You Work Hard For Your Money —— So Make Sure You Get Paid

By Attorney Tamara B. Packard
Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP

If you ever find yourself in a dispute with your employer over your wages and hours, your first resort should be to the WPPA, of course. There may be occasions, however, when your union is unable to assist you, such as when the dispute is over an occurrence that happened too long ago (many collective bargaining agreements (“CBAs”) require that a grievance be filed within a fairly short time after the situation grieved occurred), or when the dispute is over something not governed by the collective bargaining agreement. In such cases, you will be glad to know that many of those disputes may be governed by a group … Continue reading

The Nuts And Bolts Of Duty Disability Claims

Lester A. Pines
Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP

Introduction

Section 40.65 of the Wisconsin Statutes sets out a unique benefit for law enforcement officers and other participants in the Wisconsin Retirement System who come under the definition of “protective occupation participants.” In a nutshell, sec. 40.65 provides for payment to a law enforcement officer who (1) has suffered a work related injury that (2) is likely to be permanent and which (3) causes that person (a) to retire; (b) to be assigned to a permanent light duty position or (c) by rule of the employer be limited in promotional opportunities. The payment in most cases is 75% of salary, including the average of three years’ overtime, shift differentials … Continue reading

What Every Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officer Needs To Know To Protect Him Or Herself When A Citizen Complaint Is Filed

By Gordon E. McQuillen, WPPA Director of Legal Services

It is bound to happen in every officer’s career – some citizen files a complaint against the officer, alleging that he or she did something wrong to the citizen. Most officers – even the most experienced – can find these kinds of complaints to be very disconcerting. However, a knowledge of what will ensue following the filing of a complaint can help to defuse most situations.

There are several things every officer should know to protect him or herself when the inevitable occurs. First, all law enforcement officers from every rank should make themselves aware of their respective agency’s citizen complaint procedure.

Wisconsin law requires that each law enforcement agency … Continue reading

Employee Trust Funds = Self Service, Toll-Free Telephone Systems, Internet Site Provide Quick Access to Information and Brochures

Need information from the Department of Employe Trust Funds on calculating your retirement benefit? How about a brochure on buying creditable service? Options for contacting Employe Trust Funds C including a new Self Service Line, the department=s Internet site, and a Telephone Message Center C have made access to dozens of important forms and brochures easier than ever. In all cases, these options are self-serve; users can access the systems without having to talk to ETF staff.

Toll-Free Telephone Systems

* Self Service Line

This new system, launched in April 1999, allows callers to request information and brochures toll-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The system is very easy to use and instructions … Continue reading