John Gard

COVID-19 Government Resources

These resources are organized by 4 categories:

  • Federal and State Small Business Assistance Resources
  • Federal and State Taxes
  • Employment, Workforce, and Workplace
  • Miscellaneous

Federal and State Small Business Assistance Resources (updated 4/14)


SBA Paycheck Protection Program

SBA COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19


Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation – Small Business 20/20 Program

Wisconsin Small Business Center: COVID-19 How We Can Help Businesses

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation – Strategies and Resources for Small Businesses to Navigate through COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Federal and State Taxes


Internal Revenue Service – COVID-19 Tax Relief for Businesses


Wisconsin Department of Revenue COVID-19 Information and Announcements

Employment, Workforce and Workplace


Department of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Employer Paid Leave Requirements

Department of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQ

Department of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Workplace Poster

Department of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Workplace Poster FAQ

Department of Labor: COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act

Department of Labor: Field Assistance Bulletin Temporary Non-Enforcement Period Applicable to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

EEOC: What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19

OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplace for COVID-19

OSHA: Prevent Worker Exposure to COVID-19


Department of Workforce Development: COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Department of Workforce Development: COVID-19 and Worker’s Compensation

Department of Workforce Development: COVID-19 and Equal Rights


Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance – Guidance for Delivery Drivers During COVID-19 Crisis

Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions – Emergency Guidance on Remote Notarization

Safer-at-Home Order Information

Wisconsin Counties have issued local ‘Safer-at-home-orders

Click the link below to view a county-by-county status: (updated 5/14/2020)

The Statewide ‘Safer-at-home-order’ was ruled null and void by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court. (5/13/2020)

Statewide Safer-at-Home Order (4/24/2020)

Statewide Safer-at-Home Order FAQs(4/24/2020)

Guidelines for Essential Agribusinesses during the Safer at Home Order (4/9/2020)

Is Your Business Essential?

Member Guidance on Statewide Safer-at-Home Order (3/26/2020)

(Compliments of WIB Attorney, Jacob Frost)

Good Economy, Business Climate, Lowers Wisconsin Employers’ UI Taxes $45 Million for 2019

Governor Scott Walker announced today that the Department of Workforce Development’s (DWD) latest estimates show that Wisconsin employers who are covered by the state’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program are estimated to experience a reduction of $45 million in UI taxes for tax year 2019 when compared to tax year 2018.

This brings the total UI tax savings for covered employers to $744 million since 2013. The savings have been achieved through a combination of tax schedule changes and better experience ratings for employers due to the strong Wisconsin economy.

In addition to the estimated $744 million reduction in UI taxes paid by employers, the UI Trust Fund achieved a balance of $1.7 billion in July of 2018, its largest positive balance since July 2001.