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Waivers in the Time of Coronavirus

Coronavirus

As Georgia businesses consider reopening or expanding after Gov. Kemp’s most recent executive order, many are considering liability waivers to have clients and/or customers sign. To date, no courts have reviewed any waivers specifically in light of COVID-19, but there are some general principles available.

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Reopening Youth Programs

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Gov. Kemp’s most recent executive order (the “Order”) has specific rules for licensed child care facilities and general rules for other youth-serving organizations.  The order does not change many rules, but it does put all of them in one place.  If you are thinking about whether to open your program, these are the rules you will have to follow:

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Highlights of Governor Brian Kemp's "Reviving a Healthy Georgia" Executive Order

Coronavirus

On April 23, 2020, Governor Kemp signed an Executive Order allowing many Georgia businesses to resume in-person operations. The Order, which is available here, provides a framework for re-opening the state and sets forth detailed health and safety guidelines for many businesses to follow during this first phase of re-opening.

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Guidance for Returning Employees to Work and Hiring New Employees

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Now that employers may start bringing employees back into the workplace or hiring new employees, they should be aware of permissible actions to avoid subjecting workers to the COVID virus.   

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Guide to Reopening Businesses Post-Pandemic

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As the shelter-at-home (SAH) orders for many states expire this week, companies across the country are starting to think about how and under what circumstances they will reopen.  While it is early in the process, some themes have emerged:

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Summary of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s Order Re-Opening Restaurants

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Earlier this week, the Governor’s office announced that restaurants in Georgia could re-open as early as Monday (April 27) UNDER certain guidelines and protocols. The guidelines and protocols weren’t released at the time the announcement was made as the Governor’s office wanted to give time for the industry to weigh in. We have some clients who will be opening on Monday – particularly in jurisdictions that have not had many cases of coronavirus. Other clients are waiting until a later date. Last night (April 23), the Governor signed an Executive Order setting forth the guidelines to be followed by restaurants during this first phase of re-opening. A summary of these guidelines is provided below. Regardless of opening date, the Executive Order’s guidelines are a valuable tool to help guide restaurants on best practices for presenting the spread of infectious disease – particularly during times of community spread. I’ve included some of the basic provisions of the Order relating to Shelter in Place so that restaurants know what is being required of the general public. Please note, this is a summary and, as such, it includes additional commentary by me and may not be quoted verbatim. For a full copy of the Order, you can pull it here.

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Summary of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s Partial Reopening Order

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Georgia will permit some non-essential businesses to reopen this week and next, subject to social distancing measures.  Governor Brian Kemp announced the loosening at an afternoon press conference on Monday April 20.  Other states including South Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and Florida also made announcements yesterday regarding initial moves toward statewide reopening. 

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Paid Leave During COVID-19

Coronavirus

Over the past several weeks the federal government has passed a number of employment related laws in an effort to minimize the harsh economic impact of COVID-19 and the subsequent shutdowns ordered by state and local governments. Two of these are the Emergency Paid sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA).

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CARES Act Expands Protection From Liability to Manufacturers and Others Involved in the Manufacture, Distribution and Supply of Approved Respiratory Protective Devices

Coronavirus

Manufacturers, distributers and others involved in the production and supply of certain devices and drugs needed in the fight against COVID-19 are provided a higher level of protection from liability under both State and Federal law with respect to claims for loss related to the use of the products by individuals.

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Section 2302 of the CARES Act: Delay of Payment of Employment Payroll Taxes - An Update

Coronavirus

The CARES Act legislated several amendments to the tax code in an effort to help businesses maintain higher levels of liquidity during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these amendments, set out in Section 2302 of the Act, allows an employer to delay the payment of the employer’s share of social security taxes. This article is an update to our previously issued law alert, “Tax Provisions in the CARES Act.”

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