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5 things you cannot do while collecting unemployment

It’s important to know the restrictions on what you can do while collecting unemployment.

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5 tips for choosing a great lawyer

Whether you need help with estate planning, a divorce or a personal injury lawsuit, you’ll want and need to have the right attorney in your corner.

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Alternative dispute resolution can save time and money

Considered cost-effective, fast, flexible and fair, ADR is the most popular method for resolving disputes in this region.

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Blurred lines: email and texting tangling work, personal time

Work time and personal time has blurred in recent years, especially with the handy access most people have to email and texting. It’s a trend that’s keeping many employees connected to work 24/7/365.


Can I get overtime pay?

Overtime pay comes down to whether employees are considered exempt or nonexempt. 


Choosing an Attorney: Five Tips to Follow

Whether you need help with estate planning, a divorce or a personal injury lawsuit, you’ll want and need to have the right attorney in your corner.

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Conducting your own background check

I’ve been applying for jobs recently and a lot of employers want to conduct a background check.

Containing cyber-slacking - establishing a reasonable email policy for your workplacde

The advent of the Internet and email in the workplace has been both a boon and a boondoggle to employers in the United States.


EEOC Charges Filed in 2016

If you think we've moved beyond employment discrimination issues in recent years, you may want to rethink that position.

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Employment at will has limitations

By definition, employment at will means that an employer can fire a person for any reason or no reason at all. So absent an employment contract, employers can decide any time to let workers go.

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Employment contracts: weigh pros and cons

Employment contracts limit an employer’s right to fire the employee and the employee’s right to quit.

Employment discrimination: is age discrimination at work?

In the last few years, older adults have found themselves losing jobs and having great difficulty finding new ones.

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Facebook information can help or hinder job prospects

On the surface, Facebook seems like the perfect tool for employers—it offers a glimpse into the private lives of prospective and current employees that you wouldn’t ordinarily have.

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Facebook: a word or two for employees...

Knowing prospective employers look at social media, consider Facebook—for good or for bad—an extension of your interview.  

Few happy with new Internet regulations

With lines like "Save the Internet" and "Join the fight for Internet Freedom," the rhetoric surrounding network neutrality may lead some to believe their very basic freedoms of speech and information access are at stake. 


Five common mistakes in hiring and firing

Mistakes made in hiring and firing can be costly, which leads to attorney Ellen Frantz’s advice: hire slowly; fire fast. “When I say fire fast, I don’t mean it should be a snap decision,” Frantz said. “If someone is not working out and you know it, make the decision rather than have that person hanging around for months. Things usually don’t get better; they usually get worse."

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Five tips for choosing a lawyer

Chances are at some point in your life, you'll need a lawyer. It is the nature of the complex world we live in that sometimes we need the guidance of an attorney to protect our interests. Whatever the reason, you want to make sure you get the caliber of representation you deserve. 


Five Tips for Employee Evaluations

While employers in Wisconsin are not required to give their workers evaluations—or even keep personnel files—they are wise to do them, and do them thoughtfully.

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How can I prove age discrimination?

How can I prove age discrimination if I am fired, demoted, or passed over for promotions?

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If I’m fired, will I lose my pension?

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act, sometimes called ERISA, provides important protections should you be terminated prior to retirement.

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Independent contractor or employee? Federal rules are changing

The U.S. Department of Labor is taking a “good hard look” at whether workers are independent contractors or employees.  

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Infographic shows how often coworkers report misconduct

The Washington DC-based Ethics Resource Center's most recent National Business Ethics Survey reveals how often co-workers report each other for misconduct and what types of misconduct are most commonly reported. It also shows that many questionable ethical actions are considered OK. 


Is obesity covered by the Americans With Disabilities Act?

I’ve heard that obesity is now covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Is this true? 

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Legal Dilemma: Does workers comp cover mental health?

I know that workers’ compensation will cover physical injuries sustained while on the job, but will it also cover mental illness stemming from my workplace? 

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Look to Golden Rule for employee monitoring tips

Most employee policies today include provisions for employee monitoring.

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Maternity leave: can I take off three months?

My employer says I can only take six weeks since I’ve only been with the company a year. 


NBA Finals: Two legal maneuvers that changed the sport ... and made some people very rich

With the NBA Final just days away, basketball fans throughout the country are anxiously awaiting the match-up between the Cavaliers and the Warriors. To feed your basketball hunger in the meantime, we offer you two legal stories behind the NBA—one that made some older people very rich and another that’s earning some kids right out of high school more in one year than some of us will ever accrue in a lifetime.

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New Wisconsin law making it easier to deny unemployment benefits comes under scrutiny

The Wisconsin Supreme Court clarifies language in (and offered a new precedent for) a 2013 state employment law that made it easier for employers to deny unemployment claims. 

Noncompete agreements: a form of business insurance

It's ironic that one of your business's greatest assets can also be one of its greatest threats.

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Office romances: weighing the risks

People today spend a lot of time at work, so it’s no surprise the workplace is one of the top places to meet potential romantic partners.

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Overtime pay: do I have to take comp time instead?

Is my employer violating the law in refusing overtime pay for my work beyond eight hours a day or 40 a week?

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Personnel records: What should you keep?

Under Wisconsin law, employers don’t have to keep individual personnel files, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't keep at least some information.

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Protected classes: when letting go of an employee gets complicated

What happens when you need to terminate someone for cause but it appears to be discriminatory?

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Second thoughts about a firing decision?

It isn’t common but occasionally supervisors may rethink the firing of an employee, especially if a legal issue comes to their attention.

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Service animals at work

Like any other requests surrounding disabilities, employers must treat seriously employee requests to bring service animals to work.


Social media policies: why you can't yell "fire" on the internet

Attorney Ellen Frantz received a call years ago from a man fired because of a photo posted of him and others on a coworker’s Facebook page. 

Solid employee policy is key to tapping power of social media in workplace

Depending on your perspective, social media may be either the biggest productivity drain or the greatest promotional opportunity since the Internet found its way to the workplace a decade ago.

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Termination: depression was a factor; do I have recourse?

I was fired from my job for being late for work or calling in sick—all related to clinical depression. Do I have any legal recourse?  

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Thanksgiving and retail battles leave employees without many options

With Thanksgiving comes the ultimate battle to see which retailer can be first to kick off Black Friday.

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Think your work environment is hostile?

Hostile can be a vague term to most of us. We tend to take it at face value—to mean unkind, malicious, vitriolic. But when it comes to the workplace, hostile takes on new meaning, and it’s a fine line that separates an unfriendly workplace from a hostile one.

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Three holiday cautions for employers

Signs that the holidays are here are inescapable. From the music in the stores to the wreaths on the doors, the sounds and symbols are everywhere—in homes, churches and, yes, even workplaces.

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Three most important considerations with employment contracts

Though employment contracts aren’t terribly common, they can be a way to attract and retain top talent.

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Under Trump Presidency, Changes Possible for FLSA Overtime Rule

As we usher in a new presidential administration, U.S. business owners and employees alike are closely watching the new proposed overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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Unemployment compensation: do I qualify?

I told one of my co-workers what I thought of our supervisor. The supervisor overheard me and fired me. Can I get unemployment benefits?

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What qualifies as defamation?

Defamation is a tricky area, particularly as it pits harm to one’s reputation against free speech.

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What you can learn from Facebook's latest fumble

It’s happened again. Facebook is in the news for raising ire — this time for allowing researchers to manipulate users’ newsfeeds to gauge emotional responses to positive or negative posts.

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What's the difference between a seasonal employee and a seasonal worker?

Seasonal employee and seasonal worker may seem synonymous, but there’s actually a subtle difference—a difference that can mean a lot when it comes to healthcare benefits.  And more importantly, it is not what you call the worker, but how the position is defined.

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Wisconsin businesses: trade secret misappropriation could end your career

A case earlier this year is serving as a warning shot to would-be trade secret blabbers.  

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Work-at-home employees: do you need an agreement?

Technology allows us to do much more from the privacy of our homes than any of us imagined even ten years ago...