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Wisconsin - Wage and Hour Laws - Employment Law Handbook

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Minimum Wage

Wisconsin's current minimum wage is $7.25.
For more information on Wisconsin's minimum wage laws, visit our Wisconsin Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.
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Overtime

Wisconsin requires an employer to pay overtime to employees, unless otherwise exempt, for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek. Dept. of Workforce Dev.: Overtime, DWD 274. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.

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Meals and Breaks

Wisconsin employers must provide employees under the age of eighteen (18) at least a 30-minute duty free meal period when working a shift greater than six (6) hours in duration. Wisconsin does not require employers to provide breaks, including lunch breaks, for workers eighteen (18) years old or older, although it is recommended. An employer who chooses to provide a break in excess of thirty (30) minutes does not have to pay wages for the break period if the employee is free to leave the worksite and the employee does not actually perform work. Breaks lasting less than thirty (30) minutes must be paid. WI Dept. of Workforce Dev.: Hours of Work, DWD 274.02(2). One Day Rest in Seven

Wisconsin requires employers operating factories or mercantile establishments to provide employees with at least one (1) period of twenty-four (24) consecutive hours of rest in every calendar week. WI Labor Standards Bureau: One Day Rest in Seven.
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Vacation Leave

Information about Wisconsin vacation leave laws may now be found on our Wisconsin Leave Laws page.
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Sick Leave

Information about Wisconsin sick leave laws may now be found on our Wisconsin Leave Laws page.
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Holiday Leave

Information about Wisconsin holiday leave laws may now be found on our Wisconsin Leave Laws page.
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Jury Duty Leave

Information about Wisconsin jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Wisconsin Leave Laws page.
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Voting Leave

Information about Wisconsin voting leave laws may now be found on our Wisconsin Leave Laws page.
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Severance Pay

Wisconsin law does not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.
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