(3) Survey results.
Beginning in 2011, by September 30 of each odd-numbered year, the department shall compile, process, and evaluate the survey results and submit a report of its findings to the speaker of the assembly and the president of the senate under s. 13.172 (3)
and to the governor, the secretary of health services, and the nurse resource center described in sub. (5)
(4) Costs of survey.
The department may use no more than 12 percent of the amount received under s. 20.445 (1) (km)
for costs incurred by the department under subs. (2)
From the appropriation account under s. 20.445 (1) (km)
, the department of workforce development shall award grants equal to the amount appropriated under s. 20.445 (1) (km)
minus the amount expended under sub. (4)
to a nonprofit statewide nursing center that is comprised of and led by nurses and that has demonstrated coordination with constituent groups within the nursing community, including professional nursing organizations; organizations representing nurse educators, staff nurses, and nurse managers or executives; labor organizations representing nurses; the department of safety and professional services; the department of health services; and legislators who are concerned with issues affecting the nursing profession.
A statewide nursing center that receives a grant under par. (a)
shall use the grant moneys to develop strategies to ensure that there is a nursing workforce that is adequate to meet the current and future health care needs of this state. The statewide nursing center may use those moneys to fund activities that are aimed at ensuring such a nursing workforce, including monitoring trends in the applicant pool for nursing education programs; evaluating the effectiveness of nursing education programs in increasing access to those programs and in enhancing career mobility for nurses, especially for populations that are underrepresented in the nursing profession; and facilitating partnerships between the nursing community and other health care providers, the department of safety and professional services, the business community, the legislature, and educators to promote diversity within the nursing profession, enhance career mobility and leadership development for nurses, and achieve consensus regarding policies aimed at ensuring an adequate nursing workforce in this state.
History: 2009 a. 28
; 2011 a. 32
Veteran employment grants. 106.32(1)(a)
"Disabled veteran" means a veteran who is verified by the department of veterans affairs to have a service-connected disability rating of at least 50 percent under 38 USC 1114
"Full-time job" means a regular, nonseasonal full-time position in which an individual, as a condition of employment, is required to work at least 2,080 hours per year, including paid leave and holidays.
"Part-time job" means a regular, nonseasonal part-time position in which an individual, as a condition of employment, is required to work fewer than 2,080 hours per year, including paid leave and holidays.
"Veteran" means a person who is verified by the department of veterans affairs to have served on active duty under honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces, in forces incorporated as part of the U.S. armed forces, in the national guard, or in a reserve component of the U.S. armed forces.
Beginning on July 2, 2013, from the appropriation account under s. 20.445 (1) (q)
, the department shall award a grant in any of the following amounts to any person who hires a disabled veteran to work at a business in this state:
For each disabled veteran the person hires in the calendar year to work a full-time job at the person's business in this state, $4,000 in the calendar year in which the disabled veteran is hired and $2,000 in each of the 3 calendar years following the calendar year in which the disabled veteran is hired.
Subject to sub. (3) (c)
, for each disabled veteran the person hires in the calendar year to work a part-time job at the person's business in this state, $2,000 in the calendar year in which the disabled veteran is hired and $1,000 in each of the 3 calendar years following the calendar year in which the disabled veteran is hired.
A person shall apply for a grant under this section in the manner prescribed by the department.
The department shall not pay a grant to an applicant in any calendar year in which the disabled veteran voluntarily or involuntarily leaves his or her employment with the applicant.
The department shall pay a grant under this section only for hiring a disabled veteran who has received unemployment compensation benefits for at least one week prior to being hired by the applicant, who was receiving such benefits at the time that he or she was hired by the applicant, and who was eligible to receive such benefits at the time the benefits were paid.
Divide the number of hours that the disabled veteran worked for the applicant during the calendar year by 2,080.
History: 2013 a. 20
EQUAL RIGHTS PROGRAMS
It is the intent of this section to render unlawful discrimination in housing. It is the declared policy of this state that all persons shall have an equal opportunity for housing regardless of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, family status, status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, lawful source of income, age, or ancestry and it is the duty of the political subdivisions to assist in the orderly prevention or removal of all discrimination in housing through the powers granted under ss. 66.0125
. The legislature hereby extends the state law governing equal housing opportunities to cover single-family residences that are owner-occupied. The legislature finds that the sale and rental of single-family residences constitute a significant portion of the housing business in this state and should be regulated. This section shall be considered an exercise of the police powers of the state for the protection of the welfare, health, peace, dignity, and human rights of the people of this state.
