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  • Summary of Texas Stay Home Orders

    Harris County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Collin County, Tarrant County, and Dallas County have all issued Stay at Home / Shelter-In-Place Orders. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a “Stay Home, Work Safe” Order taking effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020.  The order requires residents to remain inside except for “Essential Activities,” and requires non-essential... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:36 AM

  • IRS to Temporarily Adjust Operations and Key Compliance Functions

    On March 25, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a new People First Initiative designed to provide relief to taxpayers on a variety of issues ranging from easing payment guidelines to postponing compliance actions in light of the challenges caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The initiative’s projected start date is April 1, 2020, and it... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:36 AM

  • OCR Releases FAQs Clarifying Telehealth Enforcement Discretion During COVID-19

    On March 20, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“OCR”) released guidance in the form of FAQs1 clarifying its notification earlier in the week that it would not penalize health care providers for noncompliance with HIPAA rules in the good faith provision of telehealth during the... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:36 AM

  • Louisiana and Texas COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders and Effects on State Courts

    Day-to-day life has been dramatically impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and many courts in Louisiana and Texas have been forced to close or limit operations in conjunction with stay-at-home orders.  A brief discussion of how COVID-19 has affected Louisiana and Texas courts is discussed here. Louisiana stay-at-home order Governor John Bel Edwards issued a... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:36 AM

  • Coronavirus Insurance Coverage Update March 30—Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations File for Declaratory Relief in Oklahoma

    Reggie Whitten and Michael Burrage filed lawsuits on behalf of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations in Oklahoma state court.1 The actions are similar to the declaratory judgment actions filed by John Houghtaling in Louisiana and California. I do not see how the Oklahoma cases are going to be removed to federal court because they lack... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:36 AM

  • New Wage and Hour Division Opinion Letters Provide Clarity on the FLSA “Regular Rate of Pay” Requirements

    Though most employers are focused on COVID-19 issues, employers and the government are still multitasking and addressing other issues. The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor is no exception. Consequently, on March 26, 2020, the WHD issued three opinion letters offering interpretations of the Department’s final rule on the Fair... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:36 AM

  • Nonessential Businesses Closures in Maryland Due to COVID-19

    By Pillsbury’s Construction & Real Estate Law Team Maryland Governor mandates the closure of all nonessential businesses to combat COVID-19 stopping short of implementing a “shelter-in-place” order. Willful violation of the order can result in both imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $5,000. In “Maryland Extends COVID-19 Closures to... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:36 AM

  • SEC Provides Interfund Lending Relief to Registered Investment Companies Affected by COVID-19

    On March 23, 2020, in response to business disruptions caused by the spread of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued an exemptive order (the “Order”) under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“1940 Act”) granting registered investment companies and insurance company separate accounts registered as unit investment trusts (“separate accounts”) regulatory flexibility to... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:36 AM

  • Pastor Arrested For Holding Church Services In Violation of Health Department Order

    AP reports that in Hernando County,  Florida, police arrested Tampa (FL) megachurch pastor Rodney Howard-Browne for holding two Sunday church services with hundreds of people in violation of a county emergency health department order to limit all gatherings to less than ten people. The pastor turned himself into authorities and he was released on $500 bond.... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:36 AM

  • Family Law and COVID-19: Alimony and Child Support

    What do you do if the novel coronavirus has shut down your employer, caused a furlough or your termination, or has otherwise suddenly left you without income to pay child support and/or alimony? What do you do if you are the recipient of alimony or child support and now have to figure out how to... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:36 AM

  • California working toward accelerating release dates for 3,500 inmates who were to to be released in next two months

    This local piece from California report that, “California is granting early release to 3,500 inmates in an effort to reduce crowding as coronavirus infections begin spreading through the state prison system.” Here is more: Lawyers for Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday told a panel of federal judges the state is taking “extraordinary and unprecedented protective... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • First E. coli O103 Lawsuit filed against Jimmy John’s restaurant in Utah – 27 sick in Utah

    FDA sent “Warning Letter” to Jimmy John’s after repeated outbreaks linked to sprouts Salt Lake City, Utah., A lawsuit was filed on behalf of Travis Knorr against Jimmy John’s Restaurant in the Third Judicial District Court in Salt Lake County, Utah.  Mr. Knorr is represented by Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, and Lance... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • Now Available: Global Employment and Data Privacy Considerations for COVID-19 (Webinar Materials)

    On March 19 and 30, partners from the Employment and Privacy and Cybersecurity practice areas hosted webinars addressing issues that clients are facing as they respond to the global coronavirus pandemic. The webinar recordings and slides are now available on our blog. (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • How You Can Help the Elderly Right From Your Home During COVID-19

    As someone who no longer has grandparents and feels so deeply for all of the elderly in nursing homes right now who are alone, this warms my heart. As iHeart Radio notes, while many of us are inconvenienced by the lockdowns mandated by states to stop the spread of coronavirus, the illness has really impacted... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • State Bond Commission Authorizes Expedited Financial Application

    By: Angie Adolph The State Bond Commission has approved an expedited application process for local governments to help manage decreased revenues and increased expenses while dealing with COVID-19.  The application requires a ranking official of a local government to certify that the purpose of the loan is to carry on existing essential local government functions... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • Strategies for Commercial Landlords to Manage Tenants in COVID-19 Distress

