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06/11/2015 08:11 AM
Wisconsin Legislature Introduces Bill to Hamstring Employees with Non-Compete Agreements in 2015 Assembly Bill 91

Another fast-track bill aimed at limiting employee rights in Wisconsin with a proposal to overhaul Wisconsin’s law on non-compete agreements in employment. More to come, but this bill, if passed, will significantly rewrite the law to permit far greater restrictions … Continue reading

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06/11/2015 08:03 AM
Anti-consumer Bill Introduced in Wisconsin To Hike Up Interest Rates on Judgments in Small Claims: 2015 Assembly Bill 226

The vast majority of judgments obtained in small claims courts throughout the country are in favor of credit card companies, payday lenders, auto finance companies, banks and other lenders against consumers, and many of these judgments are obtained through the … Continue reading

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06/11/2015 07:26 AM
Wisconsin Bill to Prohibit Discrimination Based on Status of Being Unemployed

On June 6, 2015, the Wisconsin Assembly introduced a bill to prohibit discrimination based on “employment status.” Employment status, under Assembly Bill 261, means the status of being employed or unemployed. AB261, if passed, would prohibit an employer from considering … Continue reading

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07/30/2014 08:34 AM
July 30th National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

Today, July 30th, is National Whistleblower Appreciation Day as designated by Senate Resolution 202 (published in the Congressional Record Vol. 159, No. 111, p. S6078). Text of Resolution 202 The resolution is based on the first whistleblower legislation probably passed … Continue reading

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10/22/2013 09:40 AM
Unlawful Debt Collection by Text Message

Should a debt collection agency be permitted to send you a text message demanding payment or telling you to “call about an important matter”? The Federal Trade Commission says “No” because text messages like this don’t communicate the important consumer … Continue reading

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09/18/2013 08:43 AM
Home Care Workers Can Now Get Minimum Wage & Overtime Pay Protections

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued a final rule on September 17, 2013, that extends the minimum wage and overtime pay protections to direct home care worker’s that provide essential home care assistance to elderly and … Continue reading

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06/14/2013 01:57 PM
Wisconsin Workers Will Find it Harder to Get and Keep Unemployment Benefits in 2013

Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee recently approved a modification to the state budget bill, 2013 Assembly Bill 40, for 2013-2015 that substantially curtails unemployment benefits to Wisconsin workers. The modification broadens the definition of misconduct for the purpose of disqualifying workers … Continue reading

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02/06/2013 05:53 PM
How to Secure Your Credit Reports After Identity Theft under Wisconsin Law

If you are a Wisconsin resident and the victim of identity theft or fraud, you have the right to place Security Freeze on your consumer files with the 3 national consumer credit reporting agencies, Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. This makes … Continue reading

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02/06/2013 05:42 PM
How to Secure Your Credit Reports After Identity Theft under Federal Law

If you are the victim of identity theft or fraud, you have the right to place a fraud alert on your consumer files with the 3 national consumer credit reporting agencies, Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. This makes it harder for … Continue reading

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10/29/2012 06:35 PM
Getting Fired for Taking Time Off to Vote in Wisconsin

Can I take time off from work at my job to vote in Wisconsin without getting fired? Do you know the answer to that question? Take a look at our article, Time to Vote, Your Job and Your Rights in … Continue reading

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