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Two recent decisions have surprised both employers and legal analysts evaluating what measures employers must take under the law. In one case, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals concluded, in Ekstrand v. School District of Somerset, that a teacher suffering from “seasonal affected disorder” has a “disability” under the American with Disabilities Act and that […]

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been signed into law, and with certain modifications to be added through the House Reconciliation Act, health care reform is certain to have a substantial impact on American businesses in the years to come. Among other things, the reform includes over $400 billion in revenue raisers and […]

Wisconsin law already required courts in family law matters to assign responsibility for providing health insurance for minor children. Recent changes to the Wisconsin Administrative Code clarify this obligation. These changes are contained in section DCF 150.05 of the Code. In addition to ordering child support for a child, courts are required to specifically assign […]

In an effort to “promote the deployment of broadband and other wireless services by reducing delays in the construction and improvement of wireless networks,” the Federal Communications Commission recently issued a ruling that affects the way in which state and local governments review applications to construct wireless communication facilities, such as cell phone towers and […]

The current state and uncertainty of the estate tax system has been a widely discussed, blogged and dissected topic since it became clear, late last year, that 2010 would be a “year without an estate tax.” There has been as much chatter, discussion and rumor mongering about what the estate tax system will look like […]

The Wisconsin State Senate unanimously approved a bill to allow residents of all income levels to convert a Traditional IRA into a Roth IRA without penalty. The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee also approved the measure and the State Assembly will vote on the bill soon. This legislation has been strongly encouraged by financial and tax […]

BizTimes – Published July 24, 2009 The three most common avenues available to corporate entities seeking relief from creditors are Chapters 7 and 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and Chapter 128 of the Wisconsin State Statutes. In a Chapter 7 proceeding, which can be filed voluntarily by an insolvent entity, or involuntarily by an […]

Almost 99% of today’s information created by businesses is generated and stored electronically. The ability to easily and conveniently store large amounts of data has created a hidden liability that did not exist in the age of when companies maintained its information primarily in paper format. This hidden liability is twofold. First, companies create more […]

It has been over 40 years since Congress passed Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, and national origin. Since the passage of Title VII, employers have developed diversity and affirmative action programs to open the American workplace to historically […]

While for some it may not come fast enough, election days will soon arrive—September 9 for primary contests, November 4 for the general election. As a reminder, Wisconsin law gives time off to employees to vote or work as an election official. Employees must be allowed up to three (3) successive hours off to vote […]

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