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How FMLA guidelines impact Wisconsin employees

The Family and Medical Leave Act enables workers who are dealing with health issues to leave work as necessary. This act may also apply to workers who need to leave work to deal with health issues of family members. Both the federal government and the state of Wisconsin have their own versions of the FMLA. While many provisions are the same in both cases, the state version differs from the federal version in some respects.

New executive order will blacklist certain contractors

Wisconsin employers who have been found guilty of violating certain labor laws may be paying for these violations due to a new executive order. The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order that was signed on July 31 will require the mandatory disclosure of violations of certain employee rights when a company bids on a federal contract, commencing in 2016.

LinkedIn employees to be compensated for unpaid wages

Wisconsin employees will probably be interested to learn that LinkedIn has agreed to pay almost $6 million in back wages and damages to 359 of its employees in California, New York, Nebraska and Illinois. The payments, which average a little more than $16,000 per employee, are designed to compensate the employees for unpaid overtime, according to a statement issued Aug. 4, 2014, by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Case against Apple may have implications for Wisconsin employers

Apple is facing a lawsuit that claims the company failed to provide adequate opportunities for meals and breaks to its employees. The case states that Apple also failed to pay out final paychecks to employees in an expedient fashion. The suit claims that the practices are widespread throughout its operations.

New laws protect employees from prying employers

Currently, 17 states have laws regarding what an employer can see on an employee's social media page by banning employers from asking for their employees' passwords and login information. Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Louisiana passed employee rights legislation of this nature in 2014. Additionally, Maine lawmakers voted that the restrictions should be studied. More than 20 other states are considering similar legislation.

Can LGBT workers be terminated?

Although most Americans believe that it is illegal to fire someone on the basis of sexual orientation, only 21 states, including Wisconsin, have made it illegal for employers to do so. Even in some states where employees cannot be fired on that basis, some small businesses are exempt. In some cases, a company may need to have 15 or more employees before that rule takes effect.

Activists worry Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act in danger

Many times employers will believe they have the upper hand in the workplace over their subordinate employees, which could lead to abuse or wrongdoing. This is why there are employment laws designed to protect employee rights in the workplace in Wisconsin and other states. One of the most important laws is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Wisconsin employees faced with taking unpaid leave

In today's economy, many workers are concerned about job security. However, when an illness arises in a family, a worker can be forced to take unpaid leave leaving them concerned about having a job to return to. A recent article published about unpaid leave and the need for changes in the system could be relevant for Wisconsin workers in a similar situation.

Hostile-environment sexual harassment is subject of EEOC lawsuit

Some Wisconsin residents might not be aware that sexual harassment in any form is not only impolite and in poor taste, but it is also very clearly illegal. When it comes to employment, sexual harassment is generally divided into two categories: quid pro quo and hostile environment.

Are Wisconsin employers going to do away with overtime pay?

In 1938, the federal government enacted the Fair Labor Standards Act in order to protect workers in Wisconsin and throughout the union from being exploited by their employers. One important provision of this law limits the work week to 40 hours. Workers must be compensated for any hours they work over 40 with time-and-a-half their regular rate of pay. By the mid-1980s, workers in the public sector were given the option of selecting overtime pay or paid time off--meaning they could either take extra wages for their extra hours or bank one and a half vacation hours for every hour over 40 that they work.

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