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with Joe Vanden Plas

05/02/12

In defense of Kathleen Falk

This blog will come as a great shock to those who know me as a fiscal conservative and social moderate, but I’d like to say a few words in defense of the gubernatorial candidacy of Kathleen Falk. Falk, the former Dane County executive, is a committed progressive in every sense of the word. When she vowed to reverse the collective bargaining changes made under Gov. Walker’s budget reform bill, and even veto any biennial budget that did not accomplish this, the criticism came cascading down.

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04/30/12

A modest suggestion for the MEOC

Depending on your perspective, the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission is either a tormentor of the business community or a much-needed agency in which the aggrieved can pursue complaints of employment discrimination. The purpose of this blog is not to argue either viewpoint. On one hand, any government agency can go overboard if it’s run in a maniacal fashion. On the other hand, I’ve come across so many examples of supervisory ignorance of employment law, I know such agencies are necessary. Whether they are necessary at the local, state, and federal levels is another argument.

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04/03/12

Can employers discriminate based on health status?

Does an employer's interest in creating a healthy workplace justify discrimination against smokers and the obese? If you are a Wisconsin employer and your first impulse is to strike such job candidates from consideration, you had better not obey it. This subject came to mind after it became apparent that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, could be struck down in its entirety by the U.S. Supreme Court. It also came to mind after recent publicity about employer Facebook intrusions – another no-no from an employment law standpoint.

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03/23/12

Madison businesses have a new cause to embrace – returning veterans

One of the positive things that occurred during the U.S. experience in Iraq was that no matter where people stood on the justification of that conflict, Americans generally didn’t turn against their servicemen and women. They properly saved most of their ammunition for the civilian leadership.

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02/27/12

Why I believe Ryan Braun is innocent

The more I learn about the performance-enhancing drug case of Milwaukee Brewer star Ryan Braun, the more I think Major League Baseball is covering its behind. Like Braun, however, the league will not escape additional scrutiny in the coming weeks, and neither will a certain sports network that first broke the story.

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