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Terms of Employment: Wisconsin

Terms of Employment requirements for other states

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

Author: Oyvind Wistrom, Lindner & Marsack, S.C.


  • Wisconsin has multiple laws impacting the terms of employment, including the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, which expands the number of protected classes from federal law. See Wisconsin Fair Employment Act.
  • Wisconsin law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees or applicants for their use of lawful products outside of the workplace. See Use of Lawful Products.
  • In the absence of a written contract, employment in Wisconsin is presumed to be at-will. However, Wisconsin law recognizes numerous exceptions to the at-will doctrine. See Employment At-Will.
  • Under Wisconsin law, restrictive covenants that are reasonable in time and scope generally will be enforced. See Restrictive Covenants.