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COVID-19 Task Force

Vorys attorneys and professionals are counseling our clients in the myriad issues related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  We are taking significant steps to ensure we remain proactive during this extremely fluid environment.  The business and legal challenges our clients are facing are changing each day.  As always, our clients are encouraged to communicate directly with their primary Vorys contact(s). 

We have also established a comprehensive Coronavirus Task Force, which includes attorneys with deep experience in the niche disciplines that we have been and expect to continue receiving questions regarding coronavirus. 

  • Employment Issues
  • Travel Restrictions
  • Immigration
  • Federal and State Relief Efforts
  • Government Isolation and/or "Shelter in Place" Orders
  • Employee Benefits
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Health Care
  • Commercial/Contracts and Supply Chain
  • Finance
  • Corporate / Risk Disclosure / Governance / Virtual Meetings
  • Insurance
  • Litigation
  • Bankruptcy and Restructuring
  • Real Estate
Our clients should also feel free to contact any of the attorneys below regarding specific questions pertaining to COVID-19. 

Our Coronavirus Response

As we monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we will continually provide updates regarding our response. First, we are focused on the health, safety and well-being of our employees, our families, our clients, and our neighbors. We will maintain a high level of service to each of our clients during these turbulent times.

We formed a COVID-19 task force that has been meeting daily to review the guidance from federal, state and local government and public health officials. The task force continually evaluates and updates the measures we are taking to ensure the safety of our employees, clients, contractors, and others with whom we are interacting.

We have also activated our Business Continuity Plan. The purpose of this Plan is to ensure uninterrupted service to our clients. All of our attorneys and professionals have the ability to work remotely, as necessary. Vorys attorneys work as a team to provide seamless service, backing each other up as needed. We are strongly committed to meeting the needs of our clients, and we have the capability of meeting those needs – even in challenging times – thanks to our technology, our training and preparation, and our attorneys and professionals who are dedicated to helping our clients however possible.

As always, you should feel free to contact your Vorys relationship attorneys with any questions. If you have inquires specific to our firm’s COVID-19 task force or Business Continuity Plan, please contact Jon Norman or Travis Wahl.

We know your families and workplaces are also navigating the complex issues associated with this pandemic. We offer our support and well wishes during this difficult time. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

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Ohio Enacts Broad COVID-19 Immunity Legislation

9/15/2020

The Ohio General Assembly enacted Amended Substitute House Bill 606 which is meant to address – and limit – potential liability that business in Ohio may face if employees or customers contract COVID-19 in their workplace or business.  On September 14, 2020, Governor DeWine signed the legislation. Read more.

Patent Office Updates you Need to Know

9/21/2020

As part of our dedication to helping our clients stay up-to-date on the ever-changing landscape as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve compiled the following highlights of changes to patent, trademark, and copyright operations around the world. Read more.
When Employees Resist Returning to Work and Other Pandemic-Related HR Challenges (Hosted by Lexology)


When Employees Resist Returning to Work and Other Pandemic-Related HR Challenges


October 1, 2020

1:00pm (ET)


In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers responded to the virus’s spread by sending workers home. Some employees worked remotely, while others were laid off or furloughed.  As employers work to resume more ‘normal’ operations during the pandemic, a number of new challenges have arisen.  Vorys Partners Dan Clark and Jackie Ford will join Trisha Corbin, Senior Corporate Counsel for Safelite Group, Inc., for a webinar on October 1, 2020 hosted by Lexology that addresses these issues.  To learn more about this free webinar, click here.


Crash Course Compliance: Preparing for FDA’s “Return to Normalcy”


Crash Course Compliance: Preparing for FDA’s “Return to Normalcy”


September 29, 2020

12:00pm (ET)


As companies have adapted their operations to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have found themselves navigating U.S. drug and device law for the first time.  So far, this process has been significantly simplified by regulatory waivers and emergency use authorizations (EUA), but with the current public health emergency declaration scheduled to expire on October 23, 2020, now is the time to reassess your company’s FDA compliance.  Join Vorys attorneys Jolie Havens and Mairi Mull as they discuss where to start and what to consider in this webinar briefing.  Click here to register.


Labor and Employment COVID -19 Update - Quick Webcast (Ohio State Bar Association Webinar)


Labor and Employment COVID -19 Update - Quick Webcast


Robert Harris, a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the labor and employment group, will present a webinar to Ohio State Bar Association members on labor and employment issues amid COVID-19 on September 16, 2020.  The topics covered will include: an update on the FFCRA, unemployment compensation, FLSA wage-hour considerations and public health recommendations regarding travel, testing, quarantining and other COVID related matters.  To learn more, click here.


