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Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants: Wisconsin

Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Oyvind Wistrom, Lindner & Marsack, S.C.


  • In the absence of a written contract, employment in Wisconsin is presumed to be at-will. Wisconsin law also recognizes implied contracts and the doctrine of promissory estoppel. See Employment Contracts.
  • Under Wisconsin law, restrictive covenants that are reasonable in time and scope generally will be enforced. See Restrictive Covenants.
  • Wisconsin has adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and enforces protection of proprietary information. See Trade Secrets