About Rebecca L. Kent

Becky assists businesses as they confront the legal questions and challenges that arise each day in the area of human resources. She provides legal services in the areas of employment and labor law and represents clients in employment and business-related litigation.

In Wisconsin, Work Is No Excuse Not To Vote!

With Election Day less than a week away, it is a great time to review Wisconsin law allowing employees time off from work to vote on Election Day.  Wisconsin’s law on this is found at Wisconsin Statute §6.76, which provides the following rights and obligations: Eligibility:  To be eligible for time off for voting, an […]

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COVID-19 Considerations for Returning to Work: Part Two

In last week’s blog article, we addressed several issues that employers will want to consider as they return employees to the workplace.  This article continues that thinking by reviewing considerations and legal issues that may arise as employers: (i) confront COVID-19 related absences; (ii) have a need to reduce hours or require employees to take […]

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COVID-19 Considerations for Returning to Work: Part One

Employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe workplace free from recognized hazards that could cause serious injury or death.  Employers should be giving thought to how they will prepare the workplace for the safe return of employees now that the Safer-At-Home Orders are no longer in effect.  An employer’s return-to-work plan will depend […]

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Update to Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 24, 2020, the Department of Labor issued an Employer Fact Sheet and Questions and Answers related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  Most of this guidance is consistent with the information we previously shared with you.  However, there are a few important clarifications provided in this guidance that we want you […]

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Restrictive Covenant Agreements: Five Reasons Why Your Non-Compete Agreement May Be Unenforceable

When employers are burned by a former employee who starts a competitive business, solicits key customers, and/or uses confidential information gained from the former employment, they may seek resolve by requiring their employees to sign restrictive covenant agreements (commonly known as “non-compete agreements”). These agreements are often drafted, signed, and then filed away in the […]

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Why Employers Should Stress Over Office Romances

Several months ago, I wrote a blog article on the #Metoo Movement and sexual harassment in the workplace.  Clients often ask about romantic relationships in the workplace.  Are these unlawful?  What are the risks?  Well, that depends on the situation.  If the relationship is truly consensual, then it would not run afoul of the federal […]

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Time to Review Employee Non-Solicitation Restrictions

Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court again clarified the law in regards to restrictive covenants when it issued a decision in the case of The Manitowoc Company, Inc. v. John M. Lanning, 2018 WI 6, 2018 WL472928. The Manitowoc Company, Inc. v. John M. Lanning The Court decided that an employee non-solicitation provision was subject […]

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