Blog For Businesses


Dear Atty., How Do I Accommodate A Transgender Employee?

Attorney Pete Albrecht Dear Atty., I am the HR director for a medium-sized manufacturing company. I need your advice in dealing with a delicate situation. A recently-hired employee, Lola, came to me the other day and confided that she is transgender; biologically she is male but identifies as female. Lola also informed me that her psychologist has recommended ...

Staffing Firms: Beyond Temporary Job Placements

A computer sits on a desk in Madison, Wisconsin As part of the staffing industry, our company often hears from employers who believe we only handle temporary job placements. While it is true that a portion of the placements from staffing firms are temporary assignments, the majority of positions we fill at Drake & Company Staffing Solutions are often direct hire opportunities. Companies that are working ...

Dear Atty., My Employee Lawyered Up. Now What?

Attorney Pete Albrecht Dear Atty., We have a current employee who is out on workers’ compensation. He hired an attorney prior to being released to return to work. He has been released to return to work with a 10‑pound lifting restriction. We do have work available within his restriction, but he has resisted all of our efforts to ...

Hiring Tips From Childhood Lessons

Two hands shake at a job interview in Madison, Wisconsin The Internet is filled with advice on what employers want from job applicants, but what we do not often hear about is what job applicants hope to receive from employers in return throughout the hiring process. Job seekers work hard to impress employers throughout the application process in hopes of becoming the chosen one for ...

Dear Atty., How Do We Create A Win-Win At Work?

Attorney Pete Albrecht The “Dear Atty.” column is aimed at answering employers’ legal questions that surround issues in human resources. Attorney Pete Albrecht of Albrecht Backer Labor & Employment Law, S.C. welcomes you to submit questions here for future editions of “Dear Atty.” Dear Atty., The long-time director of our company’s IT department recently retired. He has approached ...

How To Understand Your Future Employees

Fingers type fast on a laptop keyboard “Our company was founded at the turn of the century,” an employer proudly boasted. “Which one?” asked the job candidate.   Beloit College released its well-known Mindset List for the class of 2019. These incoming college freshmen were born in 1997, with the likes of Dolly the sheep and the McCaughey septuplets. They grew up ...

6 Stories That Drive Success

The Capitol Building In Madison, Wisconsin Summer is a busy season for everyone between vacations, outdoor activities and also a full work schedule, that it can be difficult to stay on top of the latest business news or management tips. We compiled six stories from around the web that provide inspiration and successful methods to improve business. In Business Spheres of Influence—2015 ...

Dear Atty., Can I Bury My Head In Sand At Work?

Attorney Pete Albrecht The “Dear Atty.” column is aimed at answering employers’ legal questions that surround issues in human resources. Attorney Pete Albrecht of Albrecht Backer Labor & Employment Law, S.C. welcomes you to submit questions here for future editions of “Dear Atty.” Dear Atty., On a recent business trip to a conference, some of our staff members ...

Dear Atty., Help! Our Employee Handbook Landed Us In Hot Water

Attorney Pete Albrecht The “Dear Atty.” column is aimed at answering employers’ legal questions that surround issues in human resources. Attorney Pete Albrecht of Albrecht Backer Labor & Employment Law, S.C. welcomes you to submit questions here for future editions of “Dear Atty.” Dear Atty., I run a small business. We have fewer than 50 employees so I ...

Improve Business With A Company Picnic

An open picnic basket with plates and cups. With the summer weather upon us, plans for the traditional company picnics are already in full swing for many organizations. If your company has not committed to the idea of a summer employee event, there are reasons a picnic makes good business sense and can boost your overall productivity. Show Appreciation A company picnic offers ...