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On November 16, Governor Walker signed Special Session Senate Bill 14 into law. The new law changes Wisconsin’s pre- and post-judgment interest from 12 percent – the highest in the nation – to the Federal Reserve prime rate plus one percent. The final bill included amendments that apply the interest on judgments to all cases – not just tort law-, and set the rate twice a year (January 1 and July 1).
The Hamilton Consulting Group has released a new Tidbits newsletter highlighting Wisconsin’s recent legislative activity.
Governor Walker issued Executive Order 50, Relating to Guidelines for the Promulgation of Administrative Rules, on November 2nd. The Governor’s executive order is an important step toward implementation and understanding of the new procedures adopted in 2011 Wisconsin Act 21, which passed during the January special session.
Senate Bill 207/AB 286, authored by Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), allows an employer to consider an individual’s felony conviction record when deciding to hire or terminate that individual. Currently, if a person with a felony conviction record who has not been pardoned is either not hired or terminated from employment, that person can sue the employer under WFEA.
Senate Passes Bill Repealing Punitive and Compensatory Damages under the Wisconsin Fair Employment ActSubmitted by Hamilton on Wed, 11/09/2011 - 6:07pm
The Senate this week passed Senate Bill 202, authored by Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Rep. Michelle Litjens (R-Oshkosh), which repeals a law enacted last session (2009 Wisconsin Act 20) that for the first time imposed punitive and compensatory damages in discrimination cases under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act.