Human Resources Counseling

Human Resource professionals are expected to be up-to-date on employment laws and how they apply to their workforce.  Plus, any task performed by HR carries some amount of legal risk.

With as often as rules change and as varied as employee needs and issues can be, HR professionals need a trusted partner.  Ruder Ware’s employment attorneys are often considered an extension of a company’s internal HR department.  Our attorneys are up-to-date on currently state and federal employment laws and have walked seasoned HR professionals through incredibly tense employee issues and have emerged with practical solutions and sound advice.

Our attorneys provide counsel on:

  • Disability accommodation & leave management
  • Wage and Hour
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Employee privacy
  • Nondiscrimination
  • Workforce Restructuring & Reductions in Force
  • FMLA/ADA Solutions
  • International Employment
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Workplace Harassment
  • Background investigations and pre-employment screening
  • Workplace investigations into employee misconduct
  • Training for executives, managers and employees (including harassment prevention and social media)
  • Employee handbooks and policies
  • Employment contracts and arbitration agreements
  • Protection of trade secrets and confidential information, and drafting non-disclosure and non-competition agreements
  • Severance agreements

While our attorneys are skilled at proactive measures, issues such as accidents, missteps, or claims against the company are still a possibility.  Ruder Ware’s team of litigators are prepared to provide counsel at that next level – whether through mediation or litigation.

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.

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Posted on January 2, 2020 by

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Posted on March 8, 2019 by

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Posted on February 1, 2019 by

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Posted on December 14, 2018 by

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