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KEW is 5!

  On this day, five years ago, Jessica, Leslie and Nick officially opened up shop as Kramer, Elkins & Watt, LLC. As we celebrate five fabulous years with mostly ups and a few downs, we thought it would be fun to do an alternative post with some fun KEW facts.   How did the three […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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