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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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Premium Processing to Resume in Phases Starting June 1, 2020


5/29/2020

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 29, 2020 that it will resume Premium Processing service for eligible nonimmigrant visa petitions (Form I-129) and immigrant visa petitions (Form I-140).  Read more.

USPTO to Grant Further Relief for Certain Patent-Related Fees and Deadlines


5/28/2020

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced on an official notice that it will grant further relief for certain patent-related fees and deadlines.  Read more.
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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