Getting the Band Back Together

At the end of May, the CDC issued new guidelines for COVID. Basically, the recommendations say that if you are fully vaccinated, you can participate in almost any activity without a mask. If you have not been vaccinated, the CDC still advises you to wear a mask unless you are basically outdoors with members of […]

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Multitasking

When our law firm built our new office, we included a really nice break room. We have three microwaves in it, two refrigerators and a big table to eat at. In our old building, a bunch of us crowded around a small table to eat together, so we wanted to be sure we had plenty […]

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Take a Shot at Going Back to Work

Last week we had some pretty exciting news about the advancements of possible vaccines for COVID-19. Studies for treatments from Moderna, Pfizer and BioNTech have been shown to be 95% effective against infection. Dr. Anthony Fauci was extremely pleased, as he would have been happy with 70% efficacy. Results have been submitted to the U.S. […]

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In Wisconsin, Work Is No Excuse Not To Vote!

With Election Day less than a week away, it is a great time to review Wisconsin law allowing employees time off from work to vote on Election Day.  Wisconsin’s law on this is found at Wisconsin Statute §6.76, which provides the following rights and obligations: Eligibility:  To be eligible for time off for voting, an […]

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COVID-19 Considerations for Returning to Work: Part Two

In last week’s blog article, we addressed several issues that employers will want to consider as they return employees to the workplace.  This article continues that thinking by reviewing considerations and legal issues that may arise as employers: (i) confront COVID-19 related absences; (ii) have a need to reduce hours or require employees to take […]

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COVID-19 Considerations for Returning to Work: Part One

Employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe workplace free from recognized hazards that could cause serious injury or death.  Employers should be giving thought to how they will prepare the workplace for the safe return of employees now that the Safer-At-Home Orders are no longer in effect.  An employer’s return-to-work plan will depend […]

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Influencing Regulation

A few weeks ago I wrote about Jackie Coogan, the child actor who was fleeced out of his $4 million of earnings by his mother and stepfather. His story led to the passage of the California Child Actor’s Bill, which became known as “Coogan Law.” It requires that employers of children in the entertainment industry […]

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Cheap Labor

When I was in high school, my dad’s office rented a vacant building next door to hold excess files. A few buddies and I were tasked with moving all the files out of the office’s basement and into the vacant building. Carrying on the tradition, my kids both worked at our office this summer, as […]

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