All articles by Michael G. Koutnik

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.

Easements Don’t Last Forever

You and your neighbor both access the street through a driveway which is located on the neighbor’s property. To confirm your right to use the driveway, your neighbor has provided you with an easement approved by your FOS attorney. Now that the easement is recorded, you’re done, right? Not necessarily. Under an often overlooked Wisconsin.

Sign of the Times: Time to Update Workplace Posters

Those signs hanging in the employee break room may be due for an update. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released three new or revised posters that, as of August 1, 2016, apply to most employers. The first poster relates to the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations issued earlier this year. The new.

Appeals Court Clarifies “Substantial Fault” Definition

A recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision provides insight into how courts will interpret a 2013 revision to Wisconsin’s unemployment insurance benefits law. Under that 2013 revision, terminated employees can be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits if the employee’s “substantial fault” resulted in the employee’s termination. Unfortunately, the legislature did not clearly define what “substantial.

Overtime Changes More Than Double Salary Thresholds

On May 18, the Labor Department made drastic changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime rules for certain administrative and professional executive employees. The FLSA contains a so-called “white collar” exemption, which applies to certain executive, administrative, and professional employees. Under this exemption, employees with certain job duties, paid on a salary basis,.