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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 and

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. […]

Did You Know That?

Posted on February 21, 2020 by

There are many legal rules covering farms – rules that producers might not be aware of. A farm building may not be covered by standard insurance. Farm buildings are exempt from the state building code. And many standard insurance policies exclude coverage for buildings not built to a certain code. Consider the example of a […]

New I-9 Form Released!

Posted on February 4, 2020 by

On Jan. 31, 2020, USCIS announced a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. This new version contains minor changes to the form and its instructions. Employers should begin using this updated form as of Jan. 31, 2020. The notice provides employers additional time to make necessary updates and adjust their business processes. Employers may […]

Getting Started: Estate Planning for Young Families

Posted on January 15, 2020 by

For many people, the first time they start thinking about an estate plan is when they start to have family members that depend on them financially – typically, a spouse or a child. Let’s take, for example, a young married couple with young children. The couple may think they need a will, but they might […]

Call to Action: Review Your Estate Plan in Light of the SECURE Act

Posted on January 7, 2020 by

The federal appropriations bill enacted into law on December 20, 2019 changed federal law in ways that may affect your retirement assets, including 401(k) plans and IRAs.  Those changes, often referred to as the “SECURE Act,” may affect you during your lifetime and also the way those retirement assets may be distributed to your beneficiaries […]