Governor Walker’s upcoming trip to China in April, 2013 is a good opportunity to remember potential issues involved in exporting and in particular, importing, from foreign countries. According to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation over the last decade Wisconsin Companies have exported nearly $1.4 billion in goods to China. Read more
There are a number of different regulations and licenses that a small business has to deal with. The most often overlooked is the requirement from each city for specific licensing.
The State of Wisconsin requires licenses for a number of businesses from Accountants and Acupuncturists to Wild Rice Harvester and X-Ray Services. You can see the complete list here. However, each city or municipality also has its own set of license and business requirements that need to be complied with. Often times these are much more specific than the State requirements. Read more
The law that was passed by referendum sets out a rule that mandates that Milwaukee Businesses provide mandatory sick leave to their employees. The rule states that employees will earn 1 hour of sick time for every 30 hours they work, with a cap of 5 days to 9 days depending on the size of the company.
The Wisconsin Law Journal and reporter Sean Ryan reported in a November 5th article “Business Group Preps for Sick Leave Suit” that the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) is planning on attempting to challenge the law in the courts.
While the group, 9-5 that sponsored the bill is trying to work with businesses and the Mayor’s office to discuss enforcement mechanisms, the MMAC seems reluctant to do so. The quote from Steve Baas, the MMAC’s government affairs director pretty much summed it up:
If this new ordinance is illegal, you are not improving an illegal law by rearranging the deck chairs on the illegal Titanic.”
Although the MMAC filed a notice of claim to the City of Milwaukee on November 5th, as of today no actual suit has yet been filed, it remains to be seen if a lawsuit will actually emerge and what the legal basis of the suit will be.