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Mar

26

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Update and Notice by Gaylord Gardner

The U.S. Department of Labor has recently provided a question and answer page regarding the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act which goes into effect on April 1, 2020 which provides employees of businesses under 500 employees with new paid sick leave for COVID-19 related leave through December 31, 2020.  The question and answer page […]

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Mar

26

Operating an Essential Business During a Stay at Home Order by Gaylord Gardner

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, many states, counties, and cities are declaring a state of emergency and issuing a “Stay at Home Order” for non-essential businesses and only permitting essential businesses and the businesses that support essential businesses to operate.  Furthermore, employees of an essential business are allowed to travel to the extent that the […]

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Mar

25

HIPAA Telehealth Requirements are Relaxed for COVID-19 by Gloria D. Crawford

As the number of COVID-19 cases are ramping up throughout the country, healthcare providers are experiencing a massive influx of patients.  In response, state and federal governments have had to get creative with methods to treat persons infected with COVID-19 without simultaneously infecting those without the virus. Some methods include: drive-thru testing facilities, building makeshift […]

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Mar

25

Annual Report Reminder – April 1

In Tennessee, Annual Reports are due on the 1st day of the fourth month following the company’s fiscal year end.  For most businesses with fiscal years that operate on a calendar year, the Annual Report is due on April 1.  With the impact due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, many federal and state deadlines have been […]

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Mar

23

Assessing Whether You Need an Attorney During the COVID-19 Pandemic by Gloria D. Crawford

We are in a healthcare crisis that is having very real impacts on our personal lives and the economy.  Americans are forced to adjust to a new normal as legislators take drastic measures in an attempt to slow the transmission of COVID-19 without crashing the economy. All of these changes can breed fear and uncertainty. The role […]

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Mar

22

Opportunism in the COVID-19 Age by Jeromye V. Sartain

Clearly we are living in a strange time – the word “unprecedented” has been used to the point of overuse, but it really does fit. Long after the coronavirus has had its way and wreaked havoc on people’s health and health care systems the world over, we will still be reeling from the global economic […]

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Mar

21

Debt Relief Options Are Not Shutdown by Rachel E. Lamey

The stress of financial uncertainty weighs heavily during disaster, such as our recent tornadoes and the current COVID-19 pandemic. Bankruptcy may be an option to relieve that stress if you or your family are facing lay offs, property damage, or illness. Here are some answers to questions you may be asking during this time: Q: […]

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Mar

21

Avoiding ADA Violations While Dealing With COVID-19 by Gaylord Gardner

Many employers are taking steps to protect all their employees and business from the COVID-19 coronavirus.  However, employers must be careful to avoid violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and must be careful regarding what they ask their employees.   Fortunately, the EEOC recently provided guidance regarding what questions an employer can ask an employee and […]

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Mar

20

Tennessee Unemployment for Temporary Shutdowns by Gaylord Gardner

Due to COVID-19, many employers have plans to reduce hours for their employees or have plans to close business down completely for the short term.  Even if employers do not have plans to shut down business, there is always the potential for a long-term shelter in place order requiring businesses to close.   During this closure […]

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Mar

19

Paid Sick Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and its Effect on Small Businesses By Gaylord Gardner

President Trump recently signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and drastically changed how many businesses have to deal with paid sick time.   Many small businesses do not provide paid sick time to their employees or they provide limited sick time to their employees.  The Families First Coronavirus Response Act has temporarily changed how small […]

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Mar

16

Financial Relief in a Health Crisis by Rachel E. Lamey

Suffering can come as illness. It can also come as an inability to pay rent or purchase food. In today’s environment, the two are almost indistinguishable. Costs associated with illness and medical treatment are a notoriously high financial strain. That strain is then compounded by domestic and global shut downs. COVID-19, also known as the […]

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Mar

14

COVID-19 and Your Estate Plan – Are You Prepared? By Brittney R. Mulvaney

In light of recent developments of the coronavirus, now is a great time to consider creating or updating your estate plan. An estate plan for most people generally consists of a last will and testament, financial power of attorney, healthcare directive (healthcare power of attorney and living will), and possibly a revocable living trust. While […]

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