103.503 (3) (a) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 2. A requirement that employees performing the work described 9
in s. 66.0903 (4), 2013 stats., or s. 16.856 (2m), 2015 stats.,
on a project of public works 10
or performing work on a public utility project submit to random, reasonable 11
suspicion, and post-accident drug and alcohol testing and to drug and alcohol testing 12
before commencing work on the project, except that testing of an employee before 13
commencing work on a project is not required if the employee has been participating 14
in a random testing program during the 90 days preceding the date on which the 15
employee commenced work on the project.
106.125 of the statutes is created to read:
18106.125 Early college credit program.
On behalf of the school board of a 19
school district and on behalf of the governing body of a participating private school, 20
as defined in s. 118.55 (1) (c), the department of workforce development shall pay to 21
the department of public instruction the costs of tuition for a pupil who attends an 22
institution of higher education under the program under s. 118.55 as provided under 23
s. 118.55 (5) (e) 2. and 3.
106.27 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 106.27 (1) (intro.) and 25
amended to read:
106.27 (1) Workforce training grants.
(intro.) From the appropriation under 2
s. 20.445 (1) (b), the department shall award grants to public and private 3
organizations for the development and implementation of workforce training 4
programs. An organization that is awarded a grant under this subsection may use 5
the grant for the training of unemployed and underemployed workers and 6
incumbent employees of businesses in this state. As a condition of receiving a grant 7
under this subsection, the department may require a public or private organization 8
to provide matching funds at a percentage to be determined by the department. 9Grants awarded under this subsection may include any of the following:
106.27 (1) (a) of the statutes is created to read:
(a) Grants for collaborative projects among school districts, technical 12
colleges, and businesses to provide high school students with industry-recognized 13
certifications in high-demand fields, as determined by the department.
106.27 (1) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
(b) 1. Grants for programs that train teachers and that train 16
individuals to become teachers, including teachers in dual enrollment programs.
2. In this paragraph:
a. “Dual enrollment program" means a program or course of study designed to 19
provide high school students the opportunity to gain credits in both technical college 20
and high school, including transcripted credit programs or other educational 21
services provided by contract between a school district and a technical college.
b. “Teacher” includes an instructor at a technical college under ch. 38.
106.27 (1) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
(c) Grants for the development of public-private partnerships 25
designed to improve workforce retention through employee support and training.
106.27 (1) (d) of the statutes is created to read:
(d) Grants to nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher 3
education, as defined in 20 USC 1001
(a) and (b), and employers to increase the 4
number of students who are placed with employers for internships.
106.27 (1) (e) of the statutes is created to read:
(e) Grants to community-based organizations for public-private 7
partnerships to create and implement a nursing training program for middle school 8
and high school students.
106.27 (1) (f) of the statutes is created to read:
(f) Grants to school districts to fund building modifications needed 11
to support school districts' technical education programs.
106.27 (1j) of the statutes is created to read:
106.27 (1j) Workforce training program; mobile classrooms.
(a) Of the 14
amounts appropriated under s. 20.445 (1) (b), the department shall allocate up to 15
$1,000,000 for grants to the department of corrections to fund the creation and 16
operation of mobile classrooms.
(am) Of the amounts appropriated under s. 20.445 (1) (b), the department may 18
allocate up to $50,000 in each fiscal year for grants to fund the upkeep and 19
maintenance of the mobile classrooms described under par. (a).
(b) The mobile classrooms described under par. (a) shall be used to provide job 21
skills training to individuals in underserved areas of this state, including inmates 22
at correctional facilities who are preparing for reentry into the workforce.
(c) The department of corrections may use the grant money awarded under par. 24
(a) to purchase capital equipment, such as a mobile or modular unit, that will be used 25
as a mobile classroom, including costs to modify the equipment to make it suitable
for classroom instruction, and to purchase and install any furniture, equipment, and 2
supplies necessary or desirable for outfitting the mobile classroom for the job skills 3
training that will be provided in the mobile classroom.
106.27 (1r) of the statutes is amended to read:
106.27 (1r) Student internship coordination.
From the appropriation under 6
s. 20.445 (1) (b), the department shall provide coordination between
institutions of higher education, as defined in 20 USC 1001
(a) and 8
(b), and employers to increase the number of students who are placed with employers 9
106.27 (2g) (a) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 2. Receive and review applications for grants under subs. (1) 12and,
(1g), and (1j) (am)
and prescribe the form, nature, and extent of the information 13
that must be contained in an application for a grant under sub. (1)
(1g), or (1j)
106.27 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
106.27 (3) Annual report.
