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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
December 7, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Kapenga, Craig and Stroebel,
cosponsored by Representatives Hutton, Rohrkaste, R. Brooks, Knodl,
Kremer, Kuglitsch, Sanfelippo, Jacque, Katsma, Schraa, Brandtjen,
Wichgers, Tusler and Horlacher. Referred to Committee on Labor and
Regulatory Reform.
SB634,1,9 1An Act to repeal 104.001 (3), 111.31 (5) and 111.337 (3); to amend 111.371
2(intro.); and to create 66.0134, 66.0408 (2) (d), 103.007, 103.12, 103.36, 109.09
3(3), 111.315 and 947.21 of the statutes; relating to: preventing the state or local
4governments from requiring any person to accept certain collective bargaining
5provisions or waive its rights under the National Labor Relations Act or state
6labor law; prohibiting local regulation of employee hours and overtime,
7employment benefits, wage claims and collections, an employer's right to solicit
8salary information of prospective employees, employment discrimination, and
9professions regulated by the state; and providing a criminal penalty.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill preempts local governments from enacting or enforcing ordinances
related to various employment matters.
Under current constitutional and statutory home rule provisions, a city or
village may determine its own local affairs subject only to the Wisconsin Constitution
and to any enactment of the legislature that is of statewide concern and that affects
every city or village with uniformity. This bill states that all of the following matters
are matters of statewide concern requiring uniform enforcement at the state, county,
and municipal levels:

1. Regulations related to employment discrimination.
2. Regulations related to wage claims and collections.
3. Regulation of employee hours and overtime, including scheduling of
employee work hours or shifts.
4. The employment benefits an employer may be required to provide to its
employees.
5. An employer's right to solicit information regarding the salary history of
prospective employees.
As such, the bill prohibits any city, village, town, or county (political
subdivision) from enacting or enforcing an ordinance regarding any of those matters.
Under current law, a political subdivision generally may not enact and
administer an ordinance establishing a minimum wage. Current law, however,
exempts from that prohibition an ordinance that requires a different minimum wage
rate for 1) an employee of a political subdivision; 2) an employee who performs work
under a contract for the provision of services to a political subdivision; or 3) an
employee who performs work that is funded by financial assistance from a political
subdivision. The bill eliminates those exemptions.
The bill also prohibits a political subdivision from imposing an occupational
licensing requirement on an individual, to whom a state government occupational
licensing requirement applies, which is more stringent than the state requirement.
Under the bill, neither the state nor a local governmental unit may enact a
statute or ordinance, adopt a policy or regulation, or impose a contract, zoning,
permitting, or licensing requirement, or any other condition, that would require any
person to accept any provision that is a subject of collective bargaining under state
or federal labor laws. The bill defines federal labor laws as the National Labor
Relations Act. Finally, the bill prohibits the state and local governments, and their
employees, from requiring any person to waive the person's rights under state or
federal labor laws as a condition of any other approval by the state or local
governmental unit, and violators of that provision would be subject to the penalties
that apply to a Class A misdemeanor, which is a fine not to exceed $10,000 or
imprisonment not to exceed 9 months, or both.
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:
SB634,1 1Section 1. 66.0134 of the statutes is created to read:
SB634,2,3 266.0134 Labor peace agreements prohibited. (1) Definitions. In this
3section:
SB634,3,2
1(a) “Federal labor laws” means the federal Labor Management Relations Act,
229 USC 141 to 144, and the federal National Labor Relations Act, 29 USC 151 to 169.
SB634,3,83 (b) “Local governmental unit” means a city, village, town, county, school
4district, including a 1st class city school district, technical college district, sewerage
5district, drainage district, or any other special purpose district in this state, or any
6other public or quasi-public corporation, officer, board, or other public body, an
7agency or corporation of a political subdivision or special purpose district, or a
8combination or subunit of any of the foregoing.
SB634,3,14 9(2) Agreements prohibited. Neither the state nor a local governmental unit
10may enact a statute or ordinance; adopt a policy or regulation; or impose a contract,
11zoning, permitting, or licensing requirement, or any other condition including a
12condition of any regulatory approval; that would require any person to accept any
13provision that is a mandatory or nonmandatory subject of collective bargaining
14under state or federal labor laws.
SB634,3,19 15(3) Waiver prohibited. Neither the state nor a local governmental unit, nor any
16of its employees, may require any person to waive the person's rights under state or
17federal labor laws, or compel or attempt to compel a person to agree to waive the
18person's rights under state or federal labor laws as a condition of any regulatory
19approval or other approval by the local governmental unit.
SB634,3,22 20(4) Agreements void. Any agreement entered into, renewed, modified, or
21extended on or after the effective date of this subsection .... [LRB inserts date],
22between any person and any labor organization in violation of this section is void.
SB634,2 23Section 2. 66.0408 (2) (d) of the statutes is created to read:
SB634,4,324 66.0408 (2) (d) With regard to the areas in which any department of state
25government may impose occupational licensing requirements on any profession, a

