Publications

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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CARES Act Includes Financial Support for Nursing Homes

By: Alec Dobson The $2 trillion CARES Act, passed by the House on Friday and promptly signed into law by President Trump, provides $200 million for nursing homes for infection control and $100 billion for grants to a broad range of health care providers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will receive $200 million to help nursing...

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$2 Trillion Stimulus CARES Act – Educational and Labor Impacts

By: Abby S. Busler While the majority of provisions in the CARES Act address loans and stimulus plans for individuals and businesses, the CARES Act also enacts additional legislation directly impacting schools and amends the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The Act sets forth approximately $13.5 billion dollars through formula...

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FAPE During a Pandemic, What Does it Mean?

By: Abby S. Busler School Districts across the state are experiencing an upheaval of all that is normal and forced to react and adapt to the “new” normal.  On March 24, 2020, Governor Evers set forth Emergency Order #12, issuing a Stay At Home order.  That order specifically directed that schools will not be open until April 24, 2020. Many school...

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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES): Title IV – Assistance to Severely Distressed Sectors of the United States Economy

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES): Title IV – Assistance to Severely Distressed Sectors of the United States Economy

By: Ryan M. Spott, Danielle S. Fadel and Kathy L. Nusslock On March 25, 2020, the United States Senate approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), a $2 trillion stimulus deal that aims to provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families and businesses affected by the 2020...

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CARES Act: Historic Senate Legislation to Provide Individuals with Personal Tax Rebates Among Other Tax Advantages (Updated March 27, 2020)

By: Ann M. Rieger On Friday, March 27th, the House of Representative approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The Act, which is designed to provide economic relief as the United States adapts to the outbreak of COVID-19, had previously been approved by the Senate in the late hours of March 25th, by a rare...

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Claiming Tax Credits For Paid Leave Under The Emergency Family And Medical Leave Act And The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act

By: Mark G. Kmiecik and James M. Kalny The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Act”) provides two new refundable payroll tax credits (“tax credits”) for employers providing paid emergency sick leave or paid FMLA, including tax relief for self-employed individuals. As written, however, the Act is not practical as to these tax credits, since...

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