Jan. 10, 2013 – The state Department of Children and Families revoked a Milwaukee woman’s child care license in 2010 for crimes committed 22 years ago, under the state's new caregiver law. But the Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ruled that she’s entitled to a hearing first.
Dec. 5, 2012 – Close friends, colleagues, and the widow of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice William A. Bablitch recently gathered in the Supreme Court Hearing Room to accept a portrait of Justice Bablitch, which will hang in the Capitol. The portrait is a gift to the citizens of Wisconsin from the Wisconsin Law Foundation. In 1965, the foundation began working with the Wisconsin Supreme Court to obtain pictures of all the justices who had served on the court.
2011 Wisconsin Act 167 changes the DNR’s permitting authority and requirements for navigable waterway permits. Effective Sept. 1, 2012, the new law eases requirements for private entities seeking to fill navigable waterways by shortening timelines, removing public participation requirements, and creating presumptive approvals. The changes have significant implications for the state’s administration of the public trust doctrine.
July 5, 2012 – Now that the question of the Act's constitutionality has been decided, employers that sponsor health plans should move immediately to comply with its health insurance requirements. Although the Act's most significant pending provisions will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, other burdensome rules will become effective before then. In this article, Todd Cleary summarizes the most pressing requirements for employers.
May 16, 2012 – Chances are good a tax authority will audit your law practice. In this video, Milwaukee attorney Douglas H. Frazer discusses record keeping best practices and the appeals process if you are not satisfied with the results of the audit.
March 21, 2012 – In this video, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Matt Moroney briefly explains legislative changes and other updates to shoreland zoning, wetland reforms, and pier regulation. In addition, Moroney discusses the "hot topic" issues the department will tackle in the foreseeable future.
March 21, 2012 – In March 2011, the legislature suspended the Public Service Commission's wind siting rules for the uniform local regulation of wind power, Wis. Admin. Code chapter PSC 128. With the close of the 2011-2012 legislative session on March 15, 2012, those rules have now gone into effect.
April 18, 2012 – The public comment period on the U.S. Department of Labor's recently issued proposed changes to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations, related primarily to military family leave and airline flight crew eligibility, will close on April 30, 2012. The following highlights the significant changes proposed by the Department of Labor.