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Concealed Carry – What’s Your Policy?

Posted by Attorney David McClurg in Employer-Employee Relationship, Business Management / Comments

Wisconsin’s Concealed Carry Law took effect on November 1, 2011, and the Department of Justice was immediately inundated with applications for concealed carry (“CC”) licenses. While employers have the right to ban weapons in their facilities, in company owned vehicles and at their remote work locations, they cannot prohibit CC license holders from storing handguns in their own vehicles in the employer’s parking lot. Employers can, however, impose reasonable restrictions ...

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IMMUNITY FOR WHAT? WHAT DOES THE EMPLOYER IMMUNITY UNDER WISCONSIN’S NEW CONCEALED CARRY LAW REALLY PROVIDE?

Posted by Attorney Roger L. Pettit in Employer-Employee Relationship, Business Management / Comments

Wisconsin Act 35 became effective November 1st. one of the act’s provisions provides immunity for employers “from any liability arising from its decision” to allow employees and invitees who are properly licensed to carry a concealed weapon.The purpose of the grant of immunity no doubt was to encourage acceptance of weapons in the workplace for those who have gotten a license to do so. But what does this immunity really ...

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NRA weighs in on Wisconsin's Concealed Carry Rules

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The National Rifle Association has voiced its displeasure over the emergency rules published by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  In particular the NRA takes issue with the rule that requires before an individual may be licensed to carry a concealed weapon, he or she must first complete a minimum of four hours of training and such training must include hands-on training.  This rule arises from the Concealed Carry law's requirement ...

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Wisconsin's Concealed Carry Goes Into Effect November 1st. Is Your Company Prepared?

Posted by in Employer-Employee Relationship, Human Resources, Business Management / Comments

As a past blog article discussed, Wisconsin's Concealed Carry law goes into effect in one month- November 1st.  On that day, individiauls who have passed all of the requisite criteria, will be allowed to carry conceled weapons in general public, with some restrictions.  The general public, of course ,includes businesses- unless that business has established other rules and posted the same.Companies who have yet to make decisions on how they ...

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EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION, LET ME COUNT THE WAYS

Posted by Attorney Roger L. Pettit in Employer-Employee Relationship, Business Management / Comments

Employers are by now aware that discrimination in the workplace is unlawful. The original list of protected characteristics has expanded from the original race and national origin, protected in some form since the Civil Rights act of 1866, and now includes sex, age, disability, genetics, and in some jurisdictions, sexual orientation, family status, and transgender status. But just how savvy is the employer of a small business of the ways ...

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THE NLRB RELEASES A REPORT SEEKING TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON EMPLOYERS' SOCIAL MEDIA POLICIES

Posted by in Employer-Employee Relationship, Human Resources, Technology / Comments

In the past year the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has made the headlines in popular media over terminating or disciplining employees over their Facebook content. As a previous blog post discussed, these cases made headlines as they represented a departure from the typical employer discretion for disciplining as they thought fit for unsavory social media postings by their employees.The problem with these NLRB cases was that rarely were ...

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Don't Bring Your Guns to Town

Posted by Attorney Roger L. Pettit in Employer-Employee Relationship, Business Management / Comments

Beginning in November, Wisconsin citizens, if properly licensed, may carry concealed weapons.  There is no prohibition against carrying these weapons in the workplace.  However businesses have the unilateral right to decide for themselves whether or not to allow guns in their workplace with one exception – they cannot forbid employees from having guns in their automobiles in company parking lots.Now is the time for employers to make decisions regarding ...

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The NLRB Continues to Take Issue with "Facebook Firings"

Posted by in Employer-Employee Relationship, Human Resources, Technology / Comments

Has your company ever “dooced” anyone? “Dooce” is the term used among the internet and social media savvy to describe someone who has been fired for their website or online content.  The stories of employees being dooced have made their way both through pop culture and across the desks of business owners and advisers everywhere. Business owners who come to learn of an employee’s public declaration of ...

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Avoiding 103.465

Posted by Attorney Roger L. Pettit in Employer-Employee Relationship, Business Management / Comments

July 13, 2011 marked the one (1) year anniversary of a Wisconsin Court of Appeals’ decision that adds a twist to the development of the law interpreting restrictive covenants for employees. In the case of Selmer Company v. Rinn, the Court of Appeals upheld an injunction and other damages against a former employee who violated his agreement not to solicit the company’s customers and to refrain from ...

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HOW TO PUT THE “FUN” BACK INTO YOUR COMPANY SPONSORED FUNCTION WITHOUT PUTTING YOUR COMPANY AT RISK

Posted by in Employer-Employee Relationship, Human Resources / Comments

By: Lindsey R. KingAhhhh….. the dog-days of summer! The warm weather and good times go hand-in-hand with company hosted or sponsored picnics, golf outings, boating excursions or baseball games. Whatever the event and whatever the reason, make sure that your company evaluates, before the event how it is going to maximize the intentionof the outing (FUN!) while minimizing any increased liability to the company.Contemplate the following questions before your ...

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