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Court Strikes Down Milwaukee Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Labor & Employment Alert David B. Kern

On June 12, 2009, Judge Thomas Cooper held the City of Milwaukee's paid sick leave ordinance was invalidly enacted and is unconstitutional. He granted the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce's motion for a permanent injunction barring the implementation and enforcement of the ordinance. Judge Cooper's decision is available here. The City of Milwaukee and the intervening party 9 to 5 National Association of Working Women, Milwaukee Chapter have 45 days to file an appeal, which is almost certain to occur.

Employers in the City of Milwaukee do not need to change any of their policies to comply with the ordinance, which has no legal effect while the permanent injunction is in place. If you have any questions about the ordinance, please contact Pam Ploor at 414-277-5661 / pamela.ploor@quarles.com or Dave Kern at 414-277-5653 / david.kern@quarles.com.