New I-9 Forms

New I-9 Forms

Starting May 7, 2013, employers will have to start using an updated version of the employment verification form, commonly referred to as Form I-9.

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Work Is A Battlefield When Small Business Owners Romance An Employee

Work Is A Battlefield When Small Business Owners Romance An Employee

Valentine’s Day always brings up the question of whether office romances should be banned. While a flat-out ban is not a necessity, employers need to worry when a supervisor gets involved with a direct report. If the employee feels mistreated, a sexual harassment complaint and lawsuit are just waiting to happen. The possibility of legal trouble is even more likely in a small business, when an owner gets involved with an employee.

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Immigration Proposal

Immigration Proposal

Major immigration changes are being proposed, with increased immigration opportunities for undocumented immigrants, advanced degree holders, and agricultural workers. However, this may also mean more compliance obligations for employers.

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NLRB Has No Power

NLRB Has No Power

A U.S. Court ruled that the current NLRB Board has no legal authority to act, because Board members were appointed in an unconstitutional manner. The Board has not had a quorum to conduct any business since January 2012. Does the decision halt the agency or its enforcement efforts?

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Act 10 Upheld

Act 10 Upheld

On January 18, 2013, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on the federal constitutional challenges to 2011 Wisconsin Act 10, the Budget Repair Bill that drastically changed collective bargaining for state and municipal workers in Wisconsin. In a 74-page opinion, the court rejected challenges to three provisions of the law and upheld all of Act 10.

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Litigation of the Absurd – Employee’s Negligence Must Be Defended and Paid For by Injured Customer’s Insurance

Litigation of the Absurd – Employee’s Negligence Must Be Defended and Paid For by Injured Customer’s Insurance

Legal results can be confusing. Sometimes, they can even defy common sense. Case in point: what if an employee injures a customer? One would expect the employer or its insurer would have to defend the lawsuit and possibly compensate the customer. However, a recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals case flips this notion on its head. In Blasing v. Menards, the court ruled that the injured customer’s insurer must defend the company and indemnify it against any loss.

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EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2013 – 2016

EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2013 – 2016

On December 17, 2012 the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) approved a strategic enforcement plan, which will be effective from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2016. The plan outlines six enforcement priorities that employers should keep in mind.

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Wisconsin Employees Can Have 90 Days to File State Claims For FMLA Related Damages

Wisconsin Employees Can Have 90 Days to File State Claims For FMLA Related Damages

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently clarified just how much time an employee can have to file a circuit court claim for damages under the state’s Family Medical Leave Act.

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October 2012 Employment Report

October 2012 Employment Report

On November 2, 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Employment Situation report for October 2012. The news was relatively the same compared to the previous month – the unemployment rate for October was 7.9%, up .1% from the previous month, but still 1 percentage point below October 2011.

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NLRB Shows How At-Will Clauses In Employee Handbooks Can Be Lawful

NLRB Shows How At-Will Clauses In Employee Handbooks Can Be Lawful

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released two advice memos on October 31, 2012 which shed light on how to draft an NLRA compliant at-will clause.

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