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Wisconsin Supreme Court Finds State’s Safer at Home Order Invalid

On May 13, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a decision finding Emergency Order #28, the extended Safer at Home order, “unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable”. The State of Wisconsin Legislature had sued Andrea Palm, the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, over the validity of the order, claiming that Order #28 is a “rule” […]

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Wisconsin Turns the Dial: More Retail Stores May Now Open

Wisconsin Turns the Dial: More Retail Stores May Now Open On May 11, 2020, the Department of Health Services, at the direction of Governor Evers, issued a new Emergency Order #36, modifying Safer at Home Order #28. For more details on the Safer at Home Order, see our blog post Safer at Home Order Extended […]

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Paid Leave and Expanded Unemployment Benefits: Guidance from DOL and DWD

By enacting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) (you can find our summary of this legislation here) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act  (“the CARES Act”) (you can find our summary of this legislation here), the federal government provided a rapid response to address the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. […]

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Wisconsin “Turns the Dial” by Allowing Curbside Drop-off (& More) Beginning April 29

On April 27, Governor Evers announced a “turn of the dial” in expanding allowed operations for nonessential businesses. The Emergency Order, signed today by Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, allows nonessential businesses to do curbside drop-off of goods and animals. This will allow businesses like dog groomers, small engine repair shops, upholstery businesses, […]

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Governor Announces Plan for Reopening Wisconsin: Badger Bounce Back

With Emergency Order #31, issued on April 20, 2020, Governor Evers and DHS Secretary Andrea Palm have announced “Badger Bounce Back” plan, which outlines important criteria for Wisconsin to be able to reopen its economy in phases. As stated in a press release from the Governor’s office: “The Badger Bounce Back plan is informed in […]

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Safer at Home Order Extended to May 26, 2020

Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order Extended to May 26, 2020 The last few days have seen a flurry of action from our state government. On April 15, Governor Evers signed a COVID relief bill into law to help businesses and the citizens of Wisconsin get through the pandemic. Today, Governor Evers extend the Safer at […]

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Wisconsin COVID Legal Updates: April 9, 2020

April 9 saw Governor Evers publish more guidelines and orders in response to the continued growth of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin. One such measure ordered the temporary closure of 40 state parks, starting at the end of the day on April 9. The Evers Administration cites overcrowding, litter, and vandalism as recent problems in […]

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Unemployment Benefits under CARES

            On March 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) became law.  Among many provisions, the bill bolsters unemployment aid for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding both the aid available and range of people eligible for the aid. The full Act can […]

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Breaking it Down

During the early morning of Saturday, March 14, 2020, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), after President Trump tweeted his support of the bill.  The United States Senate passed the bill on March 18, 2020, and President Trump signed the bill later that day.  It […]

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Unemployment Insurance Questions Answered

            Nearly 70,000 claims for unemployment insurance were filed in Wisconsin for the week beginning March 16, 2020, with 21,000 filing on Monday March 23, and the filings are expected to rise before they subside. The average weekly claims filed for weeks ending in 2020 before last week was 6,250. […]

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