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Let’s Start Over – 2018 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

Posted on March 7, 2018 by

It is unusual for the IRS to implement a retroactive change to a previously announced limit (whether it be qualified plan limits or HSA limits).  Especially when the change is a reduction in the amount that taxpayers can save/contribute.  But who would disagree that 2018 has been a bit unusual.  On March 5, 2018 the […]

Obesity as a Disabling Condition in Wisconsin?

Posted on March 6, 2018 by

A recent decision from the State of California has held that obesity is considered a protected disability under California law if the condition of obesity is caused by a psychological condition.  This gave me pause to wonder whether obesity would be considered a disability under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act. It appears there is really […]

Employee Social Media and Employee Discipline – Caution

Posted on February 20, 2018 by

A number of companies have adopted social media policies that address the types of things employees can post on social media even if it is the employee’s private social media page.  While companies have the right to protect their reputation and their business information, the way businesses monitor and possibly use private social media posts […]

Employer Must Make Clear Decision the First Time

Posted on February 8, 2018 by

A recent decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has again emphasized the importance of an employer making the right decision regarding the handling of an employment matter at the very start and not changing the rationale for an employment decision throughout the handling of the employment matter or any subsequent litigation.  In this […]

Wisconsin Employers: Have You Had Your Non-Compete Agreements Reviewed Recently? Recent Court Case Invalidates Non-Solicitation Under WI law!

Posted on January 30, 2018 by

What WI employers need to know:  Wisconsin employers must immediately revise their non-compete agreements so as to comply with this recent decision.  Contact Dean Dietrich, Bob Reinertson, Mary Ellen Schill or Sara Ackermann of the Ruder Ware team to assist you!! The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that an employee non-solicitation agreement is unenforceable if […]

Finding the Right Employee for Your Business

Posted on January 29, 2018 by

Employers today are struggling to fill vacant positions that are needed to meet customer needs.  The struggle is a combination of finding potential employees with the skills needed for the particular position and with the skills that make a good worker such as the ability to work in a team environment and use good communication […]

Mental Health Disabilities – What to Do?

Posted on January 18, 2018 by

We are seeing a growth in disability claims based upon mental health conditions which is very troubling for employers because it is hard to understand whether an employee actually has a mental health condition and it is certainly hard to quantify how that condition impacts the performance of the employee.  A recent decision from the […]

Settling Discrimination Complaints in Wisconsin

Posted on January 17, 2018 by

A recent decision from the Wisconsin Labor and Industry Review Commission has placed a cloud over the settlement of discrimination complaints in Wisconsin.  The cloud may not be very dark, but it is a matter that needs to be considered by employers when they pursue an effort to settle a discrimination complaint brought by an […]

What Does New Employee Handbook Standard Mean?

Posted on January 12, 2018 by

Attorney Bob Reinertson wrote recently about a decision of the National Labor Relations Board that significantly changed how the NLRB will review workplace policies and employee handbooks to determine whether they are in compliance with federal law.  The issue has always been that workplace policies (normally included in an employee handbook) may not interfere with […]

The NLRB Announces a Major Reversal on Employee Policies and Handbooks

Posted on December 21, 2017 by

We have reported in blog articles and seminars in recent years on decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that invalidated employee policies and handbook provisions which sought, among other things, to promote workplace civility and reasonable behavior.  Last week the NLRB overturned the 2004 case that started that trend. In the 2004 case, […]