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NLRB Shifts to Employer-Friendly View of Workplace Rules

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb recently issued a new Guidance Memorandum detailing how NLRB Regional Offices receiving claims of improper employment policies are to interpret employer workplace rules. The Memo is good news for employers because it establishes a new, and much more employer-friendly standard for lawfulness of employee work rules. The…

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U.S. Department of Labor Releases Updated FMLA Forms

The Department of Labor (DOL) has updated the FMLA forms which expired on May 31, 2018. The DOL is required to submit its FMLA forms every three years to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. The forms were last approved in 2015. After expiration, they were extended on a month-to-month basis while OMB…

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Navigating the Rapidly Changing World of Marijuana and the Workplace

Within the last few years, 28 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in varying degrees – for recreational and/or medical use – and many others are showing signs of considering legalization to some degree. According to a 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit…

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Wisconsin’s Right-to-Work Law Upheld By Federal Court of Appeals

July 14, 2017 – On July 12, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139, et al. v. Schimel, No. 16-CV-590, 2017 WL 2962896, affirming the Eastern District of Wisconsin’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by two units of the International Union of Operating Engineers…

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State Budget Bill Includes Significant Changes for School Districts

Today, the Budget Bill (2011 Wisconsin Act 32) was published, which results in an effective date of July 1, 2011. Included in the Budget Bill are significant changes to the rights of public employees, including employees of school districts. This Legal Update will provide a summary of these changes, and how they impact the changes…

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Right to Work Gets Reinstated in WI

Right to Work Gets Reinstated in Wisconsin

Right to Work is back in Wisconsin, for now. On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge Lisa Stark granted the State’s request for a stay of a circuit court judge’s ruling, which overturned Wisconsin’s Right to Work law in April 2016. As outlined in our previous client alert on this matter, Dane…

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Who Will (and Won’t) be Affected by the DOL’s Changes to White Collar Overtime Exemptions

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its long awaited revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, which significantly raise the salary thresholds required for white collar overtime exemptions. The changes take effect on December 1, 2016. I. Summary of Key Changes The key revisions focus on raising the salary…

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Possible Lower Overtime Salary Threshold Would Be Good News for Employers

Although the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has yet to release its final rule revisions for overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), new details about these highly anticipated changes are beginning to surface. On Friday, April 29, 2016, sources familiar with the DOL’s deliberations indicated that the new salary threshold under consideration…

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Dane County Judge Issues an Outlier Decision to Strike Down Wisconsin’s Right to Work Law

On Friday, April 8, 2016, a Dane County Circuit Court judge struck down Wisconsin’s Right to Work law, thirteen months after the law first took effect in the state. In his opinion, Judge William Foust held that Wisconsin’s Right to Work law is an unlawful taking that violates the Wisconsin Constitution because the law obligates…

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New Federal Court Decision Addresses Bonus Systems and FLSA Overtime

Earlier this month, a federal judge issued a decision that could have significant financial implications for employers. The case involved the calculation of the overtime rate under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and whether merit bonuses and other forms of compensation must be included in the calculation of the rate of pay for FLSA…

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