Join us every other Wednesday for a 30-minute webinar highlighting major state and local orders that California employers must navigate during this next chapter of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Following an increase in documented coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order permitting the state Department of Health to identify geographic areas that require enhanced public health restrictions based on clusters of COVID-19 cases. The permitted restrictions include mandatory business closures, and are to be based on risk-level categorizations (red, orange, or yellow risk zones) with corresponding levels of constraint meant to mitigate COVID-19 transmissions in those areas.
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, President Vladimir Putin authorized the heads of Russian regions to determine the lockdown rules depending on the epidemiological situation in a particular territory. In this alert we address the most recent restrictions introduced by the Mayor of Moscow, including new reporting requirements.
The Small Business Administration recently issued a procedural notice to Paycheck Protection Program lenders addressing the treatment of PPP loans in the context of a “change of ownership” of the borrower and whether prior SBA approval must be obtained in such transactions. This LawFlash provides key takeaways relevant to M&A transactions involving PPP borrowers.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined a new sixth-month Job Support Scheme (JSS) on 24 September to replace the coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS) that is due to end on 31 October 2020.
California Governor Newsom announced the “blueprint for a safer economy,” a gradual process for reopening businesses in California, on August 28. A replacement for the County Monitoring List, the blueprint is a four-tier, color-coded system for business reopening based on each county’s specific coronavirus (COVID-19) case rates and percentage of positive tests.
Key questions and issues facing the UK retail sector, an industry that has been acutely impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, include mitigation strategies, reopening in line with government guidance, and future expected challenges.
While retailers in China have been permitted to reopen, required steps to do so include health and sanitation measures. Some local governments are also considering extending the weekend in order to stimulate consumption and promote economic recovery.
The French government has announced that the wearing of masks in enclosed and shared spaces within private and public companies will be mandatory as of September 1, 2020. The implementation of barrier gestures and the practice of teleworking is still strongly recommended.
Colleges and universities have been particularly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, from closing campuses and transitioning to online learning to cancelling events, athletic seasons, and construction projects, among many other effects.
More employees are eligible for up to 12 weeks’ COVID-19-related emergency paid sick leave and emergency paid FMLA leave after a federal district court in New York invalidated significant parts of a US Department of Labor rule on August 3. Employers should consider whether they need to adjust their leave determinations in light of the court’s decision.
The Commonwealth of Virginia recently became the first state in the nation to enact enforceable workplace safety standards to address the risks of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Singapore’s telehealth sector is driven by the growing telemedicine industry, which has seen an increase in digital self-help options to consult medical doctors through online web-based applications. Telehealth providers in Singapore are mainly focused on providing remote telemedicine and/or on-demand house call services.
The United Kingdom is starting to see a return of the workforce for nonessential retail, which reopened on June 15. Shortly thereafter, the prime minister announced further easing of lockdown restrictions as the United Kingdom begins the third stage of its plan. From July 4, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, hotels, and other outdoor activities are able to reopen if they comply with new guidance. From July 13, beauticians, spas, and salons are able to reopen. The UK government has also launched a new scheme, “Eat Out to Help Out,” to help the restaurant industry, giving diners 50% (up to £10) off their bill if they eat in a registered cafe or restaurant on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday during August. To facilitate the reopening of these retail stores, the well-established two-meter social distancing rule will change to “one meter plus.” This Retail Did You Know? explores the issues UK nonessential retailers face from an employment perspective.
In response to the rising number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in California, effective immediately, Governor Gavin Newsom on July 13 ordered all counties in California to close all indoor and outdoor bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs. The order also includes restaurants’ indoor operations, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, bowling alleys, zoos and museums, and cardrooms statewide. The order allows these businesses, except for bars, to operate outdoors if possible.
If a proposed bill by the California Senate is passed, parties to certain post-pandemic healthcare transactions involving private equity groups, hedge funds, healthcare systems, facilities, and provider groups would need to plan for and obtain regulatory approval from the California attorney general.
From 4 July, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, hotels and other outdoor activities in the United Kingdom reopened but are required to comply with new guidance announced 23 June. To facilitate their opening, the well-established two-metre social distancing rule will change to “one metre plus.” This further easing of lockdown restrictions will affect employers and employees alike.
