On Sept. 20, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin) handed employers a major victory regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc., the court ruled that a multiple-month leave of absence does not constitute a reasonable accommodation under [...]
On Sept. 25, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed William Emanuel as the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) newest member by a vote of 49-47. Emanuel’s confirmation follows the confirmation earlier this year of Marvin Kaplan, who was also nominated by President Donald Trump. [...]
Due to the disruptions caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced a 45-day extension for federal contractors to file their annual VETS-4212 Report (Report). The extension moves the original deadline to file the Report from Sept. 30, 2017 to Nov. 15, [...]
Employers received great news on Aug. 31, 2017, when United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled that the Department of Labor (DOL) exceeded its authority by increasing the salary basis requirement from $455 to $913 per week. The salary increase represented former President Barack Obama’s last [...]
As discussed in a prior blog post, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued new regulations in 2016 that would have increased the salary basis test for the so-called “white collar” exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime pay requirements. The new rule would have increased the minimum salary to [...]
USCIS recently released a new revised version of the Form I-9. Employers must use this new version, with a revision date of 07/17/17 N, by September 18, 2017. Until then, employers may use the old version, with a revision date of 11/14/16 N. [...]
Can an employer require its employees to resolve employment-related disputes through individual arbitration, waiving the ability to pursue class or collective proceedings? Insurers, like other employers, are waiting for the United States Supreme Court to answer this question in the upcoming term. In the meantime, however, lower courts around the [...]
Medical and recreational marijuana would be legal in Wisconsin under a bill introduced late last week by State Representative Melissa Sargent. Representative Sargent introduced the bill, in part, as a revenue measure to help address the current budget stalemate in Wisconsin. Marijuana remains an illegal substance under federal law. [...]
In September 2016, U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller upheld Wisconsin’s “Right to Work” law against a challenge brought by the International Union of Operating Engineers (the Union). In doing so Judge Stadtmueller cited an earlier ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upholding Indiana’s nearly identical right-to-work law. [...]
Changes to Wisconsin’s child labor laws are on the horizon. On May 23, 2017, the Wisconsin legislature passed a bill that will eliminate the need for 16 and 17-year-olds to obtain work permits. The Bill, 2017 Assembly Bill 25, is currently awaiting Governor Scott Walker’s signature before it will take [...]
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