Publications

CARES Act: Educational Impact for School Districts

By: Abby S. Busler The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes among its many provisions specific funding sources for Wisconsin school districts. This includes a Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund and an Elementary Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. The CARES Act also created a higher education relief fund, but that is not…

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State Sets Emergency Training Rules to Help Nursing Home Staffing Amid COVID-19

By: Alec Dobson The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has established two temporary, emergency programs with relaxed training requirements to help nursing homes increase nurse aide staffing to help meet the increased demands posed by COVID-19. The DHS announcement on April 9 implements Governor Tony Evers’ Emergency Order No. 21, which was issued April 3….

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Advice for Operating as an Essential Business During the COVID-19 Crisis

By: Sherry D. Coley and Tiffany E. Woelfel On March 24, 2020, in response to the growing COVID-19 crisis, Governor Evers directed the Department of Health Services to issue a Safer At Home Order, which closed all non-essential businesses and eliminated non-essential travel. For now, the Order is scheduled to last until April 24. However,…

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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…

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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…

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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 “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 concern.”…

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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…

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