The Wisconsin legislature passed a bill that offers an alternative to layoffs by allowing employers to reduce employee work hours for six months every five years. This bill will save an estimated $7.6 million in unemployment payments over the next three years and protects employee rights by helping workers keep their jobs.
Protecting worker rights is one of the jobs of the legislature, but sometimes bills that are passed may make it more difficult for employees to assert their rights. Workers may decide to consult an employee rights attorney who can represent them in any action against their employers. Hiring an employee rights lawyer is often the best way to protect worker rights when employers refuse to honor employment terms or treat employees with respect and dignity.
Source: The Badger Herald, "Assembly passes work-share, bill publication legislation," Lexi Harrison, March 7, 2013