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Accommodating Religious Practices – Use Your “Best Guess”

Posted on June 3, 2015 by

The United States Supreme Court, in the recent Abercrombie & Fitch decision, has said employers must use their best guess to determine whether or not an employee (or applicant) wants or needs an accommodation for a legitimate religious belief.  In this decision, the Supreme Court held that the clothing company violated the religious discrimination law […]

Arbitration Clauses and the Impact of Their Terms

Posted on May 27, 2015 by

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently addressed the authority of circuit courts to assess and adjudge arbitration matters. In First Weber Group, Inc. v. Synergy Real Estate Group, LLC, 2015 WI 34 (March 24, 2015) determinations and rulings regarding multiple issues were made. In pertinent part, the parties ultimately disputed over an arbitration clause of their […]

The Odd Jurisdictional Line: “Waters of the United States” in SWANCC

Posted on May 26, 2015 by

This article reviews the second of three important U.S. Supreme Court cases that examine the jurisdictional reach of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) by interpreting the definition of the “waters of the United States.”  The first case was United States v. Riverside Bayview Homes, Inc., 474 U.S. 121 (1985) (“Riverside Bayview”), where the Court held […]

Angela Gonzalez Selected for Prestigious Paralegal of the Year Award

Posted on May 14, 2015

Ruder Ware is pleased to congratulate Angela Gonzalez on receiving the “Paralegal of the Year” Award from the Paralegal Association of Wisconsin (PAW). At present, there are approximately 3000 paralegals in the state of Wisconsin with over 200 of these paralegals members of PAW.  The “Paralegal of the Year” award is the most prestigious award […]

Jamie Schaefer Elected President of Community Foundation

Posted on May 13, 2015

The Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin (CFONCW) is governed by a 15-member board elected to strategically invest the gifts of their donors, direct disbursements of the Foundation’s assets, and plan for the community’s long-term good.  Ruder Ware’s COO, Jamie Schaefer, was recently elected to serve as president of the board.  CFONCW is a nonprofit […]

IRS Issues Changes to Gas Reimbursement in 2015

Posted on May 13, 2015 by

Attorney Mary Ellen Schill recently authored an update detailing the changes.  2015 Standard Mileage Rates

Seventh Circuit Affirms “Willful” OSHA Violation

Posted on May 12, 2015 by

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a decision that is interesting for its discussion and analysis of what a “willful” OSHA violation means.  A worker for a precast concrete manufacturer fell into a sand bin in which he became engulfed up to his neck.  Fortunately, he survived, but the complicated five hour rescue […]

Employer Waived the Exclusive Remedy Protection of Worker’s Compensation

Posted on May 11, 2015 by

The important protection that employers have under Wisconsin’s Worker’s Compensation Act is the exclusive remedy against employees for work-related accidents, conditions, or illnesses. While the employer enjoys near immunity from a civil suit, that protection can be waived. The Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently held that an employer had waived its exclusive remedy protection through […]

The Wide Expanse of the ADA

Posted on May 8, 2015 by

A recent lawsuit filed in the federal district court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleges that an employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by terminating an employee who had a doctor-diagnosed sleep disorder. According to the filing, the disorder limits the hours of the day and night during which the employee is […]

NLRB Signals Code Red at Big Blue: Concludes Walmart’s Dress Code Violates NLRA

Posted on May 6, 2015 by

As I’ve written in the past, the National Labor Relations Act applies to non-union employers too. I’ve wanted to write about the National Labor Relations Board’s recent “dress code” decision for several days now—however, with the Board’s firestorm of significant decisions [email access, here: National Labor Relations Board is “Not-So-Secret” Santa to Organized Labor – […]