Ruder Ware

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500 N First Street, Suite 8000
P.O. Box 8050
Wausau, WI 54402-8050, United States
Phone: 715.845.4336
Fax: 715.845.2718
Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Education
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • Wisconsin
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell in Job Interview?

A number of states have passed legislation prohibiting an employer from asking a candidate for a new job about his or her salary history in other employment settings. While such a law has not passed in the State of Wisconsin,…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Using the Right Entity is Key to Successful Agribusiness

Are you using the right business entity for your farm or other agribusiness? I have worked with too many clients who have paid additional tax dollars or have been unable to achieve their succession planning goals due to their…more
 /  Agriculture, Business Organizations, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Animal Waste Emissions from Large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: EPA, under the guns of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the EPA Office of Inspector General, Issues Interim Guidance to Farmers

Introduction - Let me be Captain Obvious here. When the title is that long, the topic, including its context and history, is convoluted. Let’s start at the end, work our way toward the beginning, and come full circle. On…more
 /  Administrative Law, Agriculture, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

When Being a Good Neighbor Can Expose You to Liability

In Wisconsin, we have a strong tradition of landowners opening up their land to snowmobile clubs, hunters, trappers, cross-country skiers, and other members of the public. While giving visitors the chance to enjoy the outdoors…more
 /  Insurance, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential

2018 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2018 Social Security Taxable Wage Base

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. A few of the limits shown below remain unchanged from last year, but others have increased…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals – Super Human Resource Department?

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (which addresses federal court cases brought in Wisconsin) has stated in the past that it does not intend to be a “super human resource department” for employers. Recent court decisions have…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Public Construction Contracts - Changes

The Wisconsin Legislature is considering a new bill that would significantly change requirements for competitive bidding of public construction contracts by local government units and school districts. Currently, school…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Education

EEOC Sues for Transgender Discrimination

Recent action by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has raised the specter of whether transgender persons are considered protected under the federal discrimination laws. The EEOC has sued a company in Denver that…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Inspector General Audit Could Impact Skilled Nursing Facilities

Skilled nursing facilities (SNF) may see even more scrutiny from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) because of a recent audit conducted by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and…more
 /  Health

Judge Strikes Down DOL’s Proposed Overtime Rule!

Finally, it appears we have closure on this saga that started over a year ago! On August 31st, the same Texas federal district court judge who granted a preliminary injunction last November delaying the effective date of the…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Check Your Handbooks!!! UPS Settles Maximum Leave Policy Violations for $2 million.

The EEOC filed suit against UPS on behalf of approximately 90 current and former employees for multiple violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agency charged UPS with failing to properly accommodate…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

IRS Encourages Self-Assessment to Identify Fringe Benefit Errors

As much as I love tax law, filling out another tax form isn’t high on my list of fun things to do. So when the IRS issues a form that isn’t legally required to complete, should you? If you are an employer that provides one or…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Eligibility for Overtime Pay – Redo?

Recent action taken by the Department of Labor has started to signal the likely “redo” of the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations regarding overtime pay and which employees are eligible for overtime pay. The Department of Labor…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Federal Court Reverses NLRB “Positive Work Environment” Handbook Decision

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) created controversy a couple of years ago when it ruled that handbook policies maintained by T-Mobile USA requiring employees to maintain a positive work environment were illegal because…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Recent Bankruptcy Decision from the Western District of Wisconsin Discusses Negative Equity, Car Loans, and the Chapter 13 Cram Down

A quick introduction for those of you who are not bankruptcy nerds. For certain types of collateral, Chapter 13 allows a Debtor to reduce a secured creditor’s claim down to the value of the collateral. This is called “cram…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking
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