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Coronavirus Insights: What You Should Know

COVID-19 is impacting businesses in unexpected ways. View our coronavirus insights for information on what organizations should know about the virus’s evolving effects — from travel and visa restrictions to delayed SEC filing deadlines, new data security concerns, supply-chain shortages, employer challenges around sick time and other leave laws, and additional signs that this is not business as usual.

Coronavirus Insights Center

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March 13, 2020 | Video

Ellen Janos discusses the role telemedicine is expected to play in the management of the coronavirus outbreak as well as the Emergency Appropriations Bill passed Congress which contains provisions intended to loosen the restrictions on Medicaid reimbursment for telehealth services.

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March 13, 2020 | Alert

Read about what the World Health Organization’s declaration that COVID-19 is a pandemic means for force majeure provisions in contracts.

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March 13, 2020 | Blog

With cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) emerging in nearly every state, many businesses are taking swift action in an effort to curb its spread.  Teleworking, “remote working,” or simply “working from home,” is a centerpiece of those efforts. While remote working arrangements may be effective to slow the community spread of COVID-19 from person to person, they present cybersecurity challenges that can be different than on-premise work. 

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March 13, 2020 | Alert

Read about the federal government’s response to COVID-19, including $8B in emergency funding and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act pending in the House.

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March 12, 2020 | Blog

Following years of discussion, on March 5, 2020, U.S. Representatives Larry Buchson (R-IN) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) and U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced identical versions of the Verifying Accurate and Leading-edge IVCT Development (VALID) Act in both chambers of Congress. Unlike previously-circulated discussion drafts, the introduced bills include specific language designed to address public health emergencies, including COVID-19.

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March 12, 2020 | Blog

As the nation continues to address the spread of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), several precautionary efforts are being taken to ensure citizens remain safe and reduce the prevalence of transmission to vulnerable individuals across the country.  As the Legislature and Executive Branch aggressively focus on COVID-19 related issues, your ML Strategies team will continue to monitor and engage state and local leaders on legislative and regulatory priorities by keeping lines of communication open on a daily basis with legislators and staff.

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March 12, 2020 | Blog

One of the most pressing questions presented by the COVID-19 coronavirus is how companies can balance employees’ health and wellbeing (including both virus-related symptoms and associated anxieties) with the business’s operating needs. Although not a cure-all, the implementation of teleworking (i.e., remote working) is one way that certain equipped companies can keep their employees (and those they interact with) safe, without significantly impacting business operations.

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March 12, 2020 | Blog

Although the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus/ COVID-19 outbreak a “pandemic” on March 11, employers should only alter preexisting reasonable protocols and precautions based on guidance from the CDC, local authorities, or both. At this time, employers should continue to communicate with employees, reinforce or amend sick leave policies, develop plans in the event of a state of emergency or lockdown, and consider telecommuting or remote work policies

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March 12, 2020 | Blog

Employers should not overlook the mental health issues impacting employees in connection with their response to the coronavirus pandemic in the workplace. Possible proactive measures include circulating information about their employee assistance programs and other community resources, considering accommodations for mental health issues, and sponsoring meditation, yoga, mindfulness, or other mental health and well-being programs.

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March 12, 2020 | Alert

This article provides details on the travel ban announced by President Trump on March 11, 2020 in his speech regarding the coronavirus.

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March 12, 2020 | Blog

On March 12, the IRS issued a notice stating that a health plan will not fail to be a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) merely because it provides testing for and treatment of COVID-19 without a deductible or that is subject to a reduced deductible. This means that an individual who participates in such a plan may continue to participate in a Health Savings Account (HSA).

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March 10, 2020 | Alert

This alert reviews USCIS’s requirements for Form I-9 — required for all new hires in the United States — and the special challenges that completing the form poses in light of the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. 

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March 10, 2020 | Alert

With the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”), the disease caused by the novel coronavirus (“SARS-CoV-2”), companies across various industries are taking precautions, some of which already have, and inevitably will result in nonperformance of their contracts.  

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March 6, 2020 | Blog

COVID-19 is not the only virus associated with the global outbreak. As predictably as night follows day, cybercriminals have been using the epidemic as a means to spread their malicious payloads. Companies should include information about cyber hygiene along with the CDC recommendations of hand washing, particularly given the potential for increased remote access to corporate IT systems.

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March 5, 2020 | Advisory

Read about the SEC’s March 4 order granting issuers and other persons relief from some securities law requirements in the event of disruptions due to the coronavirus.

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March 4, 2020 | Blog

Within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), many agencies have responsibility for responding to public health emergencies. This blog post covers steps that FDA has taken to mitigate potential drug and device shortages related to coronavirus and to otherwise respond to the coronavirus situation.

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March 2, 2020 | Alert

Read about updated CDC and DOS travel guidance for Iran, Italy, China, South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong and President Trump's entry ban for foreign nationals who have been in Iran within 14 days.

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February 27, 2020 | Blog

In light of the Coronavirus’s continued impact in the workplace, this post reviews the CDC’s newly issued guidelines for businesses, and dives deeper into how employers can lawfully navigate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), sick time laws, and other leave laws, while maintaining the safety of their workforce.

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February 12, 2020 | Blog

As the coronavirus remains to be an active outbreak with cases increasing within the United States, this is a good time to review how HIPAA applies in a public health emergency, including its restrictions and flexibility in these types of situations. Accordingly, last week, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a helpful bulletin on how the HIPAA Privacy Rule comes into play with the coronavirus outbreak and other public health emergencies. 

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February 12, 2020 | Alert

This alert covers recent State Department and US Consulate notices regarding restrictions on entry into the US related to the spread of the coronavirus. 

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February 6, 2020 | Alert

Read about the administration's temporary suspension, effective Feb. 2, of the entry of non-US citizens or permanent residents who have been in China, excluding Hong Kong and Macau, during the prior 14 days.

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February 03, 2020 | News

Mintz Associate Emma Follansbee was quoted in an article published by EHS Today on legal considerations for employers as they educate and inform their employees of rapidly evolving news regarding the global Coronavirus outbreak.

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January 31, 2020 | Alert

This immigration alert provides details on a proclamation from President Trump extending the travel ban as well as an announcement that the United States is temporarily suspending the entry of foreign nationals who have been in China. 

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January 30, 2020 | News

Mintz Associate Emma Follansbee was quoted in an article published by Bloomberg Law on legal considerations for employers as they take steps to safeguard workers from the global Coronavirus outbreak.

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January 28, 2020 | Blog

The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus in Wuhan, China, which has spread to the United States with new cases being reported every day, has the global community on high alert.  This post addresses some of the employment issues raised by the Coronavirus outbreak.  (Note: we recognize events on the ground are fluid, and therefore will update this post as necessary.)

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