Clients and friends may reach out to the Robinson+Cole Coronavirus Response Team for the latest information.

Bruce B. Barth - Chair

Kenneth C. Baldwin 
   Environmental
Michael H. Bernstein 
   Benefits Litigation
J. Tyler Butts
    Insurance
Dennis C. Cavanaugh
   Construction
Candace M. Cunningham
   Real Estate
Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson 
   Employment
Andrew A. DePeau
   Business Litigation
Kathleen E. Dion
   Education
Conor O. Duffy
   Health Care
William J. Egan
   Business Litigation
Steven L. Elbaum
   Real Estate
Gilbert L. Lee 
   Insurance
Virginia E. McGarrity
   Benefits
Matthew T. Miklave
   Employment/Labor
Endicott Peabody
   Business Transactions
Kathleen M. Porter
   Corporate/Commercial/Privacy
Taylor A. Shea
   Business Transactions
Lauren M. Sigg
   Immigration
Alisha N. Sullivan 
   Benefits
Anna Jinhua Wang 
   Corporate/Securities
Abby M. Warren
   Employment
Jeffrey J. White
   Manufacturing

Robinson+Cole Attorneys Respond to the Coronavirus Outbreak

The rapidly evolving impact of the coronavirus outbreak around the world and its characterization as a pandemic risk is overwhelming business leaders, human resource professionals and rank-and-file employees. Robinson+Cole’s dedicated Coronavirus Response Team stands ready to help businesses navigate the complex legal, financial and regulatory impacts caused by this unprecedented challenge.

Among other things, R+C’s professionals can help businesses address developments and/or issues associated with:

  • Business and/or personal travel restrictions
  • Mandated or voluntary shelter in place quarantines or isolation directives, whether by government health entities or businesses entities themselves
  • School closures, event cancellations, and the effect on employee attendance
  • Wage and hour considerations for exempt, non-exempt and temporary employees
  • Paid and unpaid sick leave entitlements under federal, state and local law as well as under existing employer policies and benefit plans
  • Policy development, collective bargaining obligations, communication, and legal issues regarding telecommuting, layoffs, shutdowns, reorganizations, and other steps that may be taken to minimize the risk of exposure in the workplace 
  • Investigating an actual or potential exposure event
  • Health and safety matters
  • Preparing for possible cash flow issues by reviewing/establishing appropriate lines of credit
  • Impact of short- or longer-term layoffs/remote work arrangements on status of H-1B
  • Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance for telecommuting employees and/or when offices are fully or partially closed to workers
  • Impact of federal and state legislation on businesses’ response to coronavirus
  • State Executive Orders regarding business closures
  • Health coverage of virus-related claims 
  • Section 1135 Waivers of Health Care Laws for hospitals and other providers
  • Health care licensing and reimbursement guidance for facilities and providers in responding to COVID-19
  • Telehealth service delivery and coverage during COVID-19
  • Agency approvals for staffing and treatment plans to address COVID-19
  • HIPAA issues regarding requesting medical documentation or information and communications with patients (e.g., for telehealth purposes)
  • Expedited contracting for essential COVID-19 goods and services
  • 401(k) and other retirement plan issues
  • Possible state law protections for employees who are out of work due to being a first responder or other related situations
  • Applicability of “force majeure”  or “impossibility” clauses in supply, customer, conference, event and other contracts 

  • Applicability of “material adverse change” clauses in agreements

  • Issues regarding designation of so-called “essential” businesses and services

  • Advice regarding cyber-attacks by those seeking to take advantage of situation caused by coronavirus

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Our team is keeping abreast of this topic as the details emerge. Below is an index of our legal updates, blog posts, and speaking engagements related to this area. 

CARES Act Provisions Affecting Employee Benefits
Bruce B. Barth, Virginia E. McGarrity, and Alisha N. Sullivan  |  Robinson+Cole Legal Update  |  March 27
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Employers Take Note of the CARES Act: More Paid Sick And Family Leave Legislation in Response to Coronavirus
Coronavirus Response Team  |  Robinson+Cole Legal Update  |  March 27

