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  • D&K's Breakfast Briefing Series

    November 7, 2017

    D&K proudly hosts complimentary Breakfast Briefing programs for clients and contacts across the Green Bay, and the Greater Fox Valley region. These programs are designed to assist employers in minimizing the risk of employment liability on the state and federal level. Each program in the series combines an overview of the law with practical business advice covering a current topic in the labor and employment field. Our experienced attorneys discuss recent case developments and emerging legal issues and provide suggestions to employers on methods for limiting liability and conforming their conduct to state and federal statutes and regulations. These programs are



  • Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. Welcomes Terrance Navin as Executive Director

    October 9, 2017

    MILWAUKEE — Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. is pleased to announce Terrance (Terry) J. Navin has joined the firm as its Executive Director. “As our firm grows, we sought a management professional with exceptional experience in leading midsized law firms particularly in the areas of recruiting, client service and business administration,” said Joseph E. Tierney, President of Davis & Kuelthau. “Terry’s first-hand knowledge of our market along with his acumen for modern law firm management align well with our initiative to remain at the forefront of the rapidly changing business environment. Dynamic administrative leaders like Terry are the foundation of our



  • ERISA Fiduciary Overview and Employee Benefits Update

    June 28, 2017

    Davis & Kuelthau is teaming up with area experts from Merrill Lynch and Empower Retirement to provide employee benefits professionals, HR professionals, legal counsel, and business owners with the latest insights on ERISA fiduciary duties along with trends and best practices. Davis & Kuelthau Employee Benefits Attorney, Katharine Shaw will be presenting, Current Trends in Employee Benefits. She will address: Status of health care legislation Changes in 401(k) plan rules for approving hardship distributions and the use of forfeitures New ERISA rules for reviewing disability claims Remedial amendment period of 403(b) plans New life expectancy and interest rates for defined benefit plans Small employer HRAs Michael Poludniak,



  • Davis & Kuelthau's 39th Annual Public Officials Program

    April 26, 2017

    Davis & Kuelthau's Labor & Employment, Municipal, and School and Higher Education Teams are proudly hosting our 39th Annual Public Officials Program for veteran and newly-elected public officials on April 26, 2017. Our public sector team will update attendees on several topics including: Pending Supreme Court and state cases related to transgender students and employees. Current developments in employee benefits. Municipal statutory immunity from liability. Public records and open meeting matters. Immigration: Latest trends including DACA adjudications; Executive Orders concerning ICE enforcement policies; Immigration enforcement in “Sensitive Locations” including schools, hospitals, churches and public events; Rights and responsibilities of public institutions when interacting with ICE and undocumented residents. The evening will



  • CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series 2017

    March 23, 2017

    Davis & Kuelthau is a proud supporter of St. Norbert College’s ‘CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series’. These programs cover a variety of business topics featuring speakers who are significant business and community leaders. They will share their stories related to common business challenges and provide success strategies. Attendees have an opportunity to network and gain key information to help them reach their business goals. Please join us on February 7, 2017 and March 23, 2017 for our sponsor program. Mark Kaiser, CEO of Lindquist Machine Corporation will be presenting, "Crucial Conversations: Creating an Intentional Culture" on February 7 and Wilson



  • Webinar | Are You Ready for the 2017 H-1B Season? Current Issues and Trends in Preparation for the April 1st Filing Deadline!

    March 1, 2017

    The H-1B visa is the obvious choice for many employers looking to hire foreign workers. However, in practice this visa category can be full of surprises for businesses and workers. Davis & Kuelthau Immigration and Employee Benefits attorney, Hugo Rojas explored the current parameters of the H-1B category, including: What is the H-1B cap and who is subject to it? What is a Specialty Occupation? Which businesses can take advantage of this program? What about dependents and work authorization? What does a typical timeline look like? Who should attend? This webinar is designed for business executives, human resources professionals, in-house counsel and other executives involved



  • Davis & Kuelthau Adds Employee Benefits, Trusts & Estates, IP and Litigation Attorneys in Metro-Milwaukee and Greater Fox Valley Regions

