Coronavirus/COVID-19

Video and Podcast: Employee Travel and the Coronavirus, NLRB’s Joint-Employment Rule, and DoorDash’s 5,000+ Individual Arbitrations

Following are the top stories featured in this week’s #WorkforceWednesday, from Employment Law This Week:

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Lawyers: Networking During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus.

The hot topic on everyone’s mind at the moment (unless you’re in the US and then it’s pretty evenly split between politics and germs). I almost hate to join the fray and discuss it, but with so many events being cancelled, and travel restrictions being enacted, I wanted to add some suggestions for how to continue networking during this time, so that you don’t lose momentum on your relationship building efforts.

For some of us, travel and events still move forward. Travel guidance varies – it depends on your destination and the size of the gathering. Common sense and good hygiene are essential, and for our group, we’ll be instituting what we’re fondly referring to as “Operation Fist Bump” at our upcoming Annual Conference (which may be further downgraded to “Operation Wave Hello.”

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Billions for Coronavirus (COVID-19): New Government Contracts and Grants on the Horizon

Congress is working to advance a strong emergency funding supplemental package, estimated to be between $2.5 billion and $8.5 billion, to fully address the scale and seriousness of the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis. Working against a timeline to pass a funding package prior to the March 13, 2020, Congressional recess, the supplemental funding for the coronavirus emergency will result in new government contracts, grants, GSA schedule awards, as well as contract modifications. Because of the public health crisis, the government may also issue letter contracts under FAR Part 16.603, et seq., which allows the government to immediately contract for services or supplies with contract definitization at a later date.

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On Enterprises’ Obligations of Reporting Employees’ Information during the Epidemic

After the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (COVID-19), government
departments, enterprises and institutions across the country have been
actively collecting information on the epidemic situation with a view to
maintaining the normal production order and economic order. On February 4,
the Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission (“CAC”) issued the
Notice on Protecting Personal Information and Using Big Data to Support
Joint Prevention and Control (hereinafter referred to as the “Notice”),
which is intended to urge all local government departments and all
institutions and entities to collect and report personal information related
to the joint prevention and control of the epidemic situation in accordance
with the law, to safeguard personal information security, and to protect
personal privacy from any violation. In this special period, enterprises
must not only make an orderly labor arrangement despite the impact by the
epidemic, cooperate with the information reporting tasks, but also pay
attention to employees’ personal information and privacy protection. This
article aims to clarify the legal basis for collecting and reporting
employees’ personal information to government agencies during this epidemic
situation, and to further provide enterprises with some compliance tips on
how to properly respond to requests for employees’ information from
government departments and secure employees’ personal information and
privacy at the same time. Read more…

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Lidings Recommended by World Trademark Review 1000

The World Trademark Review, professional publication annually identifying the most prominent lawyers around the world focused on trademark legal issues, ranks Lidings’ Intellectual property practice among TOP 10 law firms in Russia in the category “Enforcement and Litigation”. Individual recognition as best lawyers in this practice area is given to the Firm’s Managing Partner Andrey Zelenin and Partner Boris Malakhov.

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Chinese Legal and Regulatory Compliance Issues In relation to the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Outline:

  • Latest Local Policies on Postponing Work Resumption and Suggestions on Flexible
    Work Arrangements
  • Rent Relief or Termination of the Lease Agreement due to the Epidemic Outbreak?
  • Ten Preferential Policies – Suzhou, Jiangsu Province
  • Impacts of the WHO Declaration – Public Health Emergency of International Concern
  • General Legal Issues in relation to the Epidemic Outbreak
  • Employer Response
  • Toolkit of Relevant Notification & Worksheet

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