Small Businesses

COVID-19 Waivers: Can They Reduce Your Business Risk?

By: Lisa Kleiner Wood and Ethan C. Geis As states begin to reopen and loosen restrictions on public gatherings and business closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, business managers, event coordinators, and property owners are seeking to get back to a semblance of normalcy. However, at least in the near term, it appears that…

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CDC’s Detailed Guidance to Reopen Businesses

By: Abby S. Busler The Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) has issued 60 pages of detailed guidance to reopen businesses, health care facilities and providers, schools, transit, and other industries. This guidance also provides information regarding testing and data to assist with exposure and risk concerns for those industries. The following is an overview of…

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Local Safer At Home Orders Changed Rapidly After Statewide Order Struck Down; Businesses Encouraged to Review Local Orders Regularly to Ensure Compliance

By: Sherry D. Coley and Tiffany E. Woelfel After the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the statewide Safer At Home order on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, a number of local governments, at the county, city, and village levels, began issuing their own Safer At Home orders. By Wednesday evening, Brown and Dane Counties had issued…

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SBA Releases PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions: Lays Out Calculation Process and Clarifies Some Open Questions

By: Lawrence J. Glusman On May 15, 2020, the SBA and the Treasury Department released the long-awaited Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application and detailed instructions. They also announced that additional regulations and guidance would soon issue to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to assist lenders with their responsibilities. The…

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Businesses Must Be Aware of Local Safer At Home Orders, Including Those in Brown, Dane, Kenosha, and Rock Counties, Parts of Milwaukee County, and the Cities of Appleton, Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine

By: Sherry D. Coley and Tiffany E. Woelfel May 15, 2020, 4:00 PM Update This article was originally published the morning of May 14, 2020, and was accurate as of the time of publishing.  Since publication, a number of additional counties and local governments have implemented Safer At Home Orders.  Additionally, a number of counties…

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Governor Evers “Turns the Dial” to Begin Further Relaxing Restrictions on Businesses Categorized by the State as Non-Essential Retail

By: Sherry D. Coley and Tiffany E. Woelfel On May 11, 2020, Governor Evers issued Emergency Order #36, which further relaxes restrictions on retail businesses categorized by the State as non-essential. The Order allows for non-essential retail businesses to open their doors to customers for in-person shopping, provided that the entrance into the store be…

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