Change in Liquor Store Opening Hours, Update

Just a quick update on Act 97, which the Governor signed into law on December 7, 2011. It was published on December 20, 2011, making its effective date December 21, 2011. For more details on the law, see the legistlative history page for Asembly Bill 63, and for a summary see my the Dec. 8th on this topic.

Save the Date – February 1, 2012

“Human Resources and Employment Law: What You Need to Know NOW” is the topic of the February 2012 installment of “Breakfast with Bakke Norman”. The panel discussion will be held at the New Richmond Campus of WITC on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. and the discussion running from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

A panel of guest speakers will share their insights and experiences on topics including: The Affordable Care Act; innovative employee benefit plans; emerging issues in HR and avoiding litigation. Speakers include:

  • Linda Skoglund, Employee Benefits Specialist and Corporate President at JA Counter;
  • Joanne Jackson, Human Resources Director at Amery Regional Medical Center and 2011 Wisconsin SHRM President;
  • Joey Monson-Lillie, Human Resources Director at Cardinal Glass; and
  • Pete Reinhardt, Shareholder and Employment Law Attorney at Bakke Norman.

Attendees will also be able to ask questions of the panelists. Coffee and other refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited. RSVP by emailing Janet King at:

Change in Liquor Store Opening Hours

According to an update from the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Governor Walker signed 2011 Wisconsin Act 97 into law on December 7. The only change in this law is that liquor stores may now open at 6:00 a.m., instead of the former 8:00 a.m. Keep in mind that this does not necessarily mean that a liquor store may lawfully open at 6:00 a.m. in any given community, since a municipality may, by ordinance, impose more restrictive hours. (I don’t have a link to the new act as it hasn’t been posted to the State Legislature’s website as of the time of this writing, but I’ll update with a link in the next few days).