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As we blogged about here, the State of Wisconsin issued a statewide Safer at Home Order, which came into effect at 8:00 a.m. on March 25, 2020. Since then, Governor Evers has published Safer At Home FAQs regarding that Order. Some of the highlights are:

  • Individuals do not need special permission or documentation to leave their homes, but they must comply with the Order regarding when they are allowed to leave their homes.
  • Essential Businesses and Operations, as


Continue Reading Employment LawScene Alert: Safer at Home FAQs and COVID-19 Response Plans

In providing general guidance to employers, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) are effective on April 1, 2020, and not on April 2, 2020 as widely reported. The Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“FMLEA”) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) provide that the requirements to provide paid leave under the FFCRA “shall take effect not later than 15 days after the date of
Continue Reading Employment LawScene Alert: DOL Announces that the Paid Leave Provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act are Effective April 1, 2020

The State of Wisconsin has issued a statewide Safer at Home Order, which will become effective at 8:00 a.m. on March 25, 2020, and will remain in effect until 8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued. The full text of the Order can be found here.
The Order requires all businesses in Wisconsin, except businesses the Order defines to be Essential Businesses and Operations, to cease all activities except Minimum Basic
Continue Reading Employment LawScene Alert: Wisconsin and City of Milwaukee Safer at Home Orders Issued – Effective March 25, 2020

Today, March 23, 2020, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced via Twitter that he is issuing a Safer at Home Order tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The Order will likely go into effect shortly thereafter. This Order will follow similar orders in states such as New York, California, and Illinois. The Order will cease all non-essential business statewide. This does not prevent businesses from continuing to have employees work from home. Additionally, essential businesses, such as healthcare, grocery stores, and
Continue Reading Employment LawScene Alert: Wisconsin to Put in Place Safer at Home Order

In recent guidance, the IRS noted the “unprecedented public health emergency posed by COVID-19” (the disease that results from the 2019 Novel Coronavirus), and the need to remove potential administrative and financial barriers to COVID-19 testing and treatment under the health savings account (HSA) rules.
Issued on March 11, 2020, IRS Notice 2020-15 responds to employer uncertainty as to whether a health plan providing for reduced-cost COVID-19 testing—for individuals who have not yet met their annual deductibles—remains an HSA-compatible
Continue Reading Employment LawScene Alert: IRS Says Reduced-Cost or Free COVID-19 Testing or Treatment Won’t Prevent Individuals from Making or Receiving HSA Contributions

The President signed the COVID-19 bill, H.R. 6201, into law late Wednesday night, not wasting any time during this national health emergency, after the Senate approved the bill by a vote of 90-8. Before the Senate took its vote, the House of Representatives made technical corrections to the bill from the version of the bill that the House passed early Saturday morning. The House’s technical corrections actually made substantial limitations to the scope of who qualifies for expanded Family
Continue Reading Employment LawScene Alert: President Signs Families First Coronavirus Response Act Expanding Employees’ FMLA Rights and Mandating Paid Sick Leave

Under the direction of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services  has ordered a ban on mass gathering of 10 or more people. Pursuant to Emergency Order #5 Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of 10 People or More, a “mass gathering” is “any planned or spontaneous, public or private event or convening that will bring together or is likely to bring together 10 or more people in a single room or single confined or enclosed space at the
Continue Reading Employment LawScene Alert: Wisconsin Issues NEW Ban on Mass Gatherings of 10 or More People–What Does That Mean for My Business?