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b2ap3_thumbnail_JAKheadshot_20220221-181537_1.jpgBy: Attorney Jaclyn Kallie

Scams that prey on those who are seeking employment can be particularly cruel - and they are on the rise. Parents of young children, in particular, began seeking work-from-home opportunities more and more during COVID-related school and office closures. In the past, employment scams were a bit easier to spot. Before the pandemic, the simple fact that an employment ad offered a well-paid work-from-home opportunity was often enough to raise suspicions and trigger a deeper investigation. Now that a significant number of legitimate companies have most or all employees working remotely, spotting an employment scam can be trickier. There are, however, a few signs of a questionable position you can keep an eye out for. 

What Are Some Telltale Signs of an Employment Scam?

The sad truth is that these scams prey on those who are already struggling and in need of work. Parents of young children who suddenly had little choice but to work from home when schools shifted to online learning during the pandemic are common victims. Other common victims are young adults struggling to break into the workforce, who may lack the life experience to spot a questionable job ad. Signs to look out for include:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_JAKheadshot.jpgBy: Attorney Jaclyn Kallie

Being asked to sign a non-compete contract when you start a job may seem like standard procedure, or it could be a big risk for you, depending on your location and what line of work you are in. Non-competes may include any number of restrictions related to what type of work you can do, where, and when. While generally enforceable, in some cases these agreements may not be enforceable in whole or in part. If you feel that your non-compete clause is truly hindering your career progress and opportunities, it may be worth consulting an attorney for an evaluation. The agreement you signed may not be as ironclad as you may think. 

When is a Non-Compete Clause Unenforceable in Wisconsin?

In determining whether non-compete clauses are enforceable, Wisconsin law attempts to balance the freedom to move within the labor market with the protections companies seek to obtain with these agreements.  If every company was allowed to require every employee to sign a non-compete as a condition of employment, it would be quite difficult for the labor market to function.  Changing jobs could become quite difficult if this were the case.  Therefore, to be enforceable the terms of a non-compete clause must be reasonable and allow an employee to obtain employment, albeit with restrictions.  A few things you should know about non-compete clauses include: 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Capture1.JPGBy: Attorney Jaclyn Kallie

There are a variety of employment law disputes that may arise between employers and employees.  Wage and hour disputes can occur if one or more employees believe that an employer has committed wage theft by failing to properly compensate them for the work they performed.  Employers and employees in Wisconsin will need to understand how the state’s laws address these issues and the options available for resolving these disputes.

Common Wage and Hour Claims

Wage loss claims may address multiple types of issues, including:

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Wisconsin severance package attorneyBy: Attorney Jaclyn Kallie

The loss of a job can cause a great deal of difficulty for a person and their family.  There are a variety of situations where an employee may be laid off, fired, or otherwise terminated, and in some cases, employers may violate the laws when terminating an employee.  Those who have been wrongfully terminated may be able to take legal action against their former employer, and they may recover compensation for the financial losses they have experienced.  In these cases, employees can work with a skilled employment law attorney to determine their best options for holding an employer responsible for its wrongful actions.

Retaliatory Discharge and Other Forms of Wrongful Termination

The laws in Wisconsin follow the doctrine of at-will employment, and this means that an employer or employee can terminate employment at any time for any reason that does not violate the law or go against public policy.  However, there are a number of situations in which an employer is not allowed to terminate an employee, including:

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Wisconsin severance package attorneyBy: Attorney Jaclyn Kallie

Many employees encounter employment law issues involving a current or former employer, and these issues may affect their ability to find new job opportunities or earn income based on their skills and experience.  Employees are often asked to sign non-compete or non-solicitation agreements as part of an employment contract or severance package.  Before signing these agreements, employees should be sure to understand the types of restrictions that may be placed on them and whether an agreement will be enforceable if disputes should arise in the future.

Enforceability of Restrictive Covenants in Wisconsin

A non-compete agreement may prohibit an employee from working for a competitor, starting a competing business, or engaging in other competitive activities after leaving a company.  A non-solicitation agreement may prohibit a person from attempting to hire other employees of a company, or a former employee may be restricted from contacting a company’s customers and offering to provide them with goods or services that were provided by their former employer.  These agreements are known as “restrictive covenants” since they place restrictions on the types of business activities a person can engage in.

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