On July 1, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced closures of indoor dining and entertainment venues, as well as all bars, in 19 counties. California immediately issued Guidance describing these closures. Gov. Newsom also announced coordinated enforcement efforts, including the creation of Enforcement Strike Teams between state agencies and local counties and cities. Businesses are advised to regularly review the rules that remain in constant flux.
In a joint press conference on June 24, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced a coordinated effort to protect the tristate area from community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) by implementing a travel quarantine on travelers from states with a high rate of COVID-19 cases based on specified criteria. Employers should review their paid sick leave and travel policies.
Morgan Lewis partner Jonathan Snare spoke with Law360 about the reopening blueprint for businesses that the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released.
The Multi-Ministry Taskforce has announced plans for a progressive reopening of Singapore’s economy and society as it emerges from the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The taskforce has also been reviewing the border measures put in place to manage the risks of importation, and will likewise be implementing progressive changes as the borders reopen to international travel.
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its most recent round of Q&As on June 11 offering guidance to employers on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other equal employment opportunity laws during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Among other things, EEOC addressed issues regarding older workers, pregnant workers, harassment of Asian workers, and accommodations.
Morgan Lewis partner and co-director of the firm’s Workplace Culture Consulting group Sharon Masling was quoted in an SHRM article about updated guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
As Latin America continues to manage the adverse economic effects resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and prepares for what lies ahead, there are certain post-shutdown processes and regulatory requirements to keep in mind before the restart of operations in the region.
California employers face a myriad of challenges as they transition their workforces back into their workplaces. Join us for an overview of federal and local guidelines and a discussion of best practices to consider when reopening in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
New York State has continued to issue the state’s phased, regional plan for reopening businesses following the statewide closure of all nonessential businesses due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, a process known as “New York Forward.”
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and related economic downturn, businesses that have laid off workers may be more likely to receive a request for business information from the US Department of Labor in connection with a Trade Adjustment Assistance petition.
As Russian regions are lifting pandemic-related workplace restrictions, employers must start considering how best to cope with a vast array of issues, including restarting operations, reintegrating remote-working employees, implementing new and existing requirements, and protecting the safety of employees and customers. Employers who proactively plan for these challenges will be best positioned to adapt to the “new normal.”
This White Paper explores common theories of liability that we anticipate will be a focus of this potential new litigation and sets forth recommendations for businesses seeking to mitigate their exposure to such liability.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed Executive Order 150, which furthers efforts to reopen non-essential businesses closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Starting June 15, 2020, non-essential retail businesses can reopen physically to customers and outdoor dining and beverage services may resume.
Massachusetts is beginning to prepare for the next phase of its four-phase reopening plan. On June 1 Governor Charlie Baker issued an order allowing Phase II businesses to open their locations to workers to prepare for reopening, providing additional details concerning what types of businesses will be allowed to reopen in Phases II–IV of the reopening plan, and outlining additional guidance for these businesses.
Additional reopening steps come several weeks after Illinois released a five-phase, regional plan for reopening businesses following the statewide closure of all nonessential businesses due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, a process known as Restore Illinois.
With the easing of circuit-breaker measures in Singapore, employers gearing up for reopening must implement safe management measures to provide a safe working environment for employees. Here is a brief guide for employers in Singapore on things to take note when planning for these measures.
Morgan Lewis partner Chai Feldblum was quoted in a Human Resource Executive article about the importance of good workplace culture as businesses reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please join us for part four of our webinar series on labor management relations in the time of a pandemic. This 60-minute presentation will cover returning to the workplace and what labor management challenges employers can expect when implementing changes to their workforce and managing business risks outside of the United States.
Investors pursing global investment opportunities across the sports industry should be aware of the key considerations likely to apply to the M&A process amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Dubai has announced the gradual reopening of business activities beginning 27 May 2020 within the emirate. The announcement that there will no longer be any restrictions on movement between 6 am and 11 pm was issued at a virtual meeting of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management held on 25 May 2020.
