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Aaron Halstead Blog Posts

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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Is Your Workers Comp Insurance Company Paying You the Correct Weekly Benefit?

January 07, 2014
by Aaron Halstead

If you are receiving Wisconsin worker’s compensation benefits, you may want to verify you are getting the correct amount. By learning how Wisconsin worker’s compensation benefit calculations work, you can calculate your benefit on your own and compare it to your-weekly checks. 1. Understand Worker’s Compensation Terms Under Wisconsin’s Worker’s Compensation statute, an employer’s worker’s ... more->>

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Super Lawyers Recognizes Eleven Hawks Quindel Attorneys

January 02, 2014

Hawks Quindel, S.C. is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have achieved a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, has named four of the firm’s attorneys as Super Lawyers and seven as Rising Stars for 2013. Super Lawyers uses a patented process to create a list of exceptional attorneys, which those seeking legal counsel can ... more->>

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Attorneys Hawks, Halstead and Sumara Win Victory for Hundreds of Union Employees in City of Racine

December 12, 2013

On November 20, 2013, a unanimous Wisconsin Court of Appeals affirmed the Racine County Circuit Court’s decision in favor of 500+ City of Racine employees whose collective bargaining agreements the City had repudiated in the summer of 2012. A brief history of the case is as follows: In late 2010 and early 2011, the City negotiated five separate collective bargaining agreements with union employee... more->>

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