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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: Key COVID-19 Related Events Affecting North Carolina Employers

March 24, 2020

Key COVID-19-related events affecting North Carolina employers: 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 issued.https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO121-Stay-at-Home-Order-3.pdf March 26 – County of Orange Stay at Home Order issued.https://www.orangecountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10271/Orange-County-Declaration-Stay-at-Home-3-25-20–Final March 26 – County of Wake Stay at Home Order issued.http://www.wakegov.com/covid19/Documents/FinalSignedSOE3-26-20.pdf March […]

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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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Q: An employee notified management late this afternoon that their partner might have COVID-19 but cannot be tested until Monday. What should we do?

March 17, 2020

Answer: Ask the employee to voluntarily stay home pending the test, and advise them to get medical attention if they experience known symptoms of COVID-19 (fever and cough).  If the employee can work from home, that would be ideal.  If not, PTO or other paid or unpaid leave policies could be used.  STD and ADA […]

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Q: Should we impose limits on business travel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? What about personal travel?

March 17, 2020

Answer:  The State Department and Center for Disease Control (CDC) have been providing international travel guidance for weeks and in the case of some locations, months.  Along with other developments last week, on Friday, President Trump declared COVID-19 a national emergency and the CDC warned Americans about traveling within the United States, bringing travel precautions […]

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Q: The Governor issued an Executive Order closing public schools and banning mass gatherings of 100 or more people. What impact does this have on my workforce management?

March 17, 2020

Answer: The North Carolina Governor’s Office issued an Executive Order Saturday, March 14, 2020 banning gatherings of more than 100 people and directing the closure of K-12 public schools to limit the spread of COVID-19 (The “Order”)).  https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO117-COVID-19-Prohibiting-Mass-Gathering-and-K12-School-Closure.pdf.   This Order will have an immediate impact on workforces across the State. For the duration of the […]

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