Employment & Benefits

Often our employment attorneys are seen an extension of the client’s human resources department.

Often our employment attorneys are seen an extension of the client’s human resources department. That’s because our team understand the complexities of the employer-employee relationship and is equipped with practical, applicable solutions. Ruder Ware exclusively represents the employer in both the public and private sector. We routinely work with clients on highly sensitive issues such as workplace harassment, employee privacy, employee compensation, drug and alcohol testing, and disciplinary issues. In addition, our attorneys design and assist with the development, implementation, and enforcement of policies and procedures relating to benefits, hiring practices, employee handbooks, state and federal discrimination laws, FMLA, FLSA, ADA, OSHA, and workers’ compensation.

Our attorneys are actively involved in organizations where human resource professionals as the primary member base. Often they present seminars and in-house training on employment law topics across the state and nationwide.

With decades of experience working with human resource professionals, Ruder Ware has created an audit program to proactively identify potential problems in an employer’s human resource operations. The audit reviews and analyzes current employee-related policies and procedures. For additional detail, follow this link for a complete program description.

Services offered by our Employment Benefits team include:

  • Employee Benefits & Compensation Planning
  • Employment Contracts & Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Employment Discrimination & Sexual Harassment Litigation
  • Employment-Related Lawsuits
  • Executive Compensation
  • Handbook Policy Development & Audits
  • Human Resources Counseling Internal Investigations
  • Wage & Hour Audits and Litigation Defense
  • Workplace Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Training

While our approach is proactive, employment issues are often complex. Our litigation team has represented clients before federal and state courts, at both the trial and appellate level, as well as before state and federal administrative agencies. Our Employment Litigation page contains a full description of services provided.   {W2245065.DOCX/1}

Founded in 1920, Ruder Ware provides business, employment, estate planning, and litigation services through its offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Green Bay, Wisconsin.  A full-service law firm, over 40 attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.

Cheaper Gasoline Prices Means Decrease in Optional Standard Mileage Rates for 2020

Posted on January 2, 2020 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 2020, and the decrease in rates reflect the decrease in the fixed and variable costs of operating a vehicle.  Effective January 1, 2020, the optional standard mileage rates […]

Happy New Year! Pass the Champagne AND a Joint—Illinois Legalizes Marijuana Effective 1/1/2020

Posted on December 30, 2019 by

Here in Wisconsin marijuana is still illegal.  However, this week our neighbor Illinois becomes the 11th in our nation to legalize marijuana which may cause complications for Wisconsin employers who recruit or have locations in that state.  Our neighbor Minnesota has had marijuana legal for medicinal purposes since 2014 (recreational use is not yet legal […]

The DOL Issues Final Rule to Update Regular Rate Regs!!

Posted on December 18, 2019 by

Late last week the Department of Labor announced a Final Rule that will allow employers to more easily offer bonuses and benefits without worrying about the regular rate of pay. The rule is the first major change to the regulations governing regular rate requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in over 50 years. […]

2020 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2020 Social Security Taxable Wage Base

Posted on November 6, 2019 by

On November 6, 2019 the Internal Revenue Service announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. All of the limits shown below have increased from last year.   Qualified Plan Limit Cost-of-Living Adjustments 401(k) and 403(b) elective deferral limit 2019-$19,000 2020-$19,500 $200,000 compensation limit 2019-$280,000 2020-$285,000 $160,000 defined benefit limit 2019-$225,000 2020-$230,000 […]

Sara Ackermann Presentation at Mfg First Expo

Posted on October 22, 2019 by

My practice is dedicated to helping business owners and HR professionals work through some pretty sticky employment issues.  Although there is not much I have not seen, employee behavior never ceases to amaze me.  With the evolution of marijuana and CBD legalization, it is going to get even more interesting.  For the latest information on […]

It’s a Bird – It’s a Plane – It’s the Final Overtime Rule!!!

Posted on September 24, 2019 by

The long wait is over. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor confirmed the final rule on the overtime “white collar” exemptions. Effective January 1, 2020, the minimum salary level for exempt workers will be $684 per week ($35,568 annualized). As you may remember, in 2015, the DOL attempted to increase the exemption to $913 per […]

2020 HSA Contribution Limits are Announced

Posted on May 28, 2019 by

Today the IRS announced the HSA limits for calendar year 2020.  Hard to believe we are already talking 2020, especially after a Memorial Day weekend in Wisconsin where the air conditioning and furnace were both needed.  As you long for summer, look forward to slightly higher limits in 2020, as set forth in the chart […]

DOL Overtime Rule Update: Breaking News!

Posted on March 8, 2019 by

Today the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would substantially increase the number of workers eligible for overtime. Most significantly, the DOL has recommended the salary threshold for workers required to be paid overtime be raised from $455 a week ($23,660 annually) to $679 a week ($35,308 annually). The […]

OSHA Pulls Back on Electronic Reporting Rule

Posted on February 1, 2019 by

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has partly pulled back on its controversial requirement that certain employers electronically file injury and illness data with OSHA.  Last week, OSHA announced that employers with 250 or more employees no longer need to electronically submit information from their OSHA 300 forms (the Log of Work-Related Injuries and […]

Increased Gasoline Prices Lead to Increase in Optional Standard Mileage Rates for 2019

Posted on December 14, 2018 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 2019, and the increased rates reflect the increase in the fixed and variable costs of operating a vehicle.  Effective January 1, 2019, the optional standard mileage rates will […]

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