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Posts from March 2020.

On March 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provided additional guidance as to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This can be found on the DOL website at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions.

The latest round of guidance from the DOL ...

Summary of Financial Assistance Available to Small Businesses Under the CARES Act

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020, is an emergency measure aimed in part at providing relief for small businesses. It includes $349 billion in Small Business Administration (“SBA”) loan ...

CARES Act Provides Unprecedented Unemployment Benefits: What Employers Need to Know
On March 27, 2020, the House passed and President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the largest stimulus bill in United States history. The comprehensive statute includes multiple provisions designed to expand unemployment benefits during the ...
Property Insurance Coverage Issues Presented by COVID-19

Connell Foley’s property insurance group is comprised of market leaders with well over 100 years of combined experience addressing complex coverage issues on behalf of the insurance industry. The group has significant experience with claims involving widespread catastrophic losses ...

Guidelines for Working Securely While Working Remotely

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Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and the various state and federal guidelines regarding stay-at-home directives, there are a record number of individuals currently working remotely. To reduce the threat of a security breach to ...

U.S. Department of Labor Expands FFCRA Guidance Including Impact of Furloughs and Business Closures
On March 26, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provided significantly expanded guidance as to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which is available at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions. The DOL has now provided much needed ...
Top Coronavirus Cyber Scams to Watch for Now

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Now more than ever it is crucial to be aware of potential cyber threats. Cyber criminals are taking advantage of the current pandemic to propagate numerous types of cyberattacks. Following are some of the scams that are making their ...

Required Notice: Covered Employers Must Provide Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice

The U.S. Department of Labor has provided information to assist employers with Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) compliance. Specifically, covered employers must provide notice to their employees pursuant to the FFCRA, which the Department of Labor published today, March ...

New York State Courts to Accept Fillings for Only "Essential Matters"

On Sunday, March 22, New York state courts issued Administrative Order 78. The Order was issued as part of the courts’ ongoing efforts to help curtail the spread of COVID-19, and restricts the acceptance of both paper and electronic filings in all cases to only certain “essential ...

NJ Governor Murphy Declares Medicinal Marijuana Dispensaries Essential Businesses

On March 21, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 107, shutting down non-essential retail businesses in New Jersey in response to the growing COVID-19 threat. However, medicinal marijuana dispensaries received an exemption as an “essential business.”

As part of the Order ...

Governor Murphy’s “Stay at Home” Order: What Our Clients Need to Know

Governor Murphy today issued Executive Order No. 107, which he characterized as a “Stay at Home” executive order. The Order goes into effect at 9pm tonight. The clear intent of the Order is to have as many state residents as possible both work from home and stay at home to mitigate against the ...

Governor Murphy signed a package of bills into law on March 20, 2020, which aim to help alleviate COVID-19’s impact on the state’s businesses and employees. Importantly, two of the bills, A.B. 3845 and A.B. 3848, offer unique tools to help navigate the turbulent times created by the ...

New Jersey Confronting COVID-19: A Look Ahead

Bill Castner, the author of the following post, is the subject of the ROI-NJ article "Why businesses should expect more closures, stay-at-home orders — and to wait for federal grants."

New Jersey is moving at breakneck speed and advancing some of the most aggressive steps in the nation in an ...

New York State Guarantees Leave for Employees Impacted by COVID-19

New York state employers must offer leave in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is effective immediately. Such leave applies to employees required or ordered to quarantine. In addition to leave, employees will also possess job protection from any COVID-19 related employment action.

NJ Liquor License Laws Modified in Light of COVID-19

A temporary relaxation of New Jersey’s liquor license laws may offer some of the state’s restaurants a bit of good news while they face restrictions imposed as a result of the novel coronavirus.  As part of the measures taken by Gov. Murphy to prepare for and respond to COVID-19, all ...

Proposed NJ Bill Aimed at Negating “Virus” Exclusion Pulled… for Now

The New Jersey Legislature is taking up a number of bills in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 19, 2020, attorneys from Connell Foley LLP remotely attended the New Jersey Senate session that approved a number of Assembly bills aimed at addressing the health, business and economic ...

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What Employers Need to Know
On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA"). The bi-partisan economic stimulus act is effective from April 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020, and provides employees with additional wage continuation and leave benefits under certain ...
Municipalities and Developers May Soon Obtain Relief Under New Jersey's Open Public Meetings Act

In light of recent developments concerning COVID-19, New Jersey municipalities have halted public in-person meetings, including local planning board, zoning board of adjustment, and redevelopment agency hearings. While these drastic measures are necessary to ensure the health and ...

How the Coronavirus Pandemic May Impact Your Contractual Rights

After taking the necessary steps to protect yourself, your family and your staff in response to the developing coronavirus pandemic, you may need to consider the effect that the government’s increasing restrictions may have on your ability to conduct business. Whether you are looking to ...

Dear clients and friends,

Individually and collectively we are each challenged by all that is taking place. Whether it be in the workplace, at home or in our travels -- little these days is resorting to the norm. With that in mind, we wanted to send you this brief update regarding Connell Foley's ...

Employers: Coronavirus Policies and Procedures Can Protect Your Business and Your Employees

With the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), businesses must prepare and take steps to ensure employer policies account for a potential workplace disruption. 

As circumstances and needs are unique to each business, it is imperative that employers develop and communicate their ...

Smoldering News: Employers May Face Discrimination Charges for Terminating Workers Based on Medical Marijuana Use

As the use of medical marijuana increases, employers are facing novel questions about their rights and responsibilities related to employees who use medical cannabis. A recent decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court is providing some much-needed guidance in this rapidly evolving area of ...

NLRB Announces New Joint-Employer Rule

On February 26, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced a new rule governing joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act. Although the NLRB more frequently sets standards through decisions in contested cases, it decided to address joint-employer ...

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