Beyond COVID-19 Resource Center

Resources and insights on what's next as the US economy reopens.

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As shelter-in-place orders are lifted, your business will enter uncharted territory. COVID-19 will permanently alter supply chains, workforce planning, service models, and growth strategies. How will you respond?

Task Force

This resource center is sponsored by our COVID-19 Task Force, a cross-disciplinary team of attorneys working together to advise clients on short-term responses and long-term strategies for dealing with the effects of the pandemic on their businesses.

Labor & Employment

International

Benefits

Corporate

Commercial Litigation

Real Estate

Cybersecurity and Privacy

Post-Pandemic Planning

The pandemic is affecting businesses and industries deemed both essential and non-essential, and creating specific legal, business, and workforce issues that must be addressed. Get our insights here. 

  • On Demand: Getting America Back to Work

    In this webinar recording, we address the legal and practical employment and safety hurdles employers can anticipate when restarting business operations and bringing employees back to the workplace.

  • Get Our Post-Pandemic Planning Checklist

    Getting started with your return-to-business plan requires a comprehensive understanding of how your business fits into the new and evolving legal landscape.

  • Strategies For Developing A Return To Work Plan

    Return to work plans will vary widely, and will require employers to grapple with challenges unique to their workforce and geography.

More Post-Pandemic Planning

The Audit and Checklist from Seyfarth at Work provides a roadmap to identify areas of potential WFH management inconsistency, which should form the basis for developing updated and targeted manager guidelines as well as your remote supervision skills training.

Read the Legal Update

In this webinar, our panel discusses the legal and practical immigration compliance issues employers can anticipate when restarting business operations, bringing employees back to the workplace, and maintaining compliance for those who continue to work from home.

Watch the Recording

Business reopening their doors to serve customers have many issues to consider, and now they must add to their list customers refusing to wear masks because of a claimed disability.

Read the Blog Post

As we approach the heat of the summer season and as employers begin to re-open after months of COVID-19 quarantine, workers may be out of shape, out of practice on workplace safety procedures, and may have to rebreathe hot air through face coverings. As they focus on COVID-19 efforts, employer should remain aware of risks of safety rule violations, injuries, and heat illness.

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Reopening businesses need to carefully consider how social distancing and other COVID-19 mitigation measures will impact customers with disabilities and be prepared to make adjustments.

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Environmental Protection Agency jointly developed and released guidance that is generally intended for everybody, whether a business, a school, a nursing facility, or to ensure the cleanliness and safety of a private home. The guidance is part of the larger White House plan and focuses on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes.

Read the Blog Post

And so it begins.  On Friday, May 1, 2020, the Wolf Administration announced that it would permit 24 largely rural counties in Northwest and Northcentral Pennsylvania to open up under the first stage of the Commonwealth’s phased reopening plan.

Read the Legal Update

As we begin to focus on what the return to work will look like, as well as what the "new normal" will be, organizations of all sizes will need to be prepared to address COVID-19 related litigation matters that are sure to arise.

Read the Legal Update

Major reopening developments are brewing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. On April 22, 2020, Governor Wolf announced his general plan to reopen Pennsylvania beginning May 8, 2020 following his various business shutdown and stay-at-home orders. Additionally, on April 23, the Wolf administration announced that the construction industry can resume operations on May 1, 2020, one week earlier than previously announced, and issued guidance for the construction industry. We discuss both of these announcements below.

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On April 16, 2020, the White House issued its “Guidelines for Opening Up America Again,” and several states have begun a slow process of emerging from the shutdown. But even the most optimistic scenarios are fraught with uncertainty. Nobody can predict when the economy will fully reopen, or what that even means in the post-COVID-19 business world. Will increased remote work become the “new normal”? Will business meetings, pitches, and conferences, continue to take place by videoconference or other remote means? What about investigations, depositions, mediations, and court proceedings? And how long will all of that last? We also do not know when the next pandemic will strike, or even if COVID-19 will rear its ugly head again in the near future.

