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Too Close for Comfort – CDC and DHS Clarify “Close Contact” for Quarantine Purposes

Posted on October 22, 2020 by and

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) have updated the definition of “close contact” for quarantine purposes. Previous guidance provided that close contact meant spending a solid 15-minute period of time within six feet from someone infected with COVID-19. On Wednesday, October 21, 2020 the CDC […]

Social Security Administration Releases Key Figures for 2021

Posted on October 19, 2020 by , and

The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) recently released key figures for 2021 that will affect all elderly and disabled individuals who receive program benefits, including social security retirement benefits, social security disability insurance (“SSDI”) income, and supplemental security income (“SSI”).  This notice summarizes the changes and their impact on various benefits. Social Security Retirement Recipients of […]

SBA Issues Guidance on Navigating Paycheck Protection Program Loans in M&A Transactions

Posted on October 13, 2020 by and

After several months of uncertainty, businesses are carefully resuming merger and acquisition transactions. Many (if not most) small businesses took advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), but, as forgiveness is still pending, they are forced to navigate the treatment of these loans in the sale or acquisition process. The SBA issued a procedural notice […]

Treasury and Small Business Administration Make $50,000 and Under PPP Loans Easy to Forgive

Posted on October 9, 2020 by , and

Today by Interim Rule the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration jointly made it much easier for some Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan borrowers to get forgiveness for their loans.  If the PPP loan amount is $50,000 or less, the borrower can get full forgiveness to the extent that the loan proceeds were used for […]

Wisconsin Employers Must Notify Workers of Unemployment Insurance Upon Separation

Posted on October 8, 2020 by and

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development adopted an emergency rule to create DWD 120.02 which was approved by Governor Evers on September 23, 2020. As of November 2, 2020, Wisconsin employers will be required to notify workers of the availability of unemployment insurance upon separation of employment. The notification can be accomplished through one of […]

The Latest From OSHA on When Employers Need to Report COVID-19 Cases

Posted on October 7, 2020 by

With ever-increasing cases of COVID-19 affecting Wisconsin and U.S. workplaces, many employers have been left confused as to whether, when, and how they are supposed to report those cases to OSHA.  OSHA itself has issued differing guidance since the pandemic began.  It has now, however, come out with some new clarification on those questions. As […]

Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services Limits Public Gatherings effective October 8th at 8:00 a.m.

Posted on October 6, 2020 by

Today Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services issued Emergency Order No. 3 limiting public gatherings.  As written, the Order is effective until November 6.  The order limits “public gatherings” to no more than 25% of the total occupancy limits for a room or building established by the local municipality. “Public gathering” means an “indoor event, convening […]

DOL Issues Proposed Rule on IC vs EE!

Posted on September 29, 2020 by and

Employers need to keep abreast of the ever-changing agency rules regarding whether a worker is an “independent contractor” or an “employee.” You might ask, “why does this matter to the government?” The answer is easy: many government agencies—both state and federal—are designed solely to protect employees.  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Occupational Safety […]

Governor Evers Issues New COVID-19 Emergency Order Extending Statewide Mask Mandate

Posted on September 22, 2020 by

Today, Gov. Evers issued Executive Order #90 declaring a new public health emergency in Wisconsin due to recent surges in COVID-19 cases. He also issued a new face coverings order, Emergency Order #1. While these orders are new, they have no material changes from the mask mandate orders Gov. Evers’ issued on July 30 (check […]

DOL Finally Issues New FFCRA Rule—Effective September 16!

Posted on September 15, 2020 by

Late last week, the Department of Labor issued a revised rule to address a New York federal judge’s order from this past August that struck down several provisions of the FFCRA.  (For a copy of Ruder Ware’s article on that order, click here.) The order left employers confused: Should we follow the original FFCRA or […]