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Remote Learning and the Duty to Bargain During Coronavirus Pandemic

Franczek Radelet P.C • April 02, 2020
As we previously reported, on March 27, 2020, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Governor issued several resource documents that address changes to the remote learning landscape in Illinois schools during the shelter in place due to COVID-19.

No April Fools: FFCRA Went Into Effect and the DOL Issued Regulations

Ogletree Deakins • April 02, 2020
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect on April 1, 2020, and, just in time, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued temporary regulations to implement the new provisions of the Expanded Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). The regulations largely align with the DOL’s updated “Questions and Answers” (Q&As) that it issued on March 28, 2020. The DOL’s Q&As addressed furloughs, intermittent leave, exceptions for very small businesses, exemptions for health care providers, telework, among other aspects of the law.

FBI Warns of Teleconferencing and Online Classroom Hijacking During COVID-19 Pandemic

Jackson Lewis P.C. • April 02, 2020
As large numbers of people turn to video-teleconferencing (VTC) platforms to stay connected in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, reports of VTC hijacking (also called “zoom-bombing”) are emerging nationwide. The FBI has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language.

Indiana Revises Law on Employment of Minors

Jackson Lewis P.C. • April 02, 2020
The Indiana General Assembly has enacted changes in how and when minors are allowed to work in the state. The new provisions go into effect April 1, 2020.

Tennessee Governor Issues Order Urging Residents to Stay Home

FordHarrison LLP • April 02, 2020
Summary: Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order No. 22 on Monday, March 30, 2020, urging all Tennesseans to stay at home as much as possible except for engaging in essential activities, like obtaining food, supplies, or medical care. The Order stops short of ordering residents to stay at home. Governor Lee’s Order only closes non-essential businesses as to access or use by the public. Those businesses are instead encouraged to provide delivery or curbside service. The Order is effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2020 and shall remain in effect until April 14, 2020.

Puerto Rico Extends Lockdown and Curfew, Imposes Additional Restrictions

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • April 01, 2020
On March 30, 2020, following the recommendations of the Medical Task Force convened to address the COVID-19 pandemic, Puerto Rico Governor Hon. Wanda Vazquez-Garced issued two additional executive orders to help contain the virus. The first, Executive Order 2020-29 (“OE 2020-29”), is of particular significance to employers as it extends the curfew and lockdown provisions currently in effect and establishes additional conditions upon which certain exempt businesses may continue to operate.
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