Employment Law Update in Wisconsin

On Demand Webinar Credits HR Certification Institute, NASBA, SHRM, CLE

Febuary 22 at 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST

Get up to speed on the most significant Wisconsin employment law and labor issues.

As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues to disrupt workplaces and the economy, Wisconsin employers have also faced new and challenging developments in labor and employment law brought on by COVID-19. Despite this, the usual employment law issues continue to evolve. This topic will be your one-stop shop for an overview of key federal and Wisconsin employment law updates and trends that employers need to know about.

Learning Objectives
  • You will be able to discuss drafting enforceable restrictive covenant agreements.
  • You will be able to define exempt and nonexempt employees.
  • You will be able to review how to prevent discrimination in the workplace.
  • You will be able to identify labor law and collective bargaining trends.


New Wisconsin Employment Laws
Hiring Employees in Wisconsin
  • Job Applications
  • Conducting Background Checks
  • Drafting Enforceable Restrictive Covenant Agreements
Worker Classification Issues
  • Exempt V. Nonexempt Employees
  • Properly Classifying Workers as Independent Contractors
Leave of Absences and Disability Accommodations
  • Federal and State FMLA Leave
  • Disability Accommodations Under State and Federal Law
Working Through the COVID Pandemic
  • Leave of Absences
  • Workplace Safety Issues
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Employee Privacy Issues
Preventing Discrimination in the Workplace
  • Wisconsin Fair Employment Act
  • Title Vii, ADA, Adea and Other Federal Anti-Discrimination Statutes
  • Workplace Investigations
The Evolving Status of Cannabis in Wisconsin and Beyond
Labor Law and Collective Bargaining Trends
Employee Terminations
  • Reductions in Workforces, Including Warn and Wisconsin's Mini-Warn Act Notice Obligations
  • Unemployment Updates and Required Notices
  • Employee Severance and Separation Agreements
Who should attend?

This live webinar is designed for human resource professionals, Business owners and managers, benefits and payroll professionals, operations managers, presidents, vice presidents, supervisors, managers, controllers, accountants and attorneys.

In Partnership With Lorman Business Center, LLC

Your Instructor

Holly E. Courtney
Holly E. Courtney
  • Senior Associate at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
  • Concentrates her practice on labor and employment disputes and counsel; as a litigator, she mounts forceful and persuasive defenses before federal and state courts and administrative agencies on behalf of employers; as an advisor, she helps management develop and maintain compliant employee policies
  • Focus includes issues related to discrimination, including harassment and retaliation; drug and alcohol testing; employee leave; wage and hour law; workers’ compensation; unemployment insurance; The National Labor Relations Act; restrictive covenants; employee handbooks and policies and separation and severance agreements
  • Before joining the firm, she was a judicial intern to the Hon. David T. Prosser, Jr. with the Wisconsin Supreme court and later to the Hon. Richard J. Sankovitz of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court; she has also served as a mediator in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court Small Claims Division
  • J.D. degree, cum laude, Marquette University Law School; B.A. degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kurt F. Ellison

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

  • Associate at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
  • Practice includes construction litigation & dispute resolution; employment litigation; insurance litigation; labor & employment relations; wage and hour compliance & defense and workplace safety & health
  • Counsels clients on a variety of labor and employment and business-related matters with a concentration in employment litigation
  • Represents employers in both civil and criminal matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts and before administrative agencies; advises and defends clients in matters regarding employment, wage and hour disputes, construction litigation, insurance, municipal law, and contractual matters; when circumstances warrant, he takes cases to trial and wins
  • Prior to joining the firm he practiced in the areas of employment, business, and insurance litigation at several Wisconsin law firms; while earning his law degree, he interned for the Honorable Diane E. Sykes in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; earlier, he completed a judicial internship with the Honorable William M. Conley of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • J.D. degree, magna cum laude, Marquette University Law School; B.A. degree in political science, University of Wisconsin

Nadia L. Gonzalez

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

  • Associate at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
  • Advises businesses on a range of matters affecting the employer-employee relationship
  • Before joining the firm, she was a summer associate at the firm, and she also completed a legal externship with the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois
  • previously worked as a legal clerk for a Wisconsin-based insurance company, where she worked closely with in-house counsel to analyze and provide guidance on legal issues involving human resources matters, compliance, contracts, litigation avoidance, and other issues
  • J.D. degree, University of Wisconsin Law School; B.A. degree in political science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • IL CLE 1.5
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
  • WI CLE 1.5
  • This program has been approved by the Board of Bar Examiners for 1.5 hours for use toward the Wisconsin Mandatory CLE requirement.
  • HRCI Approved ProviderHR Certification Institute 1.5
  • This program has been approved for 1.5 (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR(TM), aPHRi(TM), PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi(TM) and SPHRi(TM)recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.
  • SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Preferred ProviderSHRM 1.5
  • Lorman Education Services is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 1.5 PDC(s) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.
  • National Registry of CPE SponsorsCPE 1.8 including Personnel/HR 1.8
  • Lorman Education Services is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: https://www.nasbaregistry.org/cpas/complaints. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact our offices at 866-352-9539. CPE Credit: Maximum Credit Hours: 1.8 each session (based on a 50 minute credit hour). You must attend at least 50 minutes to obtain credit. Field of Study: Personnel/HR for 1.8 hours. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of employment laws. Level of Knowledge: Intermediate. Teaching Method: Seminar/Lecture. Advance Preparation: None. Delivery Method: Group Internet Based. Please refer to the information in this brochure for outline, course content and objectives. Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of attendance. Final approval of a course for CPE credit belongs with each state's regulatory board. Please note: In order to receive CPE credit for this course you MUST use the streaming audio option, as well as enable and complete the required progress checks.

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