Wisconsin Issues Emergency “Stay at Home” Order: What You Need to Know

Earlier today, Governor Evers issued a statewide Emergency Stay at Home Order requiring all individuals to stay in their homes. Notably, the Order exempts individuals from complying with the stay at home mandate for “Essential Activities”, Essential Government Functions”, Essential Businesses and Operations”, non-essential “Minimum Basic Operations”, “Essential Travel”, and “Special Situations”. While it is...

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New Employment Law Alert: What Small Business Owners Need to Know About the New Emergency Paid Leave Laws

On March 18, 2020, the President signed a new law that will affect most small businesses across the country and their employees. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) goes into effect no later than April 2, 2020. The law combines several pieces of legislation intended to deal with the unprecedented coronavirus (COVID-19) global...

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Contract Obligations During the Coronavirus Pandemic: An impracticability defense may save you…for now.

The novel coronavirus (COVID 19) has ushered in a new disruptive normal. Curfews. Business shutdowns. Cancellations. Delays. Labor shortage. And yes, the fear of being sued for inability to meet contractual obligations due to the current situation.  For a lot of closely held businesses. The questions are never-ending. What obligations do I have under my...

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Legislators Aim to Transition Wisconsin’s Hemp Program from Pilot to Permanent

Earlier this year, state legislators introduced a bill that would transition Wisconsin’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program into a permanent regulatory framework. Aptly named the Growing Opportunities Act, the goal of the bill is to align Wisconsin’s existing hemp regulations with the new federal regulations that were implemented through the 2018 Farm Bill. The bill is...

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules That Commute Times In Company Owned Vehicles Are Not Compensable

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently gave an answer in Kieninger v. Crown Equipment Corporation to an issue that had long plagued employers—the compensability of employee commute time.   The issue before the court was whether an employer—in this case Crown Equipment Corporation—was required to compensate employees for their commute time between the employee’s home and...

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Before Taking That Cash Infusion, Be Sure You Aren’t Violating Federal Securities Laws

For many startups and entrepreneurs, capital contributions are an essential part of starting and continuing to operate a business. However, capital contributions cannot always be funded by the business’ founders and many businesses rely on contributions from Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, passive investors, and sometimes even family and friends. These contributions—yes, even contributions from family...

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