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  • Coronavirus Alert

    COVID-19 Product Shortages – Legal Pitfalls in Choosing Among Customers

    March 25, 2020
    Supply chains across the globe are being disrupted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as manufacturers of “non-essential” goods curtail or completely suspend production based on worker shortages or government orders. The impacts of those realities will be felt for months or years to come by downstream businesses who assumed a certain supply of goods or raw materials when accepting orders from their customers. Given the lead times associated with manufacturing products, supply chains will not be refilled overnight. That means that many sellers may not have sufficient supplies to fill all customer orders in the short term or once the pandemic abates and consumer demand returns.  In those situations, sellers will need to carefully consider their legal obligations before picking and choosing among their customers in a limited supply context.
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    Telemedicine Update: COVID-19 Prompts Rapid Regulatory Changes

    March 24, 2020
    As Arkansas begins its second full week of battling COVID-19, telemedicine has emerged as a major weapon in fighting the pandemic. Last week, both the federal and state government issued notices of significant regulatory flexibility for telehealth services in hopes that health care providers can treat a higher number of patients and reduce the spread of COVID-19 by keeping more sick or high-risk patients at home.
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    Retirement Plans During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    March 23, 2020
    The COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant disruptions to normal everyday life, and part of this normal everyday life is retirement planning. This alert is intended to provide guidance to retirement plans in this very unusual time we find ourselves related to retirement plans. The first section is related to defined contribution plans, and the second section is related to defined benefit plans.
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    DHS/ICE Temporarily Allows Employers to Verify I9 Documents Remotely

    March 23, 2020
    Employers familiar with the federal form I9 know that the Authorized Representative must physically inspect the documents presented by the employee so that she may attest the documents appear genuine and relate to the new employee. The employee must also be physically present. That has presented a problem for employers with remote workers. At least for now, there is a temporary solution, but only for those employers working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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    Group Health Plan Changes in Wake of Coronavirus

    March 20, 2020
    On Wednesday, March 18, 2020 President Donald Trump signed into law House Bill 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, (FFCRA) which implements extensive efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus as well as the economic impact of the virus. This new law includes requirements affecting the coverage under employer sponsored group health plans and health insurance issuers in the group and individual market. Specifically, the provisions affecting health plans focus on mandated coverage of COVID-19 testing.
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