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Final Regulations on the 3.8% Net Investment Tax

Posted on May 6, 2014 by

The IRS issued final regulations on the 3.8% Net Investment Income Tax on November 26, 2013. The 3.8% Net Investment Income Tax was enacted as part of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Net Investment Tax affects individuals, estates and trusts, beginning January […]

E-Z Legal Form Results in Uneasy Post-Death Issues

Posted on May 1, 2014 by

Have you ever seen fill-in-the-blank wills online or in a bookstore? They are inexpensive and can be completed relatively quickly. Unfortunately, those forms are not personalized to meet your estate planning needs and they may lack provisions that are essential to disposing of your assets upon your death in accordance with your wishes. The Florida […]

New Implements of Husbandry Bill Now in Effect

Posted on April 28, 2014 by

In an effort to modernize state law with regard to the operation of farm machinery, Governor Scott Walker signed Act 377, often referred to as the “Implements of Husbandry Bill,” on April 24, 2014. Act 377 increases weight limits and size restrictions for implements of husbandry (IoHs), eliminates restrictions on hours of operation, revises the […]

2015 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

Posted on April 23, 2014 by

The Internal Revenue Service today announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the HSA contribution limits and for High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums for 2015. HSA/HDHP Requirement  Cost-of-Living Adjustments Limit on HSA Contributions – Self-only HDHP 2014 – $3,300 2015 – $3,350 Limit on HSA Contributions – Family HDHP 2014 – $6,550 2015 […]

No More Friend Me or You’re Fired: Walker Signs Bill to Regulate Employer Access to Employee Social Media Sites

Posted on April 11, 2014 by

On April 8, Gov. Scott Walker signed the Wisconsin Social Media Protection Act. Prudent Wisconsin employers should make sure to understand how this law affects both workplace and recruiting practices. With some exceptions, the Wisconsin Social Media Protection Act prohibits employers from requesting that employees provide passwords for (or any access to) an employee’s personal […]

Treasury Department Delays Employer Mandate for Small Employers; Lower Threshold for Avoiding Penalties

Posted on February 10, 2014 by

This afternoon the Treasury Department announced that employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees (FTEs), but less than 100 FTEs, will not have to comply with the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act until 2016. The determination of whether an employer meets the small employer requirements for this purpose would be based on […]

Ruder Ware Earns Recertification in Meritas, a Global Alliance of Business Law Firms

Posted on January 29, 2014

Ruder Ware, a law firm with headquarters in Wausau and Eau Claire, recently was awarded recertification in Meritas, a global alliance of business law firms. Ruder Ware is required to successfully complete recertification every three years. Meritas is the only law firm alliance with an established and comprehensive means of monitoring and enhancing the quality […]

Clothing Optional? The US Supreme Court Rules Employers Need Not Pay Workers for Time Spent Putting On/Taking Off Protective Gear

Posted on January 27, 2014 by

Today the United States Supreme Court held that time spent “donning and doffing” protective clothing is not compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp, Sandifer and other steelworkers filed a putative collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (the Act), seeking back pay for time spent donning […]

Electronic Health Records Donation – Final Rules Issued by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Office of Inspector General

Posted on January 2, 2014 by and

Just before the current rule was due to expire, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 27, 2013 released final regulations on donation of electronic health record software. The existing rule, which was set to expire on December 31, 2013, allowed hospitals and other providers of Stark Law “designated health services” to […]

The Wisconsin Trust Code: Contemporary Trust Laws to Deal With Contemporary Trust Issues

Posted on December 16, 2013 by

Wisconsin has never been considered a leading jurisdiction for the creation and administration of trusts. Thanks to years of volunteer work by some dedicated Wisconsin attorneys, that perception will change significantly on July 1, 2014, when the new Wisconsin Trust Code will go into effect and replace the current Chapter 701 of the Wisconsin statutes. […]