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Hiring and Firing in Wisconsin
  • AK0206
  • 978-1-57862-259-7
  • 6X9

298 pp.; 6th ed. 2016
(Includes 2017-2018 Supplement)

Identify legal pitfalls of the employment process and understand how to avoid them

Identifying, interviewing, hiring, and retaining quality employees is essential to the success of any business. Equally important is the fair, nondiscriminatory, treatment of job applicants and employees. The law governing the rights of employers and employees in matters of hiring and termination are complex and dynamic; missteps can be costly. Hiring and Firing in Wisconsin contains the important analysis, extensive caselaw and statutory citation, and supplemental information you need to effectively inform your clients of their rights and responsibilities — all in one convenient book.

Protect your clients’ financial interests and their rights

Help your clients avoid the dramatic costs and damaging conflicts that may arise by not knowing the law. Hiring and Firing in Wisconsin offers a comprehensive overview of the laws governing employee screening, hiring, and employment termination, focusing mainly on Wisconsin law, but discussing federal law as it relates to Wisconsin employment practices.

Focus on the issues

Hiring and Firing in Wisconsin identifies many legal hazards and explains how to avoid them. You’ll find practical guidance on key issues such as:

  • What questions may and may not be asked of a job applicant
  • How reference checking can give rise to defamation claims
  • What forms of testing and screening are legal
  • How lawsuits based on discriminatory hiring and firing can be avoided
  • When an employer can be held liable for hiring a dangerous or criminal employee

Newly updated

The 2017-18 supplement reflects key legal developments since publication of the sixth edition, including:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering whether employers can require employees or applicants to waive the right to bring class actions or collective actions through arbitration agreements
  • A Wisconsin Supreme Court case on whether current employees may be asked to sign restrictive covenant agreements during their employment as a condition of continued employment
  • A Wisconsin Supreme Court case on whether, when an employer promises not to fire an existing employee in exchange for signing a restrictive covenant agreement but then terminates the employee immediately after the employee signs, the employer may have independently breached the agreement
  • The Seventh Circuit has rejected the “direct” and “indirect” analysis of evidence establishing retaliatory discharge, in favor of a more straightforward inquiry

Summary of Contents

I. Hiring
1. Discrimination in Hiring
2. Recruiting, Application Forms, and Interviews
3. Credit Reports and Reference Checks
4. Testing and Screening
5. The Hiring Decision

II. Termination                                                                       
6. Types of Termination
7. Limitations on an Employer's Right to Terminate
8. The Termination Decision
9. Termination Payments
10. Legal Issues in Providing References


  • Avoiding "Loaded Interview" Questions (DWD)
  • Employment Eligibility Verification (INS Form I-9)
  • Prescribed Summary of Consumer Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (16 C.F.R. pt. 601, app. A)
  • Employment Termination Checklist

Your resource for hiring and firing issues

Whether you’re an employment attorney representing employees or employers, a labor attorney wanting to ensure compliance with a collective bargaining agreement, an HR professional responsible for enforcing your company’s fair employment policies, or a manager going through a routine hiring, you’ll find everything you need to know about the hiring and firing process in this comprehensive book.

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