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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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Residential Landlords Beware: Criminal Liability for Security Deposit Retention

In May 2020, the Court of Appeals of Wisconsin released its decision in State v. Troy Lasecki, affirming that a landlord could face a misdemeanor conviction for failing to properly account for a security deposit or failure to return it without good reason. Before looking at what happened in this case, a brief discussion of […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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