State Reopenings: A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, or Is It?

By Greg Chabon, Marty Stern, Nikku Khalifian, Katie Zimmerman, Elizabeth Stell, Bob Silverman This week marks a stunning (literally) transition in our three-month COVID-19 State Closure/Reopening Project.  Every state in the country is now squarely in the process of going green -- reopening all sectors of their economies, with at last count about 20% of… Continue reading State Reopenings: A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, or Is It?

FCC and CISA Tell Governors Communications Services Essential to COVID-19 Response – Why Now, What Does It Mean?

By Bob Silverman and Marty Stern In a surprise move, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai joined up last week with Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher Krebs to write to the governors of the 50 states as well as U.S. Territories (including the District of Columbia mayor)… Continue reading FCC and CISA Tell Governors Communications Services Essential to COVID-19 Response – Why Now, What Does It Mean?

NC Struggles with Science, Politics, Increasing Infections, Social Distancing, and Poultry

By Greg Chabon Continuing in its role as something of an anomaly in the South, North Carolina continues to try to balance scientific and health data, political pressure, an increasing COVID-19 infection rate, and recent poultry plant infections in its quest to slowly reopen its economy.  Governor Roy Cooper recently made national news by refusing… Continue reading NC Struggles with Science, Politics, Increasing Infections, Social Distancing, and Poultry

Returning to Work: Legal Issues Checklist

By Sara Tucker In speaking to various groups about legal and liability considerations in returning to work and safely reopening their businesses, we put together this Returning to Work Checklist as a resource for businesses considering whether to reopen.  The Checklist provides a framework for what the reopening process will look like for their business,… Continue reading Returning to Work: Legal Issues Checklist

Return to Work Employment Considerations FAQ

Check out this FAQ from Womble Bond Dickinson partners, Richard L. Rainey and Beth Tyner Jones, which addresses top-of-mind questions they have been asked on business reopening employment-related considerations.  The Questions covered include: What can retail businesses do if an employee refuses to return to work?How should employers handle temperature screening logistics?How should employers handle… Continue reading Return to Work Employment Considerations FAQ

Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Stay at Home Order

By Katie Zimmerman On May 13, 2020, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin issued a 4-3 decision in the Wisconsin Legislature v. Palm case, which declared Wisconsin “Safer at Home” Order, Emergency Order No. 28, unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable.  The decision, however, specifically stated that it does not apply to Section 4.a. of the Emergency Order… Continue reading Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Stay at Home Order

Wyoming

Updated: May 6, 2020 EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-2 The Governor’s executive order 2020-2 from March does not specifically close any businesses due to the COVID outbreak, however, statewide Public Health Orders have regulated businesses and have recently set forth certain guidelines for reopening as outlined below. THIRD CONTINUATION, AND MODIFICATION, OF STATEWIDE PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER CLOSING… Continue reading Wyoming

South Dakota

Updated: May 7, 2020 EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-20 This Order was signed on April 28, 2020, and directed all South Dakotans to implement and follow the state’s “Back to Normal Plan,” also dated April 28, 2020, which details the expectations for individuals, businesses, schools, health care providers, and local governments to return to normal business and… Continue reading South Dakota