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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 […]

Trump Signs COVID-19 Bill Into Law!

Posted on March 18, 2020 by and

At about 7:30 p.m. on March 18, President Trump signed a bill into law containing two significant leave provisions that affect nearly every small to mid-sized employer in the country. This law, entitled the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, or H.R. 6201, includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical […]

Treasury Extends Deadline to Pay Income Taxes Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Posted on March 17, 2020 by

The government has not extended the deadline for federal tax return filing, but Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, speaking at a coronavirus news conference earlier today, said the government is extending the due date by 90 days for federal income tax payments for individuals and businesses. Individuals can defer up to $1 million in federal income […]

COVID-19 Update: Same Song, Second Verse – House Revises Bill!

Posted on March 17, 2020 by and

Last night, March 16, the House amended versions of a COVID-19 Coronavirus bill we reported on yesterday. Again, this alert will focus only on the two provisions regarding paid leave for employees.  The Senate is expected to review the bill and if President Trump signs it, these provisions will be effective in no later than […]

COVID-19 Breaking News: House Passed Bill With Paid Sick Leave Provisions – We are Watching Senate to See What Happens Next!

Posted on March 16, 2020 by and

Late Friday, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) which provides COVID-19 relief to Americans in several areas. This alert will focus only on the two provisions regarding paid leave for employees. The Senate is expected to review the bill this week and President Trump has indicated he will sign it. If […]

Easement Holders Beware: Wisconsin Easements Expire Unless Re-recorded Periodically

Posted on March 16, 2020 by

Under a long-standing law in Wisconsin, those parties holding easements will need to re-record their easement rights periodically or their ability to enforce those easements will be lost. Even easements that are “perpetual” by their written terms will expire if they are not re-recorded within the prescribed statutory period. The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has […]

WI DHS Recommends 14-day Quarantine for Wisconsin Residents returning from CA, WA and NY

Posted on March 14, 2020 by

On March 12, 2019, our Department of Health Services issued a “Recommendations on Domestic and International Travel” memo.  In that memo the DHS specifically recommends that individuals who return to WI from states with “sustained community transmission” should be under self-quarantine for 14- days.  Attached is a copy of this memo. Currently those states are […]

Followup to Alert About the COVID-19 Virus

Posted on March 12, 2020 by

In a followup to yesterday’s e-alert about the COVID-19 virus, please note the CDC has updated its travel advisory as follows: All travelers should avoid nonessential travel to China, Iran, Western, Northern and Central Europe (see CDC website for map), and South Korea (Level 3 Travel Health Notice); Older travelers and those who have chronic […]

Panicked Over COVID-19? Keep Calm and Read on…

Posted on March 11, 2020 by and

Should you ban nonessential business travel? Can you prevent an employee from taking that cruise? What if an employee refuses to go home when she is sick? Here are some answers to those questions and more! What should employers do right now? On March 10, Jay Butler, Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control […]

Isn’t an Online Financial Power of Attorney Form Good Enough?

Posted on February 27, 2020 by

When people ask me what they can do to make things easier for their loved ones if something happens to them, the first question I ask is if they have power of attorney documents in place. A good financial power of attorney (“POA”) is one of the most important estate planning documents you can have. […]