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Feb 23 2018

National School Walk Outs

The school shooting last week in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students and staff dead, has rocked schools across the nation. As many school districts grapple with the aftermath, students, staff, and community members seek action. It has also spurned a number of local, state, and nationwide movements. Many of these movements are memorial in nature, remembering the lives lost to school violence; others are calls to action, protests, and marches.

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Feb 23 2018

Wisconsin Tax Appeals Commission Decision Has Important Implications for Manufacturing Companies with Out-of-State Property

A recent State of Wisconsin Tax Appeals Commission (the "Appeals Commission") decision has important implications for companies with manufacturing property located outside of Wisconsin. The Appeals Commission held that Modine Manufacturing Company's ("Modine") real property in Racine is manufacturing property under Wis. Stat. § 70.995 even though the property serves primarily as a global headquarters.

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Feb 16 2018

von Briesen & Roper, s.c. Expands Office Space at 411 East Wisconsin Center

Randall D. Crocker, President and CEO of von Briesen & Roper, s.c., announced today that the firm has  executed a lease extension agreement with Middleton Partners, expanding its space in the 411 East Wisconsin Center in the heart of Milwaukee’s downtown and has extended its occupancy to 2028. von Briesen currently occupies floors 9, 10, 11 and part of 12. Effective July 1, von Briesen will occupy all of floors 8, 9, 10 and 11.

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Feb 15 2018

Temporary Employees and Worker's Compensation: The Rivera Case

On January 8, 2018, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals reversed course on long-standing precedent regarding the application of the exclusive remedy provision of the Worker's Compensation Act ("the Act") by allowing a temporary employee to bring a tort claim against his temporary employer. The decision, In re the Estate of Carlos Esterley Cerrato Rivera v. West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, 2017AP142, allows a temporary employee injured while working for a temporary employer to pursue either worker's compensation benefits from the employment agency or to sue the temporary employer in civil court. The decision potentially exposes thousands of employers and insurance carriers to unexpected tort liability. Thankfully for employers, the Legislature is already considering legislation to fix the loophole.

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Feb 14 2018

Proposed Bill Could Lead to Easier Approval of State Construction Contracts

Changes to the way state building projects are bid out could be coming if proposed legislation is approved by the state legislature.

Currently, the State Building Commission (SBC) is required to approve and supervise construction for all capital improvement projects exceeding $185,000. Assembly Bill 675 (AB 675) is currently working its way through the capital and would amend Wis. Stat. § 13.48(10) to increase this threshold to $300,000. AB 675 would also make other changes to existing state law, such as requiring the Governor to approve any construction contract in excess of $300,000.

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