COVID-19 Resources

 

It is no surprise that the health pandemic of COVID-19 is affecting businesses across the globe. To provide greater context on COVID-19, here are a few links to useful resources:

COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) has raised many concerns for both individuals and businesses and the communities in which they work and live. With the fast-paced news cycle and rapidly evolving updates on the spread and cause of COVID-19, it is difficult to anticipate how the coronavirus will impact your business and your workforce while also trying to limit the negative impact. The best strategy is to be prepared. Make sure your business understands the legal, regulatory, privacy (such as HIPAA), insurance and commercial ramifications of COVID-19. Gutwein Law has resources available, beyond your current team members, that are ready and prepared to educate you, our clients, about your risks and your companies’ risks brought on by COVID-19.

At Gutwein Law, we remain committed to monitor the developments related to the virus and provide you with useful resources to keep you, your business, and your workforce protected. We are also putting processes in place to maintain the confidence you have placed in us that we can provide the level of service you expect despite the ongoing crisis of COVID-19.  Our attorneys and staff may work remotely or limit in-person meetings in the coming weeks, but we are committed to maintaining our high level of client service.

 

 

March 31, 2020 -- COVID-19 Regulations and Relief Efforts Affecting Businesses & Employers (gener8tor Emergency Response Program)

gener8tor is hosting emergency one-week virtual programs for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. A PDF of Gutwein Law's employment law presentation is linked above or a recording of the video can be downloaded here.

 


 

March 31, 2020 -- FAQ's: What Employers Need to Know About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Regarding Employee Leaves

Employers with fewer than 500 employees need to be ready by April 1, 2020 to implement paid leave for employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed on March 18, 2020. 

 


 

March 18, 2020 -- Communicating to Your Workforce and External Stakeholders

At this unprecedented time in the world, we strongly advise that you overcommunicate with your stakeholders – both those inside your company and external stakeholders like your customers and partners.

 


           

March 18, 2020 -- Policies  

Companies should review and consider updating or adding to their policies that apply to the current landscape – including crisis management and COVID-19 specific practices for the safety and health of everyone who interacts with your company.

 


 

March 18, 2020 -- Employee Furloughs or Lay-offs Due to Operation Downturns/Interruptions

The global economy will no doubt be impacted by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. In light of these events, companies may need to consider cutting back on expenses, including payroll. When considering options for reducing staff numbers, companies must account for how to comply with all the employment laws and regulations implicated.

 


 

March 18, 2020 -- WARN Act

Before executing a lay-off or any type of reduction in workforce, employers need to consider if they are governed by the Federal WARN Act or any state Mini WARN Acts that requires prior notice for any sizable employee lay-off or termination.

 

 

March 18, 2020 -- Insurance Coverage That Can Aid Your Company

Review your company’s policies now in order to be poised to provide timely notice for any potential insurance claims your company can pursue. 

 

 

March 18, 2020 -- Force Majeure in Sports (and Everything Else)

If your company provides goods or services, you have likely already been affected by contractual provisions related to “acts of God,” also called Force Majeure clauses. These clauses may excuse one or more parties from performing its obligations under a contract that they would otherwise be bound to perform.