COVID-19: Employment and Business Operations

​​Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if... employee tests positive for COVID-19? employee needs to leave work to care for a sick family member? employee needs to leave work to care for a child who is home from school? employee doesn't want to come to work?

Please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)​ and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recommendations for employers.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also has information available including:

I own a small business. How do I apply for emergency grants or loans?

Please visit our COVID-19: Financal Resources page for links to state and federal resources.

How do I know if my business is considered “essential" and whether I need to close?

To determine whether your business or activity is considered essential under the Safer At Home order (Emergency Order #12 ), please read the order and the FAQ on Governor Evers' website. If your business or activity is not listed and you believe it should be, please visit