At Scholz Nonprofit Law, we offer representation on employment matters to nonprofit employers as well as mission-driven for-profit employers. Understanding and operating within the many laws and regulations relevant to Wisconsin employers can be complex. We serve as a resource on employment matters and help nonprofit leaders and small business owners devote more time to their mission, worry less, and minimize the risk of penalties. We can assist with such matters as:


  • Employment agreements and job descriptions
  • Joint employment agreements
  • Proper employee classification
  • Advice on the hiring process, including interviews, related communication, and background check policies


  • Employee policies and handbooks
  • Non-disclosure and non-compete agreements
  • Anti-harassment policies
  • Training of managers and staff

Legal Compliance

  • Compliance with laws and regulations reflecting varying federal, state, and local mandates (including wage and hour laws and fair employment laws)
  • Advice on discrimination claims and exposure/jeopardy


  • Performance reviews
  • Management of employee conduct or performance issues and staff retention
  • Personnel files
  • Collective bargaining representation


  • Separation agreements to mitigate employment issues and protect employer interests
  • Severance agreements
  • Best practices in employee exits
  • Unemployment compensation issues

See also Operations and Business Transactions and Real Estate.

First American Capital Corporation

For First American Capital Corporation, which is affiliated with the American Indian Chamber of Commerce, we created a Collaboration and Joint Employment Agreement between First American Capital Corporation and the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce. The agreement formalized a collaboration that was funded by a national foundation to enable the two Community Development Financial Institutions to expand their training programs, share certain administrative functions to expand each organization’s capacity, and facilitate deploying more loan capital.