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Gov. Evers Issues Statewide Mask Order

Today, July 30, 2020, Gov. Tony Evers declared a Public Health Emergency and issued an Emergency Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors, except in a private residence.  This order covers not only public locations like bars, restaurants, and stores, but also business settings like production facilities and offices.  This order goes into…

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New FMLA Forms Released

Today, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the release of new optional forms for administering the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). While the DOL’s specific forms are not required, they are widely used by employers to ensure compliance with the law. The new FMLA forms can be found here. According to the DOL,…

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COVID-19 Legislation: Key Provisions for Public Schools

On April 15, 2020, Governor Evers signed 2019 Wisconsin Act 185 into law.  This Legal Update focuses on the key provisions related to public school districts.      1. Accountability Reports The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is prohibited from publishing school and school district accountability reports in the 2020-21 school year. 2. Student Assessments a. Administration of Assessments.  State…

Governor Evers’ Safer-at-Home Order Extended to May 26, 2020

Yesterday, April 16, 2020, Governor Evers’ issued an extension to his March 24, 2020 Safer-at-Home Order in an attempt to further “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 in the State of Wisconsin. While the intent of the Order is to loosen certain restrictions currently in place, it does impose additional requirements on business operations not found…

Governor Evers’ Interim Order to “Turn the Dial”

Today, April 27, 2020, Governor Evers issued another Emergency Order on the heels of his April 16, 2020 Safer-at-Home extension and his Badger Bounce Back Order of April 20, 2020. The Badger Bounce Back Order outlined a plan to “turn the dial down” on the Safer-at-Home Order. The Order issued today relaxes some restrictions currently…

Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Governor Evers’ Safer-At-Home Order

Late this afternoon, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer-At-Home Order by a vote of 4-3. The Court ruled that the Evers’ Administration exceeded its authority when State Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm issued the Safer-At-Home extension through Tuesday, May 26.  The action was brought by Republican state lawmakers who…

Department of Education Releases Title IX Final Rule

Last week, the Department of Education released its Final Rule setting forth updated Title IX regulations. This Legal Update will summarize the new regulations impacting K-12 schools.  The new regulations go into effect on August 14, 2020.  Even during the COVID-19 Emergency and during periods of virtual learning, it will be important to ensure that…

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DPI and AG Provide Guidance Related to Schools After Supreme Court Decision

On May 13, 2020, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Emergency Order #28, Safer at Home Order, issued by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary, Andrea Palm, in Wisconsin Legislature v. Palm. Order #28, and its predecessor order, extended Governor Tony Evers’ original Safer at Home Order through May 26, 2020.  After…

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Updated DHS and CDC Guidance on Summer Camps and Reopening Considerations

Late yesterday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) issued “Interim Guidance on Summer Camps”.   The Interim Guidance states: “At this time, DHS recommends that congregate activities for children that are considered educational or enrichment programs, including residential summer camps, be postponed or canceled. COVID-19 continues to circulate throughout Wisconsin, and the state has not yet met…

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Supreme Court Ruling on Sexual Orientation and Transgender Status Extends Protection to LGBTQ Employees

Today, June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on a much anticipated landmark decision related to discrimination based on sexual orientation and transgender status. Historically, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII, has made it “unlawful … for an employer to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any…

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