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

  Updated: May 2, 2019 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 […]

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Today is Equal Pay Day in Wisconsin

What is Equal Pay Day? Equal Pay Day is the day each year where women have finally earned an equivalent in wages to what men earned in the previous year. That’s right ladies, we had to work an additional 92 days to earn the same total wages as men earned in 2018 alone. Some interesting […]

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How do probationary periods 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 its […]

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Workplace Notice Requirements – Don’t be Fooled by Spam

As an employer, you want what’s best for your employees.  Part of caring for your employees is providing them with a safe and healthful workplace. SPAM! 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 REGULATIONS […]

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Do I need to provide leave to my employees?

  A common misconception is that all employers are required to provide leave to their employees. However, whether or not an employer is required to provide leave is largely dependent on the size of the employer. For the most part, employers that employ less than 50 employees are not required to provide leave which holds […]

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Hiring through Facebook Ads – Part 2

Facebook is quite the platform, constantly adding more services including advertising. Facebook now offers businesses the opportunity to place an ad for a potential employee. We first introduced this topic in our blog article, Hiring through Facebook Ads – Part 1. One of the benefits of using Facebook advertising is microtargeting. We now know that […]

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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 – Part 1

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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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VOTING IN WISCONSIN

Tomorrow, November 6, 2018 is Election Day.  In Wisconsin, there are several statewide races on the ballot including Governor, United States Senator, Attorney General, and State Treasurer.  There are also races for Congress in Wisconsin’s eight congressional districts and other local races.  Please make sure that you make a plan to go vote tomorrow. Voting […]

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Legal Consequences of “Living in Sin”

It used to be said that a man and woman who lived together, were intimately involved, but who were not married were “living in sin.” We would hate to think what such judgmental people said about same-sex partners.  However, such an idiom is outdated now.  Today the number of cohabitating unmarried partners is on the […]

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