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Employment & Labor Law

This guide helps users navigate Federal and Wisconsin resources pertaining to employment and labor issues.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is the state agency charged with protecting and enforcing worker's rights, processing unemployment claims and ensuring workers' compensation claims are paid in accordance with the law.

Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission

This state agency promotes effective employment relations in the municipal, state and private sectors. WERC Commissioners and staff travel the State conducting hearings and issuing labor relations decisions in administrative law and contract grievance disputes; mediating contract negotiation and grievance disputes; conducting secret-ballot employe votes; and providing labor management cooperation training and facilitation.

Wisconsin Labor & Industry Commission

This agency decides appeals in cases involving Unemployment  Insurance (UI),  Worker's Compensation (WC), and  Equal Rights (ER).

Office of State Employment Relations

OSER provides human resources leadership in state government and as such is the agency responsible for overseeing the state civil service system, negotiating state labor contracts, managing labor relations and the state's affirmative action and equal opportunity employment programs.

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