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Under a flurry of recent legislation, Congress has created several tax credits to reimburse employers for paying certain types of wages during the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020. Until now, the precise mechanism for claiming these tax credits has been unclear. With the March 30 IRS issuance of guidance and a draft version of Form 7200, […]

On Monday, March 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued further guidance for employers on the Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (FFCRA). You can find the updated DOL guidance here. For private sector employers, the updated DOL guidance does the following: Updates Q #8 clarifying the regular rate calculation when it includes commissions, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Earlier this afternoon, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers directed Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee, Andrea Palm, to order a ban on mass gathering of 50 or more people. Pursuant to the Order Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of 50 People or More, a “mass gathering” is “any planned or spontaneous, public or private event or convening that […]


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