Fair Employment & Wage and Hour (Equal Rights)
- Protected Leave Laws in Wisconsin
Provides an overview of the Wisconsin Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Bone Marrow
and Organ Donor Leave Act,
including; the nuts and bolts of determining eligibility for leave under the two laws; the duration of leave
entitlements under state laws; 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 state
laws; 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
Protections Under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law
The Wisconsin fair employment law's provisions prohibiting discrimination based on arrest record or conviction
record can be challenging to follow. This topic seeks to clarify some of those challenges, and will give the
audience a better understanding of the definitions of arrest record and conviction record; the statements and
questions that are acceptable in job postings and applications; the impact of failure to reveal all convictions
on job applications; the substantial relationship test, lack of bondability, the Onalaska defense;
and exceptions related to specific industries. We will also discuss new statutory requirements related to
- 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? This topic 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. We use case law to illustrate concepts,
emphasize the importance of strong company policies prohibiting unlawful harassment, and
provide 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
Wage and Hour
- State and Federal Overtime Laws
In July 2016, the US Department of Labor announced some wide-reaching changes to its overtime
pay exemptions for "white collar" employees. Although the changes were put on hold by a US
District Court, there have been further developments. This topic 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 changes proposed on the federal level with
an up-to-date discussion on the status of those 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!
- Wisconsin's Wage
& Hour Laws: Basics & Beyond
Focuses on issues related to overtime, hours of work, wage payment requirements,
and minimum wage. This topic also includes discussion of the employment of minors,
as well as information on topics such as the Business Closing/Mass Layoff Notification
law and the open personnel records law.
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