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus - Return to Work Preparedness (August 13, 2020)


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus - Return to Work Preparedness 


Vorys attorneys presented the most timely and relevant topics as businesses and organizations respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. To listen to a recording of the webinar, click here.


COVID-19 and Immigration Impact: The Latest Presidential Proclamation, Visa Processing, and Extensions


COVID-19 and Immigration Impact: The Latest Presidential Proclamation, Visa Processing, and Extensions


The purpose of this webinar, which was hosted by Vorys and the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO) on July 21, 2020, was to provide Japanese companies with information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the current immigration landscape. Topics covered included details of the recent Presidential Proclamation suspending the entry of certain L-1, H-1B, H-2B, and J-1 visa holders, including who is covered, how it impacts them, how it impacts their ability to travel, and who is exempted from the Proclamation; information regarding the limited visa processing options during continued Embassy/Consulate closures; and options to extend visa status from within the United States when travel is not possible. 

Vorys on Call: Coronavirus - Return to Work Preparedness (July 9, 2020)


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus - Return to Work Preparedness 

Vorys attorneys presented the most timely and relevant topics as businesses and organizations respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. To listen to a recording of the webinar, click here.


ADR in the Wake of COVID-19


ADR in the Wake of COVID-19


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most civil trials have been delayed until the courts can safely open to the public. Once courts open for trials, dockets will likely be backlogged with criminal and civil cases that were scheduled for trial to begin during the pendency of the stay-at-home order. It could be months before a litigant’s civil case can be heard by a judge. Vorys hosted a webinar with former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Eve Lundberg Stratton, former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Jim McMonagle, and Vorys Partner Alycia Broz where the trio discussed efficient and economical ADR methods such as mediation and use of a retired judge to preside over your trial during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.  To get access to an on demand recording, click here.


Accessing Medicaid Provider Relief Funding — Strategies and Best Practices


Accessing Medicaid Provider Relief Funding — Strategies and Best Practices



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has allocated $15 Billion of its Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provider relief fund for Medicaid providers.  Now through July 20th, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers who have not yet received other HHS CARES Act provider relief funds have the opportunity to apply for a distribution equal to at least 2-percent of their reported gross revenue from patient care. On June 17, 2020 Liam Gruzs, Suzanne Scrutton and Mairi Mull presented a 30-minute webinar on this funding. The presenters discussed the following:

  • The steps providers must take to apply;
  • HHS guidance regarding appropriate use of the funds; and
  • Crucial considerations for managing your risk in the event of an audit.

To learn more, click here.


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus - Return to Work Preparedness (June 11, 2020)


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus - Return to Work Preparedness 


We returned for Vorys On Call: Coronavirus  on Thursday, June 11.  Vorys attorneys discussed issues related to topics, such as: considerations regarding masks, gloves and other PPE; use of waivers to reduce liability; distressed company acquisitions; and updates on any legislative and regulatory developments. To listen to a recording of the webinar, click here.


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus - Return to Work Preparedness (May 28, 2020)


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus - Return to Work Preparedness 


Vorys attorneys presented the most timely and relevant topics as businesses and organizations respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. To listen to a recording of the webinar, click here.

Vorys on Call: Coronavirus - Return to Work Preparedness (May 14, 2020)


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus - Return to Work Preparedness 


In this ninth weekly edition of our weekly COVID-19 webinar, Vorys attorneys continued to focus on the legal and business issues related to the eventual return to the workplace. To listen to a recording of the webinar, click here.


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus - Return to Work Preparedness (May 7, 2020)


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus - Return to Work Preparedness 


In this eighth weekly edition of our weekly COVID-19 webinar, Vorys attorneys continued to focus primarily on the legal and business issues related to the eventual return to the workplace. To listen to a recording of the webinar, click here.



SECURE and CARES - What is a Plan Sponsor to Do?


SECURE and CARES - What is a Plan Sponsor to Do?

May 6, 2020

12 p.m. ET


Vorys Partners Christine Poth and Jen Dunsizer provided an overview of the law changes included in the SECURE Act and the CARES Act. This broad legislation contains significant provisions impacting employee benefit plans. To watch a recording of the webinar, click here.

Vorys on Call: Coronavirus - Return to Work Preparedness (April 30, 2020)


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus - Return to Work Preparedness 


In the seventh weekly edition of our weekly COVID-19 webinar, Vorys attorneys again focused on the legal and business issues related to the eventual return to the workplace. Discussion focused on legal developments related to businesses reopening as well as litigation matters that have begun to arise. To listen to a recording of the webinar, click here.

