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Ø Immigration. Any renewal dates for those with DACA authorization after March 5th are non-renewable and an estimated 120 people lose their deferred status every day.
Ø Temporary employees & work comp: Wisconsin court found temporary employees could bring lawsuits against temporary employers, instead of work comp claims.
o See vonBriesen’s article about the court case.
o As a result of employer’s outcry, the Assembly and Senate acted quickly to enact a law (signed on March 1) to reverse this outcome in the future.
Ø Sexual orientation as sex discrimination. While Wisconsin prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, federal law does not explicitly list sexual orientation as a protected class. EEOC takes the position that discrimination based on orientation is sex discrimination. Previously, the 7th Circuit denied that (which covers Wisconsin). But now the 2nd Circuit found federal law does indeed protect sexual orientation. The circuit split means you can expect this to eventually make it to the Supreme Court.
o Read more at The Employer Handbook here.
Ø Whistleblower protections. Evidently for an employee to be protected from retaliation for being a whistleblower, the employee must make the report directly to the SEC (and not just internally). See SHRM’s article on the recent court case.
Ø IRS issues updated W-4 and tax withholding calculator.
Ø Trump’s 2019 fiscal year budget was proposed. Among other things, it provides money to expand apprenticeships; calls for mandatory e-Verify; and establishes paid family leave using unemployment insurance money.
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