COVID-19 Updates

Vaccine Requirements – An Update

Since December 2020, the federal government, beginning with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s initial guidance on the subject, has made clear that mandatory employer vaccine requirements were permissible and did not violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, or the American with Disabilities Act, which we wrote about previously The ability of employer mandatory vaccine requirements has consistently been reinforced since that time.

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Attorneys Beware: Zoom Depositions Are Likely Inadmissible

You get a notice of deposition via email. The notice provides that the deposition will be taken remotely through a Zoom videoconference.

The day of the deposition arrives and as your witness is testifying, you notice the red blinking light in the upper left corner of the screen designating that the deposition is being recorded.

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M&A Transactions Involving PPP Loans: A Path Forward

Paycheck Protection Program loans, commonly referred to as PPP loans, have been a godsend for millions of small businesses and their employees. As originally envisioned, the purpose of the PPP loans was to provide low interest, forgivable loans to small businesses that have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic to cover payroll and other expenses including interest, rent and utilities.

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EEOC Guidance Allows Employers to Require Employees to Receive COVID-19 Vaccination

On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued new guidance for employers regarding the recently approved COVID-19 vaccines and the implications under applicable equal employment opportunity laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (“Title VII”).

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Governor Pritzker extends modified moratorium on residential evictions through January 9, 2021

On December 11, 2020, Governor Pritzker extended the moratorium on residential evictions, but only as to a “Covered Person” which is defined as a person who (1) expects to earn no more than $99,000 in annual income for 2020 (or no more than $198,000 if filing a joint tax return) or was not required to report any income in 2019 to the Internal Revenue Service or received an Economic Impact Payment pursuant to the Federal Cares Act…

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Trial in the Time of Covid

Fresh off a four-week bench trial with my partner, Norm Finkel – conducted entirely on Zoom – I want to share some of my impressions that will hopefully help inform clients’ decisions as we navigate our way through this new COVID-era legal environment.

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