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Adjust Job Duties

Posted on November 3, 2014 by

A recent decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reaffirmed the duty of employers to consider minor adjustments to job duties as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This decision, while dealing with the ADA, reinforces the position taken by the Equal Right Division in Wisconsin that adjustment of work […]

U.S. Supreme Court Reviews Notice Requirement

Posted on October 29, 2014 by

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to review a decision on a case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against national clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. which focuses on the duty of an employee to request an accommodation for religious beliefs. This decision will have a significant impact on employers and […]

2015 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2015 Social Security Taxable Wage Base

Posted on October 24, 2014 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. Many of the limits shown below increased from last year. All of the above are plan year limits (i.e., for the plan year which begins in 2015), with the exception of the Code Section 401(k) and Code Section 403(b) […]

IRS Issues 2015 Limits for Qualified Plans

Posted on October 23, 2014 by

Autumn brings two things, at least in Wisconsin. Lots of leaves on your lawn, and the IRS announcement of the contribution and benefit limits applicable to qualified retirement plans for next year. Let s ignore the leaves for now, but the IRS limits we can help you with. Keep this chart with your important papers. […]

Attorney Kevin J. Terry Elected to Wisconsin School Attorneys Association

Posted on October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014 – Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the appointment of Attorney Kevin J.T. Terry to the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association (WSAA) effective October 3, 2014. He will serve a four-year term. Kevin has concentrated his practice on working with employers in both the public and private sectors. […]

If You Are A Federal Contractor/Sub-Contractor Your Workers Got a Boost In Pay: $10.10 New Minimum Wage for Workers on Federal Contracts

Posted on October 7, 2014 by

On February 12, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13658, “Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors,” to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for all workers on Federal construction and service contracts. The President took this executive action because boosting wages lowers turnover and increases morale, and will lead to higher productivity overall. Raising wages […]

EEOC Brings More Complaints

Posted on October 1, 2014 by

I have written over the past several months regarding the activism at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The beat goes on. Several recent complaints have been filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission seeking to protect employees from alleged discriminatory conduct by an employer. In the first case, the EEOC filed suit over alleged sex […]

WDNR’s Duty and Authority to Consider Cumulative Impacts in Groundwater Withdrawal

Posted on September 30, 2014 by

Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey Boldt, Wisconsin Division of Hearings and Appeals, issued his September 3, 2014, decision holding that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has the legal authority and duty to consider cumulative impacts from groundwater withdrawal so as to prevent potential harm to the waters of the state. “It is scientifically unsupported, and […]

Ambulatory Surgery Center Compliance Federal Settlement Raises Issues for Physician Owned Surgery Centers

Posted on September 30, 2014 by

A Federal Whistleblower that was recently settled in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee illustrates the difficult issues involved in structuring ambulatory surgery center (“ASC”) investments. Specifically, the case demonstrates how investment terms that are intended to assure compliance with the safe harbor regulations under the Medicare Anti?Kickback Statute (42 […]

Bring Your “Comfort Animal” to Work – Everyday?

Posted on September 29, 2014 by

I am familiar with the national movement of “bring your child to work,” but now I am wondering if we will have a national movement to bring your “comfort animal” to work. A recent federal court decision in Hawaii held that an employer may have discriminated against an employee based upon his depression and adjustment […]