COVID-19 Legal Resource Library

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In this time of crisis, Brann & Isaacson strives to be a source of reliable information about issues affecting our clients and their communities. While the following resources do not constitute, and are no substitute for, specific legal advice regarding the particular needs of your business, we hope you find them useful in navigating these choppy waters.

BRANN & ISAACSON LEGAL UPDATES

B&I Employment Update: Follow-up to Minimum Wage Ordinance (Nov. 16, 2020)

A further update on the timing of emergency pay requirements in the City of Portland.

B&I Employment Update: Face Covering Executive Order (Nov. 9, 2020)

A summary for employers of key issues addressed in Governor Mills’ executive order revising indoor gathering limits and strengthening face covering requirements.

B&I Employment Update: Portland Minimum Wage and Emergency Pay (Nov. 9, 2020)

An update on the City of Portland’s new minimum wage ordinance.

B&I Employment Update: COVID-19 and Flu Season at Work (Oct. 21, 2020, update)

Updated guidance for employers on how to make decisions about what employees should stay home, for how long, when they can be tested, and eligibility for Families First Coronavirus Response Act benefits.

B&I Employment Update: Reporting COVID-19 Cases to OSHA (Oct. 2, 2020)

A summary of new OSHA guidance on reporting COVID-19 hospitalizations and fatalities.

B&I Employment Update: New Guidance on FFCRA and Maine Earned Paid Leave Act

An update on revised regulations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and final rules under the Maine Earned Paid Leave Act.

B&I Employment Update: FFCRA and Back to School (Aug. 28, 2020)

Summary of Department of Labor guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and back-to-school issues.

B&I Employment Update: MHRC Q&A on COVID-19 Issues (Aug. 19, 2020)

The key takeaways from a recently published Q&A on COVID-19 legal issues published by the Maine Human Rights Commission.

B&I Employment Update: State of New York v. U.S. Dep’t of Labor (Aug. 14, 2020)

The upshot for employers of a federal court ruling in New York that struck down key provisions of the Department of Labor’s rules implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

B&I Employment Update: COVID-19 Testing, Quarantine, and Return to Work Guidance (July 30, 2020)

An outline of the Centers for Disease Control’s revised, symptom-based return to work guidance and Maine’s guidance on testing and travel restrictions.

B&I Employment Update: Department of Labor Guidance Update (July 22, 2020)
A summary of new guidance on the protections and requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical and Leave Act, and Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

B&I Employment Update: Summary of Gov. Mills’ Executive Order #2 (July 9, 2020)
A summary of Executive Order #2 issued by Gov. Janet Mills, strengthening requirements requiring customers to wear face coverings.

B&I Employment Update: Unemployment Benefits Extension (July 7, 2020)
The Maine Department of Labor announced an additional period of availability of unemployment benefits.

B&I Employment Update: Unemployment Work Search Requirement (June 26, 2020)
An update on Maine Department of Labor’s announcement that the work search requirement to receive unemployment benefits will resume this summer.

B&I Employment Update: OSHA’s Return to Work Guidance (June 25, 2020)
An overview of OSHA’s comprehensive return-to-work guidance for non-essential businesses.

B&I Employment Update: EEOC Issues New Guidance on Antibody Testing (June 18, 2020)
New guidance from the EEOC on requiring antibody testing as part of a return-to-work protocol.

B&I Employment Update: New Guidance from the EEOC (June 15, 2020)
Updated guidance from the EEOC on COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

B&I Employment Update: Keep Maine Healthy (June 12, 2020)
A review of Governor Mills’ “Keep Maine Healthy Plan,” which revises travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.

B&I Employment Update: Maine Department of Labor’s WorkShare Program (June 9, 2020)
A discussion of the Maine DOL’s WorkShare program for employers.

B&I Employment Update: Cloth Face Covering Requirements in Maine (June 8, 2020)
A brief overview of federal and state guidance on cloth face covering requiremnts.

B&I Employment Update: Realities of Reopening (June 3, 2020)
Q&A in response to questions about legal issues relating to reopening.

B&I Employment Update: Gov. Janet Mills’ Executive Order #55
A summary of the most important information for employers.

B&I Employment Update: Navigating Unemployment Fraud and Identity Theft (June 1, 2020)
Tips for employers faced with fraudulent unemployment claims.

B&I Employment Update: OSHA Record-keeping (May 27, 2020)
Analysis of OSHA’s revised COVID-19 record-keeping requirements.

B&I Employment Update: Compensation for COVID-19 Temperature Checks?
Peter Lowe and Hannah Wurgaft discuss whether employers must compensate employees for time spent in temperature checks.

B&I Employment Update: Familes First Coronavirus Response Act Math (May 1, 2020)
Practical guidance on computing leave hours and amounts of pay under the Department of Labor’s new FFRCA guidelines.

B&I Employment Update: Payroll Protection Plan Fact Sheet for Employers (Apr. 24, 2020)
A high level guide to how loan amounts and loan forgiveness are calculated under the Payroll Protection Plan (PPP).

B&I Employment Update: Face Coverings at Work: OSHA Considerations (April 23, 2020)
Peter Lowe and Hannah Wurgaft review legal and practical considerations involved in crafting workplace policies regarding face coverings and masks.

B&I Employment Update: OSHA COVID-19 Recordkeeping Requirements (Apr. 13, 2020)
Key points from the OSHA reporting requirements for COVID-19 employee infections.

B&I Employment Update: CDC Return to Work Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Workers (Apr. 9, 2020)
Discusses interim guidance from the Centers for Disease Control recommending return to work guidelines for critical infrastructure workers.

