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Tribal-Transfer Case Briefed at Wisconsin Court of Appeals, Involving PBC Client and Atty. Michael Brown

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

A Wisconsin resident John Kroner, represented by PBC Attorney Michael Brown, has appealed a Wisconsin circuit court’s decision to transfer Mr. Kroner’s case to the Oneida Tribal Judicial System, pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 801.54, which involves discretionary transfer of civil actions to tribal court. This is the first appeal of its kind involving Wis. Stat. […]

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Three Rules For An Unemployment Interview Or Hearing

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

If you are a Wisconsin worker with an unemployment application pending, you may have a phone interview or hearing coming up. If you do, you will soon be answering questions from a legal authority in the unemployment process. Before you have a phone interview or hearing- that is, before you start answering questions as a […]

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Appealing WI Unemployment Initial Determination- Be Careful When Stating “Reason” In Your Appeal Form/Letter

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

If you are a Wisconsin worker who lost your initial determination for unemployment benefits, the next step is to submit a timely appeal. An appeal can be submitted online here, or via a letter. When submitting the appeal, you should be very careful to follow the instructions closely, and to submit the appeal before the […]

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Be Careful About Saying “Discrimination” In A WI Unemployment Proceeding- That Word Usually Has No Place There

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

As an employee rights attorney, I routinely represent Wisconsin workers in unemployment proceedings. It is common for me to read unemployment-related documents, and to see that my client has (before s/he retained me), used the word “discrimination” in talking about the employer’s actions to the unemployment office. And almost always when I see that word […]

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Employee Tip: Document, Document, Document (And SAVE Documents!)

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

If you are an employee with concerns about your employer, or you think you may pursue a legal action someday, please know that the documentation you keep is critical. Do not assume the employer or others will keep important documents and give them to you later. Also, don’t assume the employer will agree with your […]

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Unemployment Advice- Good Times To Seek It (And Not Be Too Late)

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

If you are a Wisconsin worker seeking unemployment benefits, you may be considering the idea of getting an attorney versus not getting an attorney. I am not writing this point to convince you to get an attorney like me- despite my self-interest in having people retain me, I understand that’s a decision for only you […]

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Want to Negotiate With an Employer You Distrust? Consider Talking to a Trusted Third Party First

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

You may be in a situation where (1) an employer has violated your trust in the past, and you are uncomfortable with that employer; but (2) you still need something from that employer- their payment of overdue wages, their approval of a pending administrative request, etc. Often, I see employees in this situation- that is, […]

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