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Employment Law Blog Posts

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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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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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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Fair Credit Reporting Act Protects Applicant Rights On Credit Checks

August 05, 2014
by Caitlin Madden

In the current economy, job-seekers often must jump through multiple hoops to get hired. One way employers may weed out job candidates is by subjecting applicants to credit checks. This growing practice can hurt job applicants who have inaccurate or outdated information on their credit reports. To protect individuals from being harmed by incorrect credit reports, Congress passed the Fair Credit ... more->>

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Attorney Charlton to Present Keynote Address on Whistleblowing for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Local Chapter

July 18, 2014

Attorney Katherine Charlton will present "Legal and Ethical Implications of Whistleblowing" to the Southeastern Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the Italian Community Center on October 23, 2014. AFP is a professional organization of individuals and organizations who generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable organizations, with 30,000 members and ... 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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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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Employees Have Legal Access to Personnel Records Under Wisconsin Law

June 05, 2014
by Barbara Zack Quindel

When employees seek advice about an employment action – whether a denial of promotion, unfair discipline or evaluation, or termination – it is important to obtain your personnel file. Under Wisconsin law, every employee, including a former employee, can inspect and receive copies of any personnel document used by an employer. This may include: • documents used to assess qualifications for ... more->>

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Employers May Not Require Employees or Applicants To Give Them Access to Personal Social Media Accounts

June 02, 2014
by Katherine Charlton

Effective April 9, 2014, Act 208 prohibits employers, regardless of size, and including the State of Wisconsin, from requiring employees or applicants to provide passwords or other “access information” to social media sites, or other personal Internet-based accounts. “Access information” is defined as a user name and password or any other security information that protects access to a personal ... more->>

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