On April 15, 2020, the Wisconsin Senate unanimously approved COVID-19 legislation in response to the federal CARES Act passed in March. Signed into law hours later by Governor Evers, the 2019 Wisconsin Act 185 went into effect on April 17. Act 185 makes temporary changes to Wisconsin’s unemployment, worker’s compensation, and personnel records statutes, as well as sets forth changes to health insurance, tax, liability and licensing laws related to COVID-19.
These enhanced course materials will provide four practice areas that have been affected by the relief package, including:
- Tax law – relief program tax ramifications at the state and federal levels
- Employment law – navigating the overwhelmed unemployment system
- Worker’s compensation – a new presumption for first responders
- Elder law – nursing home liability, health provider immunity, and Medicaid expansion
As the ongoing public health emergency continues to upend daily life, more legislation is likely on the way to ease the burden on Wisconsinites. In the meantime, get you up to speed on the state’s latest relief effort, and offer hypotheses as to the next set of legal changes on the way.