Latest from KEW Tips

On September 22, Governor Evers signed an order, Executive Order #90, declaring a public health emergency across the state, along with a mandatory mask order.  Our analysis regarding the statewide mask order is in this KEW Tips article, Governor Evers Extends Statewide Mask Order. On October 6, Andrea Palm of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, issue Emergency Order #3, limiting indoor public gatherings to 25% of maximum capacity, saving for specific exempt activities.…
As COVID-19 cases continue a rapid increase throughout the state, Governor Evers directed the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to issue Emergency Order #3 (“EO 3”), to go into effect on October 8. EO 3 limits public gatherings throughout the state until November 6, 2020. For our Dane County readers, please note that this order does not replace current local Dane County order, which can be found at Public Health of Madison & Dane County
October 21, 2015. Photo by Beth Skogen Photography.   On this day, five years ago, Jessica, Leslie and Nick officially opened up shop as Kramer, Elkins & Watt, LLC. As we celebrate five fabulous years with mostly ups and a few downs, we thought it would be fun to do an alternative post with some fun KEW facts.   How did the three KEW partners originally meet? All three worked at a law firm located…
On September 22, Governor Evers announced a new Declaration of Public Health Emergency and  Emergency Order requiring face coverings as the orders issued in July reach their expiration dates. Our analysis of the previous orders can be found here (along with a comparison to the Dane County mask order). Largely, the orders mirror the orders issued in late July. Citing the continued rise of COVID cases, Governor Evers reissued the declaration of a public health…
Compliance concept with icons and text. Regulations, law, standards, requirements, audit diagram on virtual screen. A flurry of federal and local legislation has been passed in the past five or so months pertaining to COVID. And, although we have blogged about most of this information in the past, the following is a brief rundown of what you need to know now, with hyperlinks to previous, more in-depth explanations. For employers in Dane County, the best…
On August 8, 2020, President Trump issued an executive order and three presidential memoranda to address concerns created by the COVID pandemic. The Executive Order addressed assistance for renters and homeowners while the memoranda addressed student loan relief, deferring the payroll tax, and unemployment benefits. What is the difference between an executive order and a presidential memorandum? Very little. Both are directives issued by the President of the United States to govern actions by government…
Citing a rise in COVID cases across Wisconsin, Governor Evers issued two new orders on July 30, 2020. First, he issued Executive Order #82, declaring Wisconsin to be in a state of public health emergency for the next 60 days (the maximum period allowed by state law). State law authorizes Govern Evers to issue “such orders as he deems necessary for the security of persons and property” during a public health emergency.  One provision of…
In response to an increase in COVID cases, Dane County, through Public Health Madison & Dane County, has issued an Emergency Order #8, to take effect beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13 and remain in effect until further notice.  The order keeps all restrictions and other primary aspects of the previous order in place, including keeping the county in Phase 2 of Forward Dane. The biggest change in this order is that it…
  On June 15, 2020, The Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in Bostock v. Clayton County.  In a 6-3 decision, the Court found that protections in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extend to homosexual and transgender employees. Employers across the country may no longer discriminate against LGTBQ employees, linking disparate treatment based on an employee’s sexual orientation or preference to discrimination based upon sex, something explicitly forbidden by the Civil…
In response to rising COVID case numbers in and around Madison, Dane County has released new, more restrictive rules to enforce social distancing. Dane County is still in Phase 2, but has made the following changes. The new rule, Dane County Emergency Order #7  (“Order #7) goes into effect on July 2, 2020, at 8am.   Rules for Businesses Businesses must place Public Health of Dane County’s “Workplace Requirements for Employers and Workers” in a…