    December 19, 2016

    MILWAUKEE — Joseph E. Tierney, IV, President of Davis & Kuelthau, s.c., announced the addition of four attorneys in the firm’s Brookfield, Green Bay and Milwaukee offices. Katharine G. Shaw joined the firm’s Labor and Employment Team, Jacqueline L. Messler and James E. Lowe joined the Corporate Team, and T. Wickham Schmidt joined the Litigation Team. “We added 15 colleagues to our firm throughout 2016. This expansion is one of many initiatives underway at Davis & Kuelthau to remain at the forefront of the rapidly changing business environment,” said Tierney. “The addition of good people like these is key to meeting



  • Attorney Hugo Rojas Discusses Employment Workforce Obstacles for Immigrants

    August 18, 2016

    Hugo Rojas of Davis & Kuelthau’s Immigration and Labor and Employment teams participated in DRI’s – The Voice of Defense Bar’s “Let’s Talk” series on Thursday, August 18, 2016. He discussed a variety of topics including, the impact stemming from the current immigration laws as well as an update on the Supreme Court case concerning President Obama’s immigration Executive Order. This one hour teleconference took place on Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. For more details, please visit DRI’s – The Voice of Defense Bar’s Website.



  • Immigration Attorney Hugo Rojas Featured in Wisconsin Law Journal: Getting to America

    August 15, 2016

    Hugo Rojas, Immigration and Labor and Employment attorney in Davis & Kuelthau’s Milwaukee office, was featured in Wisconsin Law Journal’s Asked & Answered interview series. This series provides a personal and professional perspective on individual attorneys both in and outside of the office. To read the full article, please click here.



  • Davis & Kuelthau Proudly Announces Joseph E. Tierney, IV as the Firm’s Next President

    August 12, 2016

    The Wisconsin law firm of Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. today announced Joseph E. Tierney, IV, corporate and real estate attorney, will take the helm as the firm’s next president as of October 1, 2016. This transition is one of several steps the firm is making to remain at the forefront of the next generation of progressive, dynamic legal service workplaces. “Joe was selected as our next president for many reasons, including his forward-thinking approach, understanding of the changing legal landscape, and his 10 years of service as a transactional attorney with our firm,” said Kathy Nusslock, the firm’s Chief Operating Officer



  • Labor & Employment Attorney Bruce Deadman Discusses Overtime Exemption Rules

    July 1, 2016

    Bruce Deadman of Davis & Kuelthau’s labor and employment team authored an article, Millions of employees impacted by new overtime rules. Are you prepared? for New North B2B’s July 2016 publication. To read the article, please click here.



  • Fox Valley Roundtable | DOL Overtime Rules: Beyond Compliance

    June 15, 2016

    Employers may have anticipated the new rules on overtime pay as released on May 17th by the Department of Labor; however, the degree of impact these changes will have on organizations has yet to be experienced. The implications are vast and thousands of area workers will be impacted. Are you prepared? The Wisconsin Family Business Forum (WFBF) and Davis & Kuelthau Labor & Employment attorneys, Bruce Deadman and James Kalny held a time-sensitive roundtable, DOL Overtime Rules: Beyond Compliance. Practical Issues and Opportunities to Address Old & New Problems. During this complimentary seminar, Davis & Kuelthau and area businesses discussed real world



  • Webinar | DOL Overtime Rules: Beyond Compliance. Practical Issues and Opportunities to Address Old & New Problems

    June 1, 2016

    Employers across the United States anticipated the new rules on overtime pay which were released on May 17th by the Department of Labor (DOL). The implications are vast and millions of workers will be impacted. Yet, compliance is merely one factor among many to address in short order. Davis & Kuelthau Labor & Employment attorneys, Bruce Deadman, James Kalny, and Laurie Meyer presented real world examples of how employers across Wisconsin and beyond are taking quick action to achieve compliance as well as leverage the hidden, organic opportunities to resolve old problems within their workplace policies. Topics included: Options for reorganization Addressing



