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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:
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Posted on October 7, 2020 by Robert J. Reinertson
With ever-increasing cases of COVID-19 affecting Wisconsin and U.S. workplaces, many employers have been left confused as to whether, when, and how they are supposed to report those cases to OSHA. OSHA itself has issued differing guidance since the pandemic began. It has now, however, come out with some new clarification on those questions. As […]
Posted on October 6, 2020 by Sara J. Ackermann
Today Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services issued Emergency Order No. 3 limiting public gatherings. As written, the Order is effective until November 6. The order limits “public gatherings” to no more than 25% of the total occupancy limits for a room or building established by the local municipality. “Public gathering” means an “indoor event, convening […]
Posted on September 22, 2020 by Andrew P. Raymonds
Today, Gov. Evers issued Executive Order #90 declaring a new public health emergency in Wisconsin due to recent surges in COVID-19 cases. He also issued a new face coverings order, Emergency Order #1. While these orders are new, they have no material changes from the mask mandate orders Gov. Evers’ issued on July 30 (check […]
Posted on September 15, 2020 by Sara J. Ackermann
Late last week, the Department of Labor issued a revised rule to address a New York federal judge’s order from this past August that struck down several provisions of the FFCRA. (For a copy of Ruder Ware’s article on that order, click here.) The order left employers confused: Should we follow the original FFCRA or […]
Posted on September 10, 2020 by Sara J. Ackermann
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted an update to “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws” on September 8, 2020. The update modified the Q&As to create a user-friendly comprehensive guide addressing common questions about COVID-19 and federal equal employment opportunity laws for employers. […]
Posted on September 2, 2020 by Mary Ellen Schill
On August 8, 2020, President Donald Trump issued an executive order titled “Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster.” The order directed the Secretary of the Treasury to use its authority to defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of certain payroll tax obligations. On August 28, 2020 the U.S. […]
Posted on September 2, 2020 by Joseph M. Mella
On September 1, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a yet-to-be published Emergency Order (Order) prohibiting residential evictions. The Order will take effect on its legal publication date (expected to be Friday, September 4, 2020) through December 31, 2020. Specifically, the Order prohibits any action by a landlord or similar owner of […]
Posted on August 28, 2020 by Sara J. Ackermann
Today the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division published responses to three new frequently asked questions for regarding qualifying for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in relation to the reopening of schools. This list of FAQs has now hit 100 and is a great guide for employers regarding the […]