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Recordkeeping for Employee Compensation Purposes: Wisconsin

Recordkeeping requirements for other states

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

Author: Daniel D. Barker, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP


  • For the most part, Wisconsin law tracks the federal law regarding the recordkeeping requirements related to employee's wages and hours. It is, however, more comprehensive in some regards. See Basic Recordkeeping Requirements.
  • All current and past employees, or their designated representatives, are entitled to request and review certain personnel documents. See Employee Right of Review Requirements.
  • Wisconsin has adopted certain requirements for the disposal of personal information by financial institutions, medical businesses, tax preparation organizations, and their contractors. Although these requirements are not technically an employment law, employers are well-advised to treat all personnel-related information as highly sensitive and subject to careful disposal. See Requirements for the Disposal of Personal Information.