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The attorneys at Morningstar Law Group are leaders who are frequently asked to share their legal insights and expertise. Here is a sampling of the wisdom our attorneys are sharing at industry conferences, in published articles, and at continuing legal education events.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert: April 1, 2020 Temporary Regulations Clarifying FFCRA

April 6, 2020

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new, temporary regulations providing much anticipated guidance on the scope, application, and implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which became law on March 18, 2020. March 23, 2020 FFCRA post. These temporary regulations help to answer questions employers have raised in response […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert: FCRA Poster Required April 1, 2020

April 2, 2020

Employers subject to the leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) are required to post a poster, advising employees of their rights under this law.  This includes all employers with fewer than 500 employees, with some limited exceptions for certain employers with fewer than 50 employees. The poster is required to be […]

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Dumbing Down Some of the Privacy and Security Risks Associated With Smart Devices

March 25, 2020

Bluetooth sunglasses, temperature-controlled insulated bottles, voice-controlled dishwashers and other kitchen appliances, smart TVs, and doorbell cameras are just a handful of examples of the many everyday items that have been enhanced with “smart” capabilities to better fit within our increasingly connected and convenience-centric society. As we intensify our reliance on such “smart” Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert: Key COVID-19 Related Events Affecting North Carolina Employers

March 24, 2020

Key COVID-19-related events affecting North Carolina employers: April 1 – US Department of Labor Temporary Regulations Clarifying FFCRA Linked to Our Alert April 1 – FCRA Poster Required April 1, 2020 April 1 – Effective date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions March 27 – State of North Carolina Stay at Home Order […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert: New NC Executive Order Bans Gatherings Over 50, Closes Some Businesses

March 24, 2020

On Monday, March 23, 2020, the Governor of North Carolina signed a new Executive Order applicable statewide that tightened the ban on mass gatherings to a threshold of 50 people (previous ban was 100), closed certain businesses, and extended the closure of K-12 public schools through May 15, 2020 (the “Order”):  https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO120.pdf. The Order is […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert: New Regulations Clarify Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 23, 2020

(Update to Mar. 19 Post Summary of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act) As discussed in our Employment Law Alert on March 19, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) became law on March 18, 2020.  https://morningstarlawgroup.com/insights/coronavirus-covid-19-alert-emergency-national-paid-leave-law/ Divisions C and E of the Act require that employers with fewer than 500 employees (with […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert: New Restrictions on Wake County Businesses, Some Effective Immediately

March 23, 2020

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, the Chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners signed a new Proclamation of Emergency Restrictions (“Proclamation”) in response to COVID-19, closing certain businesses, prohibiting gatherings of 50 or more, imposing restrictions on nursing homes and other long term care facilities, and recommending temperature screenings for employers and retail establishments:  […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert: Remote Work Policies & Procedures

March 19, 2020

Question:  Most of our employees are now working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Do we need a remote work policy?  What types of risks and procedures do we need to consider? Answer: Yes.  Even if you intend to allow only remote working (“telework”) for the duration of the pandemic, it is […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert: Employee Exposure While Working or Traveling for Work

March 19, 2020

Question: What should an employer do if an employee is exposed to COVID-19 while working or traveling for work? Answer: If an employee is exposed to COVID-19 while working or traveling for work (or has recently traveled to or from a highly affected area*) (or develops mild symptoms**), but does not have symptoms that presumptively […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert: Emergency National Paid Leave Law

March 19, 2020

On Saturday, March 14, 2020 the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”), which provides for emergency supplemental appropriations to address the effects of COVID-19, including an expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) coverage (The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act) and […]

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