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Catching Up with O’Hagan Meyer

O’Hagan Meyer is proud to be a founding member of PLAN. As the world continues to battle COVID, we are grateful for our families and for the time we have been able to spend with them. While we are fortunate to be able to telework from the comfort of our homes, we are indebted to all of the frontline health care workers who are protecting our lives while risking their own. For our spotlight, we wanted to share our gratitude and some observations from life on the home front.

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Announces Investigations of Nursing Homes for Criminal Neglect

On May 12, 2020, Pennsylvania Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, announced that his office has opened criminal investigations into several unnamed Pennsylvania nursing homes for criminal neglect of patients and residents. Claims of criminal neglect arise when caretakers fail to provide for the health, safety and welfare of residents under their care.

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Pennsylvania Executive Order Grants Limited Civil Immunity to Health Care Professionals for Treatment of COVID-19 Patients

On May 6, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed an extensive Executive Order that, among other things, granted health care practitioners with immunity from civil liability for their good faith actions taken in the provision of medical and health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MCBA Litigation Section Webinar: The Impact of COVID-19 on Civil Litigation

San Francisco partner Laura Flynn joins panel of season litigators to discuss impact COVID-19 currently has on litigating civil cases and its likely impact on civil practice in the future on Tuesday, May 26th.

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The Virginia Values Act Ushers in a New Era of State Court Litigation of Employment Claims

On Friday, April 10, 2020, Governor Northam signed the Virginia Values Act, which among other things greatly expanded rights of employees to pursue discrimination claims against employers in Virginia circuit and general district courts. Highlights of the Act include: Expanded Protected Classes, Prohibited Employment Practices, Expanded Employer Coverage, Creates a Charge System Similar to the EEOC and Lawsuits To Enforce The Act.

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Performing Site Observation During the Coronavirus Pandemic

At least for the time being, construction activity appears to be continuing with little or no disruption notwithstanding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Yet, as the world is trying to understand and mitigate this new disease, there is little practical safety advice for the construction industry, beyond maintaining six-foot separation and offering hand-sanitization stations on the jobsite.

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COVID-19 & Employment Law Webinar April 9th

Join Jamey Davidson, Jamie Filipovic, Sarah Goldstein, Clint Robison, and Elizabeth Stewart on April 9 at 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST as they address the continually changing landscape of employment law issues related to COVID-19, including Families First Coronavirus Response Act (CARES Act) and special issues related to nursing homes and the health care industry.

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COVID-19 CARES Act Guidance FAQ (Titles II and III)

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act” or the “Act”) was signed into law.  The CARES Act provides emergency economic assistance to those affected by the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We’ve provided explanations and a useful chart on key provisions of Titles II and III of the CARES Act.

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COVID-19 CARES Act Guidance FAQ (Titles I and IV)

On March 27, 2020, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) into law providing approximately $2 trillion in assistance to individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act includes a new loan program called the Paycheck Protection Program – administered through the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) – that provides up to $349 billion in 100% federally-backed loans to eligible employers.  

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Department of Labor Accelerates Effective Date of FFCRA to April 1

Late on March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) posted summaries on its website of the employer obligations and employee rights pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The statute requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide two weeks of paid sick leave to workers who are suffering from COVID-19, are subject to a government or medical quarantine or isolation order, are caring for others with COVID-19, or are unable to work due to the closure of schools and day care centers as a result of the COVID-9 pandemic.

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