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Category: Business

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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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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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 snowstorm 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 for […]

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A Divorce Could Cost your Business

  Do you own a business or are you thinking about starting your own business?  Are you married or engaged to be married?  If the answers to both of these questions are “yes” then you may want to consider, or you may need, a Marital Property Agreement – more commonly referred to as a pre-nuptial […]

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Do I need to use the “LLC” in my business name?

So, you pick out the perfect name for your business, and then you go to the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (WI DFI), and register it as a limited liability company, and realize, you’re required to stick that “LLC” at the end of your perfect business name. The same is true if you register as […]

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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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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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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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How will the changes in the FLSA affect my business?

A couple years ago, rumors started circulating about changes to federal overtime laws. This article will break down the basics of the changes, but before delving in, information about general overtime requirements under federal law is available at KEW’s previous blog article, available here. In 2014, Obama directed the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) […]

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