Unmasking the Confusion: COVID-19 – Are Employees Required to Wear Masks?

Chris Stipes, Natalia Isenberg and Jennifer Milak

In light of North Carolina entering “Phase 1” of lifting its COVID-19 restrictions, this article addresses issues involving employer requirements and employee use of facemasks, respirators, gloves, and other personal protective equipment (“PPE”). Current Guidance Here is what our government agencies are recommending. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) The EEOC released guidance that indicates an…

Is the Force With You? Force Majeure Clauses, COVID-19 and Contracts

Brad Inman

Numerous businesses impacted by COVID-19 are searching for relief wherever they can find it. Difficult decisions are being made with respect to layoffs, lease or mortgage payments, and federal loan assistance as companies attempt to navigate the current environment. One area generating increased attention is whether a company’s contract provisions create either an obligation or…

Jail Safety During COVID-19

Patrick Scott and Brad Inman

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way we, as a society, operate in our daily lives. Sheriffs and their leadership have been especially affected due to the challenges operating a detention facility presents during the pandemic. Jails around the country have attempted multiple strategies to protect the inmate population, including isolation, testing, and early release…

Significant Changes Coming for Brokers Seeking an Expungement of Customer Dispute Information

Daniel Strong

Registered representatives seeking to expunge customer dispute information from the Central Registration Depository system (“CRD”) will likely be required to pay increased FINRA filing and hearing fees in the near future.[1]  With Proposed Rule Change 2020-005, FINRA seeks to amend Part IX of the FINRA Code of Arbitration Procedure for Customer Disputes and the Code…

Business Interruption Insurance Recoveries Due to COVID-19

Brad Inman

Many companies carry business interruption insurance as a component of their first-party property insurance or as a freestanding policy. Such coverage protects against losses sustained during periods of suspended operation due to various events and damage. Although there is no doubt that operations and business has been suspended across countless industries in recent months, business…

COVID-19 and the Potential for a Significant Increase in FINRA Arbitrations

Daniel Strong

Recent market volatility associated with COVID-19 has the potential to result in a large uptick in arbitration filings with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.  Following a February to March decrease in the S&P 500 of over 34 percent and the recent historic dip in oil prices, investor confidence is understandably shaken.  For broker-dealers and registered…

The North Carolina Judicial Branch’s Response to COVID-19 (including updates from the NCIC and U.S. District Courts)

Teague Campbell

The NC Judicial Branch continues to monitor COVID-19 across the state. In conjunction with the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force, state public health officials and the NC Department of Emergency Management, Chief Justice Beasley has issued several new orders. The NC Industrial Commission and U.S. Districts Courts have similar orders. We have compiled the pertinent resources…

Best Cyber Security Practices for Working from Home in the Age of COVID-19

Jennifer Milak and Carmelle Alipio

With the spread of COVID-19 continuing across North Carolina, additional restrictions for residents were announced on Monday, March 23, 2020, by Governor Roy Cooper. Restrictions include the closure of more businesses by 5pm on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and a ban on gatherings of more than fifty people. Employers have had to quickly adjust many…

Best Practices for Prevention and Management of Litigation against Educators

William Bulfer

Across the nation, we are seeing a steady increase in litigation involving school teachers and administrators. These cases can range from personal injury suits for minor injuries sustained on school property, to very serious allegations of misconduct between teachers and students. Though preventing school-related lawsuits altogether may not be practical, there are several things that…