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The rapid spread of COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) is creating unprecedented challenges for all of us as circumstances are changing virtually every day. Our attorneys are monitoring these developments to help schools, employers, businesses, and municipalities stay up to date on the issues and best practices. We will continue to provide updates and encourage you to check back regularly. For more information, please contact us!

Employment 

April 16, 2020 – OSHA COVID-19 Issues Enforcement and Injury Reporting Guidance

April 10, 2020 – CHRO Provides Extensions for Certain Deadlines

April 9, 2020 – Executive Order 7V, DECD Guidance for Essential Employees & CDC Interim Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Workers

April 8, 2020 – Updates to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

April 3, 2020 – IRS Issues 66 FAQs Addressing Tax Credit & Required Documentation under the Family First Coronavirus Response Act

April 2, 2020 – Connecticut Department of Labor Shared Work Program Overview

March 27, 2020 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 27, 2020 – COVID-19 Webinars

March 25, 2020 – COVID-19: Immigration Related Travel Restrictions & Suspension of Services

March 25, 2020 – Department of Homeland Security Provides Flexibility In I-9 Compliance Requirements

March 24, 2020 – Coronavirus Concerns for Healthcare Providers and Organizations

March 19, 2020 – The Families First Coronavirus Response Act 

March 18, 2020 – Coronavirus Update 

March 16, 2020 – COVID-19 Update

March 13, 2020 – Advice For Employers Amid Growing Coronavirus Concerns

 

Corporate/Business Services 

May 15, 2020 – Remote Member Meetings for Connecticut Nonstock Corporations During the COVID-19 Emergency

May 14, 2020 – SBA Releases Guidance on Good Faith Certification of Need for PPP Loans

April 24, 2020 – PPP & EIDLs Refilled

April 9, 2020 – Summary of Executive Orders, Federal Tax and Trade Bureau Orders, and Related Regulatory Guidance Affecting the Liquor Industry in Connecticut

April 4, 2020 – Loans and Tax Incentives for Businesses Under the CARES Act

March 30, 2020 – COVID-19 Contract and Insurance Issues

March 26, 2020 – DECD First Come, First Served Bridge Loan Program

March 23, 2020 – Executive Order 7J & DECD Guidance 

March 23, 2020 – State and Federal Business Assistance and Tax Relief

March 21, 2020 – Executive Order 7H

 

Data Privacy and Cyber Security

March 17, 2020 – COVID-19: Privacy and Cybersecurity Risks of Telecommuting 

 

Real Estate and Land Use

May 11, 2020 – Land Use and Building Permit Tolling

May 8, 2020 – Update Regarding Property Tax Relief Programs Adopted by Various Municipalities

May 1, 2020 – Town Adoptions of Real and Personal Property Tax Payment Relief Programs

April 17, 2020 – Changes to Property Tax Appeals Under Executive Order No. 7Z

April 17, 2020 – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Guidance on Remote Ink-Signed Notarization (RIN)

April 14, 2020 – Executive Order No. 7X re: Protections for Residential Renters Impacted by COVID-19

April 2, 2020 – Remote Notarization Procedure

March 30, 2020 – COVID-19 Contract and Insurance Issues

March 23, 2020 – COVID-19 Real Estate Update 

March 23, 2020 – Executive Order No. 7I(19) re: Relief of the Procedural Requirements for Land Use and Other Municipal Offices

 

Litigation 

March 30, 2020 – COVID-19 Contract and Insurance Issues

March 25, 2020 – Update to Connecticut Federal and State Court Changes – as of March 25, 2020

March 24, 2020 – Connecticut Court Changes in Response to COVID-19

 

Intellectual Property

March 27, 2020 – COVID-19 and the Current Rules at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

 

Education and School Law 

March 9, 2020 – Coronavirus Concerns For Educational Institutions

 

Alternative Dispute Resolution 

March 31, 2020 – Online Dispute Resolution

 

Healthcare Law 

April 29, 2020 – Liability Risks for Telemedicine Healthcare Providers During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 20, 2020 – State and Federal Financial Relief for Skilled Nursing Facilities

