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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.


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 […]


COVID-19 and Privacy: Can We Remain Anonymous?

May 20, 2020

The unprecedented spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has alarmed policymakers and healthcare professionals alike. The rate at which infections continue to spike and the fact that most cases appear to be asymptomatic makes efforts to control the outbreak much more difficult as compared to other diseases. Certain mitigation efforts taken by governments around the world, […]


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 […]


Time to Panic? The Effects of COVID-19 on the Internet.

April 16, 2020

Given the social distancing guidelines and broad stay-at-home orders necessitated by the global COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, organizations and schools around the world have been forced to reevaluate the way they conduct their day-to-day operations. As a result, those organizations and schools have shifted to telecommuting and remote learning, which has placed a major strain on […]


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert: CARES Act Overview

April 7, 2020

On March 25th, 2020 the Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”).  We have been helping many clients navigate the CARES Act to determine which available funding programs best match their needs.  The CARES Act includes $2.2 trillion in emergency economic assistance, $350 billion of which is earmarked for […]


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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