Publications
Wisconsin’s Rental Unit Weatherization Standards

Wisconsin’s Rental Unit Weatherization Standards

By Ryan M. Spott On February 8, 2017, the Joint Committee on Finance, at the request of Governor Scott Walker, introduced the first version of Wisconsin’s Budget Bill, 2017 Senate Bill 30 / 2017 Assembly Bill 64 (the “Budget Bill”). The legislation, as proposed, among many other effects, would repeal Wis. Stat. § 101.122 and eliminate Wisconsin’s...

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Knock, Knock…Tips for Managing a Regulatory Inspection

Knock, Knock…Tips for Managing a Regulatory Inspection

By Elizabeth K. Miles Many state and federal regulatory agencies, including OSHA, EPA, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, may inspect a business with or without advance notice to ensure compliance with applicable rules and regulations. Here are a few tips to help ensure that your inspections go smoothly. Before an inspection. As...

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Supply Chain Fraud: What You Can Do

Supply Chain Fraud: What You Can Do

By Brian J. Pfeil The potential for fraud has always existed in the construction, lending and real estate world. However, as electronic communications continue to reach new heights in innovation so has the permeation of complex and sophisticated fraud schemes affecting these and other industries. These trending schemes make it imperative for...

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New Law Allows Small Employers to Establish HRA’s for Their Employees

By D|K's Labor and Employment Team Under a new law signed by President Obama on December 13, 2016, qualified small employers may now contribute to health reimbursement accounts (HRA's) to help employees with eligible medical expenses, including health insurance premiums. This change provides small employers who do not offer group health plans...

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Attention Business Owners: Are Your Marks Protected?

Attention Business Owners: Are Your Marks Protected?

By Joseph S. Heino One of its most obvious, but often overlooked, assets that a business has is the very name that the business uses to hold itself out to the public. That name, including the names of various products and services it may market, are valuable assets of that business and need to be treated as such. Most business owners do not...

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Social Media Presence Is a Factor When Assessing Trademark Strength

By: Davis|Kuelthau's Intellectual Property Team The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently turned to the social media presence and marketing of a DJ when evaluating the DJ’s claims of trademark infringement and dilution. In Kibler v. Hall, et al (6th Cir. Dec. 13, 2016), the court affirmed summary judgment for Robert Hall, a rapper performing...

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Key Insurance Coverage Decisions Affecting Businesses in 2017

By Susan G. Schellinger Although insurance coverage is to be determined by the language of the policy at issue, court decisions addressing standard policy language can, and do, affect whether or not an insurance company will cover a claim. Throughout 2016, Wisconsin courts issued a number of decisions that may have wide-ranging impact on the...

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OSHA Issues Recommendations for Anti-Retaliation Programs

By Benjamin J. Sauer The Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Whistleblower Protection Programs issued Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs to assist employers with “creat[ing] workplaces in which workers feel comfortable voicing safety and other concerns without fear of retaliation.” The recommendations, while only...

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IRS Announces 2017 Estate and Gift Tax Limits and Mileage Reimbursement Rate

IRS Announces 2017 Estate and Gift Tax Limits and Mileage Reimbursement Rate

By Jacqueline L. Messler The IRS has announced the 2017 inflation adjusted numbers for several important gift and estate tax exclusions. Each year, several key gift and estate tax exclusions are adjusted for inflations, including the estate tax exclusion, the annual gift tax exclusion, and the estate tax deduction for decedents dying with certain...

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