Fair Employment & Labor Standards (Equal Rights)
- Protected Leave Laws in Wisconsin **NEW**
Provides an overview of the Wisconsin FMLA and the Bone Marrow Donor Law, including; the nuts and bolts of determining eligibility for leave under the two laws; the duration of leave entitlements under state law; comparison to similar provisions under the federal FMLA and examination of how the laws interact; an overview of the Equal Rights Division's process for adjudicating claims under the FMLA; examples of some common mistakes employees and employers make; discussion of developments relating to the Bone Marrow Donor Law, including any rules, agency interpretations, or cases that emerge.
- Demystifying Arrest and Conviction Record in the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law
Wisconsin Fair Employment Law's prohibition against discrimination based on arrest record or conviction record can be challenging to follow. This presentation seeks to clarify some of those challenges, and will give the audience a better understanding of the definitions of arrest record and conviction record under Wisconsin employment discrimination law; the statements and questions about arrest and conviction record that are acceptable in job postings and applications; the impact of failure to reveal all convictions on job applications; the substantial relationship, lack of bondability, and Onalaska defenses; exceptions related to specific industries (i.e. educational agencies, caregivers).
- Preparing for Fair Employment Hearings
Provides basic information about current Equal Rights Division hearing
practices and procedures in contested cases, including settlements, notices of
hearings and responses to notices, "discovery" (information exchange), subpoenas
for witnesses, and documents and appeals.
- Avoiding "Loaded" Employment Application and
Interview Questions that May Discriminate
Asks you to consider, when was the last time you took a good look at that application form you're using?
What about interview questions? Are some of the questions discriminatory or interpreted as discriminatory?
Looks at how the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law applies to the recruitment process and offers alternative
questions to help avoid discrimination when gathering information needed to help choose the right candidate
for the job.
- Workplace Harassment
Provides information about harassment under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law. It includes a discussion of
sexual harassment and harassment based on other characteristics such as race, color, national origin and
sexual orientation. Utilizes case law to illustrate concepts, emphasizes the importance of strong company
policies prohibiting unlawful harassment, and provides suggestions for handling and investigating complaints.
- Fair Employment Law Basics
Offers a straight-forward look at the basics of the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law (WFEL). Introduces the
audience to Wisconsin's law prohibiting discrimination in employment and serves as a foundation for further
discussion. Also addresses topics such as prohibited actions by employers, groups protected under the law,
employing individuals with disabilities, on-the-job harassment, dealing with a WFEL complaint, and other
concerns which the audience may raise.
- State and Federal Overtime Laws **NEW**
In July 2016, the US Department of Labor announced some wide-reaching changes to its overtime pay exemptions for "white collar" employees. This presentation will provide information that Wisconsin employers need to know, including the current state of the law – Wisconsin and Federal (the FLSA) – and a summary of the FLSA changes. Wisconsin distinctions will also be addressed including how nonprofits and government employees are impacted and various ways to respond –- one size does not fit all!
- An Overview of Wisconsin's Labor Standards Laws
Covers child labor work permit requirements, hours and time of day minors may work, interpretation of prohibited occupations
and equipment. Also minimum wage rates for adults and minors, probationary periods, tipped employees, meal and lodging credits,
payment of break and meal time, and record keeping. Also overtime and hours of work, including when time-and-a-half pay is
required, salaried and exempt employees, payment for time not worked as it affects overtime, and recurring 7-day periods.
Also wage payment and collection, including when wages must be regularly paid upon termination and deductions from wages
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