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November 2017 Archives

Federal wrongful termination lawsuit settled for $248,000

A lawsuit regarding the unfair firing of a prosecutor was settled in October of this year. The prosecuting attorney alleged misconduct on the part of the district attorney and filed suit in 2013. Finally, after four years, the wrongful termination matter has been settled. Individuals in Wisconsin who are facing similar problems with reporting misconduct may take some encouragement from the recent news story. 

Overworked Wisconsin staff want wage and hour laws help

A prison for teens is facing a severe and ongoing shortage of employees. The lack of staffing has led to deteriorating conditions for workers. A recent change in Wisconsin law reduced the power of workers' unions to negotiate for better wage and hour laws. 

Wisconsin business leadership can tackle sexual harassment

Recent headlines are getting attention to longstanding problems in some workplaces. The spate of reports about sexual harassment in workplaces has many individuals considering how the behavior can be eliminated or reduced so that all workers feel safe. One professor feels that part of the solution resides with business leaders. Wisconsin business leaders can start by having and implementing anti-harassment policies for their businesses. 

Taking leave after Family and Medical Leave Act ends in Wisconsin

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals may have indicated a new approach in a thorny issue for employers and employees alike. Since the 7th Circuit has jurisdiction over Wisconsin and neighboring states, the ruling of the court will have the most effect here. The Family and Medical Leave Act gives employees 12 weeks of unpaid leave to take in the event of a medical need, but what is the responsibility of the employer to offer reasonable accommodation after that? 

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