"Advertise" means to publish, circulate, issue or display, or cause to be published, circulated, issued or displayed, any communication, notice, advertisement or sign in connection with the sale, financing or rental of housing.
"Age", in reference to a member of a protected class, means at least 18 years of age.
"Aggrieved person" means a person who claims to have been injured by discrimination in housing or believes that he or she will be injured by discrimination in housing that is about to occur.
"Complainant" means a person who files a complaint alleging discrimination in housing.
"Conciliation" means the attempted resolution of issues raised by a complaint or by the investigation of the complaint, through informal negotiations involving the aggrieved person, the complainant, the respondent and the department.
"Disability" means a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of having such an impairment or being regarded as having such an impairment. "Disability" does not include the current illegal use of a controlled substance, as defined in s. 961.01 (4)
, or a controlled substance analog, as defined in s. 961.01 (4m)
, unless the individual is participating in a supervised drug rehabilitation program.
"Discriminate" means to segregate, separate, exclude, or treat a person or class of persons unequally in a manner described in sub. (2)
, or (2r)
because of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, family status, status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, lawful source of income, age, or ancestry.
"Dwelling unit" means a structure or that part of a structure that is used or intended to be used as a home, residence or sleeping place by one person or by 2 or more persons who are maintaining a common household, to the exclusion of all others.
"Family status" means any of the following conditions that apply to a person seeking to rent or purchase housing or to a member or prospective member of the person's household regardless of the person's marital status:
A person is in the process of securing sole or joint legal custody, periods of physical placement or visitation rights of a minor child.
A person's household includes one or more minor or adult relatives.
A person's household includes one or more adults or minor children in his or her legal custody or physical placement or with whom he or she has visitation rights.
A person's household includes one or more adults or minor children placed in his or her care under a court order, under a guardianship or with the written permission of a parent or other person having legal custody of the adult or minor child.
"Hardship condition" means a situation under which a tenant in housing for older persons has legal custody or physical placement of a minor child or a minor child is placed in the tenant's care under a court order, under a guardianship or with the written permission of a parent or other person having legal custody of the minor child.
"Housing" means any improved property, or any portion thereof, including a mobile home as defined in s. 101.91 (10)
, manufactured home, as defined in s. 101.91 (2)
, or condominium, that is used or occupied, or is intended, arranged or designed to be used or occupied, as a home or residence. "Housing" includes any vacant land that is offered for sale or rent for the construction or location thereon of any building, structure or portion thereof that is used or occupied, or is intended, arranged or designed to be used or occupied, as a home or residence.
"Housing for older persons" means any of the following:
Housing provided under any state or federal program that the secretary determines is specifically designed and operated to assist elderly persons, as defined in the state or federal program.
Housing solely intended for, and solely occupied by, persons 62 years of age or older.
Housing primarily intended and primarily operated for occupancy by at least one person 55 years of age or older per dwelling unit.
"Interested person" means an adult relative or friend of a member of a protected class, or an official or representative of a private agency, corporation or association concerned with the welfare of a member of a protected class.
"Member of a protected class" means a group of natural persons, or a natural person, who may be categorized because of sex, race, color, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, family status, status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, or stalking, lawful source of income, age, or ancestry.
"Political subdivision" means a city, village, town or county.
"Relative" means a parent, grandparent, greatgrandparent, stepparent, step grandparent, brother, sister, child, stepchild, grandchild, step grandchild, greatgrandchild, first cousin, 2nd cousin, nephew, niece, uncle, aunt, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother or half sister or any other person related by blood, marriage or adoption.
"Rent" means to lease, to sublease, to let or to otherwise grant for a consideration the right of a tenant to occupy housing not owned by the tenant.
"Respondent" means the person accused in a complaint or amended complaint of discrimination in housing and any other person identified in the course of an investigation as allegedly having discriminated in housing.
"Status as a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking" means the status of a person who is seeking to rent or purchase housing or of a member or prospective member of the person's household having been, or being believed by the lessor or seller of housing to be, a victim of domestic abuse, as defined in s. 813.12 (1) (am)
, sexual assault under s. 940.225
, or 948.025
, or stalking under s. 940.32
(1s) Department to administer.
