Wisconsin Hiring laws & HR compliance analysis

Wisconsin Hiring: What you need to know

The Wisconsin Fair Employment Act prohibits hiring practices that discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, disability, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest and conviction record, genetic test results, military service, use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer's premises during nonworking hours, or declining to attend a meeting or participate in any communication about religious or political matters. The Act covers all employers regardless of size (WI Stat. Sec. 111.31 et seq.). "Military service" is defined as service in the U.S. armed forces, the state defense force, the National Guard of any state, or any other reserve component of the U.S. armed forces.
Separate state laws prohibit employers from requiring workers to submit to genetic tests, AIDS tests, or lie detector tests.
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An employer is prohibited from hiring professional strikebreakers to replace employees who are on strike or locked out. A strikebreaker, for purposes of this prohibition, is defined as a person who at least twice during the previous 12-month period has been hired by an employer for the duration of a strike or lockout. This does not include supervisors or other permanent or contractual employees assigned to perform the tasks of striking or locked-out workers to protect the property or preserve the operability of the workplace (WI Stat. Sec. 103.545).
Employers that are required to pay the prevailing wage rate for work performed on projects of public works, other than state highway projects, must take specific measures to prevent substance abuse by employees working on public works projects (WI Stat. Sec. 103.503). ...

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