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The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Message to Employers: “Revisit Your Employee Non-Solicitation Provisions Immediately!”

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On January 19, 2018, the Wisconsin Supreme Court decided for the first time that employee non-solicitation provisions – contractual provisions that restrain current or former employees from soliciting other employees to separate from their employment – are subject to Wisconsin Statute § 103.465, Wisconsin’s law against unreasonable restraints of trade in the employment context. In addition, the Court struck down as improperly overbroad the particular non-solicitation provision at issue in the underlying action.

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Social Media – An Employer’s Forbidden Fruit?

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In the last few years, I have heard many employers excitedly speak about the virtues of mining social media for “dirt” relating to employees and applicants. I must admit that it’s a strong temptation. An employer could uncover evidence of applicant irresponsibility that tips the scales against a potential hiring (i.e., a few too many “Saturday nights” during the work week), or discover the real reason behind an employee’s pattern of calling in sick for work. However, there have always been significant risks to employers for engaging in such reviews, and those risks are only increasing.

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Four Common Mistakes Employers Make with Exempt Employees and Overtime Pay

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The last five to ten years have seen a substantial increase in the number of wage and hour-related lawsuits filed against employers, including suits alleging that employers have misclassified employees as exempt from the overtime requirements imposed by state and/or federal law.  These cases, many of which have been prosecuted as class or collective actions, have far too often resulted in large verdicts in favor of employees or in substantial employee-friendly settlements.  Put simply, when it comes to overtime misclassification claims, employees’ attorneys smell blood in the water.  As we move into 2014, there is no reason to believe that the risk this state of affairs poses for employers will diminish to any significant degree.

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