Annually, by December 31, the department shall 17
submit a report to the governor and the cochairpersons of the joint committee on 18
finance providing an account of the department's activities and expenditures under 19
this section during the preceding fiscal year and detailing the amounts allocated to 20
and expended for each of the programs, grants, and services specified in s. 20.445 (1) 21
(b) and (bm) for that fiscal year. The report shall include information on the number 22
of unemployed and underemployed workers and incumbent employees who 23
participate in training programs under sub. (1) or (1j)
; the number of unemployed 24
workers who obtain gainful employment, underemployed workers who obtain new 25
employment, and incumbent employees who receive increased compensation after
participating in such a training program; and the wages earned by those workers and 2
employees both before and after participating in such a training program. The report 3
shall also include information on the extent to which waiting lists for enrollment in 4
courses and programs provided by technical colleges in high-demand fields are 5
reduced as a result of grants under sub. (1g) (a), on the number of
high school pupils 6students
who participate in certification or training
programs under sub. (1) (a) or
(1g) (b), on the building modifications funded under sub. (1) (f) and the effect
8of those building modifications on the school districts' technical education programs, 9
and on the number of persons with disabilities who participate in employment 10
enhancement activities under sub. (1g) (c). In addition, the report shall provide 11
information on the number of student interns who are placed with employers as a 12
result of the coordination activities conducted under sub. (1r)
or the grants awarded
13under sub. (1) (d)
106.272 of the statutes is created to read:
15106.272 Teacher development program grants. (1)
From the 16
appropriation under s. 20.445 (1) (b), the department shall award grants to the school 17
board of a school district or to the governing body of a private school, as defined under 18
s. 115.001 (3d), or to a charter management organization that has partnered with an 19
educator preparation program approved by the department of public instruction and 20
headquartered in this state to design and implement a teacher development 21
In awarding a grant under this section, the department shall do all of the 23
(a) Consult with the department of public instruction to confirm that the 25
teacher development program satisfies the requirements under s. 118.196 (2).
(b) Consider the methods by which the school board, governing body, or charter 2
management organization and the educator preparation program under sub. (1) will 3
make the teacher development program affordable to participating employees.
(c) Consider whether the school board, governing body, or charter management 5
organization has agreed to contribute matching funds towards the teacher 6
106.273 (3) (a) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) (intro.) From the appropriation under s. 20.445 (1) (b), the 9
department shall allocate not less than $3,000,000
in each fiscal year for 10
incentive grants to school districts under this section. From that allocation, the 11
department shall, subject to par. (am),
annually award to a school district $1,000 per 12
pupil for each pupil in the school district who, in the prior school year, obtained a high 13
school diploma or a technical education high school diploma from a school in the 14
school district, if all of the following apply:
106.273 (3) (am) of the statutes is created to read:
(am) The department may not make a per pupil award of $1,000 17
to a school district under par. (a) if the industry-recognized certification program 18
completed by the pupil as a condition of the award under par. (a) 2. is an information 19
technology instructional program developed under s. 115.455.
106.275 of the statutes is created to read:
21106.275 Technical education equipment grants. (1) Awarding of grants. 22
(a) From the appropriation under s. 20.445 (1) (b), the department may allocate up 23
to $500,000 in each fiscal year for technical education equipment grants to school 24
districts under this section. From that allocation, the department may award grants
in the amount of not more than $50,000 to school districts whose grant applications 2
are approved under sub. (2) (b).
(b) A school district that is awarded a grant under this section shall use the 4
grant moneys awarded for the acquisition of equipment that is used in advanced 5
manufacturing fields in the workplace, together with any software necessary for the 6
operation of that equipment and any instructional material necessary to train pupils 7
in the operation of that equipment.
(c) As a condition of receiving a grant under this section, a school district shall 9
provide matching funds equal to 200 percent of the grant amount awarded. The 10
match may be in the form of money, or the monetary value of equipment, contributed 11
from private sources, the school district, or both.
12(2) Grant application process
. (a) A school district that wishes to receive a 13
grant under this section shall apply for the grant in accordance with procedures and 14
requirements established by the department under rules promulgated under sub. (4) 15
(b) 1. A grant application shall describe the purpose and need for the grant, the 16
projected outcomes that the school district is seeking to achieve as a result of 17
receiving the grant, the amount and source of the matching funds required under 18
sub. (1) (c), and any other information that the department may require under rules 19
promulgated under sub. (4) (b) 1.
(b) The department, in consultation with the advisory committee created under 21
sub. (4) (a), shall review and evaluate a grant application submitted under par. (a) 22
in accordance with procedures and criteria established by the department under 23
rules promulgated under sub. (4) (b) 2. After completing that review and evaluation, 24
the department shall notify the school district of the department's decision on the 25
1(3) Reporting requirements.
