Publications

What’s in the Regular Rate? December 2019 DOL Rules and March 26, 2020 Opinion Letters Provide Clarification for the COVID-19 Era

By: Bruce B. Deadman Many employers are bedeviled by the question of what payments need to be included under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in an hourly employee’s hourly rate for the purpose of determining what their pay rate should be for overtime (hours worked over 40 in a workweek). This is often referred to as the employee’s “regular...

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FFCRA Regulations

By: Abby S. Busler, Laurie E. Meyer, and James M. Kalny On April 1, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its interim regulations in connection with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), as title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations part 826. The regulations are preceded by 82 pages of guidance. The following highlights the...

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COVID-19 Era Environmental Compliance

By: Ted A. Warpinski and M. Andrew Skwierawski On March 26, 2020, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) issued guidance on how it intends to handle environmental compliance obligations that may be impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.  A link to our update on that guidance can be found here.  At that time, we expected that the...

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Take Caution with Filing Deadlines During COVID-19 Crisis

By: Sherry D. Coley and Tiffany E. Woelfel On March 22, 2020, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin ordered that all in-person proceedings at the trial court and appellate court levels are suspended until April 30, 2020. Despite ordering this suspension, the order explicitly declared that the Wisconsin Courts will remain open. The Eastern and Western...

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office Finally Weighs in on the CARES Act Allowing Waiver of Patent-Related and Trademark-Related Timing Deadlines

By: Joseph S. Heino and Erin E. Kaprelian The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a temporary waiver of certain timing deadlines in view of the current COVID-19 outbreak. Section 12004(a) of the CARES Act provides the USPTO with the ability to toll, waive, adjust, or modify any deadline under the America Invents Act for...

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The “Small Business Exemption” to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Who Qualifies? And What is the Exemption?

By: Laurie E. Meyer Many employers are aware that when Congress initially passed the FFCRA, it allowed the Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL) to issue later rules exempting employers with fewer than 50 employees (“small business”) from its requirements if compliance would jeopardize “the viability of the employer’s business as a going...

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EPA Issues Guidance on Enforcement Discretion During COVID-19 Pandemic

By: Ted A. Warpinski and M. Andrew Skwierawski On March 26, 2020, EPA issued the policy document entitled "COVID-19 Implications for EPA's Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program." The policy document addresses situations where compliance with environmental obligations may not be "reasonably practicable" due to COVID-19. The policy is...

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Updates Regarding Families First Coronavirus Response Act Date Change

By: Abby S. Busler Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) began issuing guidance and posters regarding the upcoming Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA). Most importantly, the initial start date has changed, and the FFCRA...

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