New Wisconsin Statute Protects Members of "Traveling Sales Crews"

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In April 1999, seven young people were killed in a car accident near Janesville, Wisconsin. The people killed, along with five others who were injured, were members of traveling sales crew that had been hired to do door-to-door sales. Ten years later, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed into law the strictest requirements in the nation for traveling sales crews. The law, which goes into effect on April 1, 2010, imposes a range of rules on companies that hire salespeople to travel in groups of two or more to sell consumer goods or services. Because of the strict requirements imposed by the new law, some companies may reevaluate their use of traveling sales crews in Wisconsin. Forcing traveling sales crews out of the Wisconsin market is the avowed goal of some of the proponents of the bill, who are also pushing for national legislation. Although similar statutes has been proposed in the United States Congress in the past, there does not appear to be any new legislation on the horizon. It remains to be seen if other states will follow suit.

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