Labor and Employment
Milwaukee Business Journal’s Table of Experts: A Shot in the Arm

Milwaukee Business Journal’s Table of Experts: A Shot in the Arm

Davis|Kuelthau Labor and Employment and Litigation attorney, Laurie E. Meyer recently sat down with Ted Redalia, Vice President of Pharmacy Benefits, Network Health, and Greg Brusko, Chief Clinical Officer at Ascension, to discuss the questions and concerns employers have now that vaccines are becoming more widely available. Their commentary was...

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State Law Provides Broad Immunity for COVID-19 Liability

State Law Provides Broad Immunity for COVID-19 Liability

Long-term care providers and other businesses and entities in Wisconsin now have broad, but not unlimited, immunity from liability related to COVID-19 exposure, under a bill signed into law by Governor Tony Evers on February 25. The immunity provision is included in a bill addressing the State’s unemployment insurance program, which received...

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Vaccinations in the Workplace

Vaccinations in the Workplace

In the next few months, as a COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available, many employers will be faced with a decision of whether to mandate vaccination for their employees. This consideration will raise a multitude of questions, including: (1) Can employers require mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations?, (2) What are the consequences of an...

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Congress Declines to Extend Mandated FFCRA Leave Beyond December 31 But Provides Tax Credit to Employers Who Voluntarily Extend Paid Leave

Congress Declines to Extend Mandated FFCRA Leave Beyond December 31 But Provides Tax Credit to Employers Who Voluntarily Extend Paid Leave

Note: This client update is based on the stimulus bill passed by Congress and sent to the President for signature earlier this week. This bill is not law until the President signs the legislation, and recent news reports suggest that President Trump finds some portions of the stimulus bill objectionable. We will continue to monitor the status of...

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Vaccinations in the Workplace

New CDC and Wisconsin DHS Guidance on Select COVID-19 Safety Measures

Individuals and businesses are preparing for a unique holiday season due to COVID-19. As guidelines are continually adapting, staying apprised of the most recent guideline changes from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) regarding COVID-19 quarantine and testing can be a challenge. With many...

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Vaccinations in the Workplace

Recent Trends in the Seventh Circuit

Over the past few months, the Seventh Circuit Court has been extremely active in issuing decisions regarding interpretations of labor and employment questions.  Given the increase in recent decisions, employers should be aware of the trends and outcomes that may impact their businesses.  Two of those cases dealt with disability discrimination...

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Maintaining Workplace Civility in an Era of Heightened Divide

Maintaining Workplace Civility in an Era of Heightened Divide

"Do as adversaries do in law, strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends." William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act I, sc. 2 In the aftermath of the historic and divisive election, many of us welcome an end to the besiegement of ads, media commentaries, Facebook and Twitter postings, etc. that are not only uncivil, but in many cases...

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New Employer Notification Requirement to Employees of Unemployment Benefit Rights

Wisconsin Employers mark your calendar. As of November 2, 2020, all employers covered by Wisconsin’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) law must provide employees with written notice regarding the availability of UI benefits upon a change in employment status. The new requirement applies when work hours are reduced, layoff, furlough, or separation –...

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“Health Care Providers” Under the FFCRA: Department of Labor Revises the Regulation and Focuses the Field of Employees Eligible for Leave

By: Anne V. O'Meara, Laurie E. Meyer, and Anthony J. Steffek On September 11, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its second interpretation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The new DOL rule, which took effect on September 16, revised the original rule’s definition of “health care provider” to provide up to twelve...

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