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Kentucky Governor Signs “Right to Work” Law

On Monday, Jan. 9, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed into law the Kentucky Right to Work Act, making Kentucky the 27th state in the country to enact similar legislation. Similar to the Wisconsin Right to Work law, as well as the “right to work” laws enacted in the other 25 states, the Kentucky law prohibits mandatory union membership and mandatory payment of dues or fees to a union.

Although the Kentucky law went into effect immediately upon signing by Governor Bevin and will apply to any new collective bargaining agreements, the law does not apply to current collective bargaining agreements until those agreements are extended or renewed.

The Kentucky law also prohibits public employees from engaging in strikes or work stoppages.

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Rufino Gaytán is an associate member of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group in Milwaukee. Rufino assists private and public employers in addressing general human resource issues and counsels employers in every aspect of labor and employment law. In particular, Rufino provides assistance with discrimination claims, wage and hour issues and drafting and enforcing restrictive covenant agreements. Rufino also represents clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division.

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