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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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Can I use this expired gift card?

February 6, 2016: Yay! Gift card to my favorite store, “Rad Stuff, Ltd.” OMG, thank you for the best birthday present ever! I can’t wait to go there! February 7, 2017: Oh, yeah I got a gift card to Rad for my birthday last year, I’m going to finally use it! Expires February 6, 2017? […]

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Who is Neil Gorsuch?

On February 1, 2017, Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia who died in February 2016.  Article 2, Section 2 of the United States Constitution requires that all presidential appointments to the […]

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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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Visas 101 by Guest Blogger Carmel A. Capati

  Q: WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR SOMEONE TO GET A VISA? WHAT TYPES OF BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE DONE? IS IT DIFFICULT? DOES IT DEPEND ON THE TYPE OF VISA? A: The short answer is it is more difficult for some than others to get a visa and getting a visa does not necessarily mean […]

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A glimpse at immigration

With all the news of President Trump’s immigration ban and tales of raids on non-citizens, we thought it might be helpful to go over some immigration basics. Let’s start with a few definitions for terms that have been floating around the internet recently: Citizen: An individual born on U.S. soil, born outside of the U.S. […]

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Vote for State Superintendent Today!

Today is Wisconsin’s spring primary election. Historically, the spring primary sees the lowest turnout of any election throughout the year. This has been attributed, in part to weather as people generally do not want to leave their homes in the bitter cold. But, this year, no excuse! It’s 50 degrees in Madison. In any event, […]

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EPIC Systems Arbitration Agreement: Is it enforceable?

  Epic Systems Corp., (Epic) creates medical software used by many hospitals and doctor’s offices to track and maintain patient charts and communicate information to patients. On April 2, 2014, Epic sent an email to some of its employees that contained an arbitration agreement. The arbitration agreement stated that “wage-and-hour claims could be brought only […]

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