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Department of Labor Publishes its Final Rule to Overtime Law

Department of Labor Publishes its Final Rule to Overtime Law

By: Laurie E. Meyer On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the Department of Labor published its Final Rule in connection with the so-called “white collar” overtime exemptions.  The Final Rule, which goes into effect on January 1, 2020, raises the salary threshold for these overtime exemptions from $455 per week to $684 per week (equivalent to $35,568...

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Protective Orders: Does Yours Cover All the Bases?

Protective Orders: Does Yours Cover All the Bases?

By: Elizabeth K. Miles Protective orders are used in litigation to protect a party’s propriety or confidential information from being disclosed to the public. Often, parties agree on the terms of the order and submit a stipulated protective order for entry by the court. It is unlikely that you or your opponent prepare a new protective order each...

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Employers: “Wisconsinize” Your Handbooks and Policies

Wisconsin has some unique qualities discovered by newcomers, among them cheese curds, booyah and supper clubs. New employers in Wisconsin, or those operated by national or international entities, may also encounter provisions of Wisconsin employment law that go beyond or differ from federal law. This article will highlight some of those areas....

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Can Employees Use FMLA Leave to Attend IEP Meetings at Their Children’s School?

Can Employees Use FMLA Leave to Attend IEP Meetings at Their Children’s School?

By: Abby S. Busler and Laurie E. Meyer Recently, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued an opinion letter addressing whether an employee may take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to attend a meeting to discuss the Individualized Education Program (IEP) of the employee’s child. In the situation posed to the DOL, an...

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Traveling to and from Work in Company Vehicles: Compensatory or Personal Expense?

Traveling to and from Work in Company Vehicles: Compensatory or Personal Expense?

By: Abby S. Busler Do your employees commute to and from work in company owned vehicles? Are your employees compensated for their travel time? Should employees’ commute times ever be considered paid work hours? These questions were answered in a recent Wisconsin Supreme Court decision, clarifying employee commute and compensation practices.  As...

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Final U.S. Rule Allows Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements, But With Limits

Final U.S. Rule Allows Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements, But With Limits

The federal government has now finalized its rule allowing pre-dispute arbitration agreements in nursing homes. The final rule, announced July 16, abandons an Obama-era rule that would have banned pre-dispute arbitration agreements but never went into effect. Some restrictions are imposed under the final rule. In October 2016 the U.S. Centers for...

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Seventh Circuit Finds Obesity Alone is Not a Disability Under the ADA

Seventh Circuit Finds Obesity Alone is Not a Disability Under the ADA

By: James M. Kalny On June 12, 2019, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in the case of Richardson v. Chicago Transit Authority holding among other things, that obesity is not an impairment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) absent the showing of an underlying physiological cause.  As 32% of adults in Wisconsin are...

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