Employment & Benefits

Practice Chair

Sara J. Ackermann

Attorneys

Paralegals

Employment & Benefits

Often our employment attorneys are seen as 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. A full-service law firm, over 45 attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.

Pain at the Pump: IRS Announces Mid-Year Adjustment of Business and Medical Mileage Rates

Posted on June 9, 2022 by

Due to the increase in the cost of gasoline since establishing the 2022 rates last year, the Internal Revenue Service is increasing mid-year the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses.  Effective July 1, 2022, the optional standard mileage rates will be 62.5 […]

Are You Keeping an Eye on Your Form I-9?!

Posted on May 26, 2022 by

Recently, we have been fielding calls from clients regarding “remote” Form I-9 verification. The current rule is that employers can ONLY verify I-9 forms remotely for employees who are remote due to COVID -19. For the curious, read our FAQ below: 1. What was the rule pre-COVID? The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has ALWAYS […]

2023 HSA Limits Are Announced

Posted on April 29, 2022 by

On April 29, 2022, the IRS announced the Health Savings Account limits for 2023.  With respect to contribution limits, the limits are higher than the ones for 2022 and the required deductible and out-of-pocket maximums have increased as well.  As a reminder, these inflation adjusted amounts are effective for calendar year 2023 HSA/HDHP Requirement Cost-of-Living […]

OSHA ETS Halted Again!

Posted on January 13, 2022 by and

Today the Supreme Court ordered that OSHA’s ETS be placed back on hold (a/k/a “stay”) and sent back to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.  In its order, the Court‘s majority noted the ETS may have gone too far because it required employers to remedy a “public health” concern: The Solicitor General does not dispute […]

Reminder—the OSHA ETS is Effective Now!

Posted on January 11, 2022 by

As you all know, last Friday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding whether the OSHA ETS vaccine mandate should be upheld. The Court has not yet issued a ruling on this issue.  As of January 10, large employers need to be in compliance with all ETS requirements.  If an employer can show it is […]

OSHA Gives Holiday Gift—ETS FAQs Updated!!

Posted on December 23, 2021 by and

One quick e-alert before you are off for some holiday cheer!  OSHA just added new FAQs to its ETS webpage.  We do not have time to go into detail as our elves are leaving for the day—however, please review new questions in Section 6 regarding testing.  The link can be found here. Have a safe […]

Breaking News! Supreme Court Accepts Vaccine Mandate Cases

Posted on December 23, 2021 by , and

The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear oral arguments on both the OSHA ETS vaccine mandate and the CMS vaccine mandate on January 7, 2022. On December 17, 2021, we shared with you that the Fifth Circuit limited the scope of the injunction related to the CMS Mandate, which meant that 26 states […]

Increase in Gasoline Prices Means Increase in Optional Standard Mileage Rates for 2022

Posted on December 17, 2021 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 2022, and the increased rates reflect the increase in the fixed and variable costs of operating a vehicle, primarily due to increased gas prices.  Effective January 1, 2022, […]

Breaking News! Sixth Circuit to Hear OSHA ETS Challenge

Posted on November 16, 2021 by and

On November 16, 2021, a panel on multidistrict litigation announced that a panel of three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit will hear the OSHA ETS litigation. All petitions that have been filed will be consolidated to the Sixth Circuit in accordance with the Consolidation Order signed today. What does […]

Federal Appeals Court Halts OSHA ETS! What does this Mean for Employers?

Posted on November 8, 2021 by and

On November 6, 2021, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily halted OSHA’s latest ETS by issuing an order staying the ETS until the court can conduct a full review.  BST Holdings v. OSHA (5th Cir 11/06/2021). The order states: Before the court is the petitioners’ emergency motion to stay enforcement of the Occupational Safety […]

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