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Employee Benefits Update: IRS Benefit Plan Limitations

Earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service issued the various retirement plan limitations for 2020. Here are some of the most important changes from 2019: Elective Deferral Limit: $19,500 (increased from $19,000 in 2019) Catch-Up Contributions: $6,500 (increased from $6,000 in 2019) 415 (Total) Plan Limit: $57,000 (increased from $56,000 in 2019) Compensation Limit: $285,000 (increased…

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Ensure that Regular Education Teachers Have Access to Student IEPs

Developing an IEP that is reasonably calculated to enable a student to make progress appropriate in light of the student’s circumstances is only one part of providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE).  The school district must also ensure that the IEP is implemented. Oftentimes, the IEP will provide the student with certain accommodations and/or…

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Overtime Rule

Today the United States Department of Labor announced a final rule regarding executive, administrative, and professional employees who are exempt from the overtime and minimum wage requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The end result of these new rules is that an estimated 1.3 million American workers will become eligible for overtime pay under…

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Can Safety Concerns Outweigh a Parent’s Right to Access Student Records?

The Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO), the division of the U.S. Department of Education that enforces federal laws related to student privacy, has advised that safety concerns may outweigh a parent’s right to access information contained in his or her child’s student records. In Letter to Arakaki, 119 LRP 1066 (FPCO 08/01/18), the FPCO concluded…

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Student Mental Health and Child Find: An Important Topic for Summer Professional Development

On the heels of national mental health awareness month and as school districts begin planning their summer inservices, it is a perfect time for a refresher on the extent to which schools can and should address the mental health needs of students. Although schools are not mental health care providers, a student’s mental health condition…

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Holds Commute Time in an Employer’s Vehicle is Not Compensable

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently issued a helpful decision to Wisconsin employers. Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Kieninger v. Crown Equipment Corp., 2019 WI 27, it is now clear ordinary travel time between home and work in an employer owned vehicle is not compensable work time under Wisconsin wage and hour law. Background The…

Recent Supreme Court Decisions Limit Employee Class Actions

In May 2018, we alerted clients to a huge win for employers who utilize individual arbitration agreements with their employees when the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis. Through that decision, the Supreme Court upheld the use of class action waivers in individual employment agreements. Employers were then…

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Supreme Court to Consider LGBT Rights in the Workplace

On Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23, 2019, the Supreme Court announced that next term it will rule on whether federal employment discrimination laws protect LGBT employees.  The Justices agreed to hear a trio of cases – two alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation and a third claiming discrimination based on transgender status. In…

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Brian-working

Recognizing Signs of Employee Dissatisfaction That Lead to Union Organization

Which employees are most likely to seek union assistance in the workplace and/or file claims against their employer? The answer, of course, is those who are dissatisfied with their work environment. In general, employees who feel they are respected and treated fairly at work, and enjoy a positive work culture, are less likely to turn…

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The Importance of Regularly Reviewing and Updating Your Company’s Restrictive Covenant Agreements

Restrictive covenants restrain what would otherwise be lawful competition by current and/or former employees. They serve to protect, among other legitimate business interests, a company’s trade secrets, confidential and/or proprietary information and documents, customers and the goodwill the company has developed with said customers, and employees and the intellectual capital they possess. If a company’s…

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