Mayer Brown COVID-19 Essential Business Team

Mayer Brown is among several law firms that have adjusted summer associate recruitment plans as a result of the pandemic. In an October 6 Business Insider article, attorney recruitment manager Susanne Schaeffer said the firm has increased its participation in on campus interviews, which are largely taking place virtually. The firm is also getting creative

Mayer Brown’s COVID-19 Global Response Team has launched two new tools on its COVID-19 portal, the Back to Business Navigator and the Global Stimulus Navigator, to help companies navigate the myriad legal issues across jurisdictions that most affect their business.

The gradual process of reopening the economy and businesses by lifting government-mandated stay-at-home

As states and other jurisdictions continue to restrict the movement of residents in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many questions have arisen regarding which workers will be deemed “essential” and therefore exempt from applicable “stay-at-home” orders. In a letter issued on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Judy Perry Martinez, the President of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), wrote to Christopher Krebs, the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”)—the agency which has promulgated guidance to help state and local jurisdictions identify essential critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19 response efforts—and requested that the federal government recognize legal services as “essential.”

Continue Reading ABA President Calls for US Federal Government to Include Legal Services to be “Essential Services” That Are Exempt From “Stay-at-Home” Orders

Every day, we receive new information on measures taken by the German Federal Government, the Federal States, the European Union and its institutions. The clear, common goal is to cushion the effects of the corona-pandemic on the German and European economy. On 13 March 2020, both the German Federal Government and the European Commission presented

As the implications of the global COVID-19 pandemic have spread across regions, countries, states and provinces, and municipalities, governmental authorities have implemented increasingly aggressive measures to restrict business operations as a means of diminishing the numbers of people working in proximity to each other and of customers and others interacting with businesses.  As of March 24, 2020, at least 175 million people in the United States are subject to stay-at-home orders, including state-wide orders in 17 states, as well as orders in US counties and cities throughout another 9 states and, as announced today, the District of Columbia.  Media reports indicate that, in total, nearly half of Americans are being told to stay home currently.  Worldwide, temporary frameworks and restrictions to stem the outbreak are similarly being issued by multiple governments, across regions.

Mayer Brown’s COVID-19 Essential Business team is tracking and reporting on these developments on our COVID-19 Portal and this blog on a global basis.

Continue Reading “Stay-at-Home” Orders Impacting Businesses Expand to More Jurisdictions, and More to Come

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia have adopted certain measures intended to encourage “social distancing” in an effort to limit human contact and thus slow down the spread of the virus. Cities and states have adopted various measures to try to achieve this goal, including by closing schools and/or limiting or prohibiting large gatherings (such as by cancelling concerts, plays, museums, and eating in restaurants and bars). Some governments are also acting to protect people who get sick and cannot work or who are laid off. Several states have recently taken even more aggressive action.

In just the last week, some jurisdictions have issued orders advising their residents to stay in their homes (i.e., “shelter in place” orders). Other states have imposed strict limits on which businesses can remain open and/or have imposed requirements that “nonessential” workers stay home. As of now, these types of restrictions are in effect in, among other places, California, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut. At present, these types of orders reach one in four Americans. As a result, businesses and workers have been confronted with the critical issue of whether they can operate and who, if anyone, can leave home to work on premises.

These actions are similar to many of those that have been taken by other jurisdictions, such as in China, Italy, and France. As governments have imposed these tight restrictions, they have also recognized the need to allow certain businesses to continue to operate as necessary to provide essential goods and services. These orders have been imposed quickly, responding to the immediate needs of each community, and thus neither the orders nor the exemptions to the orders allowing certain activities to continue are consistent across jurisdictions or always well-defined.

This Update provides guidance on the scope of essential services or businesses in five US jurisdictions that have adopted restrictive measures to fight the spread of the virus: CA, NY, IL, OH and PA. Alerts covering additional jurisdictions across the globe, and updates regarding these jurisdictions, will follow.

Continue Reading Who or What Is an “Essential” Business or Service That May Be Exempt from Shelter in Place or Stay at Home Orders?