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Aaron Halstead Blog Posts

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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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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Attorneys Halstead and Zoeller to Present at Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute

August 07, 2014

Attorneys Aaron Halstead and David Zoeller will be among the presenters at the Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute in Wisconsin Dells on August 21 and 22. The third annual Institute from State Bar of Wisconsin provides comprehensive information for judges, lawyers, legal staff, and other legal professionals to stay current on new developments for their health, labor, or employment law ... more->>

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LIRC Finds Employer Discriminated Against Job Candidate Based On His Conviction Record

July 02, 2014

On June 16, 2014, the Labor and Industry Review Commission (LIRC) issued a fair employment decision finding that RTS Distributors, an independent distributor of Kirby vacuum cleaners, discriminated against Donald Zunker, a job applicant, when it interviewed but failed to hire him due to his conviction record. The Commission also held that RTS violated the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act by posting ... more->>

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Why Injured Wisconsin Workers Should Refuse To Provide Recorded Statements To Worker's Compensation Insurance Carriers

June 20, 2014
by Aaron Halstead

It is not uncommon for injured workers to receive a telephone call shortly after a workplace accident in which an insurance claims adjustor requests that the employee agree to give a recorded statement over the phone. In cases of serious accidents, claims representatives may even show up on the doorstep of a home, or at the hospital, seeking permission to record a statement in which the employee ... more->>

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Denies Waukesha County’s Petition for Review of Decision in Favor of Wisconsin Professional Police Association and its Deputy Sheriff

June 06, 2014

On May 23, 2014, the Wisconsin Supreme Court denied a Petition for Review, filed by Waukesha County, which sought review of a Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision in favor of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association. The court of appeals had held that a Waukesha County deputy sheriff had the right to seek an impartial arbitrator’s review of the County’s termination of his employment, even ... more->>

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Madison Workers Comp Lawyer Aaron Halstead Wins $55,000 Award for Worker Fired after Work Injury

April 17, 2014

James Stahl had been a loyal, productive employee of Light Haus glass company of Madison, Wisconsin, for 11 years when he suffered a knee injury at work in the spring of 2012. After undergoing surgery, therapy and a six-week recovery period, Mr. Stahl’s doctors released him to return to work without further physical limitations in July 2012. Four days later, Light Haus fired Mr. Stahl, and ... more->>

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An Insurance Company's "Closed File" Defense is Invalid in a Wisconsin Worker's Comp Case

April 11, 2014
by Aaron Halstead

Injured workers seeking additional compensation, benefits or medical treatment are frequently confronted by a claims adjustor’s claim that the insurance carrier has “closed its file” and therefore cannot or will not pay any additional benefits. The so-called “closed file” defense is, in fact, no defense at all under Wisconsin law. Instead, under Wisconsin law, whether a worker’s comp claim ... more->>

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The Marinette Eagle Herald Interviews Attorney Aaron Halstead on Employees Union Contract Decision

February 19, 2014

For a second time, the Court upheld an arbitrator's ruling that the 2009-11 contract of a Marinette County employees union should have been automatically renewed for another year. In his interview with staff writer Tim Greenwood of the Marinette Eagle Herald, Attorney Aaron Halstead reviewed the history of the case and what it means for the Union’s membership. Read the full article here. Read ... more->>

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Halstead and Good Win Victory for AFSCME Union Against Marinette County In Wisconsin Court of Appeals

February 11, 2014

On October 26, 2012, AFSCME, Local 1752-A (Marinette County Professional Employees) filed a motion in Marinette County Circuit Court to confirm the Arbitrator Lauri A. Millot's August 10, 2012 arbitration award in the Union’s favor. The Arbitrator's Award, issued following receipt of evidence and consideration of extensive argument by the parties, extended for an additional year the terms and ... more->>

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