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2019 HSA Contribution Limits Are Announced

Posted on June 1, 2018 by

If it seems like the IRS just announced the 2018 limits, you are not mistaken.  Just over a month ago the IRS declared a do over for the 2018 limits, see The IRS Says Never Mind – You Can Have Your Higher HSA Limit!  With the arrival of 90 degree temperatures in Wisconsin, it is […]

“Ban the Box” Legislation Expands – What should Employers Do?

Posted on May 21, 2018 by

We have seen a recent expansion of “Ban the Box Legislation” which prevents employers from asking information about the arrest or conviction record of an applicant for a position.  Some legislation prevents employers from conducting criminal background checks on applicants until a final selection has been made and a final candidate is being considered.  Wisconsin […]

The IRS Says Never Mind – You Can Have Your Higher HSA Limit!

Posted on April 30, 2018 by

I previously blogged about how unusual it was for the IRS to implement a retroactive change to a previously announced limit.  As you may remember, the $6,900 limit on HSA contributions for a taxpayer eligible for a family high deductible health plan (HDHP) previously announced May 4, 2017 was reduced on March 5, 2018 to $6,850, […]

Obesity as Perceived Disability

Posted on March 8, 2018 by

I recently did a blog about obesity as a disability under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act.  I concluded that the condition of obesity did not automatically constitute a disability although courts could find that an employer discriminated against an obese person if it perceived the person to be adversely impacted by the obese condition and […]

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 […]