Related to: coronavirus

403(b) Plan

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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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…

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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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403(b) Plan

A Second Chance for Your 403(b) Plan

On March 27, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) extended the deadline by which most school districts and other eligible employers must restate their 403(b) plan documents. The new deadline is June 30, 2020. This new deadline is a welcome reprieve for employers who were not aware of the deadline or who were unable to complete…

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Possible 403(b) Plan Changes for School District Employees Under the CARES Act

On Wednesday night, the Senate unanimously adopted the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. On March 27, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the CARES Act, which is now awaiting the President’s signature. The CARES Act is an unprecedented bill that will impact almost every area of the U.S. economy, including three specific…

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Retirement Plan Relief for Employees and Employers Under the CARES Act

On Wednesday night, the Senate unanimously adopted the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. On March 27, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the CARES Act, which is now awaiting the President’s signature. The CARES Act is an unprecedented bill that will impact almost every area of the U.S. economy, including employer retirement…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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