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SEC Extends Temporary Relief for Public Companies and Registered Investment Advisers Affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Shant H. Chalian, Eric M. Kogan, Mitchell L. Lampert, and  Anna Jinhua Wang |  Robinson+Cole Legal Update  |  March 27
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Need to Reduce Staff? Consider Shared Work Programs to Lessen the Pain
Matthew T. Miklave |  Robinson+Cole Legal Update  |  March 26
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Webinar: Employment Issues Related to Teleworking
Matthew T. Miklave  |  Related Industry Event  |  March 26
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Massachusetts Issues COVID-19 Orders and Related Guidance for Pharmacies and Pharmacy Professionals
Anna Gurevich  |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 26
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COVID-19: Governor Baker Issues Order Closing All “Non-Essential” Businesses Until April 7, 2020
William M. Daley, Kathleen M. Porter, and Barrett P. Wilson-Murphy  |  Robinson+Cole Legal Update  |  March 25
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DOJ and FTC Issue Joint Statement on Antitrust Enforcement and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Conor O. Duffy  |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 25
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OIG Issues FAQs on its Policy for Waiver of Patient Cost Sharing Obligations for Telehealth During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Lisa M. Thompson  |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 25
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COVID-19 Vaccine Test Lab Hit by Maze Ransomware
Linn F. Freedman  |  Data Privacy + Cybsecurity Insider Blog  | March 25
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Webinar: The Impact of Government Shutdowns on Construction Contracts and Schedules
Dennis C. Cavanaugh and Gregory R. Faulkner  |  Related Industry Event  |  March 25
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COVID-19: New York and Connecticut among states ordering non-essential businesses closed
William J. EganKathleen M. Porter, and Jeffrey J.  White  |  Robinson+Cole Legal Update  |  March 24
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SEC Provides Temporary Relief for Registered Investment Advisers Affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Shant H. Chalian, Eric M. Kogan, and  Anna Jinhua Wang |  Robinson+Cole Legal Update  |  March 24
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OSHA Issues COVID-19 Guidance for Workplaces
Megan E. Baroni  |  Manufacturing Law Blog  |  March 24
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CMS Announces Targeted Plan for Healthcare Facility Inspections in Light of COVID-19
Brian D. Nichols and Lisa M. Thompson  |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 24
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OHS Streamlines Application Process for CON Waivers to Respond to COVID-19
Conor O. Duffy and Lisa M. Thompson  |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 24
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New York Further Expands Facility Capacity and Practitioner Capacity in New Executive Order
Nathaniel T. Arden  |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 24
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Rhode Island Issues Emergency Regulations on Off-Label Prescribing for COVID-19, and Guidance on Telehealth and Reciprocal Licensure
Anna Gurevich and Lisa M. Thompson  |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 24
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The Federal Reserve’s Powers to Pave the Way for Continued Development and Construction Through Covid-19
Virginia K. Trunkes  |  Construction Law Zone Blog |  March 24
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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Material Adverse Effect Clause
Kathleen M. Porter, Anna Jinhua Wang, and J. Michael Wirvin  |  Robinson+Cole Legal Update  |  March 23
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Disability Claims Regulations and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Ivana Greco  |  ERISA Claim Defense Blog  |  March 23
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OIG Warns of COVID-19 Fraud Schemes
Nathaniel T. Arden  |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 23
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Massachusetts COVID-19 Updates and Guidance Issued
Anna Gurevich and Lisa M. Thompson   |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 23
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Connecticut Issues Order Temporarily Recognizing Reciprocal Health Care Practitioner Licenses
Nathaniel T. Arden  |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 23

