More Business Liability Shields Put in Place

Last week, we advised you of some of the movement in different states around the idea of shielding private businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits so long as they operate within the parameters of various government edicts (state or federal regulations, executive orders or guidance. Up to this point, the focus has almost exclusively been protecting the…

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OSHA and CDC Issue Joint Guidance

Last week, we reported separately on an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance as well as one from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) relating safety inspections/reports and reopening guidance respectively.  In our rush to get the most timely information out to our readers, we didn’t connect the two issues as clearly as we…

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OSHA Expands Inspections & COVID-19 Reporting

On Tuesday of this week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new policy regarding inspections and enforcement during the coronavirus pandemic as well as the obligation of employers to record COVID-19 cases within their workforce. Beginning Monday, May 26, the agency will begin to resume the usual level of in-person inspections of…

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Colorado Resurrecting Obama-era Joint Employer

It’s an issue that’s seemingly been resolved more times than one can count since President Trump took office in 2017, but joint employer is still rearing its ugly head periodically – and this time at the state level. The effort in Colorado to codify the egregious joint employer standard from the Obama-era NLRB almost completely…

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Tosses Stay-At-Home Order

In a judicial rebuke of Governor Tony Evers, the Supreme Court for the state of Wisconsin overturned the Governors stay at home order, which the Governor extended until May 26. The court ruled in a 4-3 decision that the order was invalid as the administration did not issue follow proper rulemaking procedures. Under “rulemaking”, the…

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SBA Extends Safe Harbor for PPP Loan Returns

The US Department of the Treasury and the Small Business Administration (SBA) this week also issued new guidance on the question of who is actually eligible to receive a Paycheck Protection Program loan (PPP). This information is critical!  Franchisee law firm Dady & Gardner, P.A. advises that when businesses applied for a PPP loan, they…

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Congress Eyes Next Round of Relief

Notwithstanding the partisan divide that continues in the Nation’s Capital, Congress is looking at possibly passing another multi-billion to trillion dollar economic relief package when the House returns to DC next week. Republicans and Democrats are divided over what to include, but they have each been floating different ideas that we want to keep watch…

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Masking Mandates

As the national patchwork of “stay at home”, “safer at home” and “non-essential business closing” orders gets murkier, it becomes that much more important for us to know what the limits are for the different areas in which we operate. Understanding and knowing the limits of this city, that county and the other state can…

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A Mix of States Eye Re-Openings

Opinions of whether, how and when individual states should re-open for business in light of the coronavirus crisis are as diverse as one can imagine. That said, there are no fewer than a dozen states across the nation committed to opening their economies as soon as today. Four states (Alaska, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee)…

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OSHA & EEOC Issue Reopening Guidance

With COVID-19 still dominating national news and many states considering reopening processes and timeline options, the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have both issued updated guidance on COVID-19 and its impact on the workplace after re-openings. In its guidance, OSHA underscores that its guidance neither creates new…

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