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AG Barr: Prosecutors, BOP Should Consider COVID-19 Crisis in Determining Bail, Early Release

Several current and former federal officials recently sent letters to the President and the Attorney General urging action to protect persons in custody or facing arrest and detention during the COVID-19 crisis. In response, Attorney General Barr has issued separate directives to all U.S. Attorneys and DOJ Department Heads and to the Director of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). This guidance comes as justice systems across the United States are dealing with an increasing rate of infection among incarcerated individuals and facility staff, and a flood of petitions seeking early release or reconsideration of orders denying bail.

Coronavirus: Unemployment Benefits Update

In this episode, Melissa Sobota and Jackie Gharapour Wernz discuss legal changes related to unemployment benefits during the coronavirus outbreak.

DOL Provides Further Guidance on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

On Sunday April 5, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Unemployment Insurance Program Letter (UIPL) 16-20 to provide further guidance on Section 2102 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. Section 2102 creates the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.

Stay on Top of “Stay At Home” – A List of Statewide Orders, as of April 7, 2020

Governors and public health officials across the country are implementing stringent measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19. This post, current as of April 7, 2020 at 11:15 a.m. (CDT), identifies the jurisdictions where “stay at home” orders are effective or pending. The below chart primarily covers jurisdictions where non-essential businesses are closed and public officials have encouraged (if not mandated) residents to stay at home. We will update the list regularly but expect it will become outdated quickly as new announcements are made.

Ten Common Benefits Issues Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Employee Furloughs and Reductions in Force

There are many more than 10 issues that are of concern to employers in connection with the current crisis. Nevertheless, employers are dealing with certain recurrent matters. This article focuses on the more common benefits-related challenges employers are facing, how these challenges are being addressed, and the issues that require resolution.

Challenges in Returning Employees Back to Work After COVID-19

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has created significant workplace challenges across the United States. Many employers have had to restructure their workforces in light of the pandemic and mandatory stay-at-home orders. What happens when the orders are lifted, business resumes, and employees return to work? In this podcast, Alka Ramchandani-Raj, Of Counsel in Littler’s Walnut Creek office and a member of Littler's COVID-19 Task Force, and Melissa Peters, Special Counsel in Littler’s Walnut Creek office and also a member of the firm's COVID-19 Task Force, address some of the common questions employers will face as they return their employees back to the workplace.

SBA Issues Interim Final Rules and Additional Guidance Regarding Paycheck Protection Program

The SBA issued Interim Final Rules and additional guidance regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). Generally, the PPP provides forgivable loans to small business and nonprofits to cover payroll costs, rent, mortgage interest and utilities. If you are unfamiliar with the basics of this program, an updated summary of the CARES Act Employer Relief programs is available here.

Restaurant Law Center, Jackson Lewis Provide Guidance for Restaurant Employers

The Jackson Lewis restaurant industry team is working side-by-side with the Restaurant Law Center to provide guidance for restaurant employers. This communication regarding on premises workplace infection control practices was sent to state restaurant associations affiliated with the National Restaurant Association: Guidance for Restaurant Employers

DOL Issues Guidance Regarding Application of Unemployment Provisions of the CARES Act

Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published two separate guidance documents, Unemployment Insurance Program Letters (UIPLs) 15-20 and 16-20, which provide information related to two separate programs under the CARES Act: the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA) and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program (FPUC). Some highlights can be found below:

COVID-19 Impacts - The CARES Act and the Construction Industry

After some tense negotiations, near-misses, and threatened hold-outs, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) H.R. 748, into law on March 27, 2020. This third stimulus bill aims to provide relief and boost the economy via $2 trillion in aid and stimulus money via tax breaks, rebates, small business loans, industry specific aid, and unemployment benefits. Here, we focus on the expansion of two Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs and the tax provisions of the CARES Act as applicable to the construction industry. For more COVID-19 resources visit Nexsen Pruet’s site here.
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