Recent COVID-19 Updates


NYC Dept. of Buildings’ Moratorium on Wellness Regulations Expires July 7, 2020
July 7, 2020 | Construction
The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) previously issued a restart guidance for resumption of construction. The guidance can be found at https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/restart_enforcement_guidance.pdf. Pursuant to the guidance, construction projects subject to permits issued by the DOB, or otherwise regulated by the New York City Construction Codes and the New York City Electrical Code, may …
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Shapiro Offers Guidance to Health Food Retailers amid COVID
Steven Shapiro wrote an article for Vitamin Retailer entitled, “Operating a Health Food Retail Establishment in the Age of Coronavirus.” The article covers the measures retailers have taken to respond to the pandemic, including selling hand sanitizers and gloves, as well as the dangers of making claims about products purported to cure COVID-19. It also …
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Ransomware Attacks Continue Unabated in the Era of COVID
On June 9, the Beazley Group, a specialty insurer affiliated with Lloyd’s Underwriters, issued a pointed reminder that, as we continue to fight the global pandemic of COVID-19, the cyber pandemic of ransomware continues. According to Beazley’s Breach Response Services group, ransomware incidents in the first quarter of 2020 increased by 25% compared to Q4 …
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Diviney Quoted in Newsday Article on Future Safety in Workplaces
June 1, 2020 | Employment & Labor
John Diviney was quoted in the Newsday article, “Small Business: Questions employers can ask workers during pandemic.” The article discusses the updated guidelines that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued to help businesses keep their workplaces safe and navigate through potentially uncertain situations. Click here to read the full article. Share this article: …
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Bushwack and Richman Published in Mealey’s Personal Injury Report
Jacqueline Bushwack and David Richman authored an article in Mealey’s Personal Injury Report, “The Invisible Tort: Preparing For The Defense Of COVID-19 Negligence Claims.” Click here to read the article. Share this article: …
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What to Watch as COVID-19 Cash Crunch Fuels Hospital M&A
May 18, 2020
A May 15 article in Law360, “What to Watch as COVID-19 Cash Crunch Fuels Hospital M&A,” discussed the wave of hospital mergers due to the coronavirus pandemic and its financial impact on healthcare facilities. The article also addressed possible antitrust enforcement actions against hospitals that must merge to remain financially viable. Rivkin Radler’s Robert Iseman …
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New Executive Orders Aid OPWDD Facilities amid COVID-19
May 18, 2020
In our prior bulletin, we discussed the likely lack of civil immunity from Justice Center enforcement actions conferred in other contexts by Executive Order 202.10. However, other Executive Orders provided some relief in the form of certain suspended or waived requirements applicable to facilities licensed by the Office of People with Development Disabilities (OPWDD). By several …
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New Executive Orders Aid OPWDD Facilities amid COVID-19
In our prior bulletin, we discussed the likely lack of civil immunity from Justice Center enforcement actions conferred in other contexts by Executive Order 202.10. However, other Executive Orders provided some relief in the form of certain suspended or waived requirements applicable to facilities licensed by the Office of People with Development Disabilities (OPWDD). By …
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Law360 Quotes Iseman and Lagios on COVID-Fueled Hospital Mergers
May 18, 2020 | Health Services
Robert Iseman and James Lagios were interviewed for the Law360 article: “What to Watch as COVID-19 Cash Crunch Fuels Hospital M&A.” The story discusses the wave of hospital mergers due to the coronavirus pandemic and its financial impact on healthcare facilities. It also speaks to possible antitrust enforcement actions against hospitals that must merge to …
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Whether Buying or Selling PPE, Protect Yourself
There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and certain cleaning supplies. Although it may be tempting for manufacturers, suppliers and others with access to inventory or production of those products to use the supply shortage as a business opportunity, business owners should proceed with caution …
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Mulè to Host BOSS Program: Returning to Business in the New Normal
On Thursday, May 21, Michael Mulè and John Diviney will present the 13th program of the Business Owners Seminar Series (BOSS): Returning to Business in the New Normal. The program will be held via zoom from 8:30am-9:30am and will focus on how to restart your business and protect both you and your employees. Topics covered …
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What to Do about CARES Act Payments Made to Deceased Individuals
May 11, 2020 | Trusts & Estates
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act) is a federal economic relief package for American workers and families. It provides for payments of up to $1,200 to individuals ($2,400 for married couples) with additional payments of up to $500 for each eligible child. Financial eligibility for these payments is based …
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Put Your Business on Solid Financial Footing before Hitting ‘Unpause’
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic shutdown, we have counseled our clients about how they can protect their rights as creditors once the economy begins to ramp up again. We have also advised them on how to make sure that they do not end up in their own perilous financial situation. Indeed, you …
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CMS Announces Further Rule Changes to Address Pandemic
May 4, 2020
On April 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced numerous regulatory waivers and rule changes to, among other things, expand Medicare beneficiaries’ access to coronavirus testing and telehealth services. CMS also made changes to address financial concerns that had been raised by many accountable care organizations (ACOs). The changes included adding behavioral …
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Supreme Court Hears First-Ever Telephonic Oral Argument
On May 4, 2020, the United States Supreme Court heard its first ever telephonic oral argument in its history. The case, styled United States Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com, B.V., addressed the issue of whether the addition of “.com” to an otherwise generic term can create a protectable trademark. Erica Ross, an Assistant to …
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