Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Unemployment Insurance Program

On May 27, the Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform held an informational hearing on Wisconsin’s Unemployment Insurance (UI)  program. The hearing was held as Wisconsin unemployment numbers are at record highs, and many Republican legislators are criticizing Gov. Tony Evers’s administration for reports of major backlogs in UI requests. As noted in the […]

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AG Kaul Submits Briefs on Affordable Care Act, Fuel Efficiency Standards

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul recently joined multistate coalitions in lawsuits on two important issues: the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and federal fuel efficiency standards.   Affordable Care Act AG Kaul has joined five other attorneys general in a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the ACA. Wisconsin and Texas […]

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WEDC Releases Reopening Guidelines

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has released reopening guidelines for Wisconsin businesses. The guidelines provide industry-specific documents to guide businesses on how to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions loosen. General guidelines for businesses include protecting employees by implementing telework and social distancing, if possible. Employers should also require employees to stay home when sick, promote […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Declares Safer at Home Order Unenforceable

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has issued a 4-3 decision in Legislature v. Palm, declaring the Department of Health Services’s (DHS) “Safer at Home” order unenforceable and immediately striking down the order. The court held that the Safer at Home order is a “rule” that was required to go through statutory rulemaking processes and that the […]

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Tiffany Wins 7th CD Special Election

Wisconsin state Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) won the May 12 special election in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. Tiffany beat Democrat Tricia Zunker, president of the Wausau School Board, 57.2 to 42.8 percent. With the special election out of the way, Tiffany is now set to run for re-election to the seat in November 2020. President […]

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MU Poll Gauges Voter Opinions on COVID-19 Response, 2020 Election

The latest Marquette University (MU) Law School poll showed voter opinions on Wisconsin’s coronavirus response shifting, though a majority of voters still support Safer at Home measures. The May poll also marks the first head to head question evaluating President Donald Trump versus Vice President Joe Biden since Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee in […]

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Leitner v. LIRC (Unemployment Benefits)

In Leitner v. LIRC (2019AP1196), the Court of Appeals District IV held that the plaintiff was ineligible for immediate unemployment benefits after voluntarily terminating her employment. Plaintiff Rebecca Leitner was working at the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. In June 2017, the Medical Foundation changed her schedule to 8:00 […]

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Dominion Voting Systems, Inc. v. Wisconsin Elections Commission (Voting Software Confidentiality)

In Dominion Voting Systems, Inc. v. Wisconsin Elections Commission (2019AP272), the Court of Appeals District IV held that parties reviewing voting software during a recount may disclose opinions based on review of the software. Wis. Stat. § 5.905(4) provides that if there is a recount in a state election, a party may review software components […]

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U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Poll: Bipartisan Majority of Americans Support COVID-19 Liability Protections

A bipartisan majority of Americans support protecting businesses from lawsuits related to coronavirus, according to a U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) poll released earlier this month. “The global pandemic has caused tremendous economic harm to our nation. As employers plan to reopen safely and sustainably, the last thing they need is to face […]

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AG Kaul Withdraws Act 21 Opinion on High Capacity Wells

On May 1, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul sent a letter to the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stating he has withdrawn an opinion from his predecessor interpreting 2011 Act 21’s effects on DNR permitting. In 2016, former Attorney General Brad Schimel issued an opinion concluding that DNR lacks regulatory authority to require cumulative […]

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