Newspaper publishers to save Workers' Compensation money 4/12/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On Feb. 26, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walk signed Act 180, which repealed a part of the Workers' Compensation law stating, "Every person selling or distributing newspapers or magazines on the street or from house to house is an employee." Prior to the repeal, most newspapers covered newspaper carriers and paid thousands of dollars each year in Workers' Comp premiums. This is a great success for Wisconsin publishers.

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Reporters Committee releases report on Judge Garland's decisions 3/18/16

The Reporters Committee has released a summary of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland's decisions as an appellate judge that concern the First Amendment and Freedom of Information Act.

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Court reverses NLRB, finds independent contractor status 2/16/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On Feb. 3, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit reversed the National Labor Relations Board's finding that stagehands are employees. The court ruled that the stagehands are independent contractors, and that the decision of the board was "contrary to law."

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NLRB strikes down workplace recording policy 2/2/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

In a 2-to-1 decision, the board has ruled that a policy prohibiting employees from secretly recording company meetings or conversations with coworkers or management violated the National Labor Relations Act.

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FOIA Machine would break logjam for public records 7/24/13

In addition to helping automate the process of making and tracking requests for public records, FOIA Machine will also create a community of users to share expert tips and strategies.

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There's an app for calculating certain FMLA leave 6/19/13

Calculating FMLA leave can be challenging for employers, but now there is a free tool that makes the calculation simple – an app for tablets and smart phones.

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