  • Executive Briefing Series

    May 17, 2016

    You asked. We answered. Davis & Kuelthau is launching a high-level discussion series to help Wisconsin’s business executives stay ahead of the curve on trending labor, employment and immigration factors impacting their bottom line. Our Labor and Employment Team understands the value of a productive workforce and thus aligns closely with businesses to help attract, retain, build and collaborate with their employees. Focused on cutting-edge topics, this executive-level program is designed to help business leaders develop and employ strategies aligned with their comprehensive, long-term business goals. Together, we’ll discuss the issues at large and provide practical concepts for implementation within



  • Davis & Kuelthau's 38th Annual Public Officials Program

    April 27, 2016

    Davis & Kuelthau's Labor & Employment, Municipal, and School and Higher Education Teams are proudly hosting our 38th Annual Public Officials Program for veteran and newly-elected public officials on April 27, 2016. Our public sector team will update attendees on several topics including: Review of selected decisions or cases around the state dealing with a variety of issues arising out of the post-Act 10 era; Open meetings/public records update; Impact of Flambeau federal court decision on wellness plans; FLSA changes on the horizon which could require reclassifying some employees and incurring additional overtime costs; and Benefits and Affordable Care Act (ACA) update of interest to public



  • CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series 2016

    April 5, 2016

    Davis & Kuelthau is a proud supporter of St. Norbert College’s ‘CEO Breakfast & Strategy Series’. These programs will cover a variety of business topics featuring speakers who are significant business and community leaders. They will share their stories related to common business challenges and provide success strategies. Attendees have an opportunity to network and gain key information to help them reach their business goals. Please join us on April 5, 2016 for our sponsor program. Mike Jansen, CEO of Faith Technologies, will be presenting, “Grow Big or Grow Home: Changing Your Business Model for Profitable Growth”. Below is the full



  • Laurie Meyer and Claire Hartley Published in DRI on Supreme Court’s New Test for Determining Employer Violations of 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act

    January 28, 2016

    Laurie Meyer, shareholder, of Davis & Kuelthau’s Labor & Employment team published an article, Preventing Claims Related to Failure to Accommodate Pregnancy, in DRI’s January 2016 For The Defense magazine. In the wake of Young v. United Parcel Services, Inc., their article addresses the new test requiring employers to prove that their actions did not discriminate against pregnant workers and allows claims to proceed when pregnant workers didn’t receive certain accommodations. Click here for a complimentary copy of the article.



  • Three Davis & Kuelthau Attorneys Selected as Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation

    October 26, 2015

    MILWAUKEE — Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. today announced that Kathy L. Nusslock, Chief Operating Officer and Firm President, and Litigation attorneys Sherry D. Coley and Nelson Phillips, III were selected as a Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation. This honor recognizes outstanding career achievement, community involvement and efforts to advance the legal profession. Fellows membership is limited to 2.5% of the State Bar’s total members. Kathy works in conjunction with the Board of Directors and is responsible for overall management of the firm’s operations, including human resources, facilities management, and oversight of accounting/finance, information technology, and marketing/business development. She has been



  • Breakfast Briefing: The Fair Labor Standards Act and YOU – What EVERY Business Needs to Know and DO – NOW!

    September 15, 2015

    Attorneys from Davis & Kuelthau's Labor & Employment Team along with fellow business owners and HR professionals had a lively discussion addressing recent Wage and Hour Law proposals and developments. Topics included: Proposed changes to FLSA regulations that would nearly double the salary exemption floor for most salaried employees and lay the framework for that floor to rise annually. How should bonuses and incentives be treated for overtime and salary test purposes? Independent Contractors, does the Department of Labor think YOU are a "scofflaw"? What you can and should do now to meet these challenges. This complimentary seminar took place at the



  • Labor Attorney Bruce Deadman Featured in Wisconsin Law Journal: Deadman Finds His Labor of Love in Helping People

    September 4, 2015

    Bruce Deadman, Labor and Employment attorney in Davis & Kuelthau’s Green Bay office, was featured in Wisconsin Law Journal’s Asked & Answered interview series. This series provides a personal and professional perspective on individual attorneys both in and outside of the office. Click here to read the full article.



