Anthony J. Steffek

Location: Green Bay
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F: 920.431.2277
318 S. Washington Street, Suite 300
Green Bay, WI 54301

Publications: Attorney Anthony J. Steffek

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Clarifies Enforceability of Non-Solicitation Agreements

    January 19, 2018

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court has issued its decision in Manitowoc Company, Inc. v. Lanning, 2018 WI 6, a highly anticipated ruling focusing on the enforceability of non-solicitation agreements between Wisconsin employers and employees. This decision should prompt a review of your non-solicitation agreements to ensure they comport with this newly issued guidance. In the employment context, non-solicitation agreements include contracts that preclude an employee from soliciting other employees to leave the employer’s company. Manitowoc Company had entered into such an agreement with John Lanning, a long-time, high-level employee in its crane division. This non-solicitation agreement specifically precluded Mr. Lanning from soliciting,...

  • Workplace Privacy - Where and When?

    December 13, 2017

    Recent news stories discussed a Wisconsin company that began offering employees the opportunity to have microchips implanted in their hands, with such chips being used to swipe into the building, pay for cafeteria meals, etc. These stories made me think of the myriad of concerns that could arise upon execution of such a chip implantation strategy. Will the employer be able to track the employees at all times? Who is responsible if, say, an infection arises? What happens when an employee resigns or is terminated? Stories such as these bring employee privacy to the limelight and prompt a review of...

  • Court Denies Teachers’ Attempt at Pre-Act 10 Protections

    October 28, 2016

    In a resounding success for Wisconsin school districts, another attempt by the Wisconsin Education Association Council to use the courts to re-insert pre-Act 10 collectively bargained terms into individual teaching contracts has been rejected. In Marks, et al. v. Board of Education of the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools, Wood County Case No. 14-CV-205, three teachers, represented by attorneys employed by WEAC, claimed their individual teaching contracts were illegal for three reasons. First, they claimed that a for-cause termination standard is inherent in all individual teaching contracts, deeming the arbitrary and capricious standard in their contracts illegal. Second, they argued that by...

  • School and Higher Education Law Newsletter

    October 28, 2016

    Featured 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 Pre-Act 10 Protections Playing with Fire - Are You Using PBIS Appropriately with Disciplinary Removals? Wisconsin Court of Appeals Upholds School District's Post-Act 10 Reduction of Retirement Benefits Are Your District Websites Accessible to Individuals with Disabilities? Save the Date! Davis & Kuelthau's 29th Annual School Law Seminar US Supreme Court to Weigh in on Transgender Issue as Wisconsin Federal Judge Allows Transgender Discrimination Lawsuit to Proceed Under Title IX On October 28, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed...

  • Litigation Attorney Tony Steffek Discusses Noncompete Agreements in New North B2B Publication

    May 1, 2015

    Tony Steffek of Davis & Kuelthau’s litigation, labor and employment and school and higher education teams authored an article, Noncompete Agreements – Are Your Company’s Enforceable?, for New North B2B’s May 2015 publication. To read the article, please click here. ...

  • Runzheimer Decision Signals Change of View Toward Restrictive Covenants

    May 1, 2015

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court has issued its decision in Runzheimer International, Ltd. v. Friedlen, 2015 WI 45, holding that an employer’s agreement to refrain from terminating a current at-will employee, without any further promise or benefit, constitutes lawful consideration for signing restrictive covenants, such that the restrictive covenants at issue would not be deemed unenforceable on that basis. This is an important development in the law governing restrictive covenants in Wisconsin, particularly from an employer’s perspective. Historically, Wisconsin law on the issue of restrictive covenants has been considered more employee-friendly, disfavoring the use of restrictive covenants, resolving doubts about the...

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