Department of Revenue Economic Forecast

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) has released an updated economic forecast. The latest forecast notes that several economic indicators fared better than expected since the forecast released in May. Specifically, employment began to improve in May, with Wisconsin recovering 75,000 jobs. DOR predicts that Wisconsin will recover close to 25 percent of jobs lost […]

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Leg Council Memo on Worker’s Compensation & COVID-19

Wisconsin Legislative Council recently released an issue paper overviewing employer liability for employees diagnosed with COVID-19 after returning to work. The paper explains that Wisconsin’s Worker’s Compensation Act provides that employee injuries sustained from an illness or infection are coverable by Worker’s Compensation, but employees must prove they became ill in the course of their […]

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Study Finds Federal Davis-Bacon Act Increases Costs, Limits Competition in Wisconsin

A new study from Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL), partnering with Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin (ABC), shows the federal Davis-Bacon Act  increases costs while limiting competition for construction jobs in Wisconsin. The Davis-Bacon Act, enacted in 1931, requires construction companies to provide a federally mandated “prevailing wage” on projects funded by […]

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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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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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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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Gov. Evers Releases Badger Bounceback Plan to Reopen the Economy

Gov. Evers and the Department of Health Services (DHS) have issued Emergency Order #31, which establishes a reopening plan for the Wisconsin economy. The “Badger Bounceback Plan” is Gov. Evers’s phased approach for dialing back the Safer at Home order and reopening the Wisconsin economy. Safer at Home currently remains in place, and DHS will […]

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WMC Releases “Back to Business” Plan to Reopen Economy

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce last week released its “Back to Business” plan designed to strategically and safely allow Wisconsin businesses to reopen. The plan is a data-driven, regional approach for Wisconsin businesses to resume operation based on a number of risk factors. The plan lets a business input basic information (company name, county, NAICS code) […]

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Wisconsin Civil Justice Council, Business Coalition Call for Additional Liability Protections to Help Reopen and Restart the Wisconsin Economy

Wisconsin Civil Justice Council (WCJC) and a coalition of 40 Wisconsin businesses and chambers of commerce are calling for the Legislature to enact civil liability protections to help Wisconsin businesses as the state begins to reopen the economy. The Wall Street Journal recently editorialized calling for quick action, noting plaintiff attorneys are already targeting reopening […]

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Legislature Passes Bill to Create Certificates of Qualification for Employment for Ex-Offenders

This week, the Wisconsin Legislature sent to Gov. Evers’s desk a bill that would create a Council on Offender Employment to issue certificates of qualification for employment (CQEs) to ex-offenders. The bill seeks to reduce recidivism by helping ex-offenders re-enter the workforce. Under the legislation (AB 30), the certificates issued by the Council would qualify […]

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