Kramer, Elkins & Watt

Category: Business

How Badly Does My Employee Have to Mess Up to be Denied UI Benefits?

An employee messed up.  You need to fire him or her.  Will he or she receive unemployment insurance (“UI” also sometimes referred to as unemployment compensation) benefits?  Well, the UI division, and the courts, look at just how bad the conduct was.  In a recent decision, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals provides employers with additional […]

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What employee records am I required to keep?

No one ever asks me this question. I’m hopeful that is because all the business owners that I know and work with know these rules and keep immaculate records. On the off chance that I am wrong, the following is information regarding some basic recordkeeping requirements. Recordkeeping requirements are mandated by the Fair Labor Standards […]

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Workplace Notice Requirements – Don’t be Fooled by Spam

As an employer, you want what’s best for your employees.  And one big part of caring for your employees is providing them with a safe and healthful workplace. Naturally, then, it’s a bit unsettling when you open your mail and see what appears to be a government mailing that states, something like: 12 FEDERAL AND WISCONSIN […]

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Employee Files: 11 Questions Answered

Do I have to allow my employees to see their files? Yes, according to Wisconsin law.  Employees have a right by statute to view or obtain a copy of their employee file. Does this apply to current and former employees?   Every current and former employee is entitled to view or obtain a copy of his or […]

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How will the changes in the FLSA affect my business?

A couple years ago, rumors started circulating about changes to federal overtime laws. This article will break down the basics of the changes, but before delving in, information about general overtime requirements under federal law is available at KEW’s previous blog article, available here. In 2014, Obama directed the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) […]

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“If you don’t own your masters, your masters own you.” – Prince

This famous Prince quote, given to Rolling Stone, in 1996 pretty much sums up his opinion of the music industry: not enough money to the artists; too much money to the big companies. In 2010, Prince’s words were even more spot-on after proclaiming that the internet is over for musicians as a revenue stream, “Tell […]

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The unicorn cat.

FOUND IT! The perfect image for my uber rad new website, A UNICORN CAT! Now, I’ll get a million clicks and my site will go viral. PUBLISH! Been there? Did you ever ask yourself, can I use that image? Without permission from the owner of that image, the answer to this question is a big […]

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Jessica M. Kramer writes for ibmadison.com

Attorney Jessica M. Kramer has been chosen to write a blog for ibmadison.com, In Business Magazine’s online publication, titled “Law at Work.” Jessica has over eleven years of experience in employment law including serving as legal advisor to businesses, representing individuals in employment discrimination, and serving as in-house counsel at a human resources and payroll […]

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Common I-9 Mistakes Made by Employers

 I-9 If you have employees and you read this headline and are saying to yourself, ‘what is an I-9?’, that likely means one of two things: (a) you don’t know/remember the name of the form you complete for new employees which documents their authorization to work in the U.S., or (b) you are not complying […]

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“Disparaging” trademark seekers, rejoice.

  Simon Tam chose the name, “The Slants,” for his Asian-American rock-band to make a statement about racial and cultural issues in this country. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected Tam’s application to federally register the trademark, “The Slants,” finding it “disparaging.” Tam appealed and won. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit says […]

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