A Wisconsin employment contract, or “employment agreement,” sets forth the terms of a working relationship between an employer and an employee. It is typically drafted after an employment candidate accepts a job offer, allowing the employer to document the conditions negotiated and agreed upon by each party. The form specifies the employee’s duties, wage, commission rate and bonuses (if any), days off for vacation and personal leave, and the duration of employment.
If the contract includes a termination date, the employee will automatically be discharged from their position once the agreement expires. In the absence of a termination date, the employment is considered “at-will” and will remain in effect indefinitely until either the employer or employee decides to end the working relationship.
Independent Contractor Agreement – Relays the work a contractor will perform in exchange for payment from their client.
Subcontractor Agreement – Establishes a service arrangement whereby all or a portion of a contract assignment is transferred from a general contractor to a subcontractor.
- Labor Statutes: Chapter 103
- Definition of Employee: § 103.001(5)
- Minimum Wage: $7.25/hr (§ 104.035(1)(a))
- Overtime: One and a half (1.5) times the employee’s standard wage (DWD 274.03).
- Record Keeping: Employers must maintain payroll and other records for three (3) years (DWD 272.11).
Permitted? Yes. Unless indicated otherwise in an employment contract, employees are presumed to be “at-will” and can therefore quit or be fired at any time without cause. However, employers cannot terminate at-will employees for illegal reasons, such as:
- Whistleblowing (§ 230.83);
- Jury duty (§ 756.255);
- Enforcing an employee right (§ 111.322(2m)(a));
- Taking time off to vote (§ 6.76);
- Serving in the military (§ 111.321);
- Discrimination against age, gender, race, etc. (§ 111.321).