An upcoming webinar on March 27 discussing the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on shareholder activism, global financial markets, and market capitalizations may interest our energy clients. 

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Our colleagues in corporate practice are hosting a webinar on March 27 that might be of interest to our nuclear energy clients. The webinar will discuss the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on shareholder activism, global financial markets, and market capitalizations.

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Read our recent LawFlash regarding the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s March 25 announcement of the extension of filing periods covered by previously enacted conditional reporting relief for certain public company filing obligations.  

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Our colleagues in California have prepared a LawFlash discussing recent orders issued by California Governor Gavin Newsom affecting how and under what conditions state and local agencies may meet and discuss and/or approve of contracts for services and products during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Providing letters or notices to key personnel identifying them as “essential critical infrastructure workers” might ease travel in jurisdictions imposing travel restrictions. Read our recent LawFlash detailing the criteria for essential critical infrastructure workers in the electricity, petroleum, and natural gas and propane industries, including the vendors and service providers to the energy industry.

The NRC recently hosted a public meeting—exclusively via teleconference—to discuss regulatory implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for power reactor licensees. Of particular note, the NRC Staff is developing pandemic-related enforcement guidance. The first installment of this guidance is expected to be released early this week.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the US Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) chief administrative law judge (ALJ) issued an administrative order on March 19 clarifying the status of matters pending before the DOL’s Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ). The administrative order covers the following:

OALJ Hearings Suspended

Effective March 23, OALJ is suspending all hearings, including telephonic hearings, until May 15. Parties may petition the presiding ALJ to conduct a telephonic hearing but must demonstrate compelling circumstances. This suspension does not apply to cases in which the parties have jointly agreed to a decision on the record based on stipulated facts or a stipulated record.

Functioning critical infrastructure is crucial during the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency for public health and safety reasons. And as noted in the Coronavirus Guidelines for America issued on March 16, US President Donald Trump has recommended that workers in critical infrastructure industries have a “special responsibility” to maintain normal work schedules. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on March 19 issued guidance on defining the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. That guidance explicitly discusses workers in the nuclear and electric industries.

Our insurance litigation colleagues have prepared a LawFlash providing guidance on protecting insurance assets, which may help mitigate financial losses due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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