Wisconsin's unemployment rate is lower than the national rate, but jobs are still hard to come by. It is all too common in a market like this for workers to do whatever they have to to hold onto that job, even without health care or disability benefits. In some cases, there's an unspoken promise of full-time employment: Prove yourself a valuable addition to the team, and you'll be at the top of the list when a full-time position opens up.
The United States Labor Department is undertaking an investigation of some of the country's top home builders. The top companies in home building are being investigated for violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Fair Labor Standards Act governs issues like overtime pay, minimum wage and employing workers under the age of 18.