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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.


Employment Law Alert: ARPA Requires Employers to Pay 100% of COBRA for Certain Employees

April 2, 2021

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”), signed into law on March 11, 2021, beginning April 1, 2021 employers will be required to pay 100% of the COBRA continuation premium for group health plan coverage for certain employees and their qualified beneficiaries for up to six (6) months.  Who Qualifies for The COBRA […]


John Kivus Creates Force Majeure Clause & Contract Amendment Template for ShootProof

March 30, 2021

ShootProof is an online company whose the mission is “to be the global leader in software, e-commerce, education, and productivity solutions that empower every photographer to create, grow, and manage the business of their dreams.” One of the resources provided by the company is a contract tool that delivers lawyer-drafted templates. In response to the pandemic, […]


Morningstar Law Group's Mack Paul Looks at 2021

March 11, 2021

Mack Paul, a partner in our firm’s Real Estate and Land Use practice group, joined two other local business leaders in an interview with Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) regarding their business outlook for 2021. Asked “Based on the information you have now, how do you see your company performing in 2021? What do you think […]


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert: Employers Need to Evaluate Risks Associated with Employee Social Security Payroll Tax Deferral

September 4, 2020

As you may have heard, President Trump issued an executive order a few weeks ago allowing employers to defer (delay) certain payroll tax withholdings that would otherwise be due on wages paid in September – December 2020 pay periods (a link to the Order is below).  It is important to understand that this is a […]


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert: DOL Corrects Temporary FFCRA Regulations

April 17, 2020

On April 10, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued technical corrections to the temporary regulations it issued April 1 implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which became law on March 18, 2020.   The corrections address internal inconsistencies, such as an error in a sample calculation of worked hour, capitalization of […]


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 […]


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 […]


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: July 16 – State of North Carolina Executive Order No. 151 Phase Two Extension June 24 – State of North Carolina Executive Order No. 147 Phase Two Extension June 18 – City of Raleigh Emergency Proclamation Requiring the Wearing of Face Masks May 20 – State of North […]


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”): The Order is […]


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. Divisions C and E of the Act require that employers with fewer than 500 employees (with […]

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