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Recent UI, WC and ER appellate court decisions --                                [See also, Court decisions since 1995]  

Information about recently published appellate court decisions in the areas of Unemployment Insurance, Workers' Compensation, and Equal Rights/Discrimination, as well as links to full-text reproductions of the decisions, are provided below. The decisions listed here have been issued within the last year.  (Note: Only published Court of Appeals decisions are included here).

[recent UI decisions]     [recent WC decisions]     [recent ER decisions]

* For access to full-text reproductions of all published court decisions issued since 1995 in these areas, please visit our
    UI, WC and ER court decisions issued since 1995  page.

* For access to summaries of Circuit Court decisions in UI cases, please visit our Search UI Decisions  page.

[The links provided on this page are to the versions of these decisions at the websites of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and  Court of Appeals]

Unemployment Insurance --

Kierstead v. LIRC and Sterling Water Inc.,   [HTML]   [PDF]
2012 WI App 57, 341 Wis. 2d 343,  817 N.W.2d 878
uitting was not with good cause attributable where it was not established that the employee believed signing the disciplinary form was an admission) 

DWD v. LIRC and Dunham Express Corp.,   [HTML]   [PDF]
2010 WI App 123, 329 Wis. 2d 67, 792 N.W.2d 182
courier drivers not independent contractors under trucker contract operator provision, but "employees" for UI tax purposes) 

Mervosh v. LIRC & Zyzeon Capital Corp.,     [HTML]   [PDF]
2010 WI App 36, 324 Wis. 2d 134, 781 N.W.2d 236
("great weight" deference for decision on good cause for quit; Transamerica "explanation" requirement argument waived by non-assertion below)



Workers' Compensation --

Sohn Manufacturing and Secura Insurance v. LIRC and Tanya Wetor, [HTML]   [PDF]
2013 WI App 112,
350 Wis. 2d 469, 838 N.W.2d 131, (petition for review filed)
Wis. Stat. 102.57 not pre-empted by OSHA; Wis. Stat. 102.57 applies to OSHA and safe place statute violations

Xcel Engery Services, Inc., v. LIRC and John Smoczyk, [HTML]   [PDF]
2013 WI 64, 349 Wis. 2d 234, 833 N.W.2d 665
Insurer need not be named in employer's appeal of LIRC decision; LIRC not bound by unappealed ALJ decision 

Grede Foundries, et. al. v. LIRC & Steven Northcott, [HTML]   [PDF]
2012 WI App 86, 343 Wis. 2d 517, 819 N.W.2d 850
No bad faith penalty when self-insured employer in bankruptcy

Aurora Consolidated Heath Care v. LIRC & Jeffrey Schaefer, [HTML]   [PDF]
 2012 WI 49, 340 Wis. 2d 367, 814 N.W.2d 824
(no right to cross examine expert appointed under Wis. Stat. 102.17(1)(g))

City of Appleton Police Dept. v. LIRC & Michael Nofzinger, [HTML]   [PDF]
 2012 WI App 50, 340 Wis. 2d 720, 813 N.W.2d 327 (petition for review denied)
(injury during home fitness training)

Xcel Energy Services, Inc., v. LIRC and John Smoczyk, [HTML]   [PDF]
 2012 WI App 19, 339 Wis. 2d 413, 810 N.W.2d 865 (petition for review granted)
(WC insurer named as adverse party on review sought by employer)

MM. Schranz Roofing, Inc., v. First Choice Temporary and LIRC,   [HTML]   [PDF]
2012 WI App 9, 338 Wis. 2d 420, 809 N.W.2d 880
(loaned employee vs. temporary help employee)

DeBoer Transportation v. Charles Swenson and LIRC,   [HTML]   [PDF]
2011 WI 64, 335 Wis. 2d 599, 804 N.W.2d 658
(employer need not accommodate employees personal obligations under Wis. Stat. 12.35(3))

MG&E v. LIRC and Dave Parent [HTML]   [PDF]
2011 WI App 110, 336 Wis. 2d 197, 802 N.W.2d 502
(applying "stacking" rule of code minimum PPD ratings in case of knee replacement)

 Rock Tenn Company v. LIRC and Shelly Wasmund [HTML]    [PDF]
 2011 WI App 93, 334 Wis. 2d 750, 799 N.W.2d 904
(applying Wis. Stat. 102.18(1)(b) prospective treatment award to injuries occurring before date of statute's enactment)

Earnest Ellis v. DOA and LIRC,  [HTML]   [PDF]
 2011 WI App 67, 333 Wis. 2d 228, 800 N.W.2d 6
(discussing employee's burden of making a prima facie case of permanent total disability under the odd lot doctrine)

City of Kenosha, v. LIRC and Charles Leipzig, Jr. [HTML]   [PDF]
2011 WI App 51, 332 Wis.2d 448, 797 N.W.2d 885
(compensable injury to firefighter engaging in exercise or well-being program on duty )




Equal Rights/Discrimination --

Asma Masri v. LIRC and Medical College of Wisconsin, [HTML]   [PDF]
2013 WI App  62, 348 Wis.2d 1, 832 N.W.2d 139
(Health Care Workers Protection Act protects only employees, did not cover unpaid intern)

Joyce Aldrich v. LIRC and Best Buy, [HTML]   [PDF]
2012 WI  53, 341 Wis.2d 36, 814 N.W.2d 433
(Fed. court decision that complaint w. EEOC was untimely, not issue preclusive on timeliness of ERD filing -"fundamental fairness" test not met)

Coulee Catholic Schools v. LIRC & Ostlund [HTML]    [PDF]
2009 WI 88, 320 Wis. 2d 275, 768 N.W.2d 868
(Catholic school teacher's age discrimination claim precluded by 1st Amendment)





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