Wisconsin Signs Domestic Partnerships into Law  

    On June 29th, Governor Jim Doyle signed into law Wisconsin's recognition of domestic partnerships.  Domestic partnerships in Wisconsin provide a legal status with certain limited legal protections for same sex couples who register as domestic partners.  Partners may begin registering on Monday, August 3, 2009 and such partnerships will be administered at the county level.  

    Some of the legal protections that will be granted to those who register are:

1. Inheritance and Survivor Protections;
2. Wisconsin Family Medical and Leave:  Employees who are covered by the state Family Medical Leave Act may take up to 2 weeks off per year to care for a domestic partner with a serious medical condition; and
3. Medical, Hospital and Visitation Rights.
    Additionally, private communications between registered partners are privileged; therefore, partners cannot be forced to testify against one another as to those communications. 

Don't Forget!  Wisconsin's Minimum Wage Increases Effective July 24, 2009

    Wisconsin's new minimum wage for adults increases to $7.25 per hour as of July 24, 2009.  The new minor wage rate is also $7.25 per hour.  Additionally do not forget that Wisconsin's minimum wage rules contain a number of specialized pay rates for persons employed in certain types of work.  
    If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Baiocchi or the Constangy Attorney of your choice.

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