Posted on Mon Jan 20th, 2020 at 11:31 am
One of the most common questions asked after the death of a family member or loved one is, Do I need to start a probate? This post gives some general guidelines for answering that question.
Posted on Wed Mar 22nd, 2017 at 10:47 am
The American College of Physicians has released new clinical guidelines for the treatment of low back pain. The guidelines continue the shift toward conservative approaches to treating back pain as being most effective for patients.
Posted on Tue Jan 10th, 2017 at 8:52 am
In October, the Department of Labor released a report that is highly critical of the state worker's compensations systems. This article is the second of two and focuses on the DOL's recommendations and big picture context of the report, particularly in Wisconsin.
Posted on Mon Dec 19th, 2016 at 9:25 am
In October, the Department of Labor released a report that is highly critical of the state worker's compensations systems. This article is the first of two and focuses on the DOL's findings, particularly in light of the 1972 National Commission on State Workmen's Compensation Laws.
Posted on Fri Nov 11th, 2016 at 8:31 am
Anecdotally, people within the worker's compensation community feel there has been a change in LIRC decisions lately. Statistics from LIRC do suggest that there have been some notable changes in decision patterns over the last few years. While the trend of the changes may be as expected, the extent of the shift is surprising.
Posted on Thu Nov 3rd, 2016 at 10:00 am
The spring of 2016 brought three notable changes to the Worker's Compensation Act, including apportionment of permanent partial disability and new exceptions to the Brakebush line of cases. The third change of note is a statutory revision impacting the treatment of benefits payable when an injury is the result of a violation of an employer's drug and alcohol policy.
Posted on Thu Oct 27th, 2016 at 2:50 pm
In March 2016 several new provisions in the Worker's Compensation Act took effect, including changes to calculation of permanent partial disability. Another notable change for 2016 is a statutory revision that affects the carrier's liability for temporary disability in certain cases where the employee has been terminated or suspended.
Posted on Wed Oct 26th, 2016 at 4:14 pm
Changes in the Worker's Compensation Act became effective in March of this year, including three notable changes to the Act. One of these changes is in the handling of permanent partial disability, particularly as relates to claims that involve a previous history of similar medical problems.
Posted on Mon Sep 16th, 2013 at 10:20 am
You are concerned that your parent, grandparent or another older relative may not be able to drive safely any longer. How do you approach this subject recognizing that this privilege of adulthood is difficult for the driver and their family to discuss? Here are some resources that will be of help.
Posted on Thu Aug 29th, 2013 at 2:59 pm
Employers are required to provide their employees with notices under the ACA by October 1, 2013.
Posted on Tue Aug 6th, 2013 at 3:57 pm
A lot has been written about the recent Supreme Court decision in U. S. v. Windsor which invalidated part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). But what does this decision mean for a Wisconsin employer?
Posted on Tue Jun 18th, 2013 at 10:21 am
Tips on maintaining your new Legal Entity
Posted on Fri May 3rd, 2013 at 1:23 pm
The USCIS has issued a new I-9 Form which must be used beginning May 5, 2013.
Posted on Fri Mar 29th, 2013 at 4:08 pm
Many employees use their work email account for all types of communications. If you want any communication to remain private, do not use your work email for the communication.
Posted on Mon Mar 11th, 2013 at 3:11 pm
Most small businesses are familiar with contracts. The owner signs them to purchase products used in their business and, in some cases, require their customers to sign contracts to purchase the owner’s product or service. Here is some basic contract information which I hope will be helpful to you.
Posted on Wed Feb 13th, 2013 at 10:39 am
Here is the link to a video I recently created with Tom Boudreau of R & R Insurance about 3 essential estate planning documents.
Posted on Mon Feb 11th, 2013 at 2:25 pm
This article appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on February 10, 2013. Note that the state Attorney General is now involved.
Posted on Mon Feb 11th, 2013 at 1:13 pm
Here is a copy of a letter and a form which has bee sent to Wisconsin businesses.
Posted on Fri Feb 8th, 2013 at 3:58 pm
I received the following alert from the state of Wisconsin. Do not get caught in this scam. Call the DFI if you are contacted by this company.
Posted on Wed Nov 28th, 2012 at 11:06 am
The Hiring Process
I ran across this article on Linkedin.
Posted on Mon Sep 10th, 2012 at 3:56 pm
Four Plans That Every Small Business Person Needs
When a small business owner thinks about his/her business and planning for its future, the owner needs to consider planning not only for the business but for his/her needs as the owner.
Posted on Wed Aug 15th, 2012 at 12:12 pm
NLRB Focuses on "At Will" Disclaimers in Employer Documents
The NLRB, through several decisions and based upon remarks made by Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon, will be focusing on at-will disclaimers noting that blanket at-will statements may violate the National Labor Relations Act.
Posted on Tue Jul 17th, 2012 at 12:25 pm
EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance for the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Posted on Thu Jun 28th, 2012 at 12:38 pm
Why You Need a Will
It is a great explanation of why everyone over the age of 18 should have a will.
Posted on Tue Jun 12th, 2012 at 12:44 pm
EEOC Granted Summary Judgment in Retaliation Suit
The EEOC issued this press release after they obtained a summary judgment against an employer.
Posted on Fri Jun 1st, 2012 at 12:47 pm
Cohabitation and Common Law Marriage under Wisconsin State Law
Recently a person (I will refer to her as Ann although that is not her real name) came to our firm with the following fact situation
Posted on Thu May 10th, 2012 at 12:52 pm
Significant Changes to Landlord-Tenant Law in Wisconsin Effective March 31, 2012
Major revisions were made to the Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 704 regarding landlords and tenants.
Posted on Thu Mar 29th, 2012 at 1:01 pm
New OSHA Rule on Hazardous Communication Standard
Posted on Wed Mar 14th, 2012 at 1:03 pm
Estate Planning and Safety Deposit Boxes
Posted on Wed Feb 22nd, 2012 at 1:04 pm
Posted on Mon Nov 14th, 2011 at 1:08 pm
U. S. Supreme Court to Rule on Constitutionality of Affordable Care Act
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the arguments brought by 26 states questioning the right of Congress to mandate Americans to purchase health care coverage.
Posted on Mon Nov 14th, 2011 at 1:10 pm
VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011
Posted on Tue Oct 25th, 2011 at 1:13 pm
Changes to Automobile Insurance Coverage as of November 1, 2011
In April, 2011 changes were passed by the Wisconsin State Legislature which returned the limits on coverage and the types of coverage to pre-2009 levels.
Posted on Tue Oct 18th, 2011 at 1:16 pm
ALERT: No Match Letters from SSA
Posted on Thu Aug 18th, 2011 at 1:22 pm
New Visa Scam
Posted on Tue Aug 9th, 2011 at 1:26 pm
Wisconsin Estate Planning Tips Part 3
Posted on Mon Jul 18th, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Wisconsin Estate Planning Tips Part 2
Durable Power of Attorney for Finances and Property
Posted on Wed Apr 6th, 2011 at 1:31 pm
Wisconsin Estate Planning Tips Part 1
Posted on Mon Mar 7th, 2011 at 1:34 pm
Employment Law Tips Part 5
Posted on Sat Feb 26th, 2011 at 1:38 pm
Employment Law Tips Part 4
Equal Employment opportunity/fair employment regulations
Posted on Fri Feb 18th, 2011 at 1:44 pm
Employment Law Tips Part 3
Leave and Return to work obligations
Posted on Thu Jan 27th, 2011 at 1:56 pm
The Valentine's Day Gift That Keeps On Giving
Posted on Wed Jan 19th, 2011 at 2:02 pm
Employment Law Tips Part 1