M Magazine (July 2014) just listed its “Leading Lawyers” in the Milwaukee area, and the list includes the following nine attorneys from O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.: •  Jim DeJong (Business) •  Pete Faust (Corporate/Incorporation) •  Carl Holborn (Estate Planning) •  Grant Killoran (Health Care) •  Dean Laing (Litigation) •  Greg Mager (Family) […]

Recent activity by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) suggests that the Board may overturn a 2007 landmark decision in which it held that employees have no statutory right to use their employers’ electronic communications systems for non-business purposes, including union organization and other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual […]

A number of courts have traditionally held that attendance is an essential function of most jobs and, on that basis, have found that telecommuting, or working from home, as an accommodation is not reasonable.  Recently, however, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit departed from this traditional notion and held that an […]

Spring is finally here! Like household cleaning, it is also important to do spring cleaning in the workplace. Spring is a great time for employers to audit their human resources policies and procedures to account for recent changes in state and/or federal law and to find and correct potential problems before they turn into costly […]

The Milwaukee Justice Center, organized by Milwaukee County, the Milwaukee Bar Association and the Marquette University School of Law, provides civil legal assistance to people who cannot afford an attorney. In 2012, the volunteers of the Center provided nearly 9,000 hours of pro bonoservice to 10,659 unrepresented litigants. Fifteen attorneys from the law firm of […]

On April 8, 2014, Governor Scott Walker signed into law the Wisconsin Social Media Protection Act (the “Act”). 2013 Wisconsin Act 208. The new law, which went into effect on April 10, 2014, Wis. Stat. § 995.55, prohibits employers from requesting an employee or an applicant to grant access to, allow observation of, or disclose […]

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Regional Director for Region 13 issued a decision on March 26, 2014, finding that college football players receiving grant-in-aid scholarships from Northwestern University who have not exhausted their playing eligibility are “employees” under Section 2(3) of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). What does this mean for Northwestern football […]

As “e-cigarettes” grow in popularity, employers must decide how to address the use of e-cigarettes in the workplace. Electronic cigarettes or “e-cigarettes” are battery-operated devices that deliver nicotine or other substances to its user in the form of a vapor that is then inhaled. Many e-cigarettes are manufactured to look just like everyday objects that […]

On March 6, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that it released two new publications addressing religious dress and grooming rights and responsibilities in the workplace under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), in response to an increased number of religious discrimination charges filed with the agency. The EEOC […]

Employers’ social media and internet policies are a top enforcement priority for the NLRB. Below is a checklist that employers can use to create an effective social media policy. Please continue to visit the Employment LawScene™ for more policy pointers and practical guidance. Evaluate your business’ needs and goals. Take a stance on social media […]