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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 […]

Ruder Ware Exhibits At 2017 World Dairy Expo

Posted on October 20, 2017 by

Ruder Ware was again one of nearly 900 commercial exhibits from 30 countries at the World Dairy Expo, held October 2-7 in Madison. While last year’s show attracted 74,572 visitors from 102 countries, our own unofficial parking lot comparison estimates an even larger crowd for 2017. The show includes the international shows for seven major […]

2018 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2018 Social Security Taxable Wage Base – Updated for New Taxable Wage Base

Posted on October 19, 2017 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. A few of the limits shown below remain unchanged from last year, but others have increased. Qualified Plan Limit Cost-of-Living Adjustments 401(k) and 403(b) elective deferral limit 2017-$18,000 2018-$18,500 $200,000 compensation limit 2017-$270,000 2018-$275,000 $160,000 defined benefit limit 2017-$215,000 […]

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals – Super Human Resource Department?

Posted on October 9, 2017 by

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (which addresses federal court cases brought in Wisconsin) has stated in the past that it does not intend to be a “super human resource department” for employers.  Recent court decisions have suggested that the Federal Court may be reconsidering that position.  There have been a number of employment law […]

EEOC Sues for Transgender Discrimination

Posted on October 6, 2017 by

Recent action by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has raised the specter of whether transgender persons are considered protected under the federal discrimination laws.  The EEOC has sued a company in Denver that allegedly discriminated against a transgender man who applied for a position as manager.  This case addresses the question whether a transgender person […]

Inspector General Audit Could Impact Skilled Nursing Facilities

Posted on September 12, 2017 by

Skilled nursing facilities (SNF) may see even more scrutiny from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) because of a recent audit conducted by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The audit looked into abuse and neglect of Medicare recipients residing in SNFs and the associated […]

Judge Strikes Down DOL’s Proposed Overtime Rule!

Posted on September 8, 2017 by

Finally, it appears we have closure on this saga that started over a year ago!  On August 31st, the same Texas federal district court judge who granted a preliminary injunction last November delaying the effective date of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, issued a final judgment invalidating the rule.  As you may recall, […]