On May 18, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 147, which allows for the resumption of certain outdoor recreational businesses (subject to conditions and restrictions), and loosens some of the restrictions that had been placed on golf courses. Some of the provisions of Executive Order 147 took effect on May 19, 2020, and others will take effect at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020.
Monthly Archives: May 2020
New Jersey Allows Re-Opening of Outdoor Tennis and Other Recreational Businesses, with Restrictions, and Loosens Some Prior Restrictions on Golf
This week’s rainmaking recommendation from expert and trainer, Jaimie Field, reminds us that whether you’re at home or in the office, you need to be working on building a book of business.
For most of us, we are nine weeks into working from home (WFH). (Well, not me. I am 11 years into working from home.) And once the initial shock and confusion about how to practice law from your basement, dining table, or if lucky, an actual room that you were able to turn into an office, and the technical issues were solved, many attorneys have been able to do their work.
OSHA Reinstates Enforcement Guidance for Recording COVID-19 Cases and General Investigation Response Plan Procedures
On May 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued two COVID-19 related Enforcement Memos to provide updated guidance to OSHA investigators: (1) Revised Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (“Revised Recordkeeping Guidance”), which reinstates employers’ recordkeeping obligations for COVID-19 cases (29 CFR Part 1904) and (2) Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (“Updated Enforcement Response Plan Guidance”), which generally returns to pre-COVID investigation policies, except to maintain COVID-19-related cases as a top priority and mandate the following of certain COVID-19-related precautions.
In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with many law firms working remotely and going “virtual”, as well as the Irish Court system being effectively closed, save for urgent matters, legal practitioners and their clients should be particularly mindful of the consequences of delay in relation to progressing legal proceedings.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, companies should focus in the first instance on health and safety issues for workers, customers, and the public at large during a pandemic, but they cannot lose sight of the wage and hour risks that are lurking in these challenging times.
For a staggering number of U.S. businesses over the past several weeks, the early and middle part of 2020 will look something like this:
CANADA EMERGENCY COMMERCIAL RENT ASSISTANCE UPDATE: RELIEF IS ALMOST HERE, BUT WILL EVERYONE PLAY BALL?
On May 1, 2020, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (“CMHC“) provided its update on the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program (“CECRA“) as the body charged with CECRA’s implementation and administration1. On May 14, 2020, additional details were provided by CMHC on eligibility for the program and on the application process2. On May 19, 2020, CMHC provided guidance on how the application process will proceed, and provided sample documents for commercial property owners to review in advance of the application portal opening in mid-May 20203. Further, CMHC has included reasons compelling landlords to apply for the program (as it has not been generally well-received by landlords) including, but not limited to, the lack of rental income for a landlord if a tenant cannot afford to pay its rent (i.e., 75% of rent is better than nothing) and the costs of finding new tenants.
U.S. Department of Labor Allows Employers to Give Bonuses and Other Extra Pay to Fluctuating Workweek Employees Continue Reading…
For the second time this week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) has issued a Final Rule involving the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”). Following closely on the heels of the revisions to the section 7(i) exemption regulations discussed here, on May 20, 2020 WHD released its revisions to the regulations regarding the “fluctuating workweek” method of paying overtime to salaried non-exempt employees. And, as with the 7(i) Final Rule, the fluctuating workweek Final Rule eliminates confusion caused by WHD’s previous rulemaking efforts.
In our second episode of the Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast, we welcomed Michael Slan, who is the managing partner of Fogler Rubinoff LLP in Toronto, Canada, and a member of the International Lawyers Network. In this episode, I had a candid conversation with Michael about the importance of communication in this time of pandemic, why deep cuts may not be the best cuts, and what leadership looks like in the face of market downturns and global lockdowns.
Companies have asked “Can an employer do temporary layoffs?” and want the answer in a short, summary format – and the ILN has answered – 14 member jurisdictions have weighed in with concise responses to help guide your business in the current crisis.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi announced Rs 20 lakh crore fiscal stimulus equivalent to 10 per cent of India’s GDP to deal with COVID-19 situation in the country, the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the following changes in the MSME sector to promote the motto of Self Reliant India and boost the economic status of the Country.