On March 21, 2017, the City of Racine passed an ordinance prohibiting the City of Racine from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history on job applications for jobs with the City. The ordinance passed by a unanimous vote. Racine’s “ban the box” ordinance is the third to be passed in [...]
Democratic lawmakers in the Wisconsin Legislature introduced a bill to expand the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (WFMLA) and to create a new family and medical leave insurance program. [...]
In a recent blog post, we discussed the potential impact that President Donald Trump’s administration would have on labor and employment laws and enforcement priorities. According to Victoria Lipnic, who President Trump named as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) acting chair, she does not expect any major changes to [...]
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced late Friday, March 3, 2017, that it will suspend the use of premium processing for all H-1B status petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017. This applies to all H-1B petitions filed under the H-1B cap (which opens April 3, 2017) and [...]
If the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ever sent you a charge of discrimination or subpoena, you know you have work to do. But what happens when you settle the underlying claims with the charging party or when the case is dismissed by a federal court after the charging [...]
Richard Griffin, the general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) until later this year, sent a memo on January 31, 2017, to the NLRB’s regional directors stating that Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football players are “employees” under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) because “they perform services for [...]
Calling it an “unnecessary layer of government,” Governor Walker’s 2017-2019 biennial budget proposal calls for the complete elimination of Wisconsin’s Labor & Industry Review Commission (LIRC). LIRC has existed in its current form since 1977. [...]
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced on Jan. 31, 2017, that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) renewed the voluntary self-identification form for individuals with disabilities through Jan. 31, 2020. Other than the updated expiration date, the form remains the same and federal contractors should begin [...]
During his campaign to reach the White House, President Donald Trump promised to roll back many Obama-era policies. During the course of the last two weeks, President Trump appears to have started to lay the groundwork for doing so. [...]
Many clients have employees who need to travel for business or pleasure. The implementation of a new Executive Order this past weekend may cause employees to question whether they can or should travel abroad in the near future. [...]
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