Alerts

  • Information Current as of July 6, 2020

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) surprised everyone recently with guidance urging that all decisions for school this coming year “start with a goal of having students physically present in school.” The guidance recognized concerns about COVID-19, but cited “mounting evidence” that children and adolescents are less likely to be symptomatic and less likely to have severe problems from the virus. It also noted that “children may be less likely to ...

  • Information Current as of April 10, 2020

    Both the state of Georgia and the CDC have released guidance to help school authorities “determine their plans and strategies for reopening schools” in the fall, whatever of the status of the pandemic. While neither document is binding, they will be important in establishing the standard of care for both independent and public schools. The guidelines focus on the ability to open buildings and allow students to move freely, based on the degree of potential ...

  • Information Current as of July 1, 2020

    On June 26, 2020, the Georgia General Assembly passed the Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act as one of the final bills to pass out of the legislature on the last day of the 2020 Legislative Session. The Act was written and considered in response to concerns of small businesses throughout Georgia concerning potential legal liability for COVID-19 claims against owners as the economy re-opens in Georgia. While this law has not yet been signed by the Governor, it ...

  • Information Current as of June 29, 2020

    On June 26, 2020, the United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, issued a Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) regarding the circumstances that closure of summer camps, summer enrichment programs, or other summer programs qualifies an employee for leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). A FAB provides guidance to the Wage and Hour Division investigators and staff on enforcement positions and clarification of policies or ...

  • Jun 23 2020

    On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination and harassment. Justice Neil Gorsuch, who wrote the majority decision, explained, “When an employer fires an employee for being homosexual or transgender, it necessarily intentionally discriminates against that individual in part because of sex [in violation of Title VII].” Almost ...

  • Information Current as of June 23, 2020

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  • Information Current as of June 11, 2020

    In anticipation of a vaccine for the COVID-19 this fall, it is a good time to revisit the vaccinations requirements in your State and determine if your institution/business will be obligated to require COVID-19 vaccination of your daycare or student population and/or possibly your staff/employees. In review of Georgia law, vaccinations are required for all children entering school or attending a daycare center.  Georgia law allows two exceptions to ...

  • Information Current as of June 11, 2020

    Providers of childcare services are undoubtedly still trying to navigate the current COVID-19 climate. While many childcare providers experienced some degree of shutdown from March through May of this year, others have remained open – in part – due to the need of parents and guardians who have continued working outside of the home. Now that states are reopening at varying speeds, childcare providers are making decisions about whether and at what level to operate ...

  • Information Current as of June 5, 2020

    On June 3, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act which was previously approved by the House of Representatives on May 28, 2020. The Flexibility Act was written and considered in response to concerns raised by Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan borrowers. While this law has not yet been approved by the President, it is expected to be signed without change. Once signed by the President, we anticipate the Small Business ...

  • Information Current as of June 3, 2020

    The COVID-19 disaster has caused significant financial losses for many businesses and their owners. Whether a business is owned by a sole proprietor, or by a Limited Liability Company, Partnership, or S Corporation treated as pass-through entity for income tax purposes, or by an entity taxable as a C Corporation, there are opportunities for the business and/or its owner(s) to use current year business and investment losses to obtain refunds of taxes paid in prior ...

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