EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE- Employer concerns related to upcoming “National Strike”

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Employers may experience high absence rates this upcoming Friday February 17, 2017, because a national “General Strike Against Trump” is being arranged by a grassroots movement called “Strike4Democracy.” The strike (the first in a proposed series, the next of which is set for March 8) encourages individuals to participate in myriad methods, one of which is to miss work. Employers whose employees miss work to participate in this, or any other, “strike” should analyze the particular circumstances surrounding the absence before disciplining an employee. Otherwise, the employer may face an unfair labor practice charge.

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EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE “DOL Issues New Overtime Rule”

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The Department of Labor (“DOL”) released its final rule updating the overtime exemptions for “white collar” positions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The new rule goes into effect on December 1, 2016 and will extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within the first year of implementation. Under the new rule, employees still must satisfy a two-part test to be considered exempt: the duties test and the salary test. The new rule did not change the duties test. It did, however, change the salary thresholds for both standard exemptions and the highly compensated employee exemption.

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EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE “Wisconsin’s “Right to Work”

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“Wisconsin has joined fellow Midwestern states Indiana, Iowa, and Michigan in enacting “right to work” legislation. Under the new law, no person may be required,  as a condition of employment, to: (1) refrain or resign from a union; (2) become a member of a union; or (3) pay dues or provide anything of value to a union.”

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TAX LAW UPDATE “Same Sex Marriages”

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The Internal Revenue Service has issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17, which states that same-sex couples who are legally married in a jurisdiction that recognizes their marriage will be treated as married for federal tax purposes regardless of where they are domiciled. This decision was made after the United States Supreme Court invalidated provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) in its 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor.

Same Sex Marriage – IRS tax law update

Jennifer Walther – Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2013 Women of the Year

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Mawicke &  Goisman, S.C. congratulates Jennifer Walther who was named one of the Jennifer S. WaltherWisconsin Law Journal’s 2013 Women of the Year.  She was one of twenty-seven outstanding female members of the state’s legal community honored at the annual event held at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel on June 25th.


Please read… Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2013 Women in the Law Press release on Jennifer Walther and the event.