Coronavirus & the Law Blog

The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Coronavirus & the Law Blog is a repository of articles from attorneys that address the legal impact of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the practice of law in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

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The new Paycheck Protection Program loans are meant to encourage small businesses to keep their workers employed through the COVID-19 crisis. Here’s some new guidance on loan forgiveness. The new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) makes available low-interest and potentially forgivable loans typically to businesses that employ fewer than 500 people. Borrowers and their advisers have struggled to understand the forgiveness aspect of the PPP since the program was enacted as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Patrick J. Maxwell, Melissa McCord, Liz E. Peebles address two new interim final rules on loan forgiveness issued…
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides some credit protections for consumers, according to a recent blog post from Ray Dall’Osto and Chris Hayden of GRGB Law in Milwaukee. In addition, amidst an uptick in fraud and scams, the authors note that “the Federal Trade Commission announced in May 2020 that an agreement has been reached with the nationwide credit reporting companies to allow for free, weekly credit reports, not just one free report per year.” Read the full blog post. See more articles and notices on the table of contents page for the Coronavirus &
Coronavirus & the Law Blog What About Evictions After the Supreme Court’s Decision to Block Safer at Home? It’s a question attorneys and their landlord clients have been asking, recently. Jennifer Hayden of Petrie + Petrie S.C. in Milwaukee provides an answer in a recent blog post. Short answer: The Wisconsin Supreme Court decision to block a statewide safer at home extension was “narrowly tailored” to that specific order and did not lift enforceability of an emergency order that blocked evictions until May 27. Read the full blog post. See more articles and notices on the table of contents…
Coronavirus & the Law Blog Silver Linings in a Dark Cloud Gregg M. Herman Court appearances via Zoom, live U.S. Supreme Court hearings, and improvements in court procedures. Gregg Herman discusses a few of the good things to come out of the coronavirus pandemic. While they certainly don’t outweigh the tremendous harm this awful virus is causing to our legal system and society, a few good things may come out of the coronavirus pandemic. Gregg Herman of Loeb & Herman S.C., Milwaukee, says that, given all the bad things, the legal system should take advantage of any good thing, no…
May 14, 2020 – Working from home is not new, but working from home during a global pandemic is not normal. Managing employees to meet or exceed standards under these conditions is equally difficult, but there are tools to help stay the course. The first step is to define what success looks like now.  For me, success involves healthy employees, ensuring business continuity, and meeting goals. In order to reach those goals in this moment, managers must adapt to changing operational conditions.  Determine which standards are flexible. Look at your employee’s office hours, projects, and deadlines. Speak with your employees…
Five Steps to Create a Safer Workplace for Returning Employees Policymakers are focusing attention on restarting the U.S. economy. In an article from Aaron McCann, Christine Liu McLaughlin, and Sara Schenck at Godfrey & Kahn S.C., the authors provide a basic roadmap to help employers navigate workplace safety. For instance, employers should identify key authorities and formalize a schedule to regularly review applicable guidance and assess COVID-19 related risks facing each employee. “Your risk analysis will dictate the degree to which you must implement various workplace controls to mitigate COVID-19 threats,” the authors write in “Five Steps to Create
Coronavirus & the Law Blog April 30 2020 The Value of Updating Workplace Testing Policies in Advance of the COVID-19 Reboot Is COVID-19 return-to-work testing of employees lawful? Bryan Symes of Weld Riley S.C. in Eau Claire explores the topic.       The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its guidance document concerning employee/applicant testing, signaling to the regulated community the COVID-19 return-to-work testing of employees is lawful under certain circumstances, according to Bryan Symes of Weld Riley S.C. in Eau Claire. In his latest blog post, Symes rapid antibody/serology testing may, like other methods of employee testing,…
Coronavirus & the Law Blog April 27 2020 More PPP Funding Approved, Questions Remain Unanswered This article from Godfrey & Kahn S.C. provides an overview of certain key questions the Small Business Administration (SBA) has answered regarding loan forgiveness, along with a number of unanswered questions that will hopefully address in future guidance. President Donald Trump signed another stimulus package bill into law last week, with an additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, with forgivable loans designed to help small businesses, including law firms.  This article from Godfrey & Kahn S.C. provides an overview of certain key questions the…
Coronavirus & the Law Blog April 24 2020 CARES Act Eviction Restrictions Apply to More Landlords Than You Think Jennifer Hayden of Petrie + Pettit S.C. in Milwaukee answers questions concerning the eviction moratorium under the CARES Act. Jennifer Hayden of Petrie + Pettit S.C. in Milwaukee answers questions concerning the eviction moratorium under the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). “Landlords who have residential tenants in a ‘covered dwelling’ that participates in a ‘covered housing program’ (as defined in section 41411(a) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 or the rural housing voucher program under…
Coronavirus & the Law Blog April 24 2020 Common “Place of Care” and “Child Care Provider” Questions Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act One question: What if my child care provider is closed but there’s an alternative care provider is available in the community? Need help? Want to update your email address?Contact org service wisbar Customer Service, (800) 728-7788 Coronavirus & the Law, published by the State Bar of Wisconsin, includes legal, law practice, and other information about the impact of coronavirus. To contribute to this blog, contact org sgreen wisbar Shannon Green. Disclaimer: Views presented in blog posts…