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Vote Tomorrow!

Wisconsin voters once again will head to the polls tomorrow, April 3, 2018 where two statewide concerns will be decided.  One, an election of a new justice to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  The other, whether the Wisconsin Treasurer should remain an elected official or that office’s job duties split apart to varying people appointed by […]

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Can I reject a tenant based on criminal history?

  The law in Wisconsin (including Madison) currently does not prevent using criminal background to screen potential clients. However, federal law does prohibit using arrest records (open criminal cases are considered arrest records) as a basis for a denial.  Even if you are a small local landlord, you are subject to the federal law as […]

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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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Can I sell property my tenant left behind?

Your tenant is long gone and he’s left a bunch of his stuff behind in the apartment.  Can you sell the property he leaves behind? In true lawyer fashion, the answer depends on the answer to another question (or, set of questions): Was your lease written after 2013?  Did you get the lease online?  Do […]

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Getting along post-divorce

We’ve probably all heard the statistic by now – more than half of all first marriages in the United States end in divorce, and the rate failure rate for subsequent marriages is even higher.  However, for the last several years, divorce rates in the US have been steadily declining. At the same time, the rate […]

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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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