COVID-19 RESOURCES

COVID-19 Update: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with state and federal recommendations, our physical offices are closed; however, we remain fully operational in a remote capacity. While most firm members are working remotely through a secure connection, we have a small team onsite each day to support essential functions. All firm members have access to voicemails left on their office phone and can also be reached quickly by email or cell phone. As we navigate these uncharted waters together, we hope you will find this resource page useful. If you have any questions or would like to discuss these topics in more detail, please reach out to one of our attorneys.

Federal Resources

Updates from the CDC: How to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick

U.S. Department of Labor: Paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

U.S. Small Business Administration: Small business guidance and loan resources

Local and State Resources

NC Modified Stay Home Order: Phase 1

All NC COVID-19 Executive Orders

NCDHHS Response to COVID-19: Including information about symptoms and testing, news briefings and up to date case count

Business & Employer Resources from the State of NC

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…

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Employment Law: COVID-19 Question of the Week 4

Jennifer Milak and Julia Hooten

Question: When an employee returns to work after a COVID-19 diagnosis, does the ADA allow employers to require doctors’ notes certifying their fitness for duty? Answer: According to the EEOC’s March 2020 published guidance, yes. However, practically, as healthcare providers’ time and resources become limited, such requirements may pose real practical problems. For questions or…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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