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ABC Jobs Ambassador Rebecca Kleefisch Chats With High School Students About Apprenticeship

National Apprenticeship Week (Nov. 11 - 15) began with the announcement that former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is partnering with ABC of Wisconsin as a new Jobs Ambassador and it culminated at [...]

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Falling work comp rates: “The good, the bad & the ugly”

On October 1, 2019 Wisconsin continued its trend entering a fourth consecutive year of reduced workers’ compensation insurance rates. Rates in 2019 fell an average of 8.84% compared to 2018, [...]

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New Overtime Rule Raises Salary Cutoff to $35,568

Effective January 1, 2020, a final rule from the US Department of Labor (DOL) amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations implementing the minimum wage and overtime exemptions for [...]

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8 Potential Ugly Scenarios For Companies Without Employee Handbooks

Companies I work with often ask themselves, "Why should I have an employee handbook?" When I hear this, I know they are looking at the handbook as a potential enemy. "It will confine me in my [...]

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Why Apprenticeship is Becoming a Smart Choice for Many

Many economists, employers and academics tell us that our post-secondary education system is churning out too many four-year graduates. For decades, many parents, teachers and school counselors [...]

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Recognizing the Skilled Trades on Labor Day

This Labor Day, we continue the decades-long tradition of honoring the American worker, and especially those in the skilled trades. At Associated Builders and Contractors, a national trade [...]

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NLRB’s Prime Healthcare Decision: Time to Cure Ailing Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

In June, the Republican-controlled National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) issued an employer-unfriendly decision concerning the acceptable scope of pre-dispute mandatory arbitration [...]

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How to Avoid a Bad Driver’s Impact on your Fleet’s Auto Insurance

Despite record low unemployment, you finally hired one – a diamond in the ruff. After a 16-hour shift on-the-road, his only question at the end of the day was, “What’s next?” Things are going so [...]

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Final Rule Expands Options for HRAs

The U.S. departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury issued a final rule on June 13 that expands the usability of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). The rule is [...]

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Youth Apprenticeship: Making A Historic Link Into Adult Apprenticeship

Youth apprenticeship has been providing career exploration and pathway opportunities to high school students for more than 25 years. It can be a big advantage for students who have an idea of [...]

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