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Notice of Creditable/Non-Creditable Coverage

Generally speaking, if you are an employer offering a group health plan to your employees, you are likely required to inform your Medicare eligible employees as to whether or not your company’s health plan provides creditable prescription drug coverage (employers required to provide notice). These “Notices of Creditable/Non-Creditable Coverage” specifically indicate whether the plan’s prescription […]

ACA Update: Cadillac Tax Repeal Within Sight

I have long followed the developments of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA,” the “ACA,” or colloquially, “Obamacare”), from its origins as a conservative, state-based, market-oriented insurance reform tool designed to combat rising healthcare costs, to its being championed and eventually passed into law by liberal legislators under President Barack Obama, to the […]

Including Pets in Wills and Trusts

Many pet owners consider their animals an integral part of the family. It makes sense that an increasing number of clients ask about including pets in their estate plans. While animals are legally considered “tangible personal property,” any pet owner will tell you that an animal is much more than that. Wisconsin’s trust laws caught […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Short-term Rentals Not Prohibited by Commercial Activity Restriction. Will Your Condominium Association Rules Hold Up?

Have you ever stayed at an AirBnB or VRBO or HomeAway rental, or any of the other numerous alternatives to a hotel? These “short-term rentals” or “STRs” are becoming more and more popular. Almost 14% of total worldwide room sales came from STRs in 2017. However, as these arrangements become more and more popular they […]

Your Health and Dental Plans Need Them Too: Plan Documents and Summary Plans Descriptions (SPDs) and why you must have them.

Prior to joining Neider and Boucher, I served as a compliance officer for an insurance broker helping employers implement and manage their companies’ non-retirement employee benefits plans such as health, vision, dental, life, long-term and short-term disability insurance, etc.  These “Employee Welfare Benefit Plans” or “Welfare Plans” as defined by the Employee Retirement Income Security […]

Benefit Corporations Make Their Way to Wisconsin

By:  Joseph W. Boucher and Danielle M. Johnson Neider & Boucher, S.C.   On February 26, 2018, Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 204 became effective allowing benefit corporations in Wisconsin. A benefit corporation is a for-profit corporation (not a limited liability company, partnership, or cooperative) that relieves the directors and officers of the corporation from the obligation […]

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It’s Time to Re-evaluate Your Noncompete Agreements

By Jennifer Knudson On January 19, 2018, the Wisconsin Supreme Court decided Manitowoc Company, Inc. v. John M. Lanning stating that a non-solicitation of employee provision is a restrictive covenant that is subject to the stringent rules under Wis. Stats. § 103.465 regarding noncompete agreements.  Specifically, the Court found multiple reasons that the non-solicitation provision […]