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Wisconsin Act 16
Sick Leave Mandate pre-emption bill signed into law

Senate Bill 23 (SB 23), a bill that nullifies the Milwaukee Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, recently became Wisconsin Act 16. Wisconsin Act 16 clarifies that the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act is the law of the land and prevents other cities, villages, towns, counties or other local governments from imposing employee leave requirements that are more strict than the state law.

Governor Walker signed the bill into law on May 5, 2011.

The Milwaukee ordinance was very comprehensive and required employers to provide up to 9 days of paid sick to their employees. While the ordinance was passed by binding referendum in the General Election of 2008, never took effect because of a law suit that blocked implementation. WRA was part of the coalition that fought the ordinance.

On May 5, Steve Bass, Director of Government Affairs for MMAC, commented, “Thanks for joining us today [at the bill signing] and for all WRA’s help all the way along in this fight.”

WRA extends gratitude to MMAC for their tireless effors on this issue. WRA also wishes to thank State Senator Leah Vukmir (R) and Representative Chris Kapenga (R) for sponsoring the bill.

For more information on recent legislative developments email Pete Hanson at phanson@wirestaurant.org or call 800-589-3211.

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