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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NLRB Judge Finds Woodman’s Food Market Engaged in Unfair Labor Practices

NLRB Judge Finds Woodman’s Food Market Engaged in Unfair Labor Practices

An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has ruled that Woodman’s Food Market in Appleton, WI violated the National Labor Relation Act by engaging in coercive actions, refusing to recognize the union, and refusing to bargain.

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September 2012 Employment Report

September 2012 Employment Report

On October 5, 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Employment Situation report for September 2012. It contained some fairly good news – the unemployment rate for September was 7.8%, down more than a full percentage point from September 2011.

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Did Wisconsin just recognize public sector collective bargaining as a fundamental right?

Did Wisconsin just recognize public sector collective bargaining as a fundamental right?

2011 Wisconsin Act 10 - the now famous and controversial law that essentially gutted collective bargaining rights for public employees has been ruled unconstitutional. The decision appears to be the first by a Wisconsin court to recognize collective bargaining as a constitutionally protected fundamental right. What does the decision mean for the future of public sector collective bargaining in Wisconsin?

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Employee’s political activities bring the police to the workplace.

Employee’s political activities bring the police to the workplace.

Wisconsin's Capitol Police visited an employee's workplace to hand-deliver a citation. Can the employer take action if it doesn't like the employee's potentially unlawful political activity? Or because the employee gets a criminal citation? What rules do employers need to keep in mind?

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Wisconsin’s History With The Labor Movement

Wisconsin’s History With The Labor Movement

This being a holiday related to workers, here is a recap of its history and a stroll down memory lane on Wisconsin's role in the labor movement.

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Want To Stop Inviting More Employment Litigation? Stop Talking About Former Employees.

Want To Stop Inviting More Employment Litigation? Stop Talking About Former Employees.

When discussing an ex-employee, keep the conversation as simple as possible to avoid unnecessary litigation. A former employee who feels publicly humiliated or embarrassed will look for litigation as a means to strike back or to recover damages.

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Why Class Action lawsuits can be like fighting a legal Hydra.

Why Class Action lawsuits can be like fighting a legal Hydra.

A very real and expensive litigation problem can come up for employers who resolve one class action lawsuit through a settlement or by preventing one class of plaintiffs from being recognized, only to have a nearly identical lawsuit initiated by another plaintiff. In other words, employers could face a situation of stopping one class action lawsuit or one set of plaintiffs, only to face a second or third version of the same type of lawsuit from others unaffected by the outcome of the first case. How should employers contend with a legal Hydra?

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