1. New 1099s
  2. SECURE Act
  3. CCA - stimulus package
  4. SmithAmundsen - How to Combat Negative Publicity During COVID-19
  5. Deadline to Apply for Wisconsin's "We're All In" Small Business Grant is Tuesday, June 23rd.
  6. CDC Releases Reopening Guidance for Businesses
  7. Return-to-Work Issues in Wisconsin: The Reopening Begins
  8. EEOC authorizes COVID-19 testing before employees enter the workplace
  9. Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes
  10. SBA-Treasury Paycheck Protection Program FAQs
  11. U.S. Chamber of Commerce Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide
  12. U.S. Chamber of Commerce FMLA Paid Leave Program Guide
  13. FFCRA Documents
  14. Temporary Rule: Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  15. Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
  16. COVID-19: FAQs on Federal Labor and Employment Laws
  17. SmithAmundsen Coronavirus Resource Center and Task Force
  18. SmithAmundsen - CARES Act Webinar
  19. Enquiron - April Employer Questions of the Month - April
  20. Enquiron - Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
  21. Enquiron - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)
  22. Enquiron - Employer Considerations in the Wake of COVID-19
  23. Enquiron - COVID-19 Cyber Security fact sheet
  24. Enquiron - Families First Coronavirus Response Act Posters

New 1099s

For the 2020 tax year employers must use either the 1099-MISC or the 1099-NEC form.

Click here for a quick guide to these forms.

Click here for the IRS instructions for these forms.

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SECURE Act

The SECURE Act was passed in 2019 and signed into law in 2020. A provision in the act requires employers to cover long-term, part-time workers starting in 2021. "Long-term, part-time" workers are defined as workers at least 21 years of age who have completed at least 500 hours of service each year for 3 consecutive years.

Click here for more details

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CCA

The Consolidate Appropriations Act 2021 is the formal name of stimulus bill signed into law by President Trump on December 27, 2020. The CAA includes the following provisions:

  • Extension of Paid Sick and Family Leave Credits
  • Extension of Certain Deferred Payroll Taxes
  • Employee Retention Credit Expansion and Extension
  • Unemployment Extensions
  • Paycheck Protection Program Second Draw Loans
  • Deductible Paycheck Protection Program Expenses
  • Payroll-related Tax Extenders
  • Full Deduction Allowed for Business Meals

Click here for more details.

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How to Combat Negative Publicity During COVID-19

With the prevalence of online consumer reviews and merci­less labor organizations, companies and their executives are vulnerable to attack for good reason, bad reason or no rea­son at all. Managing the expectations of your consumers, and of your workforce, is an important place to start. Executives who identify the problem and work dil­igently to arrive at viable solutions will gain a head start toward preserving the status quo. Read more...

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Deadline to Apply for Wisconsin's "We're All In" Small Business Grant is Tuesday, June 23rd.

Applications for the We’re All In Small Business Grant will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, June 23. The We’re All In Small Business Grant Program will provide $2,500 grants to 30,000 Wisconsin small businesses to assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory. Learn more...

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CDC Releases Reopening Guidance for Businesses

The Centers for Disease Control has released guidance for businesses reopening in the wake of pandemic shutdowns. Read more...

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Return-to-Work Issues in Wisconsin: The Reopening Begins

Even as fans ask when, if ever, will the Milwaukee Brewers season begin and will the Packers and Badgers even kick off in the fall, with or without fans, on May 11 Andrea Palm, Secretary-Designee of the Department of Health Services, issued the most recent in the series of Executive orders, allowing the opening of stand-alone or strip mall-based retail stores. In person shopping is limited to five customers at a time and the order mandates that such establishments practice social distancing. Read more...

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EEOC authorizes COVID-19 testing before employees enter the workplace

As employers contemplate reopening the workplace, coordinating concerns of workplace safety and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) can be tricky. Of particular concern is whether employers can require an employee to submit to testing to determine whether she or he is infected with COVID-19 or whether doing so would constitute an unnecessary medical examination. Read more...

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Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

This guidance is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Reopening the country also strongly relies on public health strategies, including increased testing of people for the virus, social distancing, isolation, and keeping track of how someone infected might have infected other people. This plan is part of the larger United States Government plan and focuses on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and can also be applied to your home. Read more...

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SBA-Treasury Paycheck Protection Program FAQs

The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, intends to provide timely additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established by section 1102 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or the Act). This document will be updated on a regular basis. Read more...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. Read more...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce FMLA Paid Leave Program Guide

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act created new temporary paid sick leave and paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) programs that are 100% reimbursable by the federal government. The effective date of both programs is April 1 and they expire on December 31. Read more...

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FFCRA Documents

FFCRA Webinar

FFCRA Poster

FFCRA Q & A

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Temporary Rule: Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Read more...

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

As provided under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations. Additionally, as warranted, the Department will continue to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA. Read more...

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COVID-19: FAQs on Federal Labor and Employment Laws

The recent spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States has caused employers to be increasingly concerned and uncertain regarding the future of their workforces. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the latest developments on the virus and guidance from federal agencies. Read more...

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SmithAmundsen Coronavirus Resource Center and Task Force

SmithAmundsen is committed to partnering with our clients through the legal and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our multi-disciplinary COVID-19 Task Force is developing timely alerts and webcasts to help you and your company through these challenging times. Information and links are grouped below by topic for your convenience. Please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our Task Force or the attorney with whom you usually work at our firm for assistance to guide you through this trying time. LINK

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SmithAmundsen - CARES Act Webinar

SmithAmundsen offered a webinar this week to provide information for employers about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). 

Webinar - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act): How Employers Can Take Advantage

PowerPoint - Program Slides

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Enquiron - April Employer Questions of the Month - April

Cyber Question of the Month

HR Question of the Month

Healthcare & D & O Question of the Month

Fiduciary Question of the Month

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Enquiron - Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Read more...

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Enquiron - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act – the Federal government’s third aid package intended to keep businesses and individuals afloat during this unprecedented freeze on American life – into law. Read more...

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Enquiron - Employer Considerations in the Wake of COVID-19

Enquiron Q & A addressing:

  • Telecommuting
  • Federal Sick Leave
  • How Much to Pay Employees
  • Federal Medical Leave Expansion Act
  • Tax Relief
  • FFCRA Poster Requirement

Read more...

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Enquiron - COVID-19 Cyber Security fact sheet

More employees are working from home in the wake of COVID-19. Refer to these resources for tips as you prepare your organization and employees for cybersecurity as we all adjust to the new normal. Read more...

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Enquiron - Families First Coronavirus Response Act Posters

The US Department of Labor (DOL) has issued the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice poster which must be hung by employers in a conspicuous place where all employees can see it. This requirement may also be met by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees or posting it on an employee information internal or external website. Read more...

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