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COVID-19: HHS Issues FAQs on HIPAA and Telehealth to Help Providers Maintain Access to Care During the Pandemic
Conor O. Duffy and Lisa M. Thompson  |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 23
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Massachusetts Issues New COVID-19 Guidance and Updates
Anna Gurevich  |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 20
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New York Adopts Sweeping Paid Sick Leave Law
Matthew T. Miklave  |  Robinson+Cole Legal Update  |  March 20
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Webinar: COVID-19 Pandemic: The Workplace Now and in 30 Days
Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson, Rachel Kushel, and Abby Warren   |   March 19
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Paid Sick and Family Leave Legislation in Response to Coronavirus
Coronavirus Response Team  |  Robinson+Cole Legal Update  |  March 19
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HHS Targeted by Nation-State Hackers
Linn F. Freedman   |  Data Privacy + Cybsecurity Insider Blog  |  March 19
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FTC Issues Tips for Working from Home During Coronavirus Outbreak
Linn F. Freedman  |  Data Privacy + Cybsecurity Insider Blog  |  March 19
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Out of Work Because of Coronavirus? Beware of Scammers Pretending to Be Employers
Linn F. Freedman  |  Data Privacy + Cybsecurity Insider Blog  |  March 19
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Massachusetts DPH Commissioner Issues New COVID-19 Orders
Nathaniel T. Arden    |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 19
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COVID-19: Lamont Authorizes DSS to Expand Access to Telehealth Services for Medicaid Beneficiaries in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic
Conor O. Duffy and Peter Struzzi |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 19
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Connecticut DPH Updates List of Reportable Laboratory Findings to Include Negative SARS-CoV-2 Test Results
Brian D. Nichols  |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 19
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NY Governor Cuomo Issues New COVID-19 Executive Order
Nathaniel T. Arden    |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 19
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HHS Issues Confusing Limited Waiver on Sharing of Patient Information Following COVID-19
Linn F. Freedman  |  Data Privacy + Cybsecurity Insider Blog  |  March 18
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FERPA and COVID-19 Virus DOE Guidelines
Kathleen E. Dion  |  Data Privacy + Cyberseurity Insider Blog |  March 18
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Potential Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Construction Projects
Annielo P. Franzese  |  Construction Law Zone Blog |  March 18
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DEA Allows Providers to Prescribe Controlled Substances Without an In-Person Medical Examination During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Nathaniel T. Arden  |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 18
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Webinar: Force Majeure both for Contracts/Suppliers, Cancellation of Trade Shows
Taylor A. Shea and Jeffrey J.  White  |  Related Industry Event  |  March 18
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Virtual Meeting: National Association of Surety Bond Producers' (NASBP) - The Ten Riskiest (and Most Negotiated) Construction Contract Terms
Peter E. Strniste  |  Related Industry Event  |  March 18
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COVID-19: Connecticut Issues Expedited CON Review Guidelines and Provider Guidance to Help Response Efforts
Conor O. Duffy and Lisa M. Thompson  |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 17
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Massachusetts Issues COVID-19 Guidance for Health Care Providers, Payors and Laboratories on Issues Including Telehealth, Elective Procedures, COVID-19 Testing, and Expedited Provider Licensure
Anna Gurevich  |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 17
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HHS Issues Section 1135 Waiver, and CMS Issues Blanket Waivers of Health Care Laws, in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency
Lisa M. Boyle, Conor O. Duffy, and Brian D. Nichols  |  Health Law Diagnosis Blog  |  March 16
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Aerospace Suppliers Should Brace for Headwinds
Jeffrey J. White  |  Industry Week   |  March 12
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Coronavirus and Remote Workers: Consider Increased Risk of Insider Threat Issues
Linn F. Freedman  |  Data Privacy + Cybsecurity Insider Blog  |  March 12
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Two RSA Conference Attendees Test Positive for Coronavirus
Linn F. Freedman  |  Data Privacy + Cybsecurity Insider Blog  |  March 12
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Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights Issues Guidance Regarding HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus
Deborah A. George  |  Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider Blog  |  March 11
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SEC’s Conditional Regulatory Relief for Companies Affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Mitchell L. Lampert and Anna Jinhua Wang  |  Robinson+Cole Legal Update  |  March 6
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Coronavirus Scare Is the Perfect Cover for Fraudsters
Linn F. Freedman  |  Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider Blog  |  March 4
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Unfolding Coronavirus Conditions Present Unprecedented Challenges For Manufacturers
Matthew T. Miklave  |  Manufacturing Law Blog  |  March 4
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Planning for Business Delays and Disruptions Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
William J. Egan and Kathleen M. Porter  |  Robinson+Cole Legal Update  |  March 4
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Who Will Bear the Risk and Cost for Coronavirus Construction Delays? A Contractual Analysis. 
Peter E. Strniste  |  Construction Law Zone Blog  |  March 2
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Antwork Uses Drones in China to Assist in Transport During Coronavirus Outbreak 
Kathryn M. Rattigan  |  Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider Blog  |  February 13
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HHS Issues Timely Reminder of Applicability of HIPAA to Outbreak Situations
Conor O. Duffy  |  Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Blog  |  February 6
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Cyber Criminals Using Coronavirus Concern to Assist with Intrusions
Linn F. Freedman  |  Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider Blog
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Content presented is based on information available at the time each article was published.