Laurie E. Meyer

Location: Milwaukee
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111 E. Kilbourn Avenue, Suite 1400
Milwaukee, WI 53202-6613

Publications: Attorney Laurie E. Meyer

  • When can you dock your employees’ wages for mistakes, damages or theft? Not knowing the answer to this question can cost you.

    May 18, 2017

    Your employee negligently damages company property, resulting in the company being charged a significant deductible by the insurance company when you submit a claim for the costs of the repair. Your cashier’s drawer is short at the end of the day because he mistakenly gave a customer too much change. Your employee fails to return a company phone that was assigned to her when she leaves the company. Can you legally deduct these losses from the employee’s paycheck? Wisconsin employers should tread carefully before unilaterally deciding to deduct from employees’ paychecks for mistakes, damages caused by employee negligence, cash register shortages, or even...

  • Seventh Circuit Rules Sexual Orientation Workplace Discrimination Is Illegal

    April 5, 2017

    In a precedent setting decision, Hively v. Ivy Tech, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal appeals court having jurisdiction for Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois, ruled on April 4, 2017, that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Title VII protects employees from discrimination based on “race, color, religion, national origin or sex.” The Second and Eleventh Circuits previously ruled that the term “sex” referred only to whether an employee was a male or female. In Hively, the Seventh Circuit instead expanded the definition of “sex”...

  • Breaking News: Federal Judge Blocks DOL Overtime Rules

    November 23, 2016

    Late yesterday, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Department of Labor (DOL)’s Final Rule and its regulations regarding the new salary thresholds for the so-called “white collar” exemptions that were set to go into effect on December 1st. The injunction not only prevents the regulations related to the Final Rule from taking effect, it prevents the DOL from enforcing these new regulations. The injunction is not a final order and is subject to potential revision or appeal, but has nationwide, immediate effect until further order of the court or an appellate court. As we have reported...

  • Temporary Workers and the FMLA: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

    October 25, 2016

    Temporary Workers and the FMLA As most employers know, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. Employers covered under the FMLA include public agencies, state, local and federal employers, and private sector employers who employ 50 or more employees for at least 20 workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year. Further, to be eligible for FMLA leave, an employee must have...

  • OFCCP Updates Sex Discrimination Guidelines for Government Contractors

    June 30, 2016

    On June 14, 2016 the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued a final rule (set forth in 41 C.F.R. Part 60-20), which for the first time since 1970, updated the sex discrimination guidelines applicable to federal government contractors and subcontractors as well as contractors and subcontractors operating under federally assisted construction contracts. The agency noted that because the original guidelines were published more than four and a half decades ago, women have become far more represented in the workplace and this “changing reality of the modern workforce” needed to be recognized with updated guidance...

  • New overtime rules announced. Millions of employees impacted. Are you ready?

    May 18, 2016

    Breaking News: Federal Judge Blocks DOL Overtime Rules (November 23, 2016) Original May 2016 article: On Tuesday, May 17, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced new rules on overtime pay, fulfilling President Obama’s 2014 promise to raise the salary level at which employers are required to pay overtime. These changes will have wide impact for virtually all profit and non-profit organizations, and the DOL estimates that almost 4.2 million U.S. workers who are currently exempt will now be eligible for overtime compensation under the new salary level requirements. The rules provide that employers must implement these changes by DECEMBER 1, 2016. It...

  • Labor & Employment Attorneys Laurie Meyer Discusses Joint Employer Status Assessments in New North B2B Publication

    October 1, 2015

    Laurie Meyer of Davis & Kuelthau’s appellate practice, employment litigation, food and beverage industry, labor and employment and litigations teams authored an article, The NLRB says you could be held responsible for a worker you didn’t intent to employ., for for New North B2B's October 2015 publication. To read the article, please click here....

  • The NLRB says you could be held responsible for a worker you didn’t intend to employ.

    September 10, 2015

    Late last month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued the long-awaited Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. opinion in which it changed the standards for assessing a joint-employer status. With this opinion, the NLRB returned to the traditional test and held that joint-employer status may be found if two or more entities are “both employers within the meaning of the common law, and if they share or codetermine those matters governing the essential terms and conditions of employment.” While this opinion may not impact all employers, it does impact over 5.7 million private employees across the country, and implicates three major...

  • Labor & Employment Client Newsletter

    February 24, 2015

    Featured News: Act 10 and Total Employee Compensation Review School Board Policies On Releasing Student Directory Data Event: Davis & Kuelthau's 37th Annual Public Officials Program Act 10 and Total Employee Compensation How well do your employees understand their total compensation beyond their base salary? Many employers are now providing information directly to individual employees with respect to how much the employer contributes toward their health insurance benefits. An employee’s total compensation, though, includes other benefits you provide, such as contributions toward retirement benefits. If you are a public employer participating in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), you may have received questions about what types...

  • NLRB Decides That Employees Have Presumptive Right to Use Employer Email Systems for Protected Communications

    December 12, 2014

    On December 11, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), in a 3-2 decision, ruled that employees have a statutory right to use their employer’s email systems for purposes of engaging in “protected, concerted activity” as well as union organizing efforts. This decision Purple Communications, Inc. v. Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, 361 NLRB No. 126 (2014), overrules the Board’s own 2007 decision, where the Board found that email systems were the employer’s property and as such, employees could be prohibited from using the email system for non-business purposes pursuant to a properly enforced electronic communications policy. NLRA Applies Even in...

  • EEOC Issues Updated Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues

    July 17, 2014

    On July 14, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued “Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues,” along with a Question and Answer document about the guidance and a Fact Sheet for small businesses. All are available on the EEOC’s website, This guidance supersedes the agency’s previous guidance, written more than 30 years ago, and provides an expanded interpretation of what constitutes pregnancy discrimination and when an employer is obligated to accommodate pregnancy-related work restrictions. According to the EEOC’s press release, the guidance addresses many topics, including: The fact that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”), which is part...

  • Court Ruling and DOL Proposal Adds Confusion to Wisconsin Same-Sex Couple Access to Federal FMLA Benefits

    June 24, 2014

    On June 6, Federal District Judge Barbara Crabb held in Wolf et al v. Walker that the prohibition against same-sex marriages in Wisconsin found at Article XIII, § 13 of the Wisconsin Constitution violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Initially, Judge Crabb, unlike judges in other states faced with similar cases, did not stay the effect of her ruling pending anticipated appeals by the State to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. As a result, all but 19 of Wisconsin’s counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and an estimated 700...

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