Wisconsin`s passage of the law is in line with several countries that have adopted separation instructions for the new coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic (COVID-19) in 2019, as well as states that already have separation laws. Employers who have workers in several jurisdictions should ensure that they comply with existing redundancy requirements under current state law. For more than 29 years, Jeffrey S. Hynes, Managing Partner of our firm, has practiced exclusively labour and labour law and advises and represents clients in both the private and public sectors. Lawyer Hynes has an excellent reputation among his colleagues, as well as his opponents. His references include recognition in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers – Labor and Employment Law (2005-2014), Legal Leaders™ (2012-2014) and Milwaukee Magazine`s “Best Lawyers” Edition (1999). Attorney Hynes has been a long term as President/Co-Chair of the Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin State Bar – Labor and Employment Section and a long-time member of the National Employment Lawyers Association. Jeff is a Wisconsin native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his Juris Ph.D. of Law Degree from UW Law School in 1984. If an employer offers you a compensation package or separation agreement, they basically say, “Your job is over, but we are willing to offer you money and other services in exchange for the abandonment of your legal rights and other conditions that we consider to be in our best interest.” Agreements are generally prepared by the employer`s lawyers and, predictably, developed in a manner that is favourable to them. They often contain large amounts of “legalese” that can significantly affect your career, livelihood and reputation, and even limit your ability to preserve future jobs.
It is therefore important to carefully consider the legal and practical consequences of each term of the severance or separation agreement before it is signed and/or to obtain competent legal advice.