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Negligent Hiring: Wisconsin

Negligent Hiring requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: John E. Murray, Lindner & Marsack, S.C.


  • Wisconsin recognizes negligent hiring claims. See Negligent Hiring Claims in Wisconsin.
  • Conducting background checks on applicants and employees is a good practice in order to minimize exposure to negligent hiring claims. See Minimize Exposure to Negligent Hiring Claims.
  • Several Wisconsin statutes require background checks for employees in certain positions. Although some convictions automatically bar certain individuals from particular positions, disqualification from other positions depends on the extent to which the pending arrest or past conviction relates to the person's job duties. See Criminal Background Checks.