Related to: Employer Practices

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision Provides Opportunities to Reduce Future Unemployment Compensation Costs

On June 26, 2018, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued its decision in Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development v. Wisconsin Labor and Industry Review Commission, et al, 2018 WI 77, in which it held that the plain language of the applicable statute allows an employer to adopt its own absenteeism policy, allowing for a violation of…

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Obama’s Overtime Rule Struck Down

On May 23, 2016, the Department of Labor issued new Fair Labor Standards Act regulations which required all employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act to pay their “white collar” employees at least $913 per week to remain exempt from overtime.  This would have more than doubled the current $455 per week salary threshold. …

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7th Circuit Judgment Reinforces Employer Liability for Temporary Workers

Many organizations believe hiring temporary workers from staffing agencies will absolve them of legal obligations that arise during the course of their employment. Unfortunately, as seen in the Scheurer v. Fromm Family Foods LLC decision, this is very rarely the case. Though the Scheurer decision dealt specifically with an arbitration clause, liability can and will…

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OSHA Suggests Safety Incentives and Other Common Employer Practices May Be Illegal

Earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an internal memorandum on several employer practices that it believes illegally discourage employee reports of injuries and violate various whistleblower statutes. Under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (“Act”), employees have a right to report workplace injuries and illnesses without being discriminated or…

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