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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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Is the Law Being Trumped?

Since Donald Trump took office as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017, he has issued several executive orders including imposing a hiring freeze on the federal government (excluding the military), authorizing the building of a wall on the Mexican border, a 120-day suspension on accepting refugees as well as a […]

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Must I allow my employees time off when their child’s school is closed?

Probably not.  But, a good employer is careful in enforcing any time-off policies, even those that may appear to be innocuous. Madison schools closed last Wednesday, to the shock of many parents including me.  I respect the decision, and do not envy the tough call district officials have to make in the wee hours of […]

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FLSA Overtime and Salary Changes – Put on Hold

FLSA Overtime and Salary Changes – Put on Hold No longer going into effect December 1, 2016 This just in… A federal court, on November 22, 2016, issued an injunction to temporarily stop the Department of Labor from implementing the new rules which were set to change, among other changes, the minimum salary that must […]

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Leave work and vote tomorrow!

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re choosing a presidential candidate tomorrow. Will it be Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine on the Democratic ticket or Donald Trump/Mike Pence on the Republican ticket? In addition to the presidential election, several states will be voting on the senate. Here is a breakdown: Current sitting senators: 54 Republicans + 45 Democrats […]

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Don’t!! Make the Call – Handheld Phones and Construction Zones

If you’re anything like me, you like finding ways to save time by multitasking, like talking on the phone while on the way to a meeting.  And, if you’re anything like me, you’re also aware that Wisconsin—like many states—has laws against distracted driving, and levies penalties against those who, for instance, text and drive. Now, […]

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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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Ethics Complaint filed against Monona Terrace Executive Director

The Isthmus wrote an article about an Ethics Complaint filed by Associate Director of Monona Terrace, Katherine Hurtgen with the help of her attorneys, Kramer, Elkins & Watt. A few paragraphs of the article are posted right here, but the rest can be found at Isthmus.com. “An employee of Monona Terrace Convention Center has accused […]

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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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