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Taking action when an employer engages in questionable or illegal business activities

Upon being hired and throughout one's time as an employee with a company, he or she may be required to complete various training courses. Often, topics related to business ethics and applicable company policies are included in these training materials and sessions.

ERISA and DOMA: Where you live, where you work

When federal laws are enacted, they apply to all 50 states. For example, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act provides rules and requirements for qualified retirement plans provided by employers from 401(k)s to long-term disability insurance. Although this law applies to all 50 states equally, does it affect residents in Wisconsin the same way it does in Minnesota? The answer is, not always.

Wisconsin Boy Scouts won't get the 'discrimination badge'

The Boy Scouts of America has not wavered in its position on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender scouts and leaders: The LGBT community is not welcome. Scouts and troop leaders of a local council in the Northeast announced recently that they are joining Wisconsin's Northern Star Council in following their own consciences -- and the law.

Owner of 25 Wisconsin McDonald's settles sexual harassment claim

The owner of 25 McDonald's franchises in Wisconsin is settling a federal class action lawsuit for sexual harassment. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing on behalf of 10 female employees.

DOL proposes FMLA rule changes

The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed a few changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act that, if approved, will have an impact on workers in Wisconsin. These proposed rules will only change the federal law; the Wisconsin FMLA will not be affected. The public comment period on the new language closes at the end of March.

Uncompensated time may put hourly workers over FMLA threshold, p3

In our last post, we were talking about the Family and Medical Leave Act. As we said, the act ensures that an employee's job and health insurance are protected when the employee takes time off for what some call "a major life event." Here in Wisconsin we have our own FMLA, and it differs from the federal law in a few ways.

Uncompensated time may put hourly workers over FMLA threshold, p2

We are picking up the discussion from our Dec. 11 post about both the federal and the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Acts. While most people know that the FMLA exists, surprisingly few know what rights are protected. It is one of those laws that you don't really think about until you need to -- but when you need to, chances are you are stressed out about a family illness or your own upcoming surgery, and the FMLA is just one more thing to deal with.

FLSA requires all hours work to be paid even during daylight savings time

Last Sunday we all turned our clocks back one hour for daylight savings time. Many employees in Wisconsin who worked the third-shift in manufacturing or worked a night shift as a waiter or waitress worked the extra hour even though their schedule may not have reflected it. Employees and nefarious employers should be aware that the Fair Labor Standards Act requires all hours worked to be paid even during daylight savings time.

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