Each school district that receives a grant under 2
this section shall file a report with the department by September 1 of each of the first 3
3 fiscal years following the fiscal year in which the grant was received. The report 4
shall describe how the grant moneys were expended, describe the outcomes achieved 5
as a result of receiving the grant, share the best practices employed by the school 6
district regarding the training of pupils in the use of the equipment acquired with 7
the grant moneys, include a plan for sustainability of that training, and provide such 8
other information as the department may require under rules promulgated under 9
sub. (4) (b) 3.
10(4) Implementation of grant program.
(a) The secretary of workforce 11
development shall create an advisory committee under s. 15.04 (1) (c) to assist the 12
department in reviewing and evaluating grant applications under sub. (2) (b). The 13
committee shall consist of 5 individuals appointed by the secretary each of whom 14
represents a different industrial sector of the economy and a different geographic 15
region of the state.
(b) The department shall promulgate rules to implement this section. Those 17
rules shall include all of the following:
1. Rules establishing the procedures and requirements for applying for a grant 19
under sub. (2) (a), including the information that must be submitted with a grant 20
2. Rules establishing the procedures and criteria for awarding a grant under 22
sub. (2) (b).
3. Rules governing the reporting requirements under sub. (3), including the 24
information that must be provided in a report submitted under sub. (3).
106.277 of the statutes is created to read:
1106.277 Grants for teacher training and recruitment. (1)
From the 2
appropriation under s. 20.445 (1) (bt), the department shall award a grant to a 3
nonprofit organization that applies on a form prepared by the department to receive 4
a grant under this section if all of the following apply:
(a) The organization is described under section 501
(c) (3) or (4) of the Internal 6
Revenue Code and exempt from taxation under section 501
(a) of the Internal 7
(b) The organization operates a program to recruit and prepare individuals to 9
teach in public or private schools located in low-income or urban school districts in 10
(c) The organization submits an application no later than January 15 in the 12
year for which the organization seeks a grant under this section and includes with 13
its application a description of the organization and its program and the manner in 14
which grant funding will benefit the organization or has benefited the organization 15
in the past.
The department shall establish a process for evaluating and assigning a 17
score to each organization eligible to receive a grant under sub. (1). If the amount 18
appropriated under s. 20.445 (1) (bt) is insufficient to make the payments required 19
under sub. (1), the department shall give preference in evaluating grants under this 20
section to a nonprofit organization for each of the following:
(a) The program trains future teachers who are enrolled in an accredited 22
college or university in this state concurrent with the training.
(b) The program focuses on future teachers who plan to teach in public or 24
private schools in this state as a profession.
(c) The program provides continuing education and professional development.
(d) The program attempts to place a majority of its total participants in public 2
or private schools located in low-income or urban school districts in this state.
When awarding a grant under this section, the department may not 4
consider the religious affiliation, if any, of the nonprofit organization or whether the 5
organization has received funding from the state in the past.
By February 15 of each year, the department shall make its determination 7
regarding successful applicants and shall notify those applicants that will receive a 8
grant under this section.
109.09 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
The department shall investigate and attempt equitably to adjust 11
controversies between employers and employees as to alleged wage claims. The 12
department may receive and investigate any wage claim that is filed with the 13
department, or received by the department under s. 109.10 (4), no later than 2 years 14
after the date the wages are due. The department may, after receiving a wage claim, 15
investigate any wages due from the employer against whom the claim is filed to any 16
employee during the period commencing 2 years before the date the claim is filed. 17
The department shall enforce this chapter and s. 66.0903, 2013 stats., s. 103.49, 2013 18
s. 229.8275, 2013 stats., and s. 16.856, 2015 stats.,
and ss. 16.856,
103.82, and 104.12. In pursuance of this duty, the department may sue the employer 20
on behalf of the employee to collect any wage claim or wage deficiency and ss. 109.03 21
(6) and 109.11 (2) and (3) shall apply to such actions. Except for actions under s. 22
109.10, the department may refer such an action to the district attorney of the county 23
in which the violation occurs for prosecution and collection and the district attorney 24
shall commence an action in the circuit court having appropriate jurisdiction. Any 25
number of wage claims or wage deficiencies against the same employer may be joined
in a single proceeding, but the court may order separate trials or hearings. In actions 2
that are referred to a district attorney under this subsection, any taxable costs 3
recovered by the district attorney shall be paid into the general fund of the county 4
in which the violation occurs and used by that county to meet its financial 5
responsibility under s. 978.13 (2) (b) for the operation of the office of the district 6
attorney who prosecuted the action.
