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The FRA Provides Guidance on Best Practices and Reporting Cases of COVID-19 Among Railroad Employees

By Sharon L. Caffrey, Jeffrey S. Pollack and Matthew Decker

The Federal Railroad Administration (the “FRA”) has recently issued regulatory guidance regarding safety precautions related to COVID-19 and whether employee illnesses must be reported under 49 C.F.R. Part 225.  Continue reading The FRA Provides Guidance on Best Practices and Reporting Cases of COVID-19 Among Railroad Employees

SEC Regulation Best Interest and Form CRS Compliance Deadline Unchanged Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI)—which sets forth a new standard of conduct for broker-dealers and their associated persons when making investment recommendations—was adopted by the SEC on June 5, 2019, and is scheduled to take effect on June 30, 2020. There was some question as to whether the SEC would push back the effective date due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but on April 2, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton issued a public statement that the SEC will hold to the June 30 deadline despite the ongoing emergency.

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CMS Announces New Rules and Waivers of Federal Requirements for Hospitals and Clinicians Responding to COVID-19

Hospitals without walls, the USNS Comfort and FaceTime calls between patients and doctors are just some of the new and much-needed initiatives to fight the COVID-19 pandemic that are now possible because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is relaxing laws and regulations.

On March 30, 2020, CMS, in coordination with the Trump administration, announced the implementation of a sweeping array of new rules and waivers of federal requirements for hospitals and health systems to effectively manage potential surges of COVID-19 patients.

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Department of Labor Issues Regulations to Help Implement the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued regulations in the form of a temporary rule to clarify and implement the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Our previous Alert summarized the initial legislation, which was passed on March 18, 2020.

The regulations will remain in effect through the FFCRA’s expiration on December 31, 2020, and will assist employers in complying with the FFCRA’s Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA).

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Department of Labor Issues Initial Guidance Regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued initial guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which was signed into law on March 18, 2020. (For more information, see our prior Alert on the requirements of FFCRA.) The WHD’s guidance indicates that regulations are also forthcoming in April, but these regulations likely will not be issued before FFCRA takes effect.

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