agreements violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by chilling employees’ ability to exercise their rights to engage in protected activity.  Remember, the NLRA applies to all private sector employees that are in non-supervisory positions. This means those […]

2024 HSA Limits Are Announced

Posted on May 17, 2023 by

On May 16, 2023, the IRS announced the Health Savings Account limits for 2024.  With respect to contribution limits, the limits are higher than the ones for 2023 and the required deductible and out-of-pocket maximums have increased as well.  As a reminder, these inflation adjusted amounts are effective for calendar year 2024 HSA/HDHP Requirement Cost-of-Living […]

Who Plans My Funeral?

Posted on April 11, 2023 by

Many clients wonder who is responsible for planning their funeral, selecting burial or cremation, and making other arrangements after their death.  Some clients ask what happens if family members disagree about these matters. In Wisconsin, there is a default law that dictates who has the authority to make these decisions after your death.  The default […]

The Supremes Confirm Weekly Fixed Salary is Critical for FLSA Exempt Status!

Posted on February 28, 2023 by

Last week in Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. v. Hewitt, the Supreme Court affirmed employees must be paid a fixed salary of $684.00 per week to be considered “exempt” under the popular administrative, executive, and professional exemptions. The case involved Michael Hewitt, an oil rig worker who was paid a daily rate. His paycheck, issued […]

Sibling Rivalry: Splitting the Farm Between Multiple Children

Posted on February 24, 2023 by

About 98 percent of U.S. farms are family-owned, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. So most farm owners are not surprised that an important part of farm succession planning is balancing the expectations of and promises to their children. In drafting a farm succession plan, the farm owner will be asked to make the […]