1political subdivision may not impose any occupational licensing requirements on an
2individual who works in that profession that are more stringent than the
3requirements imposed by the department that regulates that profession.
SB634,3 4Section 3. 103.007 of the statutes is created to read:
SB634,4,13 5103.007 Local regulation of hours of labor and overtime; statewide
6concern; uniformity.
(1) The legislature finds that employee hour and overtime
7requirements that are uniform throughout the state is a matter of statewide concern
8and that the enactment of an ordinance by a city, village, town, or county regulating
9employee hours or overtime would be logically inconsistent with, would defeat the
10purpose of, and would go against the spirit of the employee hour and overtime
11requirements. Therefore, the employee hour and overtime requirements shall be
12construed as an enactment of statewide concern for the purpose of providing
13employee hour and overtime requirements that are uniform throughout the state.
SB634,4,17 14(2) In this section, “employee hour and overtime requirements” means the
15requirements set forth in ss. 103.01 to 103.03, 103.24, 103.38, 103.65 (2), 103.66 (2),
16103.67 (1), 103.68, 103.85, 103.915 (4) (b), 103.93 (4), 103.935, and 104.045 (3) and
17in the rules promulgated under those sections.
SB634,4,20 18(3) (a) Subject to par. (c), no city, village, town, or county may enact or enforce
19an ordinance that regulates employee hours or overtime, including scheduling
20employee work hours or shifts.
SB634,4,2421 (b) Subject to par. (c), if a city, village, town, or county has in effect on the
22effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date], an ordinance that regulates
23employee hours or overtime, including scheduling employee work hours or shifts, the
24ordinance does not apply and may not be enforced.
SB634,5,2
1(c) Nothing in this section prohibits a city, village, town, or county from
2enacting or enforcing any of the following ordinances:
SB634,5,33 1. An ordinance that limits the hours that a business may operate.
SB634,5,54 2. An ordinance described in s. 103.34 (14) (b) that regulates hours or overtime
5of a traveling sales crew worker, as defined in s. 103.34 (1) (f).
SB634,4 6Section 4. 103.12 of the statutes is created to read:
SB634,5,19 7103.12 Local regulation of employment benefits; statewide concern;
8uniformity.
(1) The legislature finds that each employer in this state should be
9allowed to determine the employment benefits the employer provides to its
10employees without interference by local governments. The legislature finds that the
11absence of such local regulations is a matter of statewide concern and that the
12enactment of an ordinance by a city, village, town, or county regulating the
13employment benefits an employer provides to its employees would be logically
14inconsistent with, would defeat the purpose of, and would go against the spirit of the
15legislature's intent to allow each employer to determine the employment benefits the
16employer provides to its employees. Therefore, this section shall be construed as an
17enactment of statewide concern for the purpose of providing uniform regulation
18throughout the state regarding the employment benefits an employer may be
19required to provide to its employees.
SB634,5,22 20(2) In this section, “employment benefit” means anything of value, other than
21wages and salary, that an employer makes available to an employee, including a
22retirement, pension, profit sharing, insurance, or leave benefit.
SB634,6,2 23(3) (a) Except as provided in ss. 103.10 (1m) (d) and 103.11 (2) (d), no city,
24village, town, or county may enact or enforce an ordinance requiring an employer to
25provide certain employment benefits to its employees, to provide a minimum level

1of employment benefits to its employees, or to prescribe the terms or conditions of
2employment benefits provided to its employees.
SB634,6,73 (b) Except as provided in ss. 103.10 (1m) (d) and 103.11 (2) (d), if a city, village,
4town, or county has in effect on the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts
5date], an ordinance requiring an employer to provide certain employment benefits
6or to provide a minimum level of employment benefits to its employees, the ordinance
7does not apply and may not be enforced.
SB634,5 8Section 5. 103.36 of the statutes is created to read:
SB634,6,11 9103.36 Employer right to solicit salary information of prospective
10employees; statewide concern; uniformity.
(1) An employer may solicit
11information regarding the salary history of prospective employees.
SB634,6,19 12(2) The legislature finds that the provision of an employer right to solicit salary
13information that is uniform throughout the state is a matter of statewide concern and
14that the enactment of an ordinance by a city, village, town, or county that prohibits
15an employer from soliciting salary information would be logically inconsistent with,
16would defeat the purpose of, and would go against the spirit of this section.
17Therefore, this section shall be construed as an enactment of statewide concern for
18the purpose of providing an employer right to solicit salary information that is
19uniform throughout the state.
SB634,6,22 20(3) (a) No city, village, town, or county may enact or enforce an ordinance
21prohibiting an employer from soliciting information regarding the salary history of
22prospective employees.
SB634,7,223 (b) If a city, village, town, or county has in effect on the effective date of this
24paragraph .... [LRB inserts date], an ordinance prohibiting an employer from

1soliciting information regarding the salary history of prospective employees, the
2ordinance does not apply and may not be enforced.
SB634,6 3Section 6. 104.001 (3) of the statutes is repealed.
SB634,7 4Section 7. 109.09 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
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