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Managing the hidden cost of sick days

Do you know how much employee absences are costing you? In the U.S., the average employer cost for unplanned absences is $1,000 per employee each year. This is the second-highest benefit cost to employers after medical benefits.

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After court battle, Walker outlaws local sick day ordinances (UPDATE)

Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday signed a bill banning a Milwaukee ordinance, approved by voters in 2008, that would have required employers provide an average of nine days of sick leave a year for workers. The new state law prohibits municipalities from mandating local rules for businesses to follow regarding paid time off. “Patchwork government mandates stifle job creation and ...

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Sick leave battle could resurface at state Supreme Court

By James Briggs A nonprofit organization that has been pushing in court for Milwaukee workers to receive guaranteed paid time off for illness is conceding the local battle — for now. But 9to5, National Association of Working Women will keep lobbying for a federal bill that ultimately would inform sick-leave policies in cities such as Milwaukee. The worker’s rights organization ...

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Bill voiding Milwaukee sick leave law passes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bill that does away with Milwaukee’s ordinance requiring employers to provide workers with paid sick leave has passed the Legislature and now heads to Gov. Scott Walker, who says he’s likely to sign it. The Assembly passed it 59-35 Tuesday. It previously cleared the Senate. The bill comes after a state appeals court upheld the ...

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Sick day law could scare away firms

An appellate court ruling supporting mandatory paid sick leave for Milwaukee-based companies has some law firms considering a move outside the city. Matthew Katz, firm administrator for Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols SC, Milwaukee, said depending on how the law is interpreted, it could motivate the firm, which has been in the city for 160 years, to leave. “We haven’t ...

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Sick-leave law survives appellate court (UPDATE)

By James Briggs A Thursday court ruling would guarantee mandatory paid sick days for workers of Milwaukee-based companies. But the state Legislature could get the last word. The Madison-based 4th District Court of Appeals declared constitutional a 2008 referendum, approved by 70 percent of Milwaukee voters, that mandates full-time workers earn at least one hour of paid sick time for ...

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