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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]