WPPA Wins Case on Definition of “New Hire” for Purposes of Mandatory Pension Contributions

January 31, 2013

On the heels of two circuit court victories which overturned decisions issued by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC), the WPPA’s in-house legal staff has achieved yet another triumph. In this critical case, the WPPA challenged a city’s application of new collective bargaining laws which mandate newly hired police officers to pay more for their pensions. The decision is already impacting police officers all across the state.

In 2011, a number of changes were enacted to the state’s collective bargaining laws for police officers. Among them was the requirement that officers hired after July 1, 2011 pay a mandatory contribution to their pension. The law made clear, however, that the law only applied to officers “who are … Continue reading

Wisconsin Remembers Wauwautosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena

Wauwautosa Police Officer Jennifer SebenaIn the early morning hours of December 24th, 2012, 30 year-old Wauwautosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena was shot and killed while on duty. Jen joined the Wauwatosa Police Department in January of 2011 after graduating from the police academy at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. Extraordinarily active in her community, Jen volunteered for the Hunger Task Force and was deeply involved with Elmbrook Church, volunteering to lead small groups of high school girls. Her loss is one that impacts a great many people, and reflections from all across the country have been posted to honor her passing on the Officer Down Memorial page.

Jen’s funeral was held at … Continue reading