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FFCRA impact on governmental employers

Tax Obligations and Credits for Governmental Employers Under the FFCRA

As employers prepare to implement the provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), we have received a number of questions regarding the application of the tax credit provisions to governmental employers. While the paid leave credits provided under the FFCRA do not currently apply to governmental employers, the FFCRA does provide governmental employers,…

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Families First Coronavirus Protection Act

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice

Today, March 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice. All covered employers are already required to display and keep displayed a poster prepared by the U.S. Department of Labor summarizing the major provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and explaining how employees may file…

working from home

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…

Special Education during COVID-19

Additional Guidance on Educating Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 School Closures

Since our March 17th Legal Update, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the Office for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) have issued additional guidance related to the education of students with disabilities while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance reinforces the importance of making determinations regarding individual services…

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Open Meetings Law

Board Meetings Under COVID-19

Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, school districts and governmental entities across the State of Wisconsin have either closed completely or are operating in a limited capacity. This closure has called into question how governing boards should operate as it relates to complying with Open Meetings Law. Under Open Meetings Law, “all meetings of…

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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special education

COVID-19 School Shutdown: Compensatory Education Guidance for Students with IEPs or 504 Plans

On March 13, 2020, Governor Evers directed that all K-12 schools, public and private, are to be closed until at least April 6, 2020. This Legal Update will discuss the circumstances, process, and considerations according to which school officials should determine whether compensatory services are required for eligible students under the Individual with Disabilities Education…

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Wage and Hour Issues for Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Schools are quickly grappling with emergency plans and mandated closures due to the spread of COVID-19. The following is a summary of potential options to consider related to statutory pay and hour issues to address employee compensation during closures or subject to quarantine. As of March 16, 2020, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has…

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coronavirus guidance

Guidance for School Districts Related to Travel and Public Events in Light of the Coronavirus

With Spring Break around the corner and the recent rise in concerns surrounding the coronavirus, this Legal Update will provide guidance to school districts in handling student and staff travel, in addition to other district operations that may be affected by COVID-19.  This Legal Update is based on currently available information and best practices, and…

school dress code

Censorship at the Schoolhouse Gate: Dress Code and First Amendment Implications

Imagine a student comes to school wearing a t-shirt that depicts a firearm or other weapons, in violation of the school’s dress code. Can you require the student to remove or cover the t-shirt? Is the student subject to discipline if he or she refuses? Does it make a difference what specifically is written and/or…

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