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Category: Employment

Businesses Need to Know: COVID Related Requirements

A flurry of federal and local legislation has been passed in the past five or so months pertaining to COVID. And, although we have blogged about most of this information in the past, the following is a brief rundown of what you need to know now, with hyperlinks to previous, more in-depth explanations. For employers […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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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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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COVID-19 Updates for Your Business

In an effort to provide you with the most relevant information among the flurry of “COVID-19” update emails you are likely getting, KEW has compiled a summary of some key updates and links from the past several days. At times, media headlines and articles can be misleading, and it is important to go to the […]

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Don’t be Scammed by Employment Posters!

  Wisconsin Workplace Posters – Department of Workforce Development Wisconsin Posters  |  Federal Government Posters | Other State & Federal Agencies

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New Department of Labor Rule: Overtime Calculations

  On January 15, the Department of Labor announced its second Final Rule of 2020, available here: Department of Labor Final Rule. This Final Rule clarifies what constitutes an employee’s “regular rate of pay.” See New Overtime Rules for the first Final Rule of 2020, which updated overtime rules, most notably salary levels. What is […]

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