James M. Kalny
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Location: Green Bay
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Green Bay, WI 54301

News & Events: Attorney James M. Kalny


  • D&K's Breakfast Briefing Series

    September 12, 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 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



  • Wisconsin Public Employer Labor Relations Association Annual Conference 2017

    January 26, 2017

    Davis & Kuelthau is a proud sponsor of the Wisconsin Public Employer Labor Relations Association (WPELRA) Annual Conference. This annual conference provides a unique learning and networking experience for all labor relations and human resources professionals. The conference program features a variety of timely and relevant session topics for labor professionals at all levels. This two-day conference will take place at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, WI from Thursday, January 26, 2017 to Friday, January 27, 2017. For more information or to register, please visit the WPERLA’s Website.



  • Davis & Kuelthau's 29th Annual School Law Seminar: Law Enforcement Presence in Schools: Your Duties, Their Role

    January 18, 2017

    Join us for a dynamic panel discussion addressing the collaborative use of law enforcement personnel in schools. As safety concerns increase, new challenges have emerged for both schools and law enforcement. Representatives from Wisconsin school districts and law enforcement agencies will join Davis & Kuelthau’s School & Higher Education Law Team to provide first-hand best practices for maximizing safety on school grounds. Hear their stories. Share your own. Ask questions. Leave informed. Topics will include: Department of Justice September 2016 Guidance Considerations for students with disabilities Disorderly conduct citations Expulsions Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Interagency agreements School Board duties Panelists include, Judy Baseman, Assistant Superintendent at Appleton



  • Save the Date! Davis & Kuelthau's 29th Annual School Law Seminar

    October 28, 2016

    Davis & Kuelthau's 29th Annual School Law Seminar will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Click here for more information. Davis & Kuelthau's School Law Seminar is held in conjunction with the WASB/WASDA/WASBO Education Convention. Mary S. Gerbig will be presenting, Open Enrollment and the Special Needs Scholarship Program at 8:00am on January 18th at the 2017 Wisconsin State Education Convention as part of the annual School Law Track. Featured School and Higher Education Law News: U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh in on Transgender Issue as Wisconsin Federal Judge Allows Transgender Discrimination Lawsuit to Proceed Under Title IX Court Denies Teachers' Attempt at



  • 2016 Municipal Attorneys Institute

    June 16, 2016

    Labor & Employment attorney, James Kalny spoke at the 2016 Municipal Attorneys Institute on Thursday, June 16, 2016. His presentation, FLSA Primer and Update addressed the new rules released by the Department of Labor related to employees classified as exempt and give attendees insight on key items to consider before the new rules go into effect on December 1, 2016. This three-day conference took place at the Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay from Wednesday, June 15 to Friday, June 17th. For more details, please visit the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Website.



  • 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



  • Davis & Kuelthau's 28th Annual School Law Seminar: Building a Skilled Workforce

    January 20, 2016

    This dynamic roundtable addressed the rapidly evolving demands placed on K-12 districts in aligning education and training with the growing workforce needs of our State and beyond. The discussion included first-hand perspectives on: K-12/higher-ed/employer programs – the variety, A - Z Student networking: integration of career-specific clubs Success examples, common challenges, and customization to your district’s needs Legal Vue: Every Student Succeeds Act; liability concerns; agreement considerations; licensure requirements Panelists included, Brooke Holbrook, Manager K-12 Relations at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Patti Andersen-Shew, Director-Education and Workforce Development, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce and D&K School and Higher Education Attorneys, Robert W. Burns, and



  • Municipal Attorney Jim Kalny Oversees Special Council Meeting in Clintonville

    September 22, 2015

    During a Clintonville City Council meeting Mayor, Judy Magee gave her official resignation after a year-and-a-half investigation which also led to the City Administrator stepping down. Municipal attorney and Labor and Employment Chair James M. Kalny met privately with the city council’s board, overseeing the agreement between both Magee and Tricia Rose, who filed a complaint against Magee. He resignation will be effective January 1, 2016. For more information, please visit the Waupaca County News Website.



  • 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



  • 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



  • Meet & Greet with State Bar President-Elect Candidate, Kevin J. Lyons

    April 7, 2015

    Davis & Kuelthau's Green Bay and Fox Valley team, and other State Bar members from the eight county area, gathered for a complimentary meet and greet in preparation for the upcoming State Bar election. Attendees were able to voice your interests and concerns as a State Bar member, propose forward-moving ideas, and enjoy an evening of networking. Event details: This complimentary hors d'oeuvre and cocktail reception took place at Hagemeister Park in Green Bay, WI on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Join the conversation online at: www.linkedin.com/in/kevinforprez. Click here to view Kevin's campaign page.