111.07 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
The commission may make findings and orders or may
9commissioner or an
examiner to make findings and orders. Any party in interest who 10
is dissatisfied with the findings or order of a commissioner or examiner
may file a 11
written petition with the commission as a body
to review the findings or order. If no 12
petition is filed within 20 days from the date that a copy of the findings or order of
13the commissioner or examiner
was mailed to the last-known address of the parties 14
in interest, such findings or order shall be considered the findings or order of the 15
commission as a body
unless set aside, reversed
or modified by such commissioner 16the commission
or examiner within such time. If the findings or order are set aside 17
by the commissioner commission
or examiner the status shall be the same as prior 18
to the findings or order set aside. If the findings or order are reversed or modified 19by the commissioner or examiner,
the time for filing petition with the commission 20
shall run from the time that notice of such reversal or modification is mailed to the 21
last-known address of the parties in interest. Within 45 days after the filing of such 22
petition with the commission, the commission shall either affirm, reverse, set aside, 23
or modify such findings or order, in whole or in part, or direct the taking of additional 24
testimony. Such action shall be based on a review of the evidence submitted. If the 25
commission is satisfied that a party in interest has been prejudiced because of
exceptional delay in the receipt of a copy of any findings or order,
it may extend the 2
time another 20 days for filing a petition with the commission.
111.07 (6) of the statutes is amended to read:
The commission shall have the power to remove or transfer the 5
proceedings pending before a commissioner or
examiner. It may also, on its own 6
motion, set aside, modify,
or change any order, findings,
or award, whether made by 7an individual commissioner,
or by the commission as a body
, at any time 8
within 20 days from the date thereof if it shall discover any mistake therein, or upon 9
the grounds of newly discovered evidence.
111.14 of the statutes is amended to read:
Any person who shall willfully assault, resist, prevent, 12
or interfere with any member of
the commission or any of its agents or 13
agencies in the performance of duties pursuant to this subchapter shall be punished 14
by a fine of not more than $500 or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more 15
than one year, or both.
111.322 (2m) (c) of the statutes is repealed.
111.322 (2m) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
(d) The individual's employer believes that the individual 19
engaged or may engage in any activity described in pars. (a) to
111.335 (1) (cx) of the statutes is amended to read:
(cx) Notwithstanding s. 111.322, it is not employment 22
discrimination because of conviction record to refuse to employ or license, or to bar 23
or terminate from employment or licensure, any individual who has been convicted 24
of any offense under s. 38.50 440.52
114.136 (2) (b) 3. of the statutes is created to read:
(b) 3. An ordinance under this section may not prohibit the use of 2
a physical barrier in lieu of compliance with a 48-hour drainage requirement for a 3
storm detention pond that is located in a residential subdivision underlain by 4
natural clay soil.
115.28 (7) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) License all teachers for the public schools of the state; make rules 7
establishing standards of attainment and procedures for the examination and 8
licensing of teachers within the limits prescribed in ss. 118.19 (2) and (3), 118.191, 9118.1915,
118.192, 118.193, 118.194, and
118.195, and 118.197
; prescribe by rule 10
standards, requirements, and procedures for the approval of teacher preparatory 11
programs leading to licensure, including a requirement that, beginning on July 1, 12
2012, and annually thereafter, each teacher preparatory program located in this 13
state shall submit to the department a list of individuals who have completed the 14
program and who have been recommended by the program for licensure under this 15
subsection, together with each individual's date of program completion, from each 16
term or semester of the program's most recently completed academic year; file in the 17
state superintendent's office all papers relating to state teachers' licenses; and 18
register each such license.
115.28 (7) (g) of the statutes is amended to read:
(g) Notwithstanding s. 118.19 (3), (4m), (6) to (9), and (12) to (14), 21
grant a charter school teaching license to any person who has a bachelor's degree and 22
demonstrates, based upon criteria established by the department, that the person 23
is proficient in the subject or subjects that he or she intends to teach. The license 24
authorizes the person to teach that subject or those subjects in a charter school. The
25license is valid for 3 years and is renewable for 3-year periods.
115.28 (7) (gm) of the statutes is amended to read:
(gm) Notwithstanding s. 118.19 (8), (9), and (11), grant an initial 3
charter school principal license to any person who is licensed, or otherwise 4
credentialed, to be a school principal in another state if the person holds the license 5
or other credential in good standing, has completed at least 3 years of full-time 6
classroom teaching, and is eligible for licensure under s. 118.19 (4) and (10). The 7
license authorizes the person to be a principal of a charter school.
The license is valid
8for 5 years and is renewable for 5-year periods.
115.28 (10o) (c) of the statutes is created to read: