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Presidential Veto = Quickie Election Rules

Posted on April 28, 2015 by

President Obama has vetoed the legislation passed by Congress that would prevent the implementation of the quickie election rules authored by the National Labor Relations Board. These new rules expedite the union representation election process and eliminate the right of an employer to engage in an effective campaign to convince employees that a union is […]

New Day for Union Representation Elections

Posted on April 28, 2015 by

Today is the day that the new “quickie election” regulations take effect. As of writing this blog, we have not heard of any legal challenge that has successfully stopped the new regulations from being implemented. Under the new regulations, a union representation election petition will be placed on a fast track for processing by the […]

Federal Court Says Working From Home is Not Automatic Accommodation

Posted on April 28, 2015 by

A recent decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission failed in its claim that Ford Motor Company violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by failing to accommodate an employee with irritable bowel syndrome when the employee requested to work from home on four days of the work […]

Federal Court Applies Worker’s Compensation Exclusive Remedy to Asbestos Secondary Exposure Lawsuit

Posted on April 28, 2015 by

Plaintiffs in asbestos personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits often attempt to circumvent the exclusive remedy of worker’s compensation.  The federal district court for the Western District of Wisconsin has recently applied Wisconsin’s exclusive remedy provision to dismiss a Wisconsin employer from an asbestos lawsuit brought by an employee.  The case is Boyer v. Weyerhauser […]

Attorney Aric Burch Joins Ruder Ware

Posted on April 28, 2015

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Aric Burch to our Wausau attorney team.  Aric advises individuals and business owners in all aspects of personal estate and business planning. As part of his practice, Aric facilitates the formation, operation, and growth of closely held businesses. As an estate planner, Aric is a skillful […]

The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Applies the “Significant Nexus” Test in Wetlands Litigation

Posted on March 16, 2015 by

On March 10, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an unpublished decision in Precon Development Corporation, Incorporated v. United States Army Corps of Engineers (link to Decision).  Unpublished decisions are not binding in the Fourth Circuit. The decision applies the “significant nexus test” of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers […]

“In Sickness and in Health…”: DOL Issues Final Rule Granting FMLA Rights to Married Same-Sex Couples

Posted on March 10, 2015 by

The DOL issued a Final Rule revising the Family and Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA) definition so that eligible employees in legal same-sex and common law marriages can take FMLA leave to care for their spouse or family member, regardless of where they live. The regulation is effective March 27, 2015. The DOL has moved from […]

Wisconsin Will Become A Right-To-Work State This Week?

Posted on February 23, 2015 by

Since the news broke last Friday, it is becoming very clear that Wisconsin will become a right-to-work state in the very near future.  A Ruder Ware alumni attorney and a colleague had a conversation about this proposed legislation recently which we have summarized here. Ruder Atty: It looks like the Legislature is going to consider […]

Bah Humbug: NLRB’s Long-Awaited E-Mail Access Decision Is Sure to Put a Damper on Holiday Cheer for Non-Union Employers

Posted on December 12, 2014 by

On December 11, 2014, a divided [3-2, along partisan lines] National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) issued its long-awaited decision in Purple Communications, Inc., which many management-side labor relations professionals correctly predicted would fundamentally change how union organizing is conducted at nonunion workplaces [a copy of the Board’s decision is available here]. Through Purple Communications, Inc., 361 NLRB No. […]

2015 Standard Mileage Rates

Posted on December 10, 2014 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2015. Effective January 1, 2015, the optional standard mileage rates will increase to 57.5 cents per mile for business transportation, and decrease to 23 cents per mile for […]