Kramer, Elkins & Watt

Category: Employment

Snow Day: Do I pay my employees?

It happens every year in Wisconsin.  A snow storm is brewing (or seemingly shows up out of nowhere), and you have a decision to make: Do I close the office?  The industry you are in, the customers or clients you serve, your company’s size, and your location likely dictate that decision.  Whether to close up […]

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Hiring through Facebook Ads

Facebook and other social media platforms offer a business owner the unique opportunity to target a specific audience in advertising, in other words, to microtarget. In building an advertisement, the business owner may specify attributes that allows the business to seek out the perfect individual, and Facebook works its magic to place the ad in […]

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Supreme Court Dismantles Employee Rights

On May 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court found in favor of corporate America as it relates to employee rights. In a 5-4 decision authored by Trump appointee, Neil Gorsuch, the Court determined that employers could prohibit employees from joining forces in a class action lawsuit to bring violations of the Fair Labor Standards […]

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CCAP Changes Ahead

Good news for people with dismissed criminal cases, evictions showing up on CCAP What is CCAP?  You’ve probably used the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access (“WCCA”) website, which displays information on cases in state (circuit) courts in all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, called the Consolidated Case Automation Program (“CCAP” – pronounced “see-cap”).  You’ve also probably heard […]

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Jessica M. Kramer interviewed in InBusiness

Attorney Jessica M. Kramer advises her business clients regarding employment law issues. She has been writing a blog for InBusiness, titled “Law at Work” for some time now, and was recently interviewed regarding sexual harassment in the workplace in light of the #metoo movement. Some highlights from the interview include: How an employer may find […]

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Can I hold an employee’s paycheck?

We employers have all been there: an employee quits without notice, and still possesses uniforms or equipment that belong to the company.  Or worse, the employee is disgruntled and damages property of the company on her way out.  It’s alright, I’ll just hold her last paycheck hostage until she returns the property or pays me […]

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How do probationary periods of employment affect Unemployment Insurance?

  If I terminate an employee after a 90 day probationary period, do I still have to pay Unemployment Insurance? Most likely, yes. But, not immediately. And, possibly not ever. Contrary to popular belief, a probationary status has no bearing on whether an employer has to pay unemployment insurance. Whether an employer plans on having […]

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Do business owners need to pay Unemployment Insurance?

  Let’s start with some background on unemployment insurance in Wisconsin. What is unemployment insurance? Unemployment Insurance (“UI”, sometimes also referred to as Unemployment Compensation or UC) is a program that provides weekly wage replacement benefits for eligible individuals who have lost employment. In Wisconsin, UI is administered through the Department of Workforce Development (“DWD”). […]

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Can my child work at my business?

As recently reported in the news, The Mixing Bowl Bakery, in Sauk City, Wisconsin is under fire for accusations of violations of child labor laws. The bakery is owned by Curtis and Vickie Eberle, a couple with nine children, many of whom work with them at the Mixing Bowl. The kids range in age from […]

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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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