Employer’s Corner Blog

This blog will provide quick updates, analysis, and tips for employers and Human Resources professionals. The focus is on legal developments affecting employers, with an emphasis on laws, cases, and regulations from Wisconsin and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. National trends and developments at the U.S. Supreme Court will also be covered.

 

New Contraceptive Care Rules After Hobby Lobby

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Employer's Corner | Comments Off

New Contraceptive Care Rules After Hobby Lobby

The Obama Administration published new regulations to address recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions concerning employers who religiously object to offering health coverage for contraceptives.

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Employment Law Blog Carnival – Small Business Edition

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Employer's Corner | Comments Off

Employment Law Blog Carnival – Small Business Edition

This month, I get to host the Employment Law Blog Carnival (“ELBC), a collection of the most current and best workplace blogs in one article. Each ELBC update centers on a theme. This month’s theme celebrates National Small Business Week, which just occurred from May 12through May 16, 2014.

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Why It Shouldn’t Matter That Governor Walker Shared A Stage With A Sex Offender

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Employer's Corner | 2 comments

Why It Shouldn’t Matter That Governor Walker Shared A Stage With A Sex Offender

A worker acknowledged by Governor Walker during the State of the State address has a criminal record which includes a sexual offense and drunk driving. Should the person's background matter? Not in this instance.

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Employment Law Blog Carnival – Season of Giving Edition

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Employer's Corner | Comments Off

Employment Law Blog Carnival – Season of Giving Edition

This month I have the privilege of compiling the Employment Law Blog Carnival (ELBC). What’s that, you ask? Answer: it is a blog post that compiles the best Human Resources and Employment Law articles in one space, all neatly tied together around a special theme. Since the holidays are here, my theme highlights local and national charities.

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Guest Post: Worker’s Compensation – 5 Tips for Employers

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Employer's Corner | Comments Off

Guest Post: Worker’s Compensation – 5 Tips for Employers

Work injuries can affect employee productivity, employers' insurance premiums, and important relationships within a company. Thankfully, workplace injuries and costs can be minimized by keeping a few simple things in mind.

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Guest Post by the HR Generalist Store: Cost Effective Recruiting – Letting Technology Do It For Free

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Employer's Corner | Comments Off

Guest Post by the HR Generalist Store: Cost Effective Recruiting – Letting Technology Do It For Free

Guest post by Mandy Ayers of the HR Generalist Store with tips and advice for making the recruiting process easier.

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What Not To Do When An Employee Is Pregnant

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Employer's Corner | Comments Off

What Not To Do When An Employee Is Pregnant

Considering the amount of training and advice available to organizations, there are some things supervisors should know not say to a pregnant employee. For example, don’t suggest an abortion because of concerns of future absences. Don’t ask if a pregnancy means the employee will be quitting soon. Why? As the employer in Hitchcock v. Angel Corps, Inc., learned, that is the start to a textbook example of how to stumble into an expensive lawsuit and jury trial.

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Work Is A Battlefield When Small Business Owners Romance An Employee

Posted by on Feb 16, 2013 in Employer's Corner | Comments Off

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

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013 in Employer's Corner | Comments Off

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

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Employer's Corner | Comments Off

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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