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Can You Discharge an Employee on FMLA Leave When He Intends Not to Return?

Elizabeth StephensJuly 15, 2020
If an employee on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave submits a letter signaling his intent to resign at...

Disability Doesn’t Protect Poor Performance or Erratic, Unexcused Absences

Dave McCormackJuly 10, 2020
In a recent ruling, the 7th Circuit (whose rulings apply to all Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin employers) emphasized that a...

Waiting is the Hardest Part: Don’t Fire Poor Performer Without Keeping Good Records

Dave McCormackDecember 30, 2019
Sooner or later, all employers will experience a poor performer. Ideally, struggling employees will improve through your efforts to train,...

Letting It Slide: Documenting Infractions at the Ice Rink

Aneet KaurSeptember 20, 2019
The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (the federal appeals court that governs Wisconsin) recently handed a win to employers,...

Did My Employee Quit, Or Did I Fire Him?

Heath StrakaAugust 26, 2019
There are times when an employee appears to have quit his job, but a court or a jury will determine...

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Title VII Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Cases

Morgan StippelJuly 29, 2019
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it unlawful to discriminate against employees or job applicants on...

7th Circuit: ADEA Provides Limited Protection for Job Applicants

Leslie SammonApril 5, 2019
On January 23, 2019, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose decisions apply to all Wisconsin employers) ruled that...

For ADA Compliance, Stay in Line—Don’t Forget to Reassign

Morgan StippelApril 1, 2019
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recognizes reassignment as “the reasonable accommodation of last resort.” As a result, it’s essential...

#MeToo Meets SCOTUS: Lessons From the Kavanaugh Confirmation

Saul GlazerNovember 6, 2018
The nation is sharply divided over the recent hearings and confirmation of the newest U.S. Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh....