A Wisconsin resident John Kroner, represented by PBC Attorney Michael Brown, has appealed a Wisconsin circuit court's decision to transfer Mr. Kroner's case to the Oneida Tribal Judicial System, pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 801.54, which involves discretionary transfer of civil actions to tribal court.
If you are a Wisconsin worker who lost your initial determination for unemployment benefits, the next step is to submit a timely appeal. An appeal can be submitted online here, or via a letter. When submitting the appeal, you should be very careful to follow the instructions closely, and to submit the appeal before the deadline. The initial determination form you received will state the deadline, and the instructions for filing an appeal via internet or letter.
If you are an employee with concerns about your employer, or you think you may pursue a legal action someday, please know that the documentation you keep is critical. Do not assume the employer or others will keep important documents and give them to you later. Also, don't assume the employer will agree with your recollections of events- if you keep a journal with details (who, what, when, etc.), that documentation will make your position more credible.
If you are a Wisconsin worker seeking unemployment benefits, you may be considering the idea of getting an attorney versus not getting an attorney.
You may be in a situation where (1) an employer has violated your trust in the past, and you are uncomfortable with that employer; but (2) you still need something from that employer- their payment of overdue wages, their approval of a pending administrative request, etc.
A little story for those of you considering a new job where the employer is asking you to sign a non-compete agreement, and they are giving you the vibe their non-compete is a take-it-or-leave-it sort of deal...
Wisconsin's anti-bullying bill, if enacted, would prohibit employers' "abusive conduct" that cause employees "tangible harm."
Wisconsin legislators are considering enactment of a bill, 2009 Assembly Bill 894, that prohibits workplace bullying by employers. The bill seeks to prohibit abusive work environments in Wisconsin, and to allow a worker subjected to such an environment to bring a civil legal claim. Importantly, a civil claim would be filed in a Wisconsin county court, as opposed to federal court or an administrative agency like the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division or EEOC (i.e. agencies that handle discrimination complaints). This post summarizes the bill, its legal requirements, its potential benefits for WI employees, and potential liabilities for employers.
Below are the top 5 mistakes I see employees make in employment disputes. And, I should note, in my own work experience, dating back to the junior high paper route, I personally have made several of these mistakes several times.