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Freedom of Information Act Requests Can Expose a Business’s COVID-19 PPP Loan Activity

By: Stephanie M. Martin Posted on: Sunday, May 17th, 2020

You've probably heard about the fallout from Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and Shake Shack after they accepted funding from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which is a government program that was intended to help small businesses pay their employees during the pandemic. Since these publicly traded c

What if Employees Are Scared to Return to Work During COVID Reopening?

By: Alissa A. Kranz Posted on: Monday, May 11th, 2020

The last thing a business owner needs right now is a labor dispute with an employee. The current situation makes that a possibility. Things are starting to return to normal. Businesses are reopening. Millions of companies have received Payroll Protection Program loans and need to use the majo

Governor DeSantis’s Executive Order on Phase 1 to Reopen Florida

By: Alissa A. Kranz Posted on: Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

On April 29th, Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-112, which puts “Phase 1” of his “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery” into effect on May 4th. “Phase 1” reopens certain businesses that were previously deemed nonessential in all counties except Miami-Dad

Virtual Mediation During COVID-19

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing more people to stay home, businesses across the country must find ways to perform their work without face-to-face interactions. Yet the pandemic has not reduced sources of disagreement. Fast resolution of conflicts is often necessary for businesses to navigat

Florida and Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers 

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Sunday, April 26th, 2020

As we move through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, all of us have been challenged to absorb a range of new terminology and guidelines to help us better maneuver through the crisis. This has been the case in both our personal and professional lives. One of the first waves of information all of us h

EEOC Clarifications and Guidance Regarding COVID-19 Medical Information and ADA Accommodation Requests

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

There have been numerous questions posed by employers in regard to confidentiality of medical information pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has attempted to address some of the most common questions which employers feel need addressing. Here

NEW CDC GUIDANCE ON RETURN-TO-WORK STANDARDS FOLLOWING CORONAVIRUS EXPOSURE

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Employers are rightfully concerned about having workers return to their place of business after they have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID19. Fortunately, the CDC has provided guidance for employers who have workers classified as "critical infrastructure workers". Employers who fall into this

COVID-19 and Contractual Commitments

By: Jeff Lieser Posted on: Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated businesses across the country and many owners have been left to wonder if they are legally bound by contracts they signed prior to the outbreak. Unfortunately, there is not simple yes or no answer, but there are circumstances where the contract can be breached wi