2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 202. Regulation of professional employer organizations and the solicitation of funds for a charitable purpose.
202.07 General powers of the department.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 202.07 (2017)

202.07 General powers of the department.


(a) The department may conduct investigations and hold hearings to determine whether any person has violated this chapter or any rule promulgated under this chapter.

(b) The department may investigate whether a registrant, or an officer, director, trustee, or member of a registrant, has been charged with or convicted of a crime. In conducting this investigation, the department may require a person for whom the department conducts an investigation to provide any information that is necessary for the investigation.

(2m) The department may issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents or other materials prior to the commencement of a disciplinary or other proceeding under this chapter.

(3m) The department may serve any process, notice, or demand on a registrant by mailing it to the last-known address of the registrant as indicated in the department's records, or by other means established by the department by rule.

(4m) The department may promulgate rules to implement this chapter.


(a) If the department determines during an investigation of a complaint against a registrant that there is evidence that the registrant committed misconduct, the department may close the investigation by issuing an administrative warning to the registrant if the department determines that no further disciplinary action is warranted, the complaint involves a first occurrence of a minor violation, and the issuance of an administrative warning adequately protects the public.

(b) A registrant may obtain review of an administrative warning through a personal appearance before the department.


1. An administrative warning does not constitute an adjudication of guilt or the imposition of discipline and, except as provided in subd. 2., may not be used as evidence that the registrant is guilty of the alleged misconduct.

2. If the department receives a subsequent complaint of misconduct by a registrant against whom the department issued an administrative warning, the department may reopen the matter that gave rise to the administrative warning and commence disciplinary proceedings against the registrant, and the administrative warning may be used as evidence that the registrant had actual notice that the misconduct that was the basis for the administrative warning was contrary to law.

(d) An administrative warning is a public record subject to inspection or copying under s. 19.35.

History: 2013 a. 20; 2015 a. 163 ss. 3, 10, 34, 37, 41 to 45, 49.

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