Reopen for Business - Guidelines to Operating in a Pandemic Climate


Reopen for Business - Guidelines to Operating in a Pandemic Climate

April 30, 2020

2 p.m. CT


Jackie Ford, a partner in the Houston office, will present a webinar for the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce on best practices to ensure a safe and reasonable workplace as employees are called back to work following the Governor's order to reopen businesses in the State of Texas.  


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus - Return to Work Preparedness (April 23, 2020)


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus - Return to Work Preparedness 


In this edition of our weekly COVID-19 webinar, Vorys attorneys focused solely on the legal and business issues related to the eventual return to the workplace. Topics included everything from employment and OSHA-related considerations to maintaining a healthy workplace.  To listen to a recording of the webinar, click here.


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus (April 16, 2020)


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus


The fifth installment of this multi-disciplinary webinar series took place on Thursday, April 16.  Vorys attorneys discussed the following topics: the Main Street Lending Program (Title IV of the CARES Act); economic development incentives considerations; ongoing employment-related matters; union considerations; and key issues for businesses transitioning into the production and distribution of PPE.  To listen to a recording of the webinar, click here.


Labor Relations During the Coronavirus Pandemic


Labor Relations During the Coronavirus Pandemic


Unionized businesses face unique challenges as it relates to the effects of COVID-19.  Our labor group has fielded continual questions from clients nationally regarding ways to navigate these ongoing and evolving issues -- from union employees walking off the job to government loans requiring union neutrality, and constantly shifting work rules.  On April 15, 2020, Vorys attorneys Dan Clark, Michael Ball and Akilah Craig addressed issues related to questions from our unionized clients and provided tips to reduce risk during these unprecedented times.  To watch a recording of the webinar, click here.


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus (April 9, 2020)


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus


The fourth installment of this multi-disciplinary webinar series took place on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Vorys attorneys discussed the following topics: CARES loans and borrower considerations; employment issues including unemployment compensation; employee benefits - ongoing developments and guidance; COVID-19-related privacy considerations; recent telehealth changes for providers, health plans and insurers; and USEPA and state regulatory changes/use of force majeure in environmental consent decrees.  To listen to recording of the webinar, click here.

Vorys on Call: Coronavirus (April 2, 2020)


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus


The third installment of our multi-disciplinary webinar series on the various business and legal implications of the COVID-19 pandemic took place on Thursday, April 2, 2020. Vorys attorneys representing various practice areas and disciplines came together to discuss a number of topics including: ongoing employment factors for businesses to consider; employee benefits implications in the CARES Act; federal tax implications; "Essential" vs. "Non Essential" businesses; SBA and other available loans under the federal relief bills; and other relevant COVID-19 topics.  To listen to a recording of this webinar, click here.


Webinar: Health Care Regulatory Issues Related to COVID-19


Webinar: Health Care Regulatory Issues Related to COVID-19


Vorys hosted a webinar on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 where Vorys health care attorneys discussed common questions about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various health care regulatory issues relevant to health care providers, as well as many individuals and businesses outside the health care industry. To watch an "on demand" version of the webinar, click here.


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus (March 26, 2020)


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus


Our second multi-disciplinary webinar covering various business and legal implications of the coronavirus pandemic took place on Thursday, March 26. Vorys attorneys representing various practice areas and disciplines came together to share their considerations on a number of topical issues including: federal relief efforts, "stay at home order," employee benefit plans, new SBA loans, and much more. To listen to a recording of this webinar, click here.


Employee Benefit Plans: Impact of Coronavirus 


Employee Benefit Plans: Impact of Coronavirus 


In this 90 minute webinar, hosted on March 25, 2020, Vorys attorneys Christine Poth, Jen Dunsizer, Dawne McKenna Parrish, and Elizabeth Howard discussed questions the Vorys benefits team were getting about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on employee benefit plans. Watch a recording of the webinar here.


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus (March 19, 2020)


Vorys on Call: Coronavirus 

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Vorys attorneys representing various practice areas and disciplines came together to share their considerations as businesses navigate the business and legal-related issues tied to COVID-19. To listen to a recording of this presentation, click here.


Coronavirus Considerations for Employers: A Webinar


Coronavirus Considerations for Employers Webinar

In this hour-long webinar, hosted on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, we provided up-to-date information and guidance amid the ever-changing landscape, focusing on the associated legal issues, risks, and guidelines for employers.  Watch a recording of the webinar here

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