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COVID-19: Employee Benefits Issues

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As the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus prompts more government-mandated closures and shelter-in-place/stay-at-home orders, consumers have abruptly changed their spending habits. Consequently, as businesses grapple to stay afloat amidst sharp declines in profit, swift reductions in force (RIFs) have swept the nation. As the outbreak continues, attorneys should be ready to help employers navigate the administration of employee benefits and prepare for waves of employee furloughs, RIFs, and as the nation recovers, rehiring. Read More ↓

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As the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus prompts more government-mandated closures and shelter-in-place/stay-at-home orders, consumers have abruptly changed their spending habits. Consequently, as businesses grapple to stay afloat amidst sharp declines in profit, swift reductions in force (RIFs) have swept the nation. As the outbreak continues, attorneys should be ready to help employers navigate the administration of employee benefits and prepare for waves of employee furloughs, RIFs, and as the nation recovers, rehiring. Read More ↓

50 pages

Release date: May 2020

Taken from the PINNACLE webinar "Employee Benefits Issues Raised by the COVID-19 Pandemic 2020"

Brian L. Anderson is a shareholder with the Madison law firm of DeWitt LLP, where he practices in the areas of employee benefits, taxation, general business, nonprofit organizations, and estate planning. He received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1980 and an LL.M. (taxation) degree from New York University in 1982. Mr. Anderson chairs his firm’s Employee Benefits Practice Group. He is a certified public accountant, certified employee benefit specialist, and author of the employee benefits chapter in A Guide for Wisconsin Nonprofit Organizations published by the State Bar of Wisconsin. He is past chair of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin and a past member of the State Bar Board of Governors.

David Eckhardt is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Husch Blackwell where he is a member of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation team. Mr. Eckhardt focuses his practice on matters related to employee benefits, executive compensation, and taxation. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin‐Madison in Economics, his law degree from The John Marshall Law School cum laude, and his LL.M. from The John Marshall Law School in Taxation with honors, where he earned the Chicago Bar Association’s Outstanding Tax Student Award. Mr. Eckhardt has published numerous articles and regularly gives presentations on employee benefits topics. He is licensed to practice in Wisconsin and Illinois. He was recently honored by the Wisconsin Law Journal as an Up and Coming Lawyer.

Mary Ellen Schill is a shareholder in the Wausau office of Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C. (offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Green Bay), and a member of the Firm’s Board of Directors. She received her undergraduate degree from St. Norbert College (magna cum laude) and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School (cum laude). Before joining Ruder Ware, Mary Ellen was an associate at Foley & Lardner. Mary Ellen is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Norbert College, and is Past President of the College’s Alumni Board of Directors. She is a popular speaker through the state of Wisconsin on employee benefits and executive compensation. Along with other members of her firm, you can find Mary Ellen blogging at The Blue Ink, a Ruder Ware blog, at http://www.blueinklaw.com/. She also can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/wausauesq.

Michael W. Taibleson is a Principal in Jackson Lewis’s Milwaukee office and part of the national Jackson Lewis Employee Benefits Practice. Formerly he was a partner in Husch Blackwell's Milwaukee office and a member of the Husch Blackwell Healthcare, Life Sciences and Education Strategic Business Unit and Husch Blackwell's Tax and Benefits Practice Specialty Center; and previously a shareholder in Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek's Milwaukee office and Leader of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek's Employee Benefit Practice Group. He offers employers, plan fiduciaries, plan administrators and insurers the benefit of his significant experience in employee benefits issues on the local, regional and national levels. His work in both law firm and accounting firm environments gives him a unique perspective on the benefit plan options available to clients in the for‐profit and non‐profit sectors. Mr. Taibleson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana‐Champaign in 1983, and received his law degree from IIT Chicago‐Kent College of Law, with honors, in 1990, where he was the Notes & Comments Editor for the Law Review from 1989‐1990. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, a member of the State Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee, and is Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors for the State Bar's Taxation Section.

Table of Contents

Employee Benefits  Issues Raised by the  COVID‐19 Pandemic

Appendix A: Additional Sources

Appendix B: Fact Sheet on Continuation Rights in Health Insurance Policies

Appendix C: Comparison of Federal and Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Laws

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