As farmers grapple with international competition, natural disasters, trade wars, and other challenges, they need legal guidance to successfully navigate the many changes to immigration laws and policies that affect them and their workers. Matthew Beier discusses the intersection of farm labor and immigration policies, and the rise in need for legal assistance for immigrants. “If farmers are no longer able to find enough workers, agricultural output could decrease by up to $60 billion,” he writes.
Keep up with the evolving trends, technology, and political policies impacting health care and the workplace at the 2019 Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute, Aug. 15-16, at Glacier Canyon Lodge in Wisconsin Dells.
When employers engage third parties to conduct background checks on job applicants, they must be certain to follow their obligations under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and similar state laws or they may open themselves up to liability. Meg Vergeront discusses employer obligations when conducting a background check through third-party investigators.
Wisconsin is among a minority of states with almost no tolerance for marijuana-based products of any kind, whether for medical purposes or for recreational uses, says Nick Fairweather of Hawks Quindel S.C., Madison.
The NLRB recently invited, then disinvited, people to give their thoughts on the Staunton holding – the case that allows construction employers and unions to convert National Labor Relations Act Section 8(f) agreements into Section 9(a) agreements into Section 9(a) agreements. Patrick Whiting takes a look at what Staunton established, and what could result if its holding is overturned.
In Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that an employee needing an extended leave of two or more months for treatment of a disability is not protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The author summarizes the parties' arguments and the three-judge panel's decision.
The U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis concluded that the Federal Arbitration Act governs the enforceability of waivers to participate in collective actions. As a result, these employees’ efforts to litigate federal wage claims through collective actions in federal court are barred.
In this era of viral social media and #MeToo, "sexual harassment" is often used to talk about a variety of sex-based misconduct both in and out of the workplace. Wisconsin attorneys Sara Geenen and Erica Reib discuss the duties and risks for both employers and employees seeking to protect themselves.
How do you determine if a particular case is a good candidate for mediation? The answer goes well beyond the legal substance and merits of the case, says Jill Hamill Sopha, who discusses key questions lawyers should consider when deciding whether to mediate.
Whistleblowers play a vital role in calling attention to bad behavior and trying to prevent its recurrence. The author, himself a whistleblower, explains their motivations and risks and costs of their behavior and beliefs, and provides tips for how best to represent whistleblowers.
The transgender community and the societal challenges it faces have become increasingly visible. Nearly 60,000 transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals live in Wisconsin alone. This article surveys the current and evolving state of constitutional, statutory, and case law, at the federal, state, and local levels, on various issues that uniquely affect transgender individuals.
Given that nearly all employment disputes resolve short of trial, it is never too early for an employment lawyer to consider mediation, writes Jill Sopha. Just what does it take to reach a resolution when an impasse looms?lawyer consider mediation, writes Jill Sopha.