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)

Federal

SBA Paycheck Protection Program
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp

SBA COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fspecific-groups%2Fguidance-business-response.html

State

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation – Small Business 20/20 Program
https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Small-Business-2020.pdf

Wisconsin Small Business Center: COVID-19 How We Can Help Businesses
https://wisconsinsbdc.org/services/covid-19/

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation – Strategies and Resources for Small Businesses to Navigate through COVID-19 in Wisconsin
https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/WEDC_Response-to-COVID_19.pdf


Federal and State Taxes

Federal

Internal Revenue Service – COVID-19 Tax Relief for Businesses

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-tax-relief-for-businesses-and-tax-exempt-entities

State

Wisconsin Department of Revenue COVID-19 Information and Announcements

https://www.revenue.wi.gov/Pages/News/2020/wi-covid-19.aspx


Employment, Workforce and Workplace

Federal

Department of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Employer Paid Leave Requirements
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave

Department of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQ
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

Department of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Workplace Poster
https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf

Department of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Workplace Poster FAQ
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-poster-questions

Department of Labor: COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/pandemic

Department of Labor: Field Assistance Bulletin Temporary Non-Enforcement Period Applicable to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/field-assistance-bulletins/2020-1

EEOC: What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19
https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/wysk/wysk_ada_rehabilitaion_act_coronavirus.cfm

OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplace for COVID-19
https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

OSHA: Prevent Worker Exposure to COVID-19
https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3989.pdf

State

Department of Workforce Development: COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance Benefits
https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui.htm

Department of Workforce Development: COVID-19 and Worker’s Compensation
https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/wc.htm

Department of Workforce Development: COVID-19 and Equal Rights
https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/er.htm


Miscellaneous

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

https://oci.wi.gov/Documents/Regulation/Bulletin20200323COVID-19-CoverageforDeliveryDriversforRestaurants.pdf

Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions – Emergency Guidance on Remote Notarization

https://www.wdfi.org/Apostilles_Notary_Public_and_Trademarks/pdf/Remote%20notarization%20-%20webpage%20announcement.pdf

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)

https://madison.com/wsj/wisconsins-patchwork-of-stay-at-home-orders-by-county/article_7d97c49c-8e06-518d-a25b-079f9086b023.html


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)

https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/04/16/file_attachments/1428995/EMO28-SaferAtHome.pdf


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

https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2020/04/16/file_attachments/1428997/2020-04-16%20Safer%20at%20Home%20extension%20FAQ.pdf


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

https://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/EssentialAgribusinesses.pdf


Is Your Business Essential?

https://wedc.org/essentialbusiness/


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

https://www.boardmanclark.com/assets/newsletters/Safer-at-Home-Memo.pdf


(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.