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COVID-19 Nevada Litigation Alert: Statute of Limitations Stayed

Nevada’s Governor, Steve Sisolak, declared a state of emergency in Nevada on March 12, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March 12, 2020 the Governor has issued a number of emergency directives. Most recently, an Emergency Directive for the State of Nevada was issued as follows: “Any specific time limit set by state statute or regulation for the commencement of any legal action is hereby tolled from the date of this Directive until 30 days from the date the state of emergency declared March 12, 2020 is terminated.”

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COVID-19: Assessing the Legal Risk of Infectious Diseases

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – better known as the coronavirus – has turned our world upside down in a matter of weeks. The infectious disease caused by this newly emerged virus, Covid-19, has taken thousands of lives and sickened hundreds of thousands. The resulting public health crisis threatens to become an economic catastrophe, as governments weigh the need for populations to shelter in place against the financial cost of shutting down most businesses. The risk of lawsuits due to exposure to this infectious disease may add to the economic difficulties businesses are now facing. This article assesses that risk based on principles developed in past infectious disease litigation and the known characteristics of the coronavirus.

COVID-19 Employer Alert: Summary of the CARES Act

As we all come to understand the impact of the FFCRA, effective April 1, 2020, the most common question I am asked is, “how are businesses supposed to pay for this?” The question comes even more frequently as our nation faces a wave of mandatory business closures and shelter-at-home orders. As noted in my earlier alert, the FFCRA provides certain payroll tax credits to help offset the cost of expanded paid sick leave and paid FMLA leave under the Act, and more help is on the way.

COVID-19: New York Malpractice Law Alert

Healthcare professionals in New York were recently granted qualified immunity from civil lawsuits for any injury or death alleged to have been sustained directly as a result of an act or omission by such medical professional in the course of providing medical services, pursuant to the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, by issuance of an executive order from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on March 24, 2020.

COVID-19 Employer Alert: Enactment of Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

On March 18, 2020, the President signed into law H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Among its provisions, which include an appropriation of federal funds to enhance the WIC Assistance program, supplement State unemployment insurance benefits, and provide certain tax credits, are two new laws that require employers to provide paid sick leave of up to two weeks, and paid family leave for up to 12 weeks due to the impact of COVID-19. What follows is a summary of an employer’s obligations under the FFCRA, which is slated to take effect April 2, 2020.

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