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Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage Officially the Tax Law of the Land

Posted on September 1, 2016 by

Effective tomorrow, September 2, 2016, new IRS final regulations will take effect which provide that for federal tax purposes, the terms “spouse,” “husband,” and “wife” mean an individual lawfully married to another individual.  The terms “husband and wife” mean two individuals lawfully married to each other.  Lawful marriage means the marriage is recognized by the […]

Agreement Prohibiting Solicitation of Employees by Former Employee may be Unenforceable

Posted on August 23, 2016 by

A recent decision from the Wisconsin Court of Appeals has raised serious questions regarding non-solicitation agreements that are often included as part of an employment agreement or severance agreement.  A non-solicitation agreement typically prohibits a departing employee from soliciting to hire other employees of your company to go to work for a competitor or for […]

The Eleventh Circuit Stays Challenge to the Clean Water Rule

Posted on August 22, 2016 by

On August 16, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which is located in Atlanta, issued its stay of proceedings in the challenge before that circuit to the Clean Water Rule that was filed in the federal district court for the southern district of Georgia.  State of Georgia, et al., v. […]

Legally Speaking: A Transforming Legal Marketplace and its Impact on Business

Posted on August 11, 2016 by

Like many industries worldwide, the legal world finds itself in an era of transformation.  After decades of rapid growth, the demand for traditional legal services has slowed enormously since 2008.  A number of factors drive this sea change—two of the most important are the influence of technology and globalization. The Influence of Technology on the Law […]

IRS Releases Proposed Regulations That Will Affect the Ability to Transfer Your Family Business to the Next Generation

Posted on August 4, 2016 by

On Tuesday, the IRS released proposed regulations that will prevent owners of interests in a family business from being able to value those interests at a discount when transferring them to the next generation of owners, either through lifetime gifts or transfers at death.  Under current law, a typical planning scenario with a family-owned corporation […]

Employers Who “Usually” Employ 3 or More Employees: the Threshold for Mandatory Worker’s Compensation in Wisconsin

Posted on August 2, 2016 by

In general (i.e. non-farm) employment, Wisconsin’s Worker’s Compensation Act becomes mandatory for employers under either of two circumstances.  In the event such an employer pays $500 in wages during any calendar quarter, worker’s compensation becomes mandatory on the 10th day of the next quarter.  That’s a “bright line” rule.  Alternatively, worker’s compensation becomes mandatory when […]

G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy Inaugural Class Soon to Begin

Posted on July 25, 2016

The G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy, a new State Bar of Wisconsin program, aims to give lawyers resources, strategies, and skills to become effective leaders in the profession and community. The 2016-17 Leadership Academy takes place in three sessions, held at the State Bar Center in Madison, in November, February, and April. Topics to be […]

OSHA Ban on Incident-based Safety Incentive and Routine Mandatory Post-incident Drug Testing Programs Delayed

Posted on July 18, 2016 by

The date for implementation of OSHA’s ban on two programs – Incident-based Safety Incentive and Routine Mandatory Post-incident Drug Testing – has been set back from August 10, 2016, to November 1, 2016, as a result of motion practice in a legal challenge.  The ban on these programs are part of a new regulation.  The […]

Collegiality in the Workplace – Not Authorized by NLRB

Posted on July 13, 2016 by

Collegiality in the workplace is the goal of every employer in order to provide the proper atmosphere for productive employees.  Many employers have taken this desire to heart by publishing rules that encourage collegiality amongst employees and prohibit conduct that would adversely affect morale in the workplace.  A recent ruling by the National Labor Relations […]

Wetlands Determinations – Uncertainty for the Clean Water Rule?

Posted on June 30, 2016 by

On May 31, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc. holding that approved judicial determinations as to the presence of wetlands issued by the Corps of Engineers constitute “final agency action,” which allows property owners to seek judicial review.  As a result […]