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What’s the Magic Number?  Final Overtime Rules Announced

Several years ago, rumors started circulating about changes to federal overtime laws, and then changes were proposed to them.  Those changes were put on hold in late 2016.  The hold is over.  The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced today its Final Rule regarding changes to the portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) […]

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Think twice before using CCAP

In Wisconsin, over the last decade or so, ‘CCAPing’ (pronounced ‘see-capping’) has become a verb.  It’s how many of us check someone out, whether it be a friend, that creepy neighbor, our boyfriend’s wacky ex-girlfriend, a potential suitor, or a potential employee.  Stop right there.  Did you say, potential employee?  If you have ever CCAPed […]

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Landlord Law: Emotional Support Animals

On April 18, 2018, Governor Walker signed 2017 WI Act 317 which contains several provisions pertaining to the rights of landlords and tenants. In general, the changes are landlord-friendly. The breadth of the act is too large in scope for this blog article. But, check back with KEW Tips for more laws affecting landlords. This […]

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Is My Email Legal?

Our email boxes are bombarded daily with emails from various companies trying to sell us vacations, water bottles, appliances, etc.  As a business owner, you may have wondered yourself whether all these emails are legal. The volume of them can feel harassing. The  Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM act of […]

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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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