Massachusetts is beginning to reopen for business, with strict rules about how businesses may bring workers back to the workplace. On May 18, the commonwealth issued its phased reopening plan following the closure of all nonessential businesses due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. This LawFlash discusses the government’s rules for the reopening process, including industry-specific guidance.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to help prevent potential disruptions to the food supply chain, particularly fruit and vegetable processing plants, resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
As local and national governments begin easing pandemic-related restrictions on in-person activities, businesses must weigh how best to proceed with reopening, including restarting or expanding operations, reintegrating remote-working or furloughed employees, implementing new state and local orders, and protecting the safety of employees and customers. Here are a few key considerations. For more information, please see our Retail Reopens Guide.
As businesses across America begin to reopen in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many will likely implement new social distancing and sanitization procedures.
New York State began on May 15 to implement the state’s phased, regional plan for reopening businesses following the statewide closure of all nonessential businesses due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, a process known as “New York Forward.” Pursuant to New York Forward, certain industries in qualifying regions of New York can begin in-person operations, provided they affirm compliance with industry-specific health and safety guidance promulgated by the state and develop and post a compliant safety plan. This LawFlash discusses the nature and scope of the New York Forward reopening process, and key provisions from health and safety guidance issued to date.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed Executive Order 142, which cues the early stages of reopening. New Jersey residents can now hold small in-person gatherings, as well as attend vehicular gatherings or events. Starting May 18, nonessential retail businesses can open, but only for curbside pickup and provided they require infection control practices inside the store. Nonessential construction projects can also resume on May 18.
Russia ended the mandatory non-work days introduced to curb the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, initially from 30 March through 3 April with further several extensions through 11 May. However, the end of non-work days does not mean "back to normal." The subjects of the Russian Federation (Russia’s constituencies) must continue to maintain the specific preventive measures depending on the epidemiological situation in a particular territory. In this alert, we address some recent changes introduced in connection with the end of non-work days, with a particular focus on Moscow.
In recognition of growing concerns regarding the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the UK economy and the profound social impact of lockdown measures, the government has this week unveiled its strategy for exiting the lockdown alongside detailed sector-specific guidance on how to work safely during the pandemic.
As jurisdictions contemplate lifting pandemic-related workplace restrictions, employers must proactively plan for an array of challenges related to reopening or expanding operations. Join us for a webinar covering key considerations and practical implementation steps for employers.
As the public health emergency caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) continuously evolves, the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are actively releasing new, and updating existing, policy statements and temporary guidance providing flexibility on certain regulatory requirements during the pendency of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While most companies in France (with the exception of cafés and restaurants, sports halls, theatres, museums, and companies whose activities allow teleworking) will be able to resume their activity from 11 May, employers must now take health and safety measures to ensure the protection of their employees and limit the risks of litigation and criminal proceedings.
Join Morgan Lewis firm experts on USDA, OSHA, and the DPA for a discussion on the implications of this new Executive Order.
Please join us for part two of our five part webinar series focusing on labor management relations in the time of a pandemic.
Employers should be aware that remote working arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may inadvertently trigger state payroll tax registration and filing requirements for their businesses, and possibly trigger corporate income/franchise tax “nexus” with another state, subjecting the business to that state’s tax regime.
Key issues that UK employers should begin considering now to minimize difficulties as they reopen or expand their operations include reintegrating staff, assessing internal policies in light of the pandemic, testing for the coronavirus (COVID-19), and more.
Please join us for a webinar in which we will cover key considerations and discuss practical implementation steps for employers to consider as jurisdictions contemplate lifting pandemic-related workplace restrictions.
The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the global sports industry and its affiliated sectors is substantial and unprecedented. Constructive stakeholder engagement at all levels is crucial to ensuring business continuity. Organizations should be cognizant that decisions made now will attract post-crisis scrutiny, and start planning for post-pandemic recovery and growth.
In this recorded webinar, we discuss the 10 most pressing employment law and human resources questions on managing employees during and after the COVID-19 lockdown.
As jurisdictions contemplate lifting pandemic-related workplace restrictions, employers must start considering how best to cope with a vast array of issues, including restarting or expanding operations, reintegrating remote-working or furloughed employees, implementing new state and local orders/requirements, and protecting the safety of employees and customers. Employers who proactively plan for these challenges will be best positioned to adapt to the “new normal.”