    On Monday, the Seattle City Council passed Resolution 31940 calling on Governor Jay Inslee, federal legislators, and the Trump administration to impose an immediate moratorium on residential and commercial rent and mortgage payments. This resolution brings to boil an issue with which many commercial landlords (particularly of non-essential retail, restaurant, and office space) have grappled... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • Funds Available to Businesses Under the Coronavirus Economic Stabilization Act (CARES ACT Title IV)

    Major economic stabilization funds are made available to U.S. businesses (including nonprofits), states and municipalities under Title IV of the CARES Act. Title IV itself is titled the “Coronavirus Economic Stabilization Act of 2020” (referred to in this summary as “CESA”).[1] The categories of available funds are: $25 billion to passenger air carriers and certain... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • FFCRA payroll tax credits: Here’s how it works

    Effective April 1, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain private sector employers with fewer than 500 employees and governmental employers of all sizes to provide their employees with emergency paid sick leave and emergency paid medical leave. More information about the FFCRA is available here. Given the current unknowns, many... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • NNI Releases “Nano Matters” Podcast Episode on Improving Pesticide Use with Nanotechnology

    On March 30, 2020, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) released a “Nano Matters” podcast episode on “Improving Pesticide Use with Nanotechnology.”  In the episode, Cristina Sabliov, Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Louisiana State University, explains how nanotechnology can improve pesticide delivery.  She discusses her work on a polymeric nanoparticle delivery system that could... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • The Los Angeles City Council Passes Supplemental COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave for Large Employers

    On March 27, 2020, the City Council passed an ordinance mandating employers with 500 or more employees nationally offer Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for various COVID-19 related reasons described below. The ordinance is awaiting Mayor Eric Garcetti’s review and anticipated approval. Under the ordinance, covered employers must offer 80 hours of Supplemental Paid Sick Leave... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • Families First Bill Contains Special Provisions Affecting Public Agencies

    The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (the Act) was passed on March 18, 2020 and imposes paid leave obligations on most employers throughout the country. The bill contains special and often overlooked provisions affecting public agencies. Those provisions could provide a “trap” for public agencies that do not carefully review the bill. Definition of “public... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • Federal Government Websites Give Misinformation About Their Security

    Krebs on Security reported on March 20 that a number of government site are giving users some bad security advice. If you’ve noticed, many government websites have messages at the top of their home pages trying to help users distinguish between phony government sites and real ones. Part of the language is misleading. It often... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • Claim of Spoliation of Video in Slip and Fall Case Rejected

    In the case of Pace v. Wal-Mart Stores East, LP, No. 18-3313(3d Cir. Jan. 28, 2020 Chagares, J., Greenaway, J., Greenberg, J.) (Op. by Chagares, J.)[Non-Precedential], the court affirmed the entry of summary judgment in favor of the defense in a slip and fall case. Notably, the court affirmed the lower court’s ruling that the... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • Coronavirus Update 3-31-2020: Employers, PLEASE don’t take your employees’ stimulus checks (plus video of yesterday’s Zoominar)

    One employer is an anomaly, two is a trend that must be stopped. Last week, I nominated for the Worst Employer of 2020 an unnamed national restaurant chain that was reported to be stealing (the company called it “absorbing”) its employees’ CARES Act stimulus checks by reducing their scheduled hours in a pro-rata amount. Now, another employer... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • CARES ACT Relief for Mid-Size Businesses Comes with Important Union Related Conditions

    Mid-sized businesses (defined as 500 to 10,000 employees) impacted by the Coronavirus may be able to obtain relief loans under the COVID-19 stimulus law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), but only if non-union employers agree not to oppose the unionization of their workforce for the term of the loan, and... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • Supreme Court of Ohio tolls civil deadlines during COVID-19 emergency period

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio’s legislative, executive, and judicial branches are working together to clarify requirements for civil litigants and alleviate mounting pressure on Ohio’s courts. My colleague Sean Klammer explains in this Porter Wright Law Alert. (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • U.S. Treasury Department Issues Preliminary Guidance for Paycheck Protection Loans Under the CARES Act

    On March 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) issued preliminary guidance regarding implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), which is the $349 billion program contained in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) that provides forgivable loans to eligible small U.S. businesses to help them weather the coronavirus... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • High-Level Considerations for First-Quarter 2020 Earnings Releases and Guidance in Uncertain Times

    As companies continue to evaluate the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on their business, public companies will be facing challenging disclosure considerations in connection with their upcoming first-quarter earnings calls and earnings releases. As a backdrop, a significant number of public companies, concentrated in industries which have felt the strongest immediate impact of... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • Advanced PPM Topics: Payor Contracting Strategies & Value Based Care & Purchasing – 4 Key Takeaways

    The next in our series of posts sharing key takeaways from panels at the Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity and Lending Conference is authored by our colleague Nesko Radovic and Jessika Garis of RSM US. * * * Advanced PPM Topics: Payor Contracting Strategies & Value Based Care & Purchasing – 4 Key Takeaways By... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM

  • PA Attorney General launches “PA CARE Package” program

    Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced this week that his office has launched “PA CARE Package,” a consumer relief program for PA consumers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is intended to implement and expand on the consumer protections provided by the federal CARES Act.  The press release issued by the PA AG’s Office... (See Article)

    Apr 2, 2020 8:35 AM