Anti-Retaliation Mandatory Posting, Wisconsin
If you’re a close reader of this blog, you’ve no doubt come across the many examples of anti-retaliation that are a feature of many employment and labor laws. This makes a lot of sense as the power dynamics inherent in employer-employee relationships as well as the penalties for violations of laws can be treacherous to navigate. In an attempt to allow violations and victims to come forward many laws put an anti-retaliation clause as part of any labor legislation. This is no difference in the state of Wisconsin. Sometimes, however this anti-retaliation sentiment is not just a clause meant to enforce legislation but the legislation itself as is the case with the Wisconsin law we are discussing today.
The State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Equal Rights Division enforces the law that affords Retaliation Protection for Health Care Workers in Wisconsin (associated poster: ERD-12210-P, revised 05/2014). The law basically regulates any facility as defined in s. 647.01(4) or any hospital, nursing home or residential facility, et al. Any of these facilities, licensed or approved by the department of health and family services must display the poster in one or more conspicuous places where notices to employees are customarily posted.
The law essentially governs employees who work in these facilities and in good faith reports:
any potential violations of state or federal law,
any situation where care is provided in a manner that violates state or ethical standards or law.
The reporting may be done through:
Internal reports to any director, supervisor, or officer of the health-care facility,
An agency or body that accredits certifies, or approves the facility.
Employees who engage in such reporting may not be disciplined or otherwise retaliated against for bringing to light such activity. Any such retaliation against them, when reported on within 300 days, will be dealt with by the proper authorities.Download Wisconsin Labor Law Poster Now