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.

Judge’s Order Expands the FFCRA—What Should You Do Now?

Posted on August 10, 2020 by

By now, many of you have heard that last week a federal judge expanded several provisions of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  We have been postponing our alert on this hoping the Department of Labor would issue some guidance for employers.  So far, there has been no word from the DOL.  If you […]

Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Charging Process – UPDATE

Posted on August 6, 2020 by

Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response bill (2019 Wisconsin Act 185) was enacted by the Wisconsin legislature in mid-April. It included provisions to charge unemployment claims caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency to the state’s balancing account, rather than to employers’ accounts, in order to relieve employers from increased unemployment taxes in 2021. This Act was tied […]

Reopening safely after COVID-19

Posted on July 28, 2020 by

You are excited to get back to work! However, a few of your employees are not so eager to shed their jammies for pleated pants or steel-toed shoes. Can you force them to return? On the other hand, some employees who are happy to return have asked that you monitor off-duty conduct. You are getting […]

Minnesota Most Recent to Issue Statewide Mask Order

Posted on July 23, 2020 by

Beginning on Friday, July, 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., face coverings must be worn in Minnesota by all persons at indoor businesses, indoor public settings, and by workers outside when social distancing practices cannot be followed. Businesses are required to update their COVID-19 Preparedness Plans to include this requirement, inform their workers of this update, […]

Agency Alert! DOL Announces New FMLA Forms and WI DWD Provides Unemployment Credit Instructions

Posted on July 20, 2020 by

Last week, the Department of Labor announced new Family Medical Leave Act forms were available on its website. (Note these forms are not applicable to the “Expanded FMLA” available under the Family First Coronavirus Response Act. Please don’t tell me you have no idea what I am talking about… ) The Department clarified, as with […]

IRS Issues New Guidance for Complying with Paid Sick and Family Leave Reporting Requirements

Posted on July 9, 2020 by and

Way back in March, as the pandemic began to set in, Congress quickly passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) as part of a barrage of legislation aimed at providing relief to American workers.  The Act requires that companies with fewer than 500 employees offer expanded paid leave—80 hours of paid sick leave […]

Responding to the Pandemic, IRS Loosens Opportunity Zone Requirements

Posted on July 2, 2020 by

The IRS recently offered relief to Qualified Opportunity Fund investors, waiving a penalty and pushing back some investment deadlines. This new guidance comes as investment in opportunity zones slows, stymied by brisk coronavirus-related headwinds. A recent survey of investors conducted by the Economic Innovation Group, which helped design the program before it was tucked into […]

Don’t Let the Fear of Losing Your Home to Medicaid Contribute to Elder Abuse

Posted on July 1, 2020 by , and

As we reflect on the close of World Elder Abuse Awareness Month, we wanted to share some information on this important issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines elder abuse as an intentional act, or failure to act, by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that […]

In re Hitz Restaurant Group: Coronavirus Shutdown Order Excuses Tenant’s Rent

Posted on June 30, 2020 by

Back in mid-March (which seems much longer than three months ago!), many governors issued stay-at-home orders, silencing the bustle of everyday activity. Restaurants and bars locked their doors, schools moved online, and weekend traffic on Wisconsin’s interstate highways decreased 60%. It was the equivalent, Paul Krugman wrote at the time, of a “medically induced coma, […]

The Fed Launches its Main Street Lending Program

Posted on June 26, 2020 by

The Federal Reserve’s (Fed) $600 billion Main Street Lending Program recently launched the latest of several market interventions aimed at cushioning some of the economic damage wrought by the coronavirus. The program aims to provide loans to businesses that were doing well prior to the pandemic but are now struggling to fund operations and retain […]

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