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Stimulus Bill Impact on FFCRA Paid Leave and Tax Credits

Stimulus Bill Impact on FFCRA Paid Leave and Tax Credits

On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law a new coronavirus stimulus bill that includes provisions which modify and extend certain parts of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  The FFCRA was set to expire on December 31, 2020.  The new stimulus bill does not require employers to continue FFCRA paid leave benefits. …

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Governor Evers Safer-at-Home Order

Today, March 24, 2020, Governor Evers’ issued a Safer-at-Home Order in an attempt to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 in the State of Wisconsin. The Order goes into effect starting Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and remains in effect until April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued. This Order has…

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Signed into Law

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, President Trump signed an emergency bill to expand FMLA leave as well as guarantee paid sick leave for certain U.S. workers. The expansion of the FMLA and the new paid sick leave requirements apply only to private employers who employ fewer than 500 employees and to all public employers with…

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National Labor Relations Board Finalizes Rule on Joint Employer Status

On February 26, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will issue its finalized rule that will make it more difficult to hold companies liable for unlawful labor practices by franchisees and contractors.  The long awaited “joint employer rule” was first proposed in September 2018 in direct response to a 2015 decision by NLRB members…

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Holds Commute Time in an Employer’s Vehicle is Not Compensable

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently issued a helpful decision to Wisconsin employers. Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Kieninger v. Crown Equipment Corp., 2019 WI 27, it is now clear ordinary travel time between home and work in an employer owned vehicle is not compensable work time under Wisconsin wage and hour law. Background The…

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Recent Supreme Court Decisions Limit Employee Class Actions

In May 2018, we alerted clients to a huge win for employers who utilize individual arbitration agreements with their employees when the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis. Through that decision, the Supreme Court upheld the use of class action waivers in individual employment agreements. Employers were then…

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NLRB Shifts to Employer-Friendly View of Workplace Rules

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb recently issued a new Guidance Memorandum detailing how NLRB Regional Offices receiving claims of improper employment policies are to interpret employer workplace rules. The Memo is good news for employers because it establishes a new, and much more employer-friendly standard for lawfulness of employee work rules. The…

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Employee Termination: Sending Mixed Messages Can Leave You Exposed

Most employers understand the importance of having legitimate business reasons for terminating an employee. However, it is also critical for all decision makers involved in the termination to have the same understanding of both the reasons for, and the facts leading to, the termination. Failure to ensure a consistent understanding of all the facts can…

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Legal Tips to Prevent Harassment in the Workplace

In this #MeToo era, preventing harassment in the workplace is necessary to retain good employees, protect your entities’ reputation and avoid liability for the employer, as well as individual employees. It is a reason to proactively review harassment policies, complaint procedures and training on harassment – and to do so now before it’s too late…

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U.S. Department of Labor Releases Updated FMLA Forms

The Department of Labor (DOL) has updated FMLA forms which expired on May 31, 2018. The DOL is required to submit its FMLA forms every three years to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. The forms were last approved in 2015. After expiration, they were extended on a month-to-month basis while OMB…

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