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Governor to Issue “Safer at Home” Order

Posted on March 23, 2020 by

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]