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Can break periods be deducted from wages?

Wisconsin employees may want to be aware of their rights as they begin a new job to ensure that there is no confusion with regard to break periods. An employer's handling of break periods may affect the manner in which one's paid time is computed, and the age of a worker makes a difference in how certain standards are applied as well.

Wage payment laws in Wisconsin

Wisconsin employers are mandated by law to pay workers at statutorily defined intervals for work an employee has performed. When a person quits or is discharged from a job, the employer is also mandated to pay for the remaining unpaid hours within a set period as well. Except for logging and farm labor employers, companies must pay workers a minimum of once monthly. The pay to workers must cover all hours worked not more than 31 days in the past. Logging and farm labor employers must pay workers at a minimum of once quarterly.

McDonald's charged for workers' rights violations

Wisconsin McDonald's employees may be interested to learn that on Dec. 19, the National Labor Relations Board filed complaints against the fast-food restaurant for violating its workers' rights. According to the complaint, some of the franchisees took actions against employees who attempted to improve their working conditions and wages.

Wisconsin medical or sick leave

While Wisconsin has a law that requires businesses with more than 50 employees to provide a certain amount of time off for medical leave, the state does not have an actual sick leave law. A paid leave law, or sick time, would allow an employee to take a certain number of days off per calendar year while still getting paid for those days.

Wisconsin workers' rights regarding verbal abuse

The odds of being on the receiving end of verbal abuse in the workplace have been increasing. A report by the U.S. Workforce Bullying Institute in 2010 showed that 35 percent of the workers involved in their study said that they had experienced abuse during the performance of their job.

Preventing disability discrimination in the workplace

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has released a publication concerning the rights persons with disabilities possess in regards to employment. Qualified people with disabilities are protected under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Law. Disability discrimination is also prohibited under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which applies to employers with 15 or more employees.

Understanding religious discrimination

Employees in Wisconsin may benefit from learning more about the religious discrimination as defined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This type of discrimination occurs when an applicant or employee is untreated unfavorably or unfairly because of his or her religion. There are federal laws designed to protect an individual's moral and ethical beliefs and members who are apart of renowned organized religious sects, such as Islam, Christianity or Judaism.

Pension rights at issue in Wisconsin case

The issue of whether pension multipliers can be reduced during active employment without an employee's consent has been making its way through the Wisconsin court system. Both the Milwaukee County Circuit Court and the state Court of Appeals have so far sided against the county and its efforts to reduce pension multipliers agreed upon in an employment contract. The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard this case regarding employment rights on the first of October. One justice has already stated that the case hinges on the wording of relevant statutes and the employment contracts. Another justice has suggested that an agreement between the union and the county trumps the individual's disagreement.

Understanding the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act

A Wisconsin employee may face issues at times that demand personal attention. In the past, personal time might be taken to address these issues, but those who did not have such time built into their terms of employment could face negative work-related consequences for missing work to deal with family issues. However, the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act facilitates these needs in certain work environments without employees having to worry about being penalized.

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