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 [...]
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 [...]
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