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Court’s H-1B Wage Levels Ruling a Win for Foreign National Employees

On December 1, 2020, a challenge brought by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the new H-1B wage levels and the new definition of “Specialty Occupation” was upheld by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Valentine A. Brown, please visit the Duane Morris Immigration Law Blog.

California Issues Restrictive Regional Stay Home Order Tied to Hospital ICU Capacity

As COVID-19 cases escalate dramatically in California, health officials in the state announced a Regional Stay Home Order on December 3, 2020, intended to help flatten the rapidly rising curve and to assist hospitals in managing intensive care unit (ICU) capacity. The order severely restricts business activities, prohibits gatherings and requires masking and physical distancing. It modifies the state’s initial stay-at-home order issued by the governor in March and builds on the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

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Delaware Governor Issues Stay-at-Home Advisory and Universal Indoor Mask Order

In the midst of a dangerous winter surge of COVID-19 cases and resulting hospitalizations in Delaware, Governor John Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health announced a new stay-at-home advisory strongly recommending that all Delawareans avoid gathering indoors with anyone outside their household from December 14 through January 11.

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CDC Advisory Committee Issues Recommendations for Initial COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization

The afternoon of December 1, 2020, marked an important milestone in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 13-1 to approve recommendations to prioritize distribution of the initial doses of COVID-19 vaccines. ACIP took an unusual step, issuing the recommendations before the FDA issues emergency use approval (EUA) of any COVID-19 vaccines so that the recommendations could assist states in developing their own vaccine distribution plans.

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COVID-19: From Sea to Shining Sea: A Quick Update of U.S. and International COVID-Related Restrictions

Duane Morris is hosting the webinar, “COVID-19: From Sea to Shining Sea—A Quick Update of U.S. and International COVID-Related Restrictions,” on Friday, December 11, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern.

For more information and the registration link, please visit the firm website.

Florida Industry Group Urges State to Limit Legal Liability for Florida Businesses

On November 30, 2020, the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) released a 74-page report compiled by its Restore Economic Strength through Employment & Tourism (RESET) Task Force, highlighting a number policy proposals intended to help Florida’s economy “rebound from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and any similar future economic slowdowns.”

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Protecting Trade Secrets During Remote Work

The rapid transition to remote work in the spring of 2020 brought with it new risks for businesses managing their confidential information. Helpfully, existing trade secret law is designed to adapt to circumstances, and can cover the transition to remote work. For proprietary information to continent to qualify as a trade secret, the plaintiff must show that it took “reasonable measures” under the circumstances to protect the secrecy of the information.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Gregory Bombard, please visit the Duane Morris Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Law Blog.

Another COVID-19 Business Interruption Insurance Lawsuit Dismissed

The District of New Jersey granted a motion to dismiss a restaurant owner’s purported class action lawsuit seeking business interruption coverage by analyzing: (1) the New Jersey Governor’s Executive Order and (2) the policy language, in a commercial all-risk property damage policy, that excluded coverage for losses covered by viruses.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Sheila Raftery Wiggins, please  visit the Duane Morris Insurance Blog.

Pennsylvania Announces Latest COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts and Restrictions Impacting Employers

With Thanksgiving upon us, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine announced additional mitigation orders to help stop the spread of COVID-19 during the holiday season. The new orders include targeted business restrictions and a new enforcement plan that includes liability protection for businesses enforcing the Secretary of Health’s strengthened mask-wearing order. These latest orders come on the heels of Pennsylvania’s expanded travel restrictions and required use of face coverings.

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The State That Never Sleeps, Especially During a Pandemic: New York COVID-19 and Other Updates

In the midst of a second and serious wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York has been busy updating guidance, restrictions and other laws. While seemingly unrelated, each is a direct result of what we are experiencing in this new normal environment. They include travel advisories, New York Forward Phase IV regulations and amendments to the WARN Act.

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