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Colin Good Blog Posts

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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U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Extending FMLA Benefits to Same-Sex Partners

July 10, 2014
by Colin Good

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on June 20, 2014, a proposed rule extending the protections of the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") to all eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages regardless of where they live. The proposed rule change would help ensure all families maintain the flexibility to deal with serious medical and family situations without fear of family members losing ... 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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Can An Employer Take Away My Reasonable Accommodation?

May 15, 2014
by Colin Good

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") requires an employer to provide a reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment, except when such accommodation would cause the employer an undue hardship. This article briefly discusses whether an employer, who has previously provided an employee with a reasonable ... more->>

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Parental Involvement Leave Included in FMLA Enhancement Proposal

April 01, 2014
by Colin Good

FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE RIGHTS IN WISCONSIN MAY IMPROVE Legislation was recently introduced in the United States House of Representatives that would allow more Wisconsinites to take unpaid leave to care for themselves or family members. The Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act would extend Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protections to individuals employed by companies with more than ... 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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Gay and Transgender* Workplace Rights in Wisconsin May Improve

January 31, 2014
by Colin Good

U.S. Senate Passes Historic Anti-Discrimination Legislation The United States Senate recently passed a historic piece of legislation that would ban workplace discrimination against gay and transgendered* employees. On November 7, 2013, the Senate voted 64-32 to pass the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (“ENDA”) which would apply to all civilian, nonreligious employers with at least 15 employees.... 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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Madison Prohibits Discrimination Against Unemployed Job Applicants

December 18, 2013
by Colin Good

We recently addressed some negative changes occurring to Wisconsin’s unemployment insurance laws and the dire consequences they will bring for many unskilled or impoverished workers. Essentially, Wisconsin workers who have the most difficulty finding work will soon face even more daunting obstacles to qualify for unemployment benefits. In contrast to this statewide disenfranchisement, the City of... more->>

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Halstead and Good Win Victory for AFSCME Union and its Members against Dodge County in Wisconsin Court of Appeals

December 05, 2013

On May 9, 2012, AFSCME, Local 323-A (Dodge County Professional Employees and Heidi Burden, a union member) filed a complaint in Dodge County Circuit Court seeking a declaratory judgment that Dodge County’s grievance procedure violated Wis. Stat. § 66.0509(1m). That statute requires counties and other municipalities to establish grievance systems that provide certain job protections for municipal ... more->>

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