Written by: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq. With the growing uncertainty of what impact COVID-19 will have on local businesses from an economic standpoint, many businesses are unsure of how they will maintain day-to-day operations. There may be an added uncertainty to employers that sponsor H-1B workers.  Lay-offs, furloughs, reduced wages, and even termination of employees are all options that are being considered by many businesses.  However, it is important

Written by: Ann Bishop, Esq. Effective March 17, 2020, all Social Security Administration field offices were closed to the public in an effort to slow the growing rate of COVID-19 sufferers.  In response to the field office closure, the Social Security Administration is not providing information about Social Security Disability Insurance status to third parties.  For the present, to obtain information regarding SSDI status, claimants must obtain a "Social

Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq.  On March 17 a coalition of 35 advertising groups sent California Attorney General Xavier Becerra a letter calling for a delay in the enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) because of COVID-19.  Enforcement of the CCPA is currently scheduled to begin July 1.  The Attorney General’s office refused the call for a delay, stating, “Right now, we’re committed to enforcing the law

Written by: John E. Parkerson, Jr., Esq. Force majeure clauses often are ignored as simple boilerplate of little importance relative to the underlying “business deal.”  Not to unduly alarm, but a force majeure clause is important, especially during times like those we are experiencing.  This clause generally includes language that defines the kinds of occurrences that constitute instances where performance is excused or temporarily impossible.   Our contracts generally include

Written by: Meredith Knight, Esq. Last week, we posted our conclusions regarding the compensability, or really, lack thereof, regarding COVID-19 in the workplace as specifically pertaining to the Georgia Workers' Compensation Act. What follows are three common scenarios employers currently experience that raise further questions about COVID-19 in the workplace. First, please review our initial post regarding the reasons why COVID-19 will almost never be compensable in Georgia. After

By: Tyler J. Pritchard,Esq.  and C. Michael Johnson, Esq. The outbreak of the Covid-19 virus has affected businesses all over America, ranging from mom-and-pop restaurants to multi-billion-dollar industry leaders. The forced closing and limitation of operations is likely to lead businesses to turn to every possible source of economic relief – one of the most likely being business interruption insurance. A recent suit filed in Louisiana[1], is the first

Written by: Ashik Jahan, Esq., and Cody Hendrix USCIS has announced that it will temporarily suspend all routine in-person visits to help slow the spread of COVID-19. They will suspend such meetings until at least April 1, 2020. All non in-person duties will continue, this only applies to routine in-person meetings. USCIS will send notice to all applicant and petitioners that will be impacted by this, and the appointments

Written by: Ryan Donihue, Esq. With the focus of the global pandemic principally on older adults and those who have serious underlying medical conditions (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, asthma and lung disease), another significant group of individuals have essentially been left out of the discussion who are at an even higher risk for developing severe illness from Coronavirus Disease 2019. This group consists of pregnant women and their unborn

Written by: Chase Langhorne, Esq. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released a bulletin this week waiving sanctions and penalties as of March 15, 2020 for non-compliance with certain provisions of HIPAA. The waiver centers around allowing people on the front lines to adequately handle and manage COVID-19 cases. Specifically, HHS is waiving sanctions and penalties against a covered hospital that does not comply with the following

Written by: Christopher Eads, Esq. The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently issued a declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (“PREP Act”) Act to provide immunity to liability for activities related to medical countermeasures against the coronavirus(COVID-19). The declaration is effective retroactively to February 4, 2020. Executive Summary Under the declaration, makers, distributors, program planners, administering entities and licensed health professionals (referred to in the declaration as