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No More Record Keeping for Professionals

Posted on May 14, 2014 by

Wisconsin has always been a little different because it required employers to keep a record of the hours worked by a professional employee who was exempt from the overtime pay requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. This requirement also applied to other exempt employees such as administrative or executive employees that were considered exempt […]

Perfectly Clear Successor – Be Careful

Posted on May 14, 2014 by

Two recent events have refocused a concern about becoming a successor owner of a company in a setting where the company is being acquired/purchased. Situations arise on a regular basis where a company will purchase another business with the intention of operating the business as it has been previously operated and simply becoming the new […]

Door Open to Working at Home

Posted on May 14, 2014 by

A recent decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has opened the door to the argument that an employer must provide a reasonable accommodation of allowing an employee to work from home instead of being at the office. In this decision, the Court of Appeals held that an employer cannot automatically require […]

Are Employer-Mandated Anger-Management Counseling Sessions Considered Compensable Time?

Posted on May 14, 2014 by

Are employer-mandated anger-management counseling sessions considered compensable “hours worked” for purposes of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act? What if the employee attends anger-management counseling outside of his or her normal working hours? These questions came up recently during a roundtable meeting of an HR group of which I’m fortunate to be a part. Several […]

Denying Unemployment Benefits is Starting to Work

Posted on May 14, 2014 by

The definition of misconduct under the Wisconsin Unemployment Compensation Law was changed as of the first of the year. We are now starting to see decisions under this new standard that limit employees from receiving unemployment benefits when being terminated from employment due to inappropriate conduct. For many years, an employer was not able to […]

Employers Should Take Required FMLA Notices Seriously – But All Hope is Not Lost if Mistakes are Made

Posted on May 14, 2014 by

When an employee requests a leave of absence that may be for an FMLA-qualifying reason, his or her employer is required to provide notice to the employee of eligibility for leave under the FMLA (as most employers are aware, the Department of Labor has created a handy-dandy form to accomplish this purpose WH 381). The […]

Attorney Matthew D. Rowe Elected to Meritas Board of Directors

Posted on May 14, 2014

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the appointment of Attorney Matthew D. Rowe to the Board of Directors for Meritas, a global alliance of independent business law firms. Mr. Rowe was elected to the position at the alliance s recent annual meeting. In his role as board member, Mr. Rowe will be responsible for reviewing […]

Ruder Ware Launches Banking and Financial Matters blog

Posted on May 12, 2014 by

Ruder Ware is launching a new blog, Ruder Ware Banking & Financial Matters, which will have posts prepared by members of Ruder Ware’s Banking & Financial Institutions Focus Team. Our attorneys handle a wide variety of matters for banks and other financial institution clients, and we plan to publish legal updates focused on the issues […]

Wisconsin Extends Net Operating Loss Carryforwards to 20 Years and Allows Additional Credits Against Alternative Minimum Tax

Posted on May 6, 2014 by

Recently enacted Wisconsin legislation contained a number of significant changes to our state s corporation franchise and income tax laws that may affect your business s tax liability. For instance, among other important changes, net business loss carryforwards under the corporation franchise and income taxes were extended from 15 years to 20 years, applicable to […]

2014 Inflation Adjustments – You May Gift $14,000 Tax-Free (Grandma, are you reading this?)

Posted on May 6, 2014 by

The Internal Revenue Service announced in October 2013 the annual inflation adjustments for a variety of tax provisions including tax rates, standard deductions, limitations for itemized deductions, and exclusion amounts. Fortunately for children and grandchildren alike, a taxpayer may gift $14,000.00 per year per person without paying any taxes. Accordingly, a married couple with three […]