Two Changes in the State Budget affecting Public Safety Employees that was signed by Governor Walker. The budget is effective July 1, 2013.
66.0502 Employee residency requirements prohibited.
(1) The legislature finds that public employee residency requirements are a matter of statewide concern.
(2) In this section, "local governmental unit" means any city, village, town, county, or school district.
(3) (a) Except as provided in sub, no local governmental unit may require, as a condition of employment, that any employee or prospective employee reside within any jurisdictional limit.
(b) If a local governmental unit has a residency requirement that is in effect on the effective date of this paragraph .... [LRB inserts date], the residency requirement does not apply and may not be enforced.
(4) (a) This section does not affect any statute that requires residency within the jurisdictional limits of any local governmental unit or any provision of state or local law that requires residency in this state.
(b) Subject to par. (c), a local governmental unit may impose a residency requirement on law enforcement, fire, or emergency personnel that requires such personnel to reside within 15 miles of the jurisdictional boundaries of the local governmental unit.
(c) If the local governmental unit is a county, the county may impose a residency requirement on law enforcement, fire, or emergency personnel that requires such personnel to reside within 15 miles of the jurisdictional boundaries of the city, village, or town to which the personnel are assigned.
(d) A residency requirement imposed by a local governmental unit under par. (b) or (c) does not apply to any volunteer law enforcement, fire, or emergency personnel who are employees of a local governmental unit.
111.70 (4) (mc) 6. Except for the employee premium contribution, all costs and payments associated with health care coverage plans and the design and selection of health care coverage plans by the municipal employer for public safety employees, and the impact of such costs and payments and the design and selection of the health care coverage plans on the wages, hours, and conditions of employment of the public safety employee.
The Residency change will be in effect as of July 1st, 2013 and the Health Insurance change, which allows for only bargaining the health insurance premium, is effective upon expiration of your current contract. As always, please contact the Germantown office at 1-800-657-0742 for any additional questions.