Monthly Archives: April 2020

IL Manufacturer, Retailer Groups Sue Over New Workers Comp Rules

According to Crain’s Chicago Business, opening a breach with Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, two of the state’s top business groups have sued to block new rules designed to guarantee sick pay to essential workers diagnosed with COVID-19 even without proof they got the illness on the job. In a lawsuit filed in Sangamon County Circuit […]

Trump Bars New Immigration Green Cards, Not Temporary Visas

Pledging to “protect American workers” as the effects of the new coronavirus put millions of people out of work and leave business struggling to make ends meet, President Trump announced he would temporarily ban immigrants from seeking green cards, the documents granting them the right of permanent residency in the country. Trump said the order […]

MWFPA Member State Plans To Reopen After Coronavirus Restrictions

Governors are beginning to announce timelines for relaxing strict measures taken to mitigate the coronavirus. Many states are dropping stay-at-home orders beginning May 1, while several states have not yet announced an end to restrictions. At the federal level, President Trump last week issued guidelines “that will allow governors to take a phased and deliberate […]

Coronavirus Aid Package Passes Senate

The U.S. Senate passed a $483.4 billion economic relief measure today that would replenish a popular small-business loan program and provide funding for hospitals facing financial shortfalls due to COVID-19. The Senate’s voice vote, which occurred in a nearly empty chamber, sends the bill to the House for final passage likely on Thursday. House lawmakers […]

Wisconsin GOP Legislative Leaders Sue To Stop Stay-At-Home Extension

Republican leaders in the state Legislature today filed a lawsuit before the Wisconsin Supreme Court seeking a stay of the state’s “Safer at Home” order extension to May 26. The lawsuit comes just five days after Gov. Tony Evers announced the extension of the stay-at-home order, and in a week where protests against the shut-down […]

Trump, Democrats Agree On COVID-19 Aid Package

Democrats and the Trump administration reached agreement today on a $482 billion aid package that will replenish a popular small-business loan program and provide funding for hospitals facing financial shortfalls due to COVID-19. The agreement is expected to pass the Senate by unanimous consent during an afternoon session with the House on track to follow […]

Senate Democrats Urge Trump Administration To Protect Food Supply, Essential Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

Three dozen Democratic senators have asked Vice President Michael Pence, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and other top officials for their plans to protect food workers and federal inspectors amid daily reports of more meat plants being shut down from COVID-19. In a letter the senators asked the Administration about plans to keep essential food supply […]

U.S. Department of Labor Ends Non-Enforcement Of Paid Leave Protections

The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the end of the temporary period of non-enforcement of paid leave protections under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The non-enforcement period allowed the Department to offer extensive guidance and education about the law’s requirements. The Department offers extensive plain-language guidance on the requirements of the law, […]

Trump Allows Virus-Hit US Businesses To Defer Import Tariffs

President Trump issued an executive order Sunday night giving the Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin the authority to defer certain tariff payments due to the coronavirus crisis. The president’s order allows Treasury to defer tariff payments “for importers suffering significant financial hardship because of COVID-19.” According to Michael Best Strategies, the deferral does not apply […]