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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, […]

2018 IRS Standard Mileage Rates Reflect Rising Fuel Prices

Posted on December 15, 2017 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2018, and the increased rates reflect the increase in gasoline prices. Effective January 1, 2018, the optional standard mileage rates will increase to 54.5 cents per mile for […]

Ageism in the Workplace?

Posted on November 30, 2017 by

There has been a lot of discussion lately about “ageism” in the workplace.  People are wondering what this means and what type of steps need to be taken by an employer to avoid age discrimination complaints. Ageism is the key word being used today to describe attitudes and behaviors in the workplace that reflect negatively […]

OSHA Extends 300A Electronic Reporting Deadline to December 15

Posted on November 27, 2017 by

The Occupational and Safety Administration (OSHA) has announced the December 1, 2017 deadline for certain employers to electronically submit 300A injury and illness reports for 2016 has been extended by two weeks, to December 15, 2017. This deadline extension affects employers with 250 or more employees and employers with 20 to 249 employees in designated […]

Extended Leave is an Accommodation – Maybe Not

Posted on November 17, 2017 by

As the after effect of the recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision about extended leave as an accommodation continues to develop, a serious question is developing of whether an employer is obligated to give an extended leave to a person with a disability who has exhausted their twelve weeks of federal medical leave.  The […]

Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell in Job Interview?

Posted on November 16, 2017 by

A number of states have passed legislation prohibiting an employer from asking a candidate for a new job about his or her salary history in other employment settings.  While such a law has not passed in the State of Wisconsin, there is clearly a ground swell of support for employers to stop asking salary history […]

2018 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2018 Social Security Taxable Wage Base – Updated for New Taxable Wage Base

Posted on October 19, 2017 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. A few of the limits shown below remain unchanged from last year, but others have increased. Qualified Plan Limit Cost-of-Living Adjustments 401(k) and 403(b) elective deferral limit 2017-$18,000 2018-$18,500 $200,000 compensation limit 2017-$270,000 2018-$275,000 $160,000 defined benefit limit 2017-$215,000 […]