Medical and recreational marijuana would be legal in Wisconsin under a bill introduced late last week by State Representative Melissa Sargent. Representative Sargent introduced the bill, in part, as a revenue measure to help address the current budget stalemate in Wisconsin. Marijuana remains an illegal substance under federal law. [...]
In September 2016, U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller upheld Wisconsin’s “Right to Work” law against a challenge brought by the International Union of Operating Engineers (the Union). In doing so Judge Stadtmueller cited an earlier ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upholding Indiana’s nearly identical right-to-work law. [...]
Changes to Wisconsin’s child labor laws are on the horizon. On May 23, 2017, the Wisconsin legislature passed a bill that will eliminate the need for 16 and 17-year-olds to obtain work permits. The Bill, 2017 Assembly Bill 25, is currently awaiting Governor Scott Walker’s signature before it will take [...]
On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced the withdrawal of two Obama-era Administrator’s Interpretations regarding the standards for determining joint employment and classification of employees as independent contractors. [...]
States and municipalities across the country continue to pass paid sick leave laws, leaving multi-state employers with the task of addressing a variety of sick leave requirements. Six sick leave laws passed last year will go into effect beginning on July 1, 2017: [...]
In a case that is sure to alarm employers, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled in Wisconsin Bell, Inc. v. Labor and Industry Review Commission that an employer may be prohibited from disciplining an employee for misconduct or performance issues that are caused by the employee’s disability. The court’s decision [...]
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 19 that Permanent Resident Cards (green cards) and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) would be redesigned as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. [...]
President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order, called “Buy American and Hire American,” on Tuesday in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In that order, President Trump directed the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Homeland Security to suggest reforms to “help ensure that H-1B visas [...]
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced late Monday, April 17, 2017, that it conducted the computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, for all H-1B cap petitions, on April 11, 2017. The process was completed first for the 20,000 slots in the advanced degree exemption (Master’s cap). Any cases [...]
Governor Scott Walker’s budget bill, 2017 Assembly Bill 64, proposed the creation of new statutory provisions that would penalize parties who fail to settle discrimination, bone marrow leave, and Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act claims. The changes could have had significant consequences for Wisconsin employment litigants. A summary of [...]
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