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New OSHA Guidance for Recording COVID-19 Cases at Work

May 21 2020
On May 19, 2020, OSHA issued revised guidance for recording cases of COVID-19. Under OSHA’s earlier April guidance, most employers effectively were not required to record cases of COVID-19. The new guidance, effective May 26, 2020, modifies the recordkeeping rule to require employers to track COVID-19 cases under three conditions.
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In Memoriam: Allan Gitter

May 18 2020
Allan R. Gitter, a retired partner in Womble Bond Dickinson’s Winston-Salem office and one of North Carolina’s legendary trial lawyers, died peacefully on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at his home in Jefferson. He was 83. Allan was the lead attorney in over a thousand cases filed in state and federal courts in North Carolina between 1964 and 2009, many of which he tried to verdict, as well as the named counsel in 293 reported appellate cases during that time. In his last reported appellate case, Frink v. Batten, he was the senior attorney representing the sheriff of Columbus County, North Carolina, and prevailed on appeal in a case of first impression before the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He also was the lead attorney in numerous other significant cases in the areas of insurance defense and local government and law enforcement officers’ liability.
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Brent Babcock Offers Inter Partes Review Advice in IAM Roundtable

May 18 2020
Womble Bond Dickinson’s Brent Babcock was one of a small and select group of IP litigators selected by IAM Media to offer advice on inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. An excerpt from this roundtable was published by IAM Media on May 12, with the entire roundtable to be published this summer.
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Frequently Asked Questions: Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

May 18 2020
On May 15, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Treasury Department released their much anticipated Loan Forgiveness Application and corresponding instructions (Forgiveness Application) for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which includes updated guidance and a detailed procedure on how borrowers and lenders will calculate forgiveness. The SBA’s press release also announced the SBA will “soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrows as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities.”
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FAQ - Return to Work: Employment Considerations

May 15 2020
On May 13, 2020, Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Mark Henriques, Beth Tyner Jones and Richard Rainey held a webinar discussion on employment considerations as companies reopen for business. These are the some of the most frequently asked questions we have received on this topic to date.
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Business Interruption Coverage, OSHA Issues & Workers’ Compensation Issues in the COVID-19 Era

May 15 2020
When things are going well, insurance coverage, workers’ compensation and OSHA compliance may not be front-burner issues for companies. But in the COVID-19 environment, such “rainy day” topics are top of mind concerns of company leaders and their legal counsel. On May 8, Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Cal Adams, Mason Freeman, Rachel Keen, Jonathan Reich and Gemma Saluta conducted a webinar on what business leaders need to know about workers’ compensation, insurance coverage and OSHA regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic and related shutdown/reopening period. While the webinar discussion focused on North Carolina businesses, many of the topics discussed are applicable to companies operating in many states.
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Face Masks – Liability Considerations for Manufacturers and Sellers

May 14 2020
The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) is now recommending that the general public wear face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Along with this recommendation, many businesses, individuals, and other entities have stepped up to assist in manufacturing and distributing the additional masks needed to keep up with the increasing demand.