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Judge Strikes Down DOL’s Proposed Overtime Rule!

Posted on September 8, 2017 by

Finally, it appears we have closure on this saga that started over a year ago!  On August 31st, the same Texas federal district court judge who granted a preliminary injunction last November delaying the effective date of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, issued a final judgment invalidating the rule.  As you may recall, […]

Check Your Handbooks!!! UPS Settles Maximum Leave Policy Violations for $2 million.

Posted on August 9, 2017 by

The EEOC filed suit against UPS on behalf of approximately 90 current and former employees for multiple violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The agency charged UPS with failing to properly accommodate employees with disabilities.  Most importantly, the EEOC alleged that UPS had a maximum leave policy that automatically terminated employees when they […]

IRS Encourages Self-Assessment to Identify Fringe Benefit Errors

Posted on August 3, 2017 by

As much as I love tax law, filling out another tax form isn’t high on my list of fun things to do.  So when the IRS issues a form that isn’t legally required to complete, should you?  If you are an employer that provides one or more fringe benefits to your employees, you may want […]

Wisconsin Court Re-affirms Employment At Will Principles

Posted on August 2, 2017 by

A recent decision from the Wisconsin Court of Appeals has upheld the concept of “employment-at-will” and determined that an employment-at-will provision in an employment contract superseded company policies that provided alternative procedures to be followed when investigating inappropriate conduct of an employee.  In a recent decision of the District IV Court of Appeals, the Court […]

Federal Court Reverses NLRB “Positive Work Environment” Handbook Decision

Posted on August 1, 2017 by

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) created controversy a couple of years ago when it ruled that handbook policies maintained by T-Mobile USA requiring employees to maintain a positive work environment were illegal because they could be seen as having a chilling effect on employees’ unionizing and collective bargaining rights.  Last week, the U.S. 5th […]

Eligibility for Overtime Pay – Redo?

Posted on August 1, 2017 by

Recent action taken by the Department of Labor has started to signal the likely “redo” of the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations regarding overtime pay and which employees are eligible for overtime pay.  The Department of Labor issued a Request for Information document that asks employers to respond to a series of questions on overtime […]

Right-to-Work Law Upheld

Posted on July 17, 2017 by

Without much fanfare, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Wisconsin Right-to-Work Law.  The Right-to-Work Law passed in Wisconsin is similar to a law passed in Indiana and holds that a company may not enter into a labor agreement with a union representing company employees that requires the employees to join the union […]

Attempted End Run Around Wisconsin’s Exclusive Remedy of Worker’s Compensation Fails in Asbestos Litigation in the Seventh Circuit

Posted on July 13, 2017 by

Wisconsin’s exclusive remedy of worker’s compensation has long been a bulwark against civil suits brought by employees (subject to a few narrow exceptions not applicable here).  This bulwark has survived a creative attack in an asbestos case in Pecher v. Owens-Illinois, Inc. 859 F.3d 396 (2017), which was decided on June 6, 2017. The case […]

A Seemingly Important Win for Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Insurance Carriers and Employers

Posted on July 11, 2017 by

On its face the decision of the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Flug v. LIRC, 2017 WI 72 (decided on June 30, 2017), is a clear, important win for the employer side in common injuries that involve pre-existing degenerative conditions.  The general circumstances presented in Flug are familiar.  In that case, a forty-three year old retail […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules on Appleton School District Open Meetings Law

Posted on June 29, 2017 by

In a unanimous and much-anticipated decision released today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a committee of school personnel formed to review materials for a high school course under a procedure set forth in school board rules is a “governmental body” subject to the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law. The case (Krueger v. Appleton Area School […]