On March 18, 2020, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). President Trump signed it into law shortly thereafter.  The FFCRA will become effective within 15 days and remains in effect until December 31, 2020.  The FFCRA is intended to assist the country with the COVID-19 pandemic.  This Legal Update will highlight two…

Yesterday, March 17, 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, under the direction of Governor Evers, issued Emergency Order #5 (“the Order”). The Order is entitled “Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of 10 People or More”. The Order then does what its title suggests and places a “moratorium” on gatherings that are intended or likely to bring together more…

Employee absences due to the use of federal and state protected leave entitlements can create hardships for employers.  Employee absences can be disruptive, cause overtime, delay projects, or present other similar hardships and frustrations for employers.  As a result, it is in some instances in the employer’s interest to evaluate potential abuses of protected leave…

On February 5, 2020, 2019 Wisconsin Act 96 (Act 96) was enacted into law and subsequently became effective on February 6, 2020.  Act 96 takes an important step in modernizing the manner in which school boards may notify their school board members of upcoming special meetings. In its previous form, Wis. Stat. § 120.11(2) provided…

A school district can lawfully limit parents’ communications with a school district and its personnel according to a recent federal court of appeals decision.  L.F. et. al. v. Lake Washington School Dist., #414, No. 18-35792 (9th Cir. 1/17/20) (“Lake Washington School District”). Introduction School districts’ communications with parents[1] can be challenging and present a bedeviling subject for…

Every year, school districts across the state receive school district reorganization petitions; yet, the process of addressing such petitions can be confusing. This article will provide an overview of the process for addressing small territory detachment and attachment petitions. School district reorganizations are governed by Wis. Stat. Ch. 117. A school district “reorganization” is “the…