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Beware of CIGNA’s Disability Claims Handling Practices

September 30, 2014
by Danielle Schroder

We have recently seen an increase in clients denied long term disability insurance (“LTDI”) benefits by CIGNA Group Insurance, also known as Life Insurance Company of North America. Not only are CIGNA’s denials erroneous (our clients are unable to work and entitled to benefits under their insurance plans), but compared to other insurers, CIGNA’s review procedures are particularly egregious. Often... more->>

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Hawks Quindel Sponsoring and Participating in 2014 NAMI Dane County

September 16, 2014

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) strives to improve the lives of people living with mental health issues in the United States by advocating and supporting access to treatment and community through grassroots organizing. At noon on Sunday, October 5, 2014, Hawks Quindel team members will proudly walk 5 kilometers to help raise awareness and erase the stigma of mental illness by ... more->>

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Workplace Rights for Employees Suffering from Mental Health Illness

September 16, 2014
by Nicholas Fairweather

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found about 1 in 4 Americans experience mental health issues each year. About one in 17 Americans lives with a “serious mental illness” such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression. The effects of mental health issues on a worker’s employment are often substantial and can be disastrous when employers fail or refuse to properly analyze ... more->>

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Employment Protections for Victims of Domestic Abuse in Wisconsin

September 15, 2014
by Colin Good

In the wake of the high profile case regarding football player Ray Rice and a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control indicating that 1 in 5 women experience sexual violence sometime in their lives, it is important for victims of domestic abuse and their allies to understand protections which prevent further harm from befalling them in an employment context. This article briefly ... more->>

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Schroder to Present at the WAJ Women’s Caucus Seminar

September 02, 2014

Attorney Danielle Schroder will speak at the Wisconsin Association for Justice Women’s Caucus Seminar in Wisconsin Dells on September 19, 2014. In her presentation entitled “Oh Baby! Pregnancy, Maternity Leave and the Practice of law,” Ms. Schroder will address both the legal protections for pregnant women in the workforce and practical implications for lawyers as they transition to and from ... more->>

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Decides Injured Worker Can Be Forced to Accept Settlement from Third Party Who Caused His Injuries

August 27, 2014
by Aaron Halstead

In one of the last opinions issued during its most recent term, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that a circuit court can allow a worker’s compensation insurance carrier to accept a settlement of a plaintiff’s tort (personal injury) lawsuit against a third party who caused the plaintiff’s injury, during the course of his employment, over the protest of the injured plaintiff-employee. In Adams v. ... more->>

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Court allows sales representatives in Wyndham's Wisconsin Dells location to pursue off the clock claims collectively

August 14, 2014

The attorneys at Hawks Quindel and Nichols Kaster announce a significant development in an unpaid wage class action brought on behalf of sales representatives employed by Wyndham Vacation Resorts (Wyndham), after a federal district court in Madison granted the plaintiffs' request for conditional class status. The case was initially filed in June 2013 by two former sales representatives who had ... more->>

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Wisconsin Jury Rejects Former Employer’s Breach of Duty of Loyalty Claim

August 13, 2014
by Katherine Charlton

While an employer may terminate an employee for a variety of reasons, those reasons may not justify withholding wages owed the employee. In a recent Wisconsin case, American Concrete Leveling Corp. (ACL) withheld wages owed an employee because it claimed the employee had breached his “duty of loyalty” to the company, which requires employees to act in the best interest of their employer. The ... more->>

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Denies Marinette County’s Petition for Review of Decision in Favor of AFSCME Union

August 12, 2014

On August 5, 2014, the Wisconsin Supreme Court denied a Petition for Review, filed by Marinette County, which sought review of a Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision in favor of AFSCME. The Court of Appeals had held that an Arbitrator’s interpretation of the parties' collective bargaining agreement was reasonable, and her award properly extended the terms of that agreement by one year. The Court ... more->>

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Does A Mental Health Limitation Apply To Your Claim For Long-Term Disability Insurance Benefits?

August 11, 2014
by Danielle Schroder

As we have written about previously, mental health issues can be as debilitating as those affecting a worker’s physical health. When a suffering worker files a mental health disability claim, however, he or she often finds his/her long term disability (LTDI) plan has special rules for such claims. Most long term disability insurance (LTDI) policies have a 24-month mental health limitation. These ... more->>

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