Focus Team: Business Recovery

Focus Team: Business Recovery

Countless Wisconsin businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  While our great state is looking to invigorate our economy, businesses and organizations face challenges relating to operating in our new environment.  Before a vaccine or treatment is broadly available, experts predict the interim period could last into 2021.  Businesses must change their operations in a significant way to reduce the transmission risk of the coronavirus.

We’ve been guiding businesses through the Safer at Home order and beyond.  With the reopening, our attorneys are poised to assist businesses as they navigate the new normal.  Services include:

  • ADA compliance
  • Data privacy & security
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment issues (discrimination, wage and hour, accommodations)
  • HIPAA
  • Insurance policies & coverage
  • OSHA
  • CARES Act and other laws enacted in response to the pandemic
  • Contract issues and loan agreements
  • Health care policy and compliance
  • Liability issues
  • Safety and hygiene

CMS Releases Key Medicare Figures for 2021

Posted on November 23, 2020 by

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently released key Medicare figures for 2021 that will affect all elderly and disabled individuals who receive program benefits.  This notice summarizes the changes and their impact on various benefits. As is normally the case, Medicare deductibles and premiums have  increased for 2021.  Many deductibles and co-pays […]

IRS Re-Affirms PPP Expenses are Not Tax Deductible

Posted on November 19, 2020 by and

Through the release of a Revenue Ruling and a Revenue Procedure, the IRS re-affirmed its stance that taxpayers may not deduct payments for otherwise deductible business expenses (i.e., payroll, rent, covered utility payments, etc.) if those payments are made using Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds and the company “reasonably expects” to have their PPP loan […]

Evers Issues New COVID-19 Order for Wisconsin

Posted on November 11, 2020 by

Last night, after his primetime address, Governor Evers issued Executive Order #94 which advises residents to stay home and take precautions if they have to leave their home.  It also encourages businesses to take additional steps to protect workers, customers, and the surrounding community. While the document is entitled as an “Order” there is no […]

What Kinds of Citations has OSHA Been Issuing During the Pandemic?

Posted on November 10, 2020 by

OSHA’s enforcement activity has been accelerating as the number of COVID-19 cases has increased.  Now OSHA has issued a guidance designed to give employers an understanding of the most commonly cited violations arising from OSHA COVID-19-related inspections.  They are: Not providing a medical evaluation before a worker is fit-tested for or uses a respirator. Not […]

OSHA Issues New Guidance on Respiratory Protection in Long-Term Care Facilities

Posted on November 9, 2020 by

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a respiratory protection guidance for nursing homes, assisted living, and other long-term care facilities (LTCF) during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This guidance recommends that everyone use “source control measures” at all times while in an LTCF, even if the wearer does not have symptoms of the virus.  […]

2021 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2021 Social Security Taxable Wage Base

Posted on October 26, 2020 by

On October 26, 2020 the Internal Revenue Service announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. Some of the limits shown below have increased from last year while others remained unchanged.   Qualified Plan Limit Cost-of-Living Adjustments 401(k) and 403(b) elective deferral limit 2020 – $19,500 2021 – $19,500 $200,000 compensation limit […]

Too Close for Comfort – CDC and DHS Clarify “Close Contact” for Quarantine Purposes

Posted on October 22, 2020 by and

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) have updated the definition of “close contact” for quarantine purposes. Previous guidance provided that close contact meant spending a solid 15-minute period of time within six feet from someone infected with COVID-19. On Wednesday, October 21, 2020 the CDC […]

Social Security Administration Releases Key Figures for 2021

Posted on October 19, 2020 by , and

The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) recently released key figures for 2021 that will affect all elderly and disabled individuals who receive program benefits, including social security retirement benefits, social security disability insurance (“SSDI”) income, and supplemental security income (“SSI”).  This notice summarizes the changes and their impact on various benefits. Social Security Retirement Recipients of […]

SBA Issues Guidance on Navigating Paycheck Protection Program Loans in M&A Transactions

Posted on October 13, 2020 by and

After several months of uncertainty, businesses are carefully resuming merger and acquisition transactions. Many (if not most) small businesses took advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), but, as forgiveness is still pending, they are forced to navigate the treatment of these loans in the sale or acquisition process. The SBA issued a procedural notice […]

Treasury and Small Business Administration Make $50,000 and Under PPP Loans Easy to Forgive

Posted on October 9, 2020 by , and

Today by Interim Rule the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration jointly made it much easier for some Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan borrowers to get forgiveness for their loans.  If the PPP loan amount is $50,000 or less, the borrower can get full forgiveness to the extent that the loan proceeds were used for […]

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