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Tag Archives: DWD

High court set to rule on whistleblower case

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to decide Wednesday whether the state’s whistleblower statute should have protected a state justice department employee who was demoted after she warned her superiors that using state employees for the then-attorney general’s trip to a political convention could have violated state law.

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New damages law will favor employers

A proposal to eliminate the ability of employees to sue for compensatory or punitive damages in state court is headed to Gov. Scott Walker after both the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly passed the law.

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Former Michael Best and Friedrich partner Baumbach resigns DWD post

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A second person has resigned as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development in Gov. Scott Walker’s first year in office. Walker announced Monday that Secretary Scott Baumbach had resigned after being in the position just four months. He replaced Walker’s first appointee, Manny Perez, who resigned in May after five months in the post. ...

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Former VA official faces discrimination suits (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs was sued in federal court Wednesday over allegations that he discriminated against white employees. The three lawsuits accuse Kenneth Black, who is African-American, of denying a promotion to one white worker, firing a second and retaliating against a third. The workers are seeking compensatory and punitive ...

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Former firm partner named DWD secretary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has named Scott Baumbach as full-time secretary of Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development. Baumbach had served as interim secretary since last month when Manny Perez resigned just five months after his appointment by Walker. Baumbach was named the department’s deputy secretary last January. Before joining the department, he was an associate and partner ...

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