  • 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



  • Breakfast Briefing: HR Workshop Series: Lessons Learned for the Year Ahead

    September 23, 2014

    Lights, camera, action! While it may not be Hollywood, Davis & Kuelthau's September 23, 2014 Breakfast Briefing featured human resource vignettes. Presented by members of our Labor and Employment Team, each segment addressed real life situations that arise with employees in the workplace and provide implementable takeaways. The employment law issues addressed included: FMLA ADA WFEA FLSA Workers Compensation Discrimination issues Recent case and statutory laws, and other regulatory developments from the past year This complimentary seminar was held at the Comfort Suites- Rock Garden Conference in Green Bay, WI on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Registration and breakfast began at 7:30 a.m. The program was scheduled from



  • Breakfast Briefing: Navigating the New Trends In Discrimination and ADA Situations

    April 22, 2014

    Claims of discrimination in your business can be expensive and time consuming. They can divide a workforce and provide a stigma that no business wants or needs. This seminar will keep you up to date on the latest developments in this area of law helping your company to prevent and avoid such claims. The panel will also discuss practical real world applications of these principals. Are you prepared? Davis & Kuelthau's Green Bay Labor & Employment Team provided useful insights on how to get you there. This complimentary seminar was held at the Comfort Suites- Rock Garden Conference in Green Bay, WI



  • Breakfast Briefing: 10 Employer Mistakes to Avoid

    February 25, 2014

    Where did we go wrong and how best can we reduce our liability moving forward? Davis & Kuelthau's Green Bay Labor & Employment Team and fellow employers held an in-depth discussion addressing the some all-too-common pitfalls that most often lead to liability in the employment setting. The scenarios addressed included: Misclassifying "administrative assistants" or "supervisors" as exempt Handbook provisions that can raise the ire of federal agencies Non-enforceable separation agreements Employment applications that violate law Unemployment challenges gone awry and other risky missteps. The program concluded with a brief Q & A session that gave attendees an opportunity to share their own hurdles and



  • Breakfast Briefing: Employment Law Potluck: Trending Issues Impacting the Workplace

    November 19, 2013

    This program provided a pre-Thanksgiving buffet of recent hot topics cooking in the kitchen of employment law. Davis & Kuelthau Labor & Employment Team members discussed significant court and agency decisions affecting today's employers. In addition, they provided an update on key legislative developments at the federal and state level as well as helpful best practices for employers to consider implementing. The program concluded with an interactive general employment law Q & A session. This complimentary seminar was held at the Comfort Suites- Rock Garden Conference in Green Bay, WI on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.



  • Breakfast Briefing: Managing Difficult Employees Including Discipline and Discharge

    October 24, 2013

    Effective management and supervision of employees can be one of the most rewarding as well as most challenging duties for a front line supervisor. Davis & Kuelthau attorneys from our Labor & Employment Team held a timely discussion on how to effectively discipline and discharge difficult employees when necessary. A considerable investment goes into everyone that your company hires. Like all investments, if properly reviewed from time to time, supported in its strengths, and appropriately corrected when necessary, companies are able to build a strong team. Yet at the same time, ineffective handling of performance problems disrupt the workplace and



  • Breakfast Briefing: The National Labor Relations Act for the Private Sector Employer

    September 10, 2013

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been in the news lately and it's likely to impact non-union employers. Davis & Kuelthau Labor & Employment Team attorneys held a timely informational discussion benefiting union and non-union private sector employers. After years of political and judicial controversy, the President has made five new appointments (three Democrats and two Republicans) and gained congressional approval. All very interesting, but if you are a non-union employer, what difference does the activity of the NLRB mean to you? The NLRB has jurisdiction over any circumstance where an employee (union or not) engages in "concerted activities"



  • AWSA's Annual Legal Conference

    August 7, 2013

    D&K Labor & Employment attorneys presented at the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA) annual legal conference. Their program topics included; "Policy, Handbook, and Activity Codes: Updates, Do's and Don'ts," "Current Cyber Challenges," and "Addressing Difficult Staff Issues in a Post-Act 10 Environment." AWSA is the largest association of public school administrators, representing principals, HR directors, resource officers, and other administrative professionals. Kirk, Shana, and Bob are 3 of the 6 attorneys that presented at the annual legal seminar. For more information on this conference, visit the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators Website.



  • Webinar: Litigation from Eau Claire to Green Bay and Back Again

    July 1, 2013

    D&K Labor & Employment Team attorneys, presented, "Litigation From Eau Claire to Green Bay and Back Again: A Discussion of Litigation Under Acts 10 & 32 Involving Public Safety Bargaining." This free presentation was hosted by the Wisconsin Public Employer Labor Relations Association.



  • Breakfast Briefing: New Employee Rights Under State And Federal Law

    April 30, 2013

    Our workforce is an immediate mirror of society's changes. As society evolves in response to new technologies, new protected classes, and world events, our workforce demands new rights and protections that previously were never even considered. Join us for a discussion of these new and developing rights so that your company is prepared to comply with ever-changing state and federal employment laws. The following topics will be discussed: Social Media freedoms, including NLRB-approved social media policies, employer demands of passwords, and free speech issues The NLRB's increased push to regulate non-union workplaces Transgender protections in the workplace Discrimination claims related to domestic



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