Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for Businesses

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By KoKo Huang, Gregory McCall, and Asasia Pierce On June 29, 2020 President Trump issued an amendment to his June 22, 2020 proclamation which temporarily suspended entry of certain non-immigrant groups into the United States as a result of the COVID-19–related economic crisis. The proclamation originally exempted foreign nationals who, as of June 24, had a valid visa in any category. The amendment narrows the scope of individuals exempt from the ban to…
By Jim Davis, Norton Cutler, and Bradley Dlatt The insurance industry in the United States continues to thwart legislative solutions for disputed COVID-19-related losses under property/business interruption policies and resists efforts to group lawsuits together into multi-district federal litigation or class actions. Meanwhile, the independent regulator of insurers in the United Kingdom, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is trying to take a more organized and direct approach. Although the FCA indicated that it…
By KoKo Huang, Gregory McCall, and Asasia Pierce U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released plans to furlough over 13,000 employees, representing roughly 70% of its workforce, unless U.S. Congress provides a $1.2 billion cash infusion before August 3. According to USCIS, the budget shortfall is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and a 50% drop in receipts and incoming fees beginning in March. Others argue that the funding shortfall is largely…
On June 26, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division Head, Cheryl Stanton, issued two guidance bulletins relating to the impact of COVID-19. The first bulletin, Field Assistance Bulletin Number 2020-3, relates to the impact of COVID-19 on child labor laws, and the second bulletin, Field Assistance Bulletin Number 2020-4, provides guidance on child care leave pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Virtual Learning Impacts Child Labor…
By KoKo Huang and Asasia Pierce The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a further extension of Form I-9 compliance flexibility. As previously detailed, on March 19, 2020, DHS began allowing certain employers to defer the physical presence requirement of I-9 documentation inspection and temporarily allowed electronic or remote I-9 documentation review. These provisions were originally set to expire on May 19 but were extended for an additional 30 days. On June…
By Rebekkah Emerson and Allison Handy On June 23, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance (Corp Fin) published CF Disclosure Topic No. 9A (Topic 9A) to provide further disclosure-related guidance to public companies whose operations and/or financial condition have been impacted by COVID-19. Specifically, Topic 9A provides guidance in the form of illustrative questions for assessing the impact of COVID-19 on disclosures relating to financial condition, results of operations, liquidity, and…
By Zubin Khambatta, David Robbins, and Stephanie Saladino The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced two new targeted distributions from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (the Provider Relief Fund) to assist in the response to the medical and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic: $15 billion to Medicaid and CHIP providers that have not yet received a payment under the Provider Relief Fund General Distribution. $10 billion to…
By Andy Smetana, Joe Bailey and Teri Lindquist The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury), on June 22, 2020, issued new guidance in their interim final rule #20 with respect to the terms of and process for applying for loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This new guidance modifies prior rulemaking based on the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 enacted on June 5, 2020…
On this episode, we are joined by Deborah White, president of the Retail Litigation Center (RLC) and senior executive vice president and general counsel of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). Deborah provides insight and analysis regarding the retail industry’s varied and innovative response to the pandemic, including how large retailers deal with the patchwork of evolving state and local regulations and how they are innovating at breakneck speed to meet consumer demand while maintaining…
On June 18, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order manding that people in California wear face coverings in “high-risk” situations. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a guidance document that updates existing guidance regarding the use of cloth face coverings by the public when outside the home. Under the new mandate, individuals in California must wear face coverings in the following “high-risk” situations, as provided in the updated CDPH guidance:…