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Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Who’s Next?—Are you prepared for harassment allegations in your workplace?

Posted on December 1, 2017 by

Sexual harassment in the workplace is not new.  However, the rash of recent cases reported in Hollywood, Corporate America, and our Federal Government are shining a new spotlight on the issue. As an employer in Wisconsin, here is what you need to know to avoid being the next headline: All allegations must be taken seriously.  […]

OCC Updates Guidance on Business Combinations

Posted on December 1, 2017 by

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) has recently updated its “Business Combinations” booklet, which is part of the Comptroller’s Licensing Manual.  The revised booklet replaces the prior version, which was issued by the OCC in December 2006.   The booklet incorporates a variety of updated procedures and requirements for national banks and federal […]

Choose the Right Business Entity

Posted on November 30, 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 […]

Ageism in the Workplace?

Posted on November 30, 2017 by

There has been a lot of discussion lately about “ageism” in the workplace.  People are wondering what this means and what type of steps need to be taken by an employer to avoid age discrimination complaints. Ageism is the key word being used today to describe attitudes and behaviors in the workplace that reflect negatively […]

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 […]