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EEOC Releases Guidance on Employer-Mandated Vaccinations
12/21/20 | Newsletter | By: Jonathan Vegosen

As anticipated in our December COVID-19 Legal Update, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its guidance on employer-mandated COVID-19 vaccinations.

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To Require Vaccination or Not Require Vaccination – That is the Question
12/14/20 | Newsletter | By: Jonathan Vegosen

As public health officials across the country gear up to administer Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, many questions have been raised regarding the safety, efficacy, and distribution of such a vaccine.  While there currently is no law that specifically and explicitly prohibits employers from compelling their employees to take a COVID-19 vaccine, employers face no shortage of legal and employee relations challenges doing so, especially given that the vaccine has only been authorized for emergency use thus far.

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Selecting and Clearing New Trademarks in a Changing World
11/19/20 | Newsletter | By: Glenn Rice

Businesses have faced enormous challenges this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the midst of the resulting economic turmoil, launching new products or services has required careful planning as well as a solid branding strategy.

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Working From Home Preparedness for Companies
10/28/20 | Newsletter | By: Peter Berk

Working from home is no longer the exception – it is the rule. Because the pandemic shows no signs of slowing, companies will need to adapt to this reality. But working from home gives criminals new vulnerabilities to exploit. These criminals will use any vulnerabilities to gain access to company systems, to steal data or money, or to lock the company’s computers and ransom access.

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DOL Makes Changes to Families First Coronavirus Response Act Paid Leave Rules
09/29/20 | Newsletter | By:

In our September 9, 2020, COVID-19 Legal Update email, we mentioned a recent court case that invalidated certain Department of Labor (DOL) regulations for the two new paid leaves available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). In response to this decision, the DOL recently issued revised regulations regarding workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities under FFCRA’s paid leave provisions.

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COVID-19 Survey Results
09/21/20 | Newsletter | By: Jonathan Vegosen, Vance Liebman, Peter Berk

Thank you to everyone who participated in the FVLD COVID-19 Response Survey. We sincerely appreciate your feedback and the time you took to provide it. Below is an overview of the responses we received followed by a detailed analysis of the responses with graphs and some commentary.

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Workplace Violence and COVID-19
09/09/20 | Newsletter | By: Jonathan Vegosen

Regrettably, workplace violence has reared its ugly head with respect to COVID-19.  Consistent with state laws and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Act, businesses have wisely put in place COVID-19 prevention policies and practices.

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Pandemic and 2020 Election Estate Planning: Some Frequently Asked Questions
08/31/20 | Newsletter | By: Jonathan Vegosen, Vance Liebman, Diana Larson

Estate planning documents are particularly important during these unprecedented and unpredictable times.  Below, we answer some common questions regarding estate planning in the context of COVID-19 and the upcoming election.

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Four Recent Executive Actions In Response to COVID-19
08/12/20 | Newsletter | By: Peter Berk

On August 8, 2020, President Trump signed one Executive Order and three Memoranda in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  These actions focus on a payroll tax deferral, additional unemployment benefits, renter and homeowner protections from eviction and foreclosure, and student loan payment deferrals.

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Labor Board Allows Manufacturer to Restrict Employee Cell Phone Usage
07/15/20 | Newsletter | By: Jonathan Vegosen, Seth Stern

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently determined that Cott Beverages Inc. had legitimate business reasons for restricting employees from accessing their cell phones on the manufacturing floor or at their work stations.

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The SBA Releases Additional Guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program
07/01/20 | Newsletter | By: Vance Liebman, Peter Berk

Recently, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) released additional guidance regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), which includes changes to several previously released Interim Final Rules and provides two new loan forgiveness applications.

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New Legislation – Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act
06/08/20 | Newsletter | By: Vance Liebman, Peter Berk

On June 5, 2020, the President signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act into law. The Flexibility Act, which amends the CARES Act, gives borrowers who took loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) additional flexibility to achieve loan forgiveness.

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Payroll Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Guidelines
05/29/20 | Newsletter | By: Vance Liebman, Peter Berk

Recently, the Small Business Administration released additional information regarding the Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) including the Interim Final Rules for Loan Forgiveness and the Loan Forgiveness Application.

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FAQ: Returning to the Workplace in a COVID-19 World
05/08/20 | Newsletter | By: Jonathan Vegosen

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the government and our communities are planning to reopen our society and our workplaces.  This newsletter addresses a number of questions that we are receiving from businesses about reopening.  Because the situation is so fluid, some of these answers may change.

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
04/03/20 | Newsletter | By: Jonathan Vegosen, Peter Berk

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act SBA Paycheck Protection Program

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Updated: Breaking News: Families First Coronavirus Response Act
03/01/20 | Newsletter | By: Jonathan Vegosen, Peter Berk

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”).  It is designed to provide emergency relief to address the profound impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and help to soften its effects on millions of Americans.

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The Coronavirus and the Law
02/28/20 | Newsletter | By: Neil Rosenbaum

The coronavirus, which, in less than two months, has reportedly infected more than 81,000 people (the vast majority in mainland China) and caused more than 2,700 deaths worldwide, continues to dramatically impact global markets and economies.

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Significant Changes in the Law
01/24/20 | Newsletter | By:

We wish our clients and friends a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2020. Our January Legal Update highlights new laws and amendments that may be of interest to Illinois businesses and individuals.

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