Kramer, Elkins & Watt

Category: Current Events

Governor Evers Extends Statewide Mask Order

On September 22, Governor Evers announced a new Declaration of Public Health Emergency and  Emergency Order requiring face coverings as the orders issued in July reach their expiration dates. Our analysis of the previous orders can be found here (along with a comparison to the Dane County mask order). Largely, the orders mirror the orders […]

Read More »

President Trump Issues Executive Orders Related to COVID Relief

On August 8, 2020, President Trump issued an executive order and three presidential memoranda to address concerns created by the COVID pandemic. The Executive Order addressed assistance for renters and homeowners while the memoranda addressed student loan relief, deferring the payroll tax, and unemployment benefits. What is the difference between an executive order and a […]

Read More »

Governor Evers Orders Masks Statewide Beginning at Midnight Tonight

Citing a rise in COVID cases across Wisconsin, Governor Evers issued two new orders on July 30, 2020. First, he issued Executive Order #82, declaring Wisconsin to be in a state of public health emergency for the next 60 days (the maximum period allowed by state law). State law authorizes Govern Evers to issue “such […]

Read More »

Dane County Requires Face Masks Starting July 13

In response to an increase in COVID cases, Dane County, through Public Health Madison & Dane County, has issued an Emergency Order #8, to take effect beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13 and remain in effect until further notice.  The order keeps all restrictions and other primary aspects of the previous order in […]

Read More »

SCOTUS and LGBTQ: New Employment Protections Nationwide

  On June 15, 2020, The Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in Bostock v. Clayton County.  In a 6-3 decision, the Court found that protections in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extend to homosexual and transgender employees. Employers across the country may no longer discriminate against LGTBQ employees, linking disparate […]

Read More »

Dane County Order: Employers must post Workplace Requirements

In response to rising COVID case numbers in and around Madison, Dane County has released new, more restrictive rules to enforce social distancing. Dane County is still in Phase 2, but has made the following changes. The new rule, Dane County Emergency Order #7  (“Order #7) goes into effect on July 2, 2020, at 8am. […]

Read More »

Dane County is in Phase 2 of Forward Dane

As you may have heard, Dane County has moved to Phase 2 of its Forward Dane Reopening Plan. This is provided in Dane County Emergency Order # 5 (“Phase Two Order”) which looks substantially similar to Emergency Order #4 (“Phase One Order”) which announced Phase One. Parts of the Phase Two Order are pasted below: […]

Read More »

Dane County Announces Phase One Begins May 26; Businesses Must Have Safety and Sanitation Policies in Place

Are you prepared for Phase One of Forward Dane?  This afternoon, Friday, May 22, 2020, Public Health Madison Dane County issued Emergency Order #3 which moves Dane County into Phase One of Forward Dane starting on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.  The text of today’s Order #3 can be found here. On May […]

Read More »

Forward Dane: Dane County’s Phased Reopening Plan

On May 18, 2020, Public Health Madison Dane County (hereinafter referred to as “PHMDC”) issued Emergency Order #2 (the “Order”)..  The Order adopts the vast majority of the previous “Safer at Home” order which was issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Health. There are several differences in this latest Order, most significantly, it does […]

Read More »

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” […]

Read More »


Next Page »