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EEOC Says Employers CANNOT Require Antibody Testing!

Posted on June 22, 2020 by

On June 17, the EEOC updated its COVID-19 Guidance to clarify that unlike COVID-19 testing, an anti-body test would be a prohibited medical examination.  The FAQ (at A.7) states as follows: Question: The CDC said in its Interim Guidelines that antibody test results “should not be used to make decisions about returning persons to the workplace.” In […]

OSHA Issues New Guidance for Reopening “Non-Essential Businesses”

Posted on June 19, 2020 by

OSHA has just issued a “Guidance on Returning to Work” for what it calls “non-essential businesses”.  According to OSHA’s press release, the Guidance supplements OSHA’s previously issued guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 and the White House “Guidelines for Opening up America Again”. The Guidance recommends a phased approach to reopening workplaces, as well as […]

SBA Issues Updated Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application and Issues New “EZ” Application Form

Posted on June 17, 2020 by and

On June 16 the SBA issued a revised Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application along with updated instructions.  The update in large part reflects the changes made to PPP by the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, enacted on June 5.   The new form can be found here, and the new instructions can […]

Supreme Court Rules That Title VII’s Prohibition on Sex Discrimination Extends to LGBT Employees

Posted on June 15, 2020 by and

Today the U.S. Supreme Court decided in a 6-3 decision that Title VII provides protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. Justice Neil Gorsuch and Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four liberal Justices for the majority.  Justice Alito, Justice Thomas, and Justice Kavanaugh dissented in lengthy […]

Applications for Wisconsin’s “We’re All In” Small Business Grant to Open June 15

Posted on June 11, 2020 by

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will begin accepting online applications on June 15 for its We’re All In grant, which will provide $2,500 in relief to an estimated 30,000 small businesses throughout the state. Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the grant aims to help small businesses with […]

Monthly Spousal Income Allowance Increased

Posted on June 8, 2020 by and

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently announced the “minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance” (“MMMNA”) has been increased from $2,818.34 to $2,873.34 starting July 1, 2020.  As part of laws designed to prevent spousal impoverishment due to the high cost of long-term care, the “community spouse” (who is the spouse of an individual receiving long-term […]

Trump Signs Favorable PPP Changes Into Law

Posted on June 5, 2020 by and

A few moments ago President Trump signed HR Bill 7010 into law, which we summarized for you in an alert yesterday.  Click here to review that alert.  We also need to clarify that all of the revised and amended PPP terms apply to all existing and new PPP loans with the exception of the new […]

Favorable Changes to PPP Passed by House and Senate

Posted on June 4, 2020 by and

Both the House and the Senate have now passed HR 7010 providing PPP borrowers more favorable terms.  We  first alerted you on May 27th of possible changes to PPP being considered by both the House and the Senate.  Last night in a second vote (the first vote failed), the Senate passed the House Bill 7010, […]

I Know What You Did Last Weekend… Should Employers Regulate Off-Duty Conduct?

Posted on June 1, 2020 by

Many of you are reopening (if you were closed) or bringing back staff who were either laid off or teleworking.  With this comes MANY questions, such as: CAN we monitor off-duty conduct, and if so, SHOULD we?? If you are a private sector employer, your employees work in Wisconsin, and barring an employment contract or […]

Why SECURE Act Matters to You

Posted on May 30, 2020 by

The SECURE Act, a federal law enacted on December 20, 2019, made significant changes to how retirement assets, including 401(k) plans and other IRA’s, are treated both during our lives and for our beneficiaries after death. This article will briefly summarize the aspects of the Act that likely matter most to you. During Your Life […]