April 20, 2020 – Provider Relief Payments Part 2

April 20, 2020 – Provider Relief Payments

April 8, 2020 – Considerations for Skilled Nursing Facilities and Long-Term Care Facilities During COVID-19

April 6, 2020 – Protections from Civil Liability for Healthcare Providers and Financial Protections for COVID-19 Patients

 

General Updates 

March 23, 2020 – A Message from Our Managing Partner

 

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February 4, 2020 – Workplace Concerns About Coronavirus

 

Other Resources and Guidance

Connecticut Coronavirus Portal

Contains a daily count of confirmed Coronavirus cases in Connecticut (currently by county) and access to other important links including, but not limited to, Emergency Orders.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Portal

Contains a daily count of confirmed Coronavirus cases nationally and access to other important information and guidance. 

World Health Organization (WHO) Portal

Contains updates regarding Coronavirus and guidance at a global level.

State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Updates

Connecticut State courts began hearing limited matters on March 10, 2020. Prior to April 15, 2020, the state courts were only hearing “Priority 1 Business Functions,” which included matters such as criminal arraignments, juvenile detention hearings, civil protection orders, etc. The courts are now hearing limited civil matters.

Federal Court Updates

The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut is restricting access to the court to individuals who have traveled to highly affected areas. Further, all civil and criminal jury selections and trials scheduled between now and May 15, 2020 have been continued until a further order of the court.

U.S. Small Business Administration Low-Interest Federal Disaster Loans

The S.B.A. has announced that it will work with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small business and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Guidance

In addition to providing a portal with general information, OSHA has put together guidance with important information for employers regarding preparing their workplaces for the Coronavirus.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance

The EEOC has announced that it is implementing any agency-wide telework policy, meaning that all EEOC employees will be working remotely effective March 17, 2020.  It has begun conducting EEOC charge intake over the phone and will be processing all requests for hearings and appeals electronically through its portal system.  The agency has also provided guidance regarding the effect of the Coronavirus on the Americans with Disabilities and Rehabilitation Acts.

Connecticut Commission On Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) Guidance

Until further notice, all in-person meetings and hearings with the CHRO and the Office of the Public Hearing are being cancelled.  The agency will conduct all mediations and fact-finding conferences by phone or video conference where possible.  The CHRO will also conduct charge intake appointments by phone and video conference where possible. 

Sexual Harassment Training Deadline Extended For COVID-19 Related Reasons

The CHRO has extended the deadline for sexual harassment training 90-days for COVID-19 affected employees.  Employers will be required to explain that they were unable to complete the training requirement for those affected employees because of current COVID-19 restrictions.  Examples of such restrictions may be lack of access to technology including computer/the internet, illness of the employee or other unforeseeable circumstances.

Extensions to Respond to CHRO Charges For COVID-19 Related Reasons

The CHRO will also allow Respondents an additional 30 days to submit their answers and Schedule A Responses for COVID-19 related issues.

United States Department of Labor (USDOL) Guidance

The USDOL has provided general guidance and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the FLSA and FMLA in light of the pandemic.  Further, the agency has initiated a temporary pause in Job Corps Center operations until April 14, 2020 and indicated that the break may extend beyond that date.  It has also announced a three-month exemption and waiver from some of the exemptions of the affirmative action program requirements. 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Notice of Rights Poster

FCCRA requires that employers give notice to employees of their rights under the law by posting this poster in a conspicuous place. Employers should e-mail the poster to employees who are working remotely or post it on their intranet. There is currently no deadline for posting, however, employers should do so as soon as possible.

Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) Guidance

As of March 12, weekly unemployment claims and account status inquiries must be filed and checked respectively online.

United States Treasury

In addition to providing a general Portal, the United States Treasury has announced that it will provide give taxpayers an additional 90 days until June 15, 2020 to pay their 2019 taxes.

Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS)

Effective immediately, the DRS has extended the filing deadlines for certain annual tax returns from April 15, 2020 to June 15, 2020 in order to support businesses during the pandemic.

Connecticut Supreme Court

Effective immediately, the briefing deadlines for all cases before the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts have been extended 30 days.  The Connecticut Supreme Court has also announced that it will reschedule oral arguments scheduled to take place between March 24 and April 2.