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
Brian R. Smith
   Land Use
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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