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DOL Issues Conflicting Guidance Regarding Leave Offered Before April 1!

Posted on March 25, 2020 by , and

Late yesterday, the Department of Labor issued its first FAQ  at regarding the FFCRA.  In that FAQ the DOL specifically states: Question: Can my employer deny me paid sick leave if my employer gave me paid leave for a reason identified in the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act prior to the Act going into effect? […]

Working Remotely and Safely

Posted on March 25, 2020 by

With Governor Evers’ Safer at Home Order #12 starting today, March 25, 2020, at 8:00 AM and continuing until 8:00 AM on Friday, April 24, 2020, unless rescinded or modified, more Wisconsin residents than ever will be “working from home” or “working remotely.”  Remote working arrangements should be effective to slow the community spread of […]

Breaking News—Tax Credits Available Now for FFCRA Leave!

Posted on March 24, 2020 by , and

Shortly after we issued our guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) (the “FFCRA”) last week Friday, the Department of Labor and the Treasury Department jointly issued IRS Bulletin 2020-57 stating employers can begin taking advantage of the refundable payroll tax credits provided by FFCRA.  In previous alerts we had advised you […]

Governor Evers Issues Safer at Home Order

Posted on March 24, 2020 by , , , and

As expected, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Governor Evers issued Safer at Home Order #12, requiring individuals across the state of Wisconsin (with exceptions) to stay at home starting at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in order to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This Order will remain in effect until 8:00 AM on […]

Governor to Issue “Safer at Home” Order

Posted on March 23, 2020 by and

This morning Governor Evers released a statement notifying citizens that he will be issuing a “safer at home”. The impact of this order for individuals and businesses will depend on the wording of the order which is expected to be released tomorrow (Tuesday, March 24th). The governor’s initial statement indicates that the order will, similar to […]

Estate Planning in the Time of COVID-19

Posted on March 20, 2020 by and

In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, many people are stocking up on food and other supplies to get them through prolonged periods of quarantine and government-ordered shutdowns.  Schools are closed and in some locations, businesses are also closing doors to visitors.  Yet people are concerned about planning for a potential incapacity or even […]

Refundable Tax Credits Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Posted on March 20, 2020 by and

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) (the “FFCRA”) (signed into law on March 18) and generally effective April 2, 2020 provides refundable tax credits for employers to offset the costs associated with the paid public health emergency leave (provided under an amendment to the federal Family and Medical Leave law) and paid sick […]

Federal Income Tax Filing Deadline Extended to July 15

Posted on March 20, 2020 by

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced via Twitter that the tax filing deadline for federal income tax returns has been extended by 90 days to July 15, 2020. Earlier this week, the federal government extended the time for individuals and businesses to pay their federal income tax by 90 days, but did not extend the filing […]

OSHA and the EEOC Weigh In on COVID-19 in the Workplace

Posted on March 20, 2020 by

Two federal agencies have issued guidance and informational documents on dealing with the COVID-19 virus in the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a guide for employers on how to prepare workplaces for dealing with the COVID-19 virus.  OSHA discloses at the beginning of the guide that it is (1) advisory […]

COVID-19: What Effect Does the Global Pandemic Have on Contract Rights and Obligations

Posted on March 19, 2020 by and

We are living in uncertain times as the effects of the COVID-19 virus pandemic and resulting governmental restrictions on economic activity and daily life take hold. Not surprisingly, many businesses are facing key decisions concerning their operations without a reasonable way to assess the impact. As businesses assess how their customer and supplier contracts are […]