  • Wisconsin Family Business Forum's Summer Picnic

    August 20, 2015

    In collaboration with Zander Press, Inc., Bank First National, and Schenck SC, D&K hosted a traditional summer picnic on August 20, 2015. Proudly produced as supporting members of the Wisconsin Family Business Forum (WFBF), this networking event included a blend of business and casual discussion along with food and fun for young and old. Attendees shared success stories and challenges as a business owner, learned more about WFBF's resources and sponsor opportunities, relaxed with long-time acquaintances, and met an array of business leaders from across the region. Beginning with a tour of Zander Press, Inc. in Brillion, WI, attendees then gathered



  • Attorney Hugo Rojas Discusses Immigration Topics With Payroll Professionals at Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the APA

    July 9, 2015

    Hugo Rojas of Davis & Kuelthau’s Immigration and Labor and Employment teams presented at the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Payroll Association’s (APA) monthly meeting on Thursday, July 9, 2015. His presentation covered a variety of topics including, I-9's, Visas, Resident and Non-Resident Aliens working in the United States, tax reporting for non-residents, and current government information on Executive Orders. This presentation took place at Liberty Hall in Kimberly, WI from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM. For more details, please visit the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Payroll Association’s (APA) Website.



  • Breakfast Briefing: Penny Wise, Pound Foolish–Proper HR Preparation & Preservation in a Litigious Era

    May 12, 2015

    Attorneys Robert W. Burns, Mary S. Gerbig and Anthony J. Steffek of Davis & Kuelthau's Labor & Employment and Litigation Teams reviewed practical measures to be better prepared should employment litigation be in your business future. In the increasingly litigious times in which we live, even those employers who generally follow "best practices" in the human resources area are likely to find themselves defending a claim or lawsuit from a former employee or unsuccessful applicant. Topics included: Due diligence protocols for adverse employment decisions Electronic discovery issues (subpoenas for e-mails, texts, metadata, etc.) Importance of litigation "holds" Documentation concerns: Is there an "original"? Defined decision



  • Davis & Kuelthau's 37th Annual Public Officials Program

    April 29, 2015

    Davis & Kuelthau's Labor & Employment, Municipal, and School and Higher Education Law Teams proudly hosted our 37th Annual Public Officials Program for veteran and newly-elected public officials on April 29, 2015. Members of our Green Bay, Oshkosh, and Milwaukee offices updated public officials on several topics: Although the constitutionality of Act 10 was confirmed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court last summer, there are a number of cases around the state dealing with a variety of issues arising out of the post-Act 10 era; Recent Supreme Court retirement vesting decisions; Common questions relating to the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) and Employee Trust Fund



  • Attorney Hugo Rojas Joins Davis & Kuelthau’s Immigration Practice

    April 2, 2015

    MILWAUKEE— Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. is pleased to announce attorney Hugo P. Rojas has joined the firm’s Immigration and Labor & Employment Team in its Milwaukee office. Hugo focuses his practice on advising employers on strategies for navigating the complex regulations of the U.S. immigration system while seeking a path for permanent residency for their multinational workforce. He assists and advises businesses with every phase of the employment-based immigration process to help employers meet their objective of building a talented workforce in Wisconsin and beyond. Hugo’s clients include mid-large sized global manufacturers, engineering firms, financial services institutions, health care providers, IT



  • Breakfast Briefing: Untold Truths: All Is NOT Quiet on the Employment Front

    March 3, 2015

    Attorneys, Bruce B. Deadman and James M. Kalny from Davis & Kuelthau's Labor & Employment Team addressed real world situations where employers have been sunk by their own actions, surprised by new laws and regulations, or found themselves re-actively taking cover in an increasingly employer unfriendly environment. Topics included: Home-cooked employment agreements—a trap for the unwary. Who is an employee? "Command and control" issues and independent contractors. How to lose the wage and hour battle—cautionary perspectives from the frontline. The National Labor Relations Board: from handbook issues and social media criticism to the "ambush election" rule. Beyond the buzz words: Defining "hostile environment" and "harassment claims." This



