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California Employee Rights During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Post On Jun. 16, 2020

Coronavirus’s spread throughout the United States has drastically changed the relationship between employers and their employees. However, there are numerous laws and statutes that protect California employees’ rights, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. CARES Act and PUA Program First and...

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How does COVID-19 restrictions affect my visitation case?
Post On Jun. 16, 2020
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For both custodial and non custodial cases; the COVID-19 protocols can make an otherwise clear visitation schedule, very confusing....

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Estate Planning in the State of COVID-19
Post On Jun. 15, 2020
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If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that life can change in an instant. As the country strives to re-open and create a new normal, there are many lessons to be taken away. One of these lessons is the importance of ensuring your estate planning documents are in place when you are young and...

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Family First Coronavirus Response Act
Post On Jun. 02, 2020
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Information for employers and employees, in relation to the recently-enacted Family First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA") Basic Considerations The FFCRA requires that covered employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Covered...

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Can I File a Maryland Workers’ Compensation Case for coronavirus/ COVID-19?

Maryland law may provide workers’ compensation benefits for those that contract a disease because of their employment. MD occupational disease standards Maryland workers’ compensation law provides compensation for individuals who contract what is known as an occupational disease through their...

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Five Things To Know About The CARES Act In Order to Protect Your Home During The Covid-19 Crisis
Post On May 27, 2020

The CARES Act provides some relief for homeowners. Here are the top 5 things you must know about the CARES Act as it relates to your mortgage. The CARES Act only applies to federally backed mortgages A federally backed mortgage is a mortgage that is guaranteed by FHA, VA, or the USDA, or that has...

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HAS YOUR CALIFORNIA BUSINESS LOST MONEY AS A RESULT OF THE PANDEMIC?
Post On May 22, 2020
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You know that the COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic has caused many small and medium sized business throughout the State of California to lose money. However, what you may not know is that some insurance policies cover these losses. HAS YOUR CALIFORNIA BUSINESS LOST MONEY AS A RESULT OF THE PANDEMIC?...

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Charting the Course for H-1Bs and Other Visas Through COVID-19
Post On May 22, 2020
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U.S. Immigration laws and regulations have always required immigration attorneys to have a certain level of creativity to problem solve. Keeping current on regulation changes, combined with creativity, helped me navigate the paths to my clients’ goals even when they took unexpected turns....

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Michigan Custody and Parenting Time During COVID-19
Post On May 18, 2020
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A guide to parenting time in Michigan during COVID-19. Michigan Stay Home Order On March 23, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Michigan Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21 which was a “Stay Home-Stay Safe” order requiring Michigan residents to shelter in place and restrict...

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Divorced or Unmarried Parents and COVID-19 Federal Economic Impact Payments
Post On May 18, 2020
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A summary of how stimulus payments are issued to divorced or unmarried parents. the CARES Act On March 27, 2020, the CARES Act was enacted to financially assist American families and business affected by COVID-19. The most widespread relief will come in the form of economic impact payments, and...

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Mask Laws: From Illegal to Wear to Illegal NOT to Wear
Post On May 08, 2020

As recently as late March, public health authorities were saying people didn't need to wear face masks. They were important for medical personnel and health workers, of course, but unnecessary for others. Then, on April 3, the Centers for Disease Control said that people should start using "cloth...

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Challenges of Coronavirus for Divorced and Blended Families

Carlos Lastra, co-chair of our Family Law practice, says the coronavirus is wreaking havoc on divorced and blended families. Here is a Q&A on the challenges of COVID-19 on divorced and blended families and what couples can do to co-exist. He recently appeared on Great Day Washington discussing this...

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Protect Your Consumer Rights During coronavirus COVID-19
Post On May 06, 2020
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During these trying times, many people have found themselves dealing with creditors and debt collection agencies. But don't fret -- there are strong consumers laws that protect you from overly aggressive collection tactics. Here is a list of what creditors and debt collection agencies MAY NOT DO: A...

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Anticipatory Breach of Contract During the COVID-19 Pandemic

An anticipatory breach of contract is a breach based on the words or conduct of a party, occurring before performance is actually due under the contract. What can you do to prevent an anticipatory breach contract? Can you file a lawsuit based on an anticipatory breach? What is an Anticipatory...

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Domestic Abuse: The Biggest Unintended Consequence of the Coronavirus Lockdown?
Post On May 02, 2020
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I saw a news report the other day that talked about the increase in domestic abuse incidents not only in Wisconsin but throughout the nation. This increase is undoubtedly an unintended consequence of the quarantine orders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus alone is putting...

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The Constitutionality of COVID-19 Stay Home Orders

COVID-19 has caused many governors (including Washington’s) to issue “stay in place” orders. Have we been deprived of our Constitutional right to liberty without due process of law? The answer is almost certainly “no”. Statutory enactments The Constitutions of the U.S.A. and Washington State...

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New Jersey Rent Collection & Eviction: COVID-19 Update
Post On Apr. 30, 2020
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We are now about four weeks into the COVID-19 crisis here in New Jersey and across the country. I hope you’re all healthy and safe. Today, we’re talking about how landlords are collecting rent from tenants. It’s important to balance the ability of landlords to collect rent with the sensitivity we...

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Immigration Options for the H1b employee under the Covid-19 Pandemic
Post On Apr. 29, 2020
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options to those H1b employees who have been affected by employment uncertainty resulting from the Covid-19 impact Short term Options A short-term option that we will generally discuss with these impacted foreign nationals is that of the B visa. The B visa is a short term (6 month) visa that is...

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Remote Notarization in the COVID-19 Crisis
Post On Apr. 29, 2020

Information about the new Massachusetts law on remote notarization during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Scope of the Law. On April 27, 2020, Massachusetts passed a remote notarization law. This law will be in effect during the COVID-19 state of emergency as declared by Governor Baker until,...

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What Is the Defense Production Act?
Post On Apr. 29, 2020

The Defense Production Act , an act passed during the Korean war, gives the President the power to order private sectors to produce certain goods. History of the Defense Production Act In 1950, in the midst of the cold war, North Korea, backed by the Soviet Union, invaded South Korea, a U.S. ally....

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