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 [...]
On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals became the first U.S. federal appellate court to conclude that Title VII’s employment discrimination protections extend to sexual orientation bias in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, No. 15‐1720. [...]
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 [...]
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