Pennsylvania Governor Issues Much-Anticipated Executive Order Extending Liability Protections for Healthcare Professionals Responding to COVID-19 Crisis

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to strain healthcare resources and professionals across the nation, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has responded by extending liability protections for healthcare workers responding to the crisis.

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California Executive Order Presumes Employees Who Contract COVID-19 Are Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits

By Brooke B. Tabshouri

On May 6, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order No. N-62-20. The order states that employees will be presumed to have contracted COVID-19 in the course and scope of employment for purposes of workers’ compensation benefits if all of the following conditions are satisfied:

  • The employee contracts it within 14 days of performing labor at the employer’s direction and at the employer’s worksite;
  • If such work occurred on or after March 19, 2020;
  • The worksite was not the employee’s home; and
  • The positive test is confirmed by a physician within 30 days.

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New Jersey Executive Order 128: Security Deposits May Be Used for Rental Obligations

Late last week (April 24, 2020), NJ Gov. Murphy signed Executive Order No. 128 (“EO”). The EO takes effect immediately and will remain in effect until the end of the public health emergency established by Executive Order No. 103 (2020). The EO applies in the context of residential leases (not commercial leases) and allows residential tenants to use their security deposit for the payment of rent.

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President Announces the Drafting of an Order to Temporarily Suspend Legal Permanent Immigration to the United States in Reaction to COVID-19 Pandemic

President Trump announced at an April 21 press conference that he would sign an executive order temporarily suspending certain individuals seeking permanent resident (green card) status in the United States. The president is expected to sign the suspension order this week, and its scope appears to be limited only to green card applicants at this time.

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Pennsylvania Extends Stay-at-Home Order Until May 8, but Eases Some Restrictions

On April 20, Governor Tom Wolf extended Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home order until May 8, 2020.

The governor indicated he would be using a region-by-region approach that is data-driven and will include strict social-distancing measures as he considers reopening parts of Pennsylvania.

However, he announced three actions that offer some flexibility to businesses, including permitting curbside pickup of orders at state liquor stores, allowing auto sales online and opening what he said were limited construction activities statewide. More specific guidelines will be released at a later date.

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California Order Provides COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Essential Food Workers and Tightens Sanitation Standards

On April 16, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-51-20, which requires companies with 500 or more employees to provide supplemental paid sick leave benefits to food service industry workers. The order covers workers on farms, grocery stores, restaurants and food delivery services who have continued to work on-site during the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, the order applies to employees and companies who are not covered by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The order is effective immediately.

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Maryland Executive Order Requires Face Coverings for Public Transportation, Foodservice and Retail Establishments; Physical Distancing in Retail Spaces

On April 15, 2020, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed an Executive Order requiring Marylanders to wear face coverings under certain circumstances, including when using public transportation and when inside of foodservice and/or retail establishments. The order also requires retail establishments to post signage concerning the face covering requirement and to take other physical distancing measures. Any person who knowingly and willfully violates the order will be charged with a misdemeanor, subject to imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $5,000, or both.

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