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GC Memo Summarizes NLRB Decisions About Duty To Bargain in Emergency Situations

Jackson Lewis P.C. • March 29, 2020
Peter B. Robb, the General Counsel (GC) of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a Memorandum setting forth summaries of NLRB decisions about unionized employers’ duty to bargain in emergency situations. The Memorandum was issued in light of the many issues that have arisen about the rights and obligations of employers and labor organizations because of the coronavirus. According to the GC, those issues have arisen “in light of responsive measures taken by employers to contain the virus. Sometimes these measures have been taken out of prudence; other times they have been required by state, local or federal orders.” Memorandum GC 20-04 “Case Summaries Pertaining to the Duty to Bargain in Emergency Situations” (March 27, 2020).

COVID-19: A Weekly Recap (March 29, 2020)

Jones Walker • March 29, 2020
The novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, have rapidly and appropriately become a top priority for governments, business, communities, and families worldwide. At Jones Walker, we share your concerns. Our hearts go out to those who have already been negatively impacted by this pandemic and to those who may face difficult choices in the near future.

CARES Act Assistance for Small Businesses

FordHarrison LLP • March 29, 2020
Summary: On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act builds on and, in some respects, clarifies the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law on March 19. Several provisions of the CARES Act will aid small businesses by making it easier to keep their employees while the economy slows during the Coronavirus pandemic.

CARES Act Attaches Long-Term Strings to Mid-Sized Business Loans

FordHarrison LLP • March 29, 2020
Executive Summary: On March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability (CARES) Act providing roughly $2 trillion in economic relief in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In an effort to provide liquidity to businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and to encourage those employers to keep a large portion of their employees on the payroll, the newly enacted legislation creates a lending fund for industries and cities, including assistance to severely distressed sectors of the economy such as airlines. Employers with between 500 and 10,000 employees are potentially eligible for low-interest loans, but these loans establish significant restrictions that apply during the term of the loan or longer, which include:

President Signs Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

FordHarrison LLP • March 29, 2020
The President has signed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act’’ (the “CARES Act”), which is a $2 trillion relief package aimed at helping mitigate some of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Alert Digest 2 - FordHarrison

FordHarrison LLP • March 29, 2020
FordHarrison is closely monitoring the spread of Coronavirus and has implemented continuity plans, including the ability to work remotely in a technologically secure environment when necessary, to ensure continuity of our operations and uninterrupted service to our clients. We are following all CDC guidelines and state and local laws as applicable. We are committed to ensuring the health and welfare of our clients, employees, and communities while continuing to provide our clients with the highest quality service.

New Relief for Government Contractors When Certain Employees Cannot Work due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Jackson Lewis P.C. • March 29, 2020
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) provides potential reimbursement to federal contractors whose employees (1) cannot perform work on a “site that has been approved by the Federal Government ” during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency due to facility closures or other restrictions, and (2) cannot telework because their job duties cannot be performed remotely.

President Trump Signs Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)

Jackson Lewis P.C. • March 29, 2020
CARES is expected to infuse approximately $2.2 trillion into the U.S. economy. The Act addresses a multitude of ways in which the federal government seeks to support businesses impacted by the pandemic and employees affected by COVID-19. Key areas of interest for employers relate to business loans, unemployment benefits, retirement plans, tax credits and executive compensation. The Act was passed by the House of Representatives in the early afternoon of March 27, 2020 and the President has signed the measure.

Department of Labor’s Latest FAQs Expand “Health Care Providers” and Define “Emergency Responders” Under FFCRA

Jackson Lewis P.C. • March 29, 2020
The Department of Labor has been hard at work issuing FAQs to try to explain the provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) before it goes into effect on April 1, 2020. The latest FAQs bring the current total to 59 and include a number of helpful provisions for employers, particularly those in the health care field, some of which are different than what had previously been reported.

Key Components of a COVID-19 Screening Program

Jackson Lewis P.C. • March 29, 2020
Stopping the spread of coronavirus is critical to overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. As testing is ramping up around the country, some states and localities have imposed health screening requirements in an effort to identify persons at risk of being infected and stopping them from infecting others. Whether mandatory or recommended, screening employees and visitors could play an important role in curbing the spread of COVID-19. However, developing and implementing a screening program raises a range of issues organizations need to think through carefully.
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