This section shall be administered by the department through its division of equal rights. The department may promulgate such rules as are necessary to carry out this section. No rule may prohibit the processing of any class action complaint or the ordering of any class-based remedy, or may provide that complaints may be consolidated for administrative convenience only.
(2) Discrimination prohibited.
It is unlawful for any person to discriminate:
By refusing to sell, rent, finance or contract to construct housing or by refusing to negotiate or discuss the terms thereof.
By refusing to permit inspection or exacting different or more stringent price, terms or conditions for the sale, lease, financing or rental of housing.
By refusing to finance or sell an unimproved residential lot or to construct a home or residence upon such lot.
By advertising in a manner that indicates discrimination by a preference or limitation.
For a person in the business of insuring against hazards, by refusing to enter into, or by exacting different terms, conditions or privileges with respect to, a contract of insurance against hazards to a dwelling.
By refusing to renew a lease, causing the eviction of a tenant from rental housing or engaging in the harassment of a tenant.
In providing the privileges, services or facilities that are available in connection with housing.
By falsely representing that housing is unavailable for inspection, rental or sale.
By denying access to, or membership or participation in, a multiple listing service or other real estate service.
By coercing, intimidating, threatening or interfering with a person in the exercise or enjoyment of, or on account of his or her having exercised or enjoyed, a right granted or protected under this section, or with a person who has aided or encouraged another person in the exercise or enjoyment of a right granted or protected under this section.
In making available any of the following transactions, or in the terms or conditions of such transactions for a person whose business includes engaging in residential real estate-related transactions:
The making or purchasing of loans or the provision of other financial assistance for purchasing, constructing, improving, repairing or maintaining housing or the making or purchasing of loans or the provision of other financial assistance secured by residential real estate.
Selling, brokering or appraising residential real property.
By otherwise making unavailable or denying housing.
(2m) Representations designed to induce panic sales.
No person may induce or attempt to induce a person to sell or rent housing by representations regarding the present or prospective entry into the neighborhood of a person of a particular economic status or a member of a protected class, or by representations to the effect that such present or prospective entry will or may result in any of the following:
The lowering of real estate values in the area concerned.
A deterioration in the character of the area concerned.
An increase in criminal or antisocial behavior in the area concerned.
A decline in the quality of the schools or other public facilities serving the area.
(2r) Discrimination against persons with disabilities prohibited. 106.50(2r)(b)(b)
Types of discrimination prohibited.
In addition to discrimination prohibited under subs. (2)
, no person may do any of the following:
Segregate, separate, exclude or treat unequally in the sale or rental of, or otherwise make unavailable or deny, housing to a buyer or renter because of a disability of that buyer or renter, a disability of a person residing in or intending to reside in that housing after it is sold, rented or made available or a disability of a person associated with that buyer or renter.
Segregate, separate, exclude or treat unequally a person in the terms, conditions or privileges of sale or rental of housing, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection with such housing, because of a disability of that person, a disability of a person residing in or intending to reside in that housing after it is sold, rented or made available or a disability of a person associated with that person.
Refuse to permit, at the expense of a person with a disability, reasonable modifications of existing housing that is occupied, or is to be occupied, by such a person if the modifications may be necessary to afford the person full enjoyment of the housing, except that in the case of rental housing the landlord may, where it is reasonable to do so, condition permission for a modification on the tenant's agreement to restore the interior of the housing to the condition that existed before the modification, other than reasonable wear and tear. The landlord may not increase any customarily required security deposit. Where it is necessary to ensure that funds will be available to pay for the restorations at the end of the tenancy, the landlord may negotiate as part of a restoration agreement a requirement that the tenant pay into an interest-bearing escrow account, over a reasonable period, a reasonable amount of money not to exceed the cost of the restorations. The interest in any such account shall accrue to the benefit of the tenant. If escrowed funds are not used by the landlord for restorations, they shall be returned to the tenant.
Refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services that are associated with the housing, when such accommodations may be necessary to afford the person equal opportunity to use and enjoy housing, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the owner of the housing.
If an individual's vision, hearing or mobility is impaired, it is discrimination for a person to refuse to rent or sell housing to the individual, cause the eviction of the individual from housing, require extra compensation from an individual as a condition of continued residence in housing or engage in the harassment of the individual because he or she keeps an animal that is specially trained to lead or assist the individual with impaired vision, hearing or mobility if all of the following apply: