2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
March 23, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Hansen, Bewley, Carpenter, Johnson,
Shilling, L. Taylor and Wirch, cosponsored by Representatives Wachs,
Hesselbein, Anderson, Berceau, Brostoff, Genrich, Kessler, Ohnstad,
Sargent, Shankland, Sinicki, Spreitzer, Subeck, C. Taylor and Zamarripa.
Referred to Committee on Transportation and Veterans Affairs.
1An Act to amend
111.322 (2m) (a) and 111.322 (2m) (b); and to create
and 106.54 (11) of the statutes; relating to: a requirement that all employers
3in this state grant a paid leave of absence on Veterans Day to employees who
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, November 11 (Veterans Day) is a legal holiday. This bill
requires every public and private employer in this state to grant to each employee
who is a veteran a paid leave of absence for the entire workday on Veterans Day, or
on the following Monday if Veterans Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday and the
employee is not scheduled to work on that day. Under the bill, for employees who are
covered under a collective bargaining agreement, the paid leave of absence is granted
only if so provided in the collective bargaining agreement.
The bill prohibits an employer from discharging or discriminating against an
employee in promotion, in compensation, or in the terms, conditions, or privileges of
employment for taking a paid leave of absence on Veterans Day; opposing a discharge
or discrimination in violation of the bill; filing a complaint or attempting to enforce
a right under the bill; or testifying or assisting in any action or proceeding to enforce
a right under the bill. An employee who is discharged or discriminated against in
violation of the bill may file a complaint with the Department of Workforce
Development, and DWD must process the complaint in the same manner that
employment discrimination complaints are processed under current law. That
processing may include the ordering of back pay, reinstatement, compensation in
lieu of reinstatement, and costs and attorney fees.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
103.08 of the statutes is created to read:
2103.08 Paid leave of absence on Veterans Day. (1)
In this section:
(a) “Employee" means an individual employed in this state by an employer.
(b) “Employer" means a person engaging in any activity, enterprise, or business 5
in this state. “Employer" includes the state and any office, department, independent 6
agency, authority, institution, association, society, or other body in state government 7
created or authorized to be created by the constitution or any law, including the 8
legislature and the courts.
(c) “Veteran" has the meaning given in s. 45.01 (12) (a) to (f).
(a) Subject to par. (b), an employer shall grant to each employee who is a 11
veteran a paid leave of absence on November 11 or, if November 11 falls on a Saturday 12
or Sunday and the employee is not scheduled to work on November 11, on the 13
following Monday. The leave of absence shall be for the entire workday. If an 14
employee intends to take a leave of absence under this paragraph, the employee 15
shall, in a reasonable and practicable manner, give the employer advance notice of 16
the leave of absence.
(b) For employees whose wages, hours, and conditions of employment are 18
determined under a collective bargaining agreement, par. (a) applies only if the paid 19
leave of absence described in par. (a) is provided under the collective bargaining 20
An employer may not discharge or discriminate against an employee in 2
promotion, in compensation, or in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment 3
for taking a paid leave of absence as provided in sub. (2), opposing a practice 4
prohibited under this section, filing a complaint or attempting to enforce any right 5
under this section, or testifying or assisting in any action or proceeding to enforce any 6
right under this section.
An employee who is discharged or discriminated against in violation of sub. 8
(3) may file a complaint with the department, and the department shall process the 9
complaint in the same manner that employment discrimination complaints are 10
processed under s. 111.39. If the department finds that an employer has violated sub. 11
(3), it may order the employer to take such action under s. 111.39 as will effectuate 12
the purpose of this section. Section 111.322 (2m) applies to a discharge or other 13
discriminatory act arising in connection with any proceeding under this subsection.
106.54 (11) of the statutes is created to read:
The division shall receive complaints under s. 103.08 (4) and shall 16
process the complaints in the same manner that employment discrimination 17
complaints are processed under s. 111.39.
111.322 (2m) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) The individual files a complaint or attempts to enforce any 20
right under s. 103.02, 103.08,
103.10, 103.11, 103.13, 103.28, 103.32, 103.34, 21
103.455, 104.12, 109.03, 109.07, 109.075, 146.997, or 995.55, or ss. 101.58 to 101.599 22
or 103.64 to 103.82.
111.322 (2m) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) The individual testifies or assists in any action or proceeding 25
held under or to enforce any right under s. 103.02, 103.08,
103.10, 103.11, 103.13,
103.28, 103.32, 103.34, 103.455, 104.12, 109.03, 109.07, 109.075, 146.997, or 995.55, 2
or ss. 101.58 to 101.599 or 103.64 to 103.82.