B&I Employment Update: Department of Labor Regulations under Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Apr. 3, 2020)
Answers questions relating to key issues covered by newly issued Department of Labor regulations.

B&I Business Update: Maine Stay At Home Orders (Apr. 2, 2020)
Guidance to Maine businesses with employees subject to government stay-at-home orders.

B&I Employment Update: Additional Department of Labor Guidance on FFCRA (Mar. 30, 2020)
A further update on new guidance from the Department of Labor regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

B&I Business Update: CARES Act Update (Mar. 27, 2020)
A discussion of the newly enacted business loan and tax relief provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

B&I Tax Update: Federal, State, and Local Tax Relief Measures (Mar. 27, 2020)
An update on government action on the federal, state, and local levels to provide tax relief in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

B&I Employment Update: DOL Issues Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Mar. 25, 2020)
An update on newly issued guidance from the Department of Labor on the requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

B&I Business Update: Maine Emergency Orders Regarding Essential Businesses (Mar. 25, 2020)
Guidance to Maine businesses responding to the government orders regarding essential business activities.

B&I Estate & Wealth Planning Update: Advance Directives for Health Care (Mar. 24, 2020)
An overview of legal issues concerning health planning.

B&I Employment Update: WARN Act Alert (Mar. 24, 2020)
A high-level overview of the federal WARN Act and its application in a time of business disruption.

B&I Employment Update: Coronavirus Workplace Alert: New Guidance from the EEOC and OSHA (Mar. 19, 2020)
A guide to new information for employers issued by the EEOC and OSHA.

B&I Employment Update: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Mar. 19, 2020)
A summary of the provisions that most directly impact employers, including mandatory paid sick leave and revisions to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

B&I Employment Update: Coronavirus Workplace Alert (Mar. 9, 2020)
A general guidance Q&A for employers regarding their rights and responsibilities

BRANN & ISAACSON WEBINARS

The Realities of Re-Opening (June 3, 2020), presented by Peter Lowe and David Ciullo, sponsored by Career Management Associates

Key Employment Law Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 7, 2020), presented by Peter Lowe and David Ciullo, sponsored by the Kennebec Valley Human Resources Association

B&I Update: How To’s for Family Business: COVID-19 Challenges: Legal, Communications, and HR (Apr. 16, 2020), with B&I lawyers Peter Lowe and Dan Stockford, sponsored by the Institute for Family-Owned Business

B&I Update: Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Employment Law Webinar (Apr. 8, 2020) with B&I lawyers Peter Lowe, Dan Stockford, and Hannah Wurgaft

B&I Update: Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Business Law Webinar (Apr. 6, 2020) with B&I lawyers Kevin Haley and Michael Carey

B&I Update: Webinar with Employment Law Updates for Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic (Mar. 24, 2020)
Peter Lowe
and Dan Stockford discuss key issues for employers in responding to the extraordinary demands of the pandemic.

B&I Update: Webinar for Business Leaders Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic (Mar. 23, 2020)
Martin Eisenstein, Kevin Haley,
and Michael Carey address the effects of the pandemic on existing legal relationships and changes to federal and state employment laws.

OTHER RESOURCES

State of Maine, An Order to Stay Safer at Home (Apr. 29, 2020)

Maine Department of Economic & Community Development, COVID-19 Prevention Checklists for Businesses (Apr. 29, 2020)

State of Maine, Restarting Maine’s Economy (Apr. 28, 2020)

State of Maine, An Order Temporarily Modifying Certain In-Person Notarization and Acknowledgement Requirements (Apr. 8, 2020)

State of Maine, An Order Establishing Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in Maine (Apr. 3, 2020)

State of Maine, Essential Business Operations Definitions (Apr. 3, 2020)

State of Maine, Governor Mills Stay Healthy FAQs

State of Maine, An Order Regarding Further Restrictions on Public Contact and Movement, Schools, Vehicle Travel, and Retail Business Operations (Mar. 31, 2020)

City of Portland, Me., Order Reviewing and Amending the Proclamation Declaring Continued State of Emergency and Requirement to Stay at Home (Mar. 30, 2020)

City of Augusta, Me., What Does Augusta’s COVID-19 State of Emergency Order Mean to Me? (Q&A) (Mar. 27, 2020)

City of Augusta, Me., Proclamation Declaring Continued State of
Emergency and Amending Prohibitions on Businesses (Mar. 26, 2020)

City of South Portland, Me., Emergency Regulations (Mar. 26, 2020)

City of South Portland, Me., FAQs regarding South Portland’s Emergency Declaration and the City Manager’s Emergency Regulations (Mar. 26, 2020)

Department of Labor, COVID-19 and the American Workplace
(featuring fact sheets, Q&As, posters, and other resources)

Maine Department of Economic & Community Development, Governor’s Executive Order Number 19, FAQs (Mar. 24, 2020) (business closures FAQs)

State of Maine, An Order Regarding Essential Businesses and Operations (Mar. 24, 2020)

City of Portland, Me., Proclamation Declaring Continued State of Emergency and Requirement to Stay at Home (Mar. 24, 2020)

City of Bangor, Me., Emergency Regulation: Amending Prohibitions on Businesses (Mar. 24, 2020)

Town of Brunswick, Me., Emergency Proclamation and Order of the Town Manager (Mar. 23, 2020)

City of Bangor, Me., Emergency Regulation: Prohibitions on Businesses (Mar. 22, 2020)

City of Bangor, Me., Emergency Regulation: Prohibitions on Public-Facing Businesses (Mar. 19, 2020)






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