COVID-19 State & Federal Law Changes
CITY & COUNTY
5-15-2020 - Attorney General Opinion on Local Safer at Home Orders Read here
5-15-2020 - City of Appleton repeals Safer at Home Order READ MORE HERE
5-14-2020 - The City of Appleton has issued a new Safer at Home City Order. The order is based on a template provided the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to state health officers to improve coordination. The order, signed at 10:15 p.m. on May 13, 2020, by City of Appleton Health Director Kurt Eggebrecht, will be effective at 8 a.m. on May 14, 2020, and will expire at 8 a.m. on May 20, 2020. Read more
5-15-2020 - Calumet County Public Health Officer Bonnie Kolbe announces that Calumet County Health Order #1 shall be rescinded effective immediately. READ MORE HERE
5-14-2020 - Calumet County has issued a Local Health Plan in response to the coronavirus. This order shall become effective May 14, 2020. This order shall remain in effect until a new local or statewide order is issued. Read more
5-15-2020 - City of Menasha lifts Safer at Home Order and issues COVID-19 recommendations READ MORE HERE
5-14-2020 - The City of Menasha has issued a Safer at Home Order. This Order shall become effective at 8:00 a.m. on May 14, 2020. This Order shall remain in effect until a superseding order is issued. Read more
5-15-2020: Outagamie rescinds safer-at-home order READ MORE HERE
County will back off local restrictions.
The county had joined a number of counties, including Brown, Winnebago and Calumet, along with the City of Appleton, in issuing similar orders, to afford the legislature additional time to craft procedures in the wake of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s May 13 decision to void the Governor’s statewide Safer-at-Home order.
Additional recommendations from Outagamie County Public Health Division can be found online for businesses and the community. READ MORE HERE
5-14-2020 - Outagamie County has issued a Safer at Home Order of the Local Health Officer. This order shall become effective at 8:00 a.m. on May 14, 2020. This order shall remain in effect until a superseding order is issued. Read more
5-15-2020 - Winnebago County Public Health Department rescinds safer at home order READ MORE HERE
5-14-2020 - Winnebago County has issued a Health Department Safer at Home Order. This Order shall become effective immediately. This Order shall remain in effect until 8:00 a.m. on May 20, 2020 or until a superseding order is issued. Read more
The state Supreme Court has overturned Wisconsin’s Safer-at-Home order on May 13, 2020. In the 4-3 decision, the court found that Governor Evers Administration exceeded its authority when Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm issued the Safer-at-Home order. This applies to all except for public and private K-12 schools. You can read the Court’s decision here.
Several local public health agencies have issued their own orders extending Safer-at-Home to May 20, 2020. We will update this site with the local orders as we receive them.
INTERIM ORDER TO TURN THE DIAL
Emergency Order #36, effective immediately, adds even more opportunities for Wisconsin businesses to get back to work in a safe and responsible way. It allows all standalone or strip-mall based retail stores to offer in-person shopping for up to five customers at a time while maintaining required social distancing practices. Additionally, the Emergency Order signed today allows drive-in theaters to operate with some restrictions. All businesses must continue to follow all safety precautions and guidelines as outlined in the Safer at Home order.
Emergency Order #34 allowed businesses like dog groomers, small engine repair shops, upholstery businesses, and others to safely open. Today's order also allows outdoor recreational rentals, such as boats, golf carts, kayaks, ATVs, and other similar recreational vehicles. Additionally, automatic or self-service car washes are able to operate. All of these businesses must operate free of contact with customers by providing payment options online or over the phone, enact proper disinfecting practices, and operations must be able to be performed by one staff member.
GOV. EVERS BADGER BOUNCE BACK ORDER
Wisconsin shall adopt a phased approach to re-opening its economy and society, with each phase being incrementally less restrictive on businesses and individuals while protecting the public from COVID-19. The Department of Health Services shall announce the transition to each Phase with an order fully articulating the activities that will resume. To move to the next Phase, the state must make progress toward goals identified as Core Responsibilities and meet the Gating Criteria.
GOV. EVERS SAFER AT HOME ORDER - EXTENDED
The order is effective at 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. As of April 16, this order has been extended and will remain in effect until 8:00 am on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
The extension of the Safer at Home order includes a few changes. Some changes allow more businesses and activities to open back up, while other changes help make businesses safer for employees and customers.
WISCONSIN DOR: AUDIT AND COLLECTION RELIEF RELATED TO COVID-19
To help citizens and businesses facing the challenges of COVID-19, the Department of Revenue announced today a series of steps to ease payment guidelines and postpone audit actions.
GOV. EVERS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PUBLIC SERVICES ORDER
Effective at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all public and private mass gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited in the State of Wisconsin.
GOV. EVERS DECLARES PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY DUE TO COVID-19
Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency (Executive Order #72) on March 12, 2020 in response to new cases of COVID-19, directing the Department of Health Services (DHS) to use all the resources necessary to respond to and contain the outbreak.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a bipartisan agreement created with the purpose of providing emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
Read a Summary of the Act Here | The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act | Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit
FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Includes:
- Paid emergency leave with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and sick leave for businesses with less than 500 employees.
- Free testing for COVID-19.
- Expand federal funding of Medicaid.
Guidance Documents on implementing the FFCRA
- US DOL, IRS, US Treasury Plan to implement FFCRA
- Temporary Non-Enforcement Period - FFCRA
- COVID-19 and Fair Labor Standards Act Q&A
- COVID-19 and the Family Medical Leave Act Q&A
- US DOL Fact Sheet for Employers
- US DOL Fact Sheet for Employees
- US DOL FAQs
- Paid Leave Programs: Employer Guide (U.S. Chamber)