  • Labor & Employment Attorney Bob Burns Weighs in on Right to Work Bill

    February 27, 2015

    Labor & Employment attorney, Robert W. Burns of Davis & Kuelthau's Green Bay office, sat down with Green Bay's TV5 to discuss the impact of the "Right To Work" bill on companies and union workers.



  • Wisconsin Family Business Forum's Summer Picnic

    August 21, 2014

    In collaboration with Printco Incorporated, Bank First National, and Schenck SC, D&K held a traditional summer picnic on August 21st. Proudly produced as supporting members of the Wisconsin Family Business Forum (WFBF), this networking event included a blend of business and casual discussion along with food and fun for young and old. Attendees shared success stories and challenges as a business owner, learned more about WFBF's resources and sponsor opportunities, relaxed with long-time acquaintances, and met an array of business leaders from across the region. Hosted on the site of Printco in Omro, the evening included a tour of the Sperling family's



  • Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. Announces Kathy Nusslock As the Firm’s Next Chief Operating Officer

    July 23, 2014

    MILWAUKEE — Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. has proudly announced that it will appoint Shareholder Kathy L. Nusslock the firm’s next Chief Operating Officer. Kathy will work in conjunction with the Board of Directors and will be responsible for overall management of the firm’s operations, including human resources, facilities management, and oversight of accounting/finance, information technology, and marketing/business development. Kathy joined the firm’s Litigation Team in 1998 and since then served in a variety of firm management roles including Litigation Team Head, Employment Litigation Practice Chair, Director on the firm’s Board, member of the Shareholder Development Committee, and Pro Bono Coordinator.



  • Health Care Reform: What's Next? - State Bar of Wisconsin Seminar

    November 14, 2013

    Before the Affordable Care Act goes into effect in 2014, Davis & Kuelthau joined members of the State Bar’s Tax Faculty to present a timely discussion addressing the tax issues regarding employee benefits under the ACA. D&K Employee Benefits attorney Kelly S. Kuglitsch participated in a panel discussion titled, “Health Care Reform: What’s Next?” along with panelists, John L. Barlament of Quarles & Brady, and Michael W. Taibleson of Whyte Hirschboek Dudek. Specifically, the discussion covered following: New taxes imposed on employers under the Affordable Care Act New administrative requirements -- such as changes to Form W-2 and a new "marketplace notice" Action steps



  • Breakfast Briefing: What Medical Questions Can I Ask My Employees?

    September 19, 2013

    Health Risk Assessments, Wellness Programs, ACA Retaliation, and Drug Testing Do you use Health Risk Assessments? Do you have a Wellness Program? Both can be great ideas, but also can create dangers if you are not aware of the new regulations and guidance. Labor & Employment attorney, Geoffrey S. Trotier, and Employee Benefits attorney, Kelly S. Kuglitsch, held a timely discussion addressing a critical question among today's employers, "What medical questions can I ask my employees?" The discussion included insights on the latest in drug testing, the ACA's retaliation provisions, and the latest medical information battlegrounds for employers. The latest legal developments



  • Understanding Health Care Reform

    September 13, 2013

    Multiple aspects of the Affordable Care Act are set to go into effect in January of 2014. As an employer, are you prepared? Davis & Kuelthau Employee Benefits Attorney,Kelly S. Kuglitsch, along with guest speakers from Johnson Insurance Services LLC, Schenk, Arise Health Plan, and the Wisconsin Hospital Association shared their insights on how the Reform will affect employers and their employees. In addition to this time-sensitive discussion, insightful breakout sessions will followed, covering topics from health insurance exchange updates to offering solutions to lower costs and improve employee health. Kelly also participated in the 'Small Group - Less than



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