Focus Team: COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the worst health crises our country has faced in recent history.  While every day brings new challenges, it’s obvious the impact will be far reaching.

Our attorney team has been working together to guide clients through these difficult times.  Areas our attorneys can provide counsel include:

  • ADA Compliance
  • Commercial Transactions (Force Majeure/Terminations)
  • Data Privacy & Security
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment Issues
  • Healthcare Policy & Compliance
  • HIPAA
  • Insurance Policies & Coverage
  • Loan Agreements
  • OSHA
  • Supply Chain and Logistics

With both voluntary and involuntary business closings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, if your business has been adversely impacted by the corona virus our attorneys can work with you to review your business insurance policy and provide guidance regarding coverage.

I Know What You Did Last Weekend… Should Employers Regulate Off-Duty Conduct?

Posted on June 1, 2020 by

Many of you are reopening (if you were closed) or bringing back staff who were either laid off or teleworking.  With this comes MANY questions, such as: CAN we monitor off-duty conduct, and if so, SHOULD we?? If you are a private sector employer, your employees work in Wisconsin, and barring an employment contract or […]

Can The Nursing Home Take My Stimulus Check?

Posted on May 29, 2020 by , and

As we are coming to the end of Elder Law Month (as named by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys), one of our many roles as elder law attorneys is to keep you apprised of important topics in the world of elder law. As such, we wanted to reach out to you to draw […]

Paycheck Protection Program Could Get Some Welcome Changes

Posted on May 27, 2020 by , and

As some Paycheck Protection Program loan borrowers approach the close of their eight week covered period (the period during which loan proceeds can be used for certain expenses and the corresponding loan amount can be forgiven), Congress is considering making significant changes to the program that would apply to existing loans and new PPP loans.  […]

Wisconsin Governor Evers Announces $100 Million Grant Program for Providers

Posted on May 21, 2020 by

The Evers administration just announced a new grant funding program for long-term care, home and community based services, and emergency medical services.  The grant program is funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funding is intended to help health care providers who are considered to be most at-risk for […]

Wisconsin Announces Residential Renter Assistance, But Details are Scarce

Posted on May 21, 2020 by

Earlier this week, the Wisconsin Department of Administration announced the creation of the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program.  The state has allocated $25 Million to a program to assist residential renters with rent payments and security deposit obligations from the grant the state received under the CARES Act funds issued to all states. To be eligible, […]

OSHA Will Again Require Employers to Record COVID-19 Illness Cases

Posted on May 20, 2020 by

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced yesterday that it will resume enforcing its illness reporting requirements with regard to COVID-19 cases for most employers.  The new guidance may be found here. This is a reversal of the relaxation that OSHA announced six weeks ago that it was putting a hold on most COVID-19 […]

Welcome Back—Wisconsin Safety Council Identifies 8 Key Steps to Keep Employees Safe!

Posted on May 18, 2020 by and

Late last week, the Wisconsin Safety Council released a brochure for Wisconsin employers to consider as they prepare to reopen.  The brochure can be found here. Employers should also consult the previously issued Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Reopen Guidelines for their industry here. Finally, don’t forget to keep an eye on your local government directives.  […]

Quiet Friday Evening Interrupted by Long Awaited SBA Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness

Posted on May 16, 2020 by and

You’ve been waiting.  We’ve been waiting.  Another week went by with no meaningful guidance on the forgiveness provisions of the Paycheck Protection Program.  What better time to issue it than a beautiful Friday evening!  We now have the official Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application, and instructions.  Not drafts, but the actual form and instructions […]

PPP Safe Harbor Repayment Date Extended (Again) to May 18th

Posted on May 14, 2020 by , and

On May 5th,  the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) extended the PPP loan repayment safe harbor from May 7th to May 14th. In FAQ #47 the Treasury just announced it has extended the deadline once again—this time to May 18th. This extension is intended to give borrowers additional time to consider the SBA’s repayment […]

IRS Flexes Its Flexible Spending Account Rules

Posted on May 14, 2020 by

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued Notices 2020-29 and 2020-33, which relax some of the rules applicable to cafeteria plans in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Notice 2020-29 will apply to the vast majority of cafeteria plan sponsors and also applies to dependent care flexible spending accounts and premium payment elections, while Notice 2020-33 is […]

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