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With customers staying home and businesses closing, the drop in revenue for retailers has been sudden and dramatic, forcing many retailers to seek relief from rental and other lease obligations. At the same time, retailers are grappling with what reopening will look like, as federal and state governments begin to offer guidelines for life and business following the lifting of stay-at-home orders.

Read the Legal Update

CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides emergency assistance for businesses affected by the pandemic. Our team is actively monitoring all aspects of this federal legislation impacting our corporate clients across industries.

  • On Demand: PPP Loan Forgiveness

    This webinar provides an overview of where things currently stand, in addition to valuable insight on the Main Street Lending program and various SBA assistance programs.

  • Main Street Lending Program Update

    Get an overview of the details of (and key recent revisions to) the Main Street Program based on Fed instruction through the May 27 Guidance.

  • CARES Act & Long-Term Care Facilities

    The regulartory waivers are intended to give the health system tools and support to create non-traditional care sites and staff them quickly.

Federal Legislation

Benefits and Executive Compensation

Corporate and Tax

Employment

Government Contracts

Industry-specific

Patents and Trademarks

Real Estate

Featured Webinars

Our COVID-19 webinar series covers a variety of legal and business topics raised by the pandemic. See all recorded webinars on the Seyfarth YouTube channel. 

  • Return to Business: Phase 2 in Massachusetts

    Joins us on June 4 as we offer practical insight for businesses reopening as part of the state's Phase 2, which includes restaurants, hotels, retail for in-store browsing, camps and childcare. 

  • Future of Automotive - Getting Back to Business 

    Join us on June 4 for "Digital Retailing Before, During, and After COVID-19," and on June 11 for "Financially Distressed Dealers—COVID-19's Impact on Dealer Networks."

  • Securities Litigation in the COVID Era

    June 4: Join us for a discussion on the most recent activities of the SEC and class action plaintiffs, and how investors, companies, and their officers and directors each face the challenges of COVID-19.

Webinar Recordings

Latest COVID-19 Updates

As new developments emerge and the legal implications take shape, we post frequent updates authored by a cross-disciplinary team with attorneys from benefits, corporate and tax, immigration, employment, real estate, and more. Subscribe here. 

  • COVID-19 Relief for Skilled Nursing Facilities

    On May 22, 2020, HHS began distributing $4.9 billion in additional relief funds to Skilled Nursing Facilities to help in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Purchases in Bakruptcy during the Pandemic

    In acquiring a company in bankruptcy, there is often a tendency to think this guarantees the purchaser will be “free and clear” of any liability (including so-called “successor liability”).

  • OIG's Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Response 

    OIG announced four goals as part of its Strategic Plan: protect people, protect funds, protect infrastructure, and promote effectiveness—now and into the future.

More Updates

Paid Leave Legislation and Analysis

Workplace Health and Safety

More Employment Updates

Industry Guidance

Our team is advising businesses across health care, hospitality, air and rail, franchise, and manufacturing. Stop here for the latest.

  • MA Safety Standards for Restaurants And Hotels

    On May 29, 2020, Massachusetts published previews of mandatory safety standards applicable to hotels and restaurants that re-open during the second phase of the state’s reopening plan.

  • OIG's Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Response 

    OIG announced four goals as part of its Strategic Plan: protect people, protect funds, protect infrastructure, and promote effectiveness—now and into the future.

  • FDA Revises Guidance on Face Masks

    The revised guidance includes respirators and face shields, and is in response to concerns regarding certain respirators and to separately address decontamination methods.

More Industry Guidance

State & Local Updates

Legal Updates exploring the implications of orders and legislation in the states where our clients do business. 

Public Resources

With an onslaught of information regarding the novel coronavirus, our team has curated a list of public resources to help you better assess the risks.

  • CDC Coronavirus Site

    A dedicated microsite for information on prevention, symptoms, and treatment.

  • World Health Organization

    Information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

  • Environmental Protection Agency

    This website provides key EPA resources on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Links

Additional COVID-19 resources from government agencies, states, and medical organizations. 

Seyfarth Statement on Coronavirus

With COVID-19 continuing to spread around the globe, we have conducted a review of our operations and undertaken a variety of precautionary measures.