All articles by Michael G. Koutnik

“Joint Employer Liability” Rule to be Clarified

As more businesses consider changing their staffing models to include (or increase) the use of shared employees or staffing agencies, the Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a rule to clarify the coverage of “joint employer liability.” The current the joint employer rule provides that, if an employee is shared by multiple employers, each employer.

Can’t You Hear Me Knocking? Wisconsin Revises Landlord-Tenant Laws

Wisconsin’s landlord-tenant laws continue to evolve, with a new batch of changes now effective this year.  Below are a few of the more significant changes. Emotional Support Animals An “emotional support animal” provides emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship for an individual, but is not trained to help an individual with a disability. Under the.

Tax Reform Act – A Game Changer For Pass-Through Entities?

Last year’s tax reform significantly modified individual and business tax rates. Major changes for individuals (set to expire December 31, 2025) include a reduction in rates, the roughly doubling of the standard deduction, and the removal of personal exemptions. On the business side, the corporate rate fell (with no expiration date) from 35 percent to.

Don’t Be Insecure – Know Your Lien’s Priority

A business owner financing the sale of assets. A landlord fronting a tenant money for a new pizza oven. A farmer selling a tractor to his neighbor on credit. These three have at least one thing in common: each is acting as a lender. And as a lender, each wants to ensure the security of.