Published: June 8, 2015

Resolving previously unsettled law in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently held in Runzheimer International Ltd v. Friedlen that continued employment of an at-will employee following the execution of a restrictive covenant, such as a non-competition agreement, is sufficient consideration to enforce the restrictive covenant.

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Published: February 21, 2013

Questions related to reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities are some of the most difficult situations for employers to resolve. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to grant an employee a reasonable accommodation in the workplace for his or her disability. Such an accommodation is not required if it would cause an employer an undue hardship. Determining an employer’s obligations can be tricky when there is not a black-and-white test that tells an employer whether an accommodation is reasonable or imposes an undue hardship.

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Published: February 11, 2013

I admit maybe the title of this post should be “Shawn and the wage and hour beanstalk.” A recent decision by a Wisconsin court appeals keeps a long-running wage and hour complaint going even further in the battle for a large amount of attorneys’ fees.

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Published: December 11, 2012

Don’t worry - this is not a Bob Costas halftime post regarding anybody’s opinion on guns. We are just sticking to the court cases here, everyone. Last month, I wrote about some of the issues Wisconsin employers face with deer hunting season. One of those issues that could cause some Wisconsin employers headaches was the new concealed carry law that went into effect November 2011. At the time the law was passed, many employers expressed concern about having firearms in the workplace regardless of personal opinions on this topic.

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Published: November 13, 2012

Citizens of Wisconsin and many surrounding areas are very familiar with our state’s long tradition of deer hunting in November. Here, it is often a rite of passage for parents to take their kids out for a few days off in the woods. In the weeks leading up to hunting season, many also spend their every waking moment away from work preparing stands and land for the week of gun season. This year, Wisconsin’s gun season is from November 17, 2012 through November 25, 2012. Employers with a workforce population that participates in deer hunting season know this can be a complicated time of year.

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Published: May 1, 2012

Arnstein & Lehr Milwaukee Partner Charles W. Pautsch and Associate Jesse R. Dill have written an article that appeared in the April 24 issue of Thomson Reuters News & Insight Legal.

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Published: March 22, 2012

On March 26, 2012, a new pilot program will go into effect for Wisconsin employers that will allow them to give potential new employees a training period before making a final hiring decision. The new law is also designed to help employees who are out of work to receive training for a new job. The program, known as Wisconsin Wins, received bipartisan support and was signed by Governor Scott Walker on March 12, 2012. Under the new law, employers can apply with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to offer “special occupational training” for an open position with the company.

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Published: February 28, 2012

On February 21, 2012, the Wisconsin Assembly completed the final legislative steps in eliminating the availability of compensatory and punitive damages for violations of the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act. The bill, passed last November by the Wisconsin Senate as Senate Bill 202, repeals a law from 2009 that created the availability of such damages for discrimination, unfair honesty testing, or unfair genetic testing claims. The Wisconsin Assembly concurred with Senate Bill 202 on party lines, moving the bill to the Governor’s desk for approval.

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Published: February 6, 2012

Arnstein & Lehr Milwaukee Partner Chuck Pautsch and Associate Jesse Dill authored the article “Court cases are shaping social media law,” which appeared in the January 24 issue of BizTimes.com, which covers Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin business news. The article describes how companies can protect their social media accounts and online assets when employees leave employment. To view the article in full, click here.

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