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NRA weighs in on Wisconsin's Concealed Carry Rules

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

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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IRS Announces Amnesty Program For Independent Contractor Misclassification

Posted by Attorney David McClurg in Business Management / Comments

The IRS recently announced a new program which will allow businesses to voluntarily reclassify independent contractors as “employees” for federal employment tax purposes.  Employers participating in this Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (“VCSP”):1.         Will have to pay only 10% of the employment tax liability that may have been due on compensation paid to the workers for the most recent tax year (about 1% of the wages paid to the ...

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EMPLOYEE RIGHTS REVISITED: WHAT THE NEW NLRB POSTER DOESN’T TELL EMPLOYEES ABOUT THEIR RIGHTS

Posted by Attorney Roger L. Pettit in Business Management, Labor Relations / Comments

In a previous post we reminded employers that beginning November 14, 2011 a new poster has to be displayed in the workplace that purports to advise employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). What the official poster stresses are employee rights and employer prohibitions as they relate to the presence of organized labor (Labor Unions) in the workplace.On October 5, 2011, the National Labor Relations ...

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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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Facebook Posts Protected Under the NLRA;Employer Required To Reinstate Terminated Employees

Posted by Attorney David McClurg in Business Management, Technology, Labor Relations / Comments

As indicated in our earlier posts, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has been focusing significant attention on employees’ rights to communicate about workplace issues on social media sites. Most of the recent unfair labor practice charges the Board has filed against employers for disciplining employees based on such communications havebeen settled without a hearing or a decision on the merits of the charges.  That changed earlier this month when ...

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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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NLRB Final Rule Requires Posting of Employee Rights Under the NLRA

Posted by Attorney David McClurg in Labor Relations / Comments

Despite strong objections from the buiness community, the NLRB has issued a Final Rule requiring that both union and non-union employers post an extensive Notice advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act.  The specific language to be included in the Notice, which must be posted by November 14, 2011, is set out in  the Rule.  Among other things, the Rule requires advising employees that they have the ...

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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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