New Wisconsin Employment-Related Laws

On March 27, 2024,  Governor Tony Evers signed two bills into law that will affect some Wisconsin employers.

2023 Wisconsin Act 237:  Requires employers in industries that have frequent interactions  with vulnerable persons and the public (such as lodging, hospitality, food service, retail, residential facilities, private security, public transit managers, and others) to provide training to employees to recognize and prevent human trafficking. The details of the recommended training have not been released yet.

2023 Wisconsin Act 228: Requires the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) to establish a toll-free hotline for employers to use as a resource in hiring individuals with a conviction record. This bill also requires the DWD to provide information to employers regarding incentives and programs that are available when hiring someone with a conviction record and/or  work release privileges. The hotline (and corresponding website) are not yet available.

Lake Effect is monitoring the implementation of these laws, and we will provide additional guidance as it becomes available. 

Lake Effect is here to answer your questions about HR, benefits, employment laws, regulations, and new agency guidance. We continue to monitor important legal and HR developments, as well as other information that could impact the workplace. Please watch our blogs and emails for these important updates, as well as discussions of how compliance meets culture. To dive into these issues, contact us at or 1-844-333-5253.

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