Coronavirus/COVID-19

You Are Excused: Force Majeure and the Workplace in the COVID-19 Era

In a matter of weeks, COVID-19 has changed the workplace.  Travel restrictions, shelter-in-place orders, and mandatory closures have meant that it is far from business as usual for nearly all employers.  The unprecedented events of the last few weeks have forced many employers, facing major business disruptions or closures, to make tough decisions about hiring, layoffs, furloughs, and compensation.

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Congress Passes the CARES Act and the DOL Provides Updated FFCRA Guidance

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law by President Trump and became effective on March 27, 2020.  The unprecedented legislation, which experts estimate will inject over $2 Trillion into the U.S. economy, has many pertinent changes to existing law with significant impact for employers, employees and other workers. While the Davis Malm Employment Law Practice Group continues to analyze the CARES Act, this Alert provides a summary of relevant changes, as well as updated guidance from the Department of Labor regarding paid sick and leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Read more…

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Opinion Letters Clarifying Regular Rate Principles

In addition to its recent, exigent responsibility of preparing guidance on the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) has issued three new opinion letters addressing the excludability of certain types of payments from the regular rate of pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  While these opinion letters do not tread new ground, they are useful reminders of important regular rate principles and merit careful review.

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NLRB Issues Guidance on When Duty to Bargain May Be Suspended During COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 27, 2020, NLRB General Counsel John Ring issued General Counsel Memorandum 20-04, entitled “Case Summaries Pertaining to the Duty to Bargain in Emergency Situations” providing employers with guidance “regarding the rights and obligations of both employers and labor organizations, particularly in light of responsive measures taken to contain the virus,” including both “measures taken out of prudence” as well as and other actions that “have been required by state, local or federal authorities.” Our Act Now Advisory reports on the General Counsel’s review of summarized in the Memorandum are those touching on the duty to bargain during public emergency situations and those touching on the duty to bargain during emergency situations particular to an individual employer. Stay tuned to this blog and Epstein Becker Green’s Coronavirus Resource Center for updates.

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Value-Based Payment Arrangements During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The ongoing pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus has upended the American health care system in many ways. One of the many effects of COVID-19 will likely be substantial disruption in value-based payment arrangements between health plans and providers. Though this is an issue that is not on the top of providers or payors minds as the health care system prepares to respond to the crisis, there are some simple steps that providers can take now to avoid issues in the future.

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NOVA MP ALTERA REGRAS DA LEI DE ACESSO À INFORMAÇÃO

A Lei nº 13.979/2020, norma geral que traz medidas para o enfrentamento do coronavírus, foi alterada pela Medida Provisória nº 928/2020, publicada no Diário Oficial da União no dia 23.3.2020, em edição extra. Os principais acréscimos promovidos pela MP à Lei de Acesso à Informação (Lei nº 12.527/2011) incluem: Read more…

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DILEMMA: Bestyrelsens opgaver og ansvar i krisetider

Coronakrisen og de voldsomme konsekvenser, den har for samfundet og erhvervslivet, har sat en række nye punkter på dagsordenen i bestyrelseslokalerne. Her vil vi kort gennemgå dels de formelle regler om bestyrelsens opgaver og ansvar (som findes i Selskabsloven §§ 115 og 361), dels de ledelsesmæssige udfordringer og dilemmaer, coronakrisen fører med sig. Read more…

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Economic Measures for Entrepreneurs Proposed by Slovak Government

PETERKA & PARTNERS Slovakia has prepared a brief summary of economic measures aiming to support entrepreneurs and prevent massive layoffs announced by Slovak Government yesterday.

To view the full text, please click HERE.

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Amendment in CIRP Regulations amid Covid-19 lockdown

In a move aimed at smooth resolution of insolvent firms, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (“IBBI”) amended the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2016 (“CIRP Regulations”) on March 29, 2020.

Due to the declaration of 21 days lockdown by the Government of India with effect from 25th March, 2020 as a measure to contain the spread of Covid-19, it has become extremely hard for the insolvency professionals to continue to conduct the process, for members of committee of creditors to attend the meetings, and for prospective resolution applicants to prepare and submit resolution plans, during the period of nationwide lockdown.

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Major Cities in Texas Enter “Stay at Home” Orders: Implications and Other Considerations for Employers

On March 13, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott declared a State of Disaster in Texas due to COVID-19. Subsequently, on March 19. 2020, Governor Abbott issued a Public Health Disaster Declaration, and an Executive Order, which, among other things, prohibited congregating in groups consisting of more than ten people, and closed all Texas restaurant dining rooms [1] bars, gyms and schools, effective March 20, 2020.  Governor Abbott has refrained from issuing a statewide shelter-in-place order, and has instead left the decision up to city and county leaders.  In the days that followed, and throughout this week, 16 counties, and major cities in Texas, including Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio have issued “Stay at Home” orders, which share many similarities, with a few distinctions.  The following are summaries of the key aspects of the orders that may impact the workplace, followed by a glossary defining some of the key terms in the orders.

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