Publications

IRS Form 1023-EZ: Nonprofits Rejoice – but is the Potential for Fraud Real?

On July 1, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Form 1023-EZ, a streamlined alternative to the venerable IRS standard-bearer in the world of nonprofits – Form 1023 Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3). The original Form 1023, weighing in at a robust 26 pages (including 7 schedules), can be burdensome,...

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Summary of Public Safety Interest Arbitration Cases, Volume 3

This information update summarizes public safety interest arbitration awards that have been issued since our update of July 2013. (See: Davis & Kuelthau “Arbitrators' Awards Arrive”, December 19, 2012, and “Arbitrators’ Awards Update”, July 18, 2013). Readers are encouraged to read the entire award for a complete understanding of each case....

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Year-End Strategies Pave the Way for Minimizing Your Tax Burden in 2015

Year-End Strategies Pave the Way for Minimizing Your Tax Burden in 2015

By Mark G. Kmiecik The final months of 2014 are a great time to finalize your tax planning opportunities and set the stage for minimizing your tax outlay in 2015. As a business owner, please be aware that in the wake of the election, sources indicate tax extenders are likely to pass, with some differences between the two houses in Congress being...

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Workplace Wellness Programs Under Attack

Within the last four months, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed lawsuits against two (2) Wisconsin employers and one Minnesota employer alleging that each of the employers’ workplace wellness programs were in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC has been able to file such lawsuits because the...

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Student Teachers and Video Recording in the K-12 Classroom

By D&K's School and Higher Education Law Team As part of Educator Effectiveness, student teachers in Wisconsin must create and submit to peer review video clips of the student teacher engaged in teaching activities. The video clips will capture the student teacher interacting with K-12 students in the classrooms of Wisconsin public school...

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A Craft Without a Brand Is a Recipe for Disaster. Is Your Brand Protected?

A Craft Without a Brand Is a Recipe for Disaster. Is Your Brand Protected?

By Joseph S. Heino At a recent Food & Beverage CEO Roundtable hosted by the Milwaukee Business Journal, Giacomo Fallucca of Palermo Villa, Inc. succinctly and effectively offered this advice to attendees: “Build your brand.” Say no more. In three words, he nailed it. To your company, its brand is its lifeblood. To everyone else, it is an...

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Federal Circuit Reverses $368 Million Damages Award

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in VIRNETX, Inc. v. Cisco Sys. Inc, recently reversed a $368 million dollar patent infringement verdict because the plaintiff calculated its damages as a portion of the entire market value of the product as opposed to apportioning its damages to the infringing software component of the product. In its...

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New Annual Recertification Election Rules

By D&K's School and Higher Education Law Team The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission’s administrative rules governing annual union certification elections are permanent as of July 1, 2014. The only difference between the previous temporary rules and the new permanent rules is the deadline for unions representing school district...

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