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Wisconsin Leave Laws


No federal or state law requires employers to provide paid or unpaid vacation time for their employees. However, if employers choose to offer a vacation leave, paid or unpaid, to their employees it must comply with applicable state law or employment contract.

Jury Duty Leave

Wisconsin leave laws do not require employers to pay employees any wages for time spent complying with a jury summons or serving on a jury but has to provide employees unpaid leave to perform their jury duties.

An employer must grant an employee a leave of absence without loss of time in service for the period of jury service. For the purpose of determining seniority or pay advancement, the status of the employee cannot be considered uninterrupted by the jury service.

An employer may not discharge, threaten, coerce, or penalize an employee for complying with a jury summons or serving on a jury. 

Bereavement Leave

No federal or state law require an employer to provide the employee with paid or unpaid bereavement leave or with any time off to organize or attend a close family member’s funeral.

Voting Leave

Wisconsin law requires an employer to provide an employee up to three (3) hours of time off to vote if the employee request the leave prior to the day of the vote or election. The voting leave does not need to be paid. An employer may dictate when an employee takes voting leave.

Military Leave

Wisconsin provides the following employment protections for returning military members, in addition to Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA):

  • Reemployment requirements for military members enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Reemployment requirements for people in active state service, including the National Guard
  • Fair employment protections prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of military service