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Federal Government Will Seek Dismissal of False Claims Act Cases That Lack Merit

Posted on November 28, 2017 by

A top official in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a major change in the federal government’s position on claims brought under the False Claims Act (FCA).  Michael Granston, the director of DOJ’s Civil Frauds Section, the section that handles health care fraud and other FCA cases, stated that the DOJ will ask […]

OSHA Extends 300A Electronic Reporting Deadline to December 15

Posted on November 27, 2017 by

The Occupational and Safety Administration (OSHA) has announced the December 1, 2017 deadline for certain employers to electronically submit 300A injury and illness reports for 2016 has been extended by two weeks, to December 15, 2017. This deadline extension affects employers with 250 or more employees and employers with 20 to 249 employees in designated […]

Deadline for Reporting Animal Waste Air Emissions Postponed

Posted on November 22, 2017 by

Last week, Attorney Russell Wilson of Ruder Ware issued a legal update about EPA’s deadline of November 15, 2017 for reporting excessive air emissions of hazardous substances from animal waste at farm operations.  In that article Russ also reported on the possibility the deadline might be postponed. That possibility has now become reality.  EPA has […]

Extended Leave is an Accommodation – Maybe Not

Posted on November 17, 2017 by

As the after effect of the recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision about extended leave as an accommodation continues to develop, a serious question is developing of whether an employer is obligated to give an extended leave to a person with a disability who has exhausted their twelve weeks of federal medical leave.  The […]

Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell in Job Interview?

Posted on November 16, 2017 by

A number of states have passed legislation prohibiting an employer from asking a candidate for a new job about his or her salary history in other employment settings.  While such a law has not passed in the State of Wisconsin, there is clearly a ground swell of support for employers to stop asking salary history […]

Using the Right Entity is Key to Successful Agribusiness

Posted on November 15, 2017 by

Are you using the right business entity for your farm or other agribusiness?  I have worked with too many clients who have paid additional tax dollars or have been unable to achieve their succession planning goals due to their entity structure.  Learn from their mistakes.  Selecting and using the right entity is essential to a […]

Animal Waste Emissions from Large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: EPA, under the guns of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the EPA Office of Inspector General, Issues Interim Guidance to Farmers

Posted on November 14, 2017 by

Introduction Let me be Captain Obvious here. When the title is that long, the topic, including its context and history, is convoluted. Let’s start at the end, work our way toward the beginning, and come full circle. On October 26, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a press release announcing an interim guidance […]

Thinking About Expanding Your Business

Posted on November 3, 2017 by

Flyte Family Farm in Coloma has grown a lot over the years.  Not only has Flyte grown tons of crops, but Flyte has also grown its business, which has expanded to five greenhouses and 3200 acres. Adam Flyte and his wife, Carrie, started their business growing corn, soybeans and fresh vegetables, which they sold at […]

Dean Dietrich Receives 2017 George Tipler Award

Posted on October 25, 2017

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce Attorney Dean Dietrich has received the prestigious George Tipler Award bestowed by the Wisconsin School Attorney Association (WSAA).  The award honors the efforts of former Wisconsin Association of School Board’s Executive Director George Tipler, who initiated the founding of the WSAA and was a long-serving advocate for the boys […]

When Being a Good Neighbor Can Expose You to Liability

Posted on October 23, 2017 by

In Wisconsin, we have a strong tradition of landowners opening up their land to snowmobile clubs, hunters, trappers, cross-country skiers, and other members of the public. While giving visitors the chance to enjoy the outdoors is a great thing owners can do for their neighbors, it does come with risk. What if a snowmobiler crashes […]