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

Bruce B. Barth - Chair

Kenneth C. Baldwin 
Megan E. Baroni 
Michael H. Bernstein 
   Benefits Litigation
J. Tyler Butts
Dennis C. Cavanaugh
Candace M. Cunningham
   Real Estate
Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson 
Andrew A. DePeau
   Business Litigation
Kathleen E. Dion
Conor O. Duffy
   Health Care
William J. Egan
   Business Litigation
Steven L. Elbaum
   Real Estate
Gilbert L. Lee 
Virginia E. McGarrity
Endicott Peabody
   Business Transactions
Kathleen M. Porter
Jonathan H. Schaefer 
Taylor A. Shea
   Business Transactions
Lauren M. Sigg
Brian R. Smith
   Land Use
Anna Jinhua Wang 
Abby M. Warren
Jeffrey J. White
Emily A. Zaklukiewicz

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:

  • Rules and restrictions on reopening businesses
  • State requirements on masks and other PPE
  • Business and/or personal travel restrictions including State Executive Orders regarding businesses and individuals
  • Mandated or voluntary shelter in place quarantines or isolation directives, whether by government health entities or businesses entities themselves
  • School closures and the effect on employee attendance
  • Advice related to the Cares Act and other federal laws and guidance related to COVID-19
  • 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
  • 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), retirement plan and health and welfare plan issues, furloughs and layoffs 
  • 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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