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COVID-19/Securities & Capital Markets Update

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting disruptions to business and economic activity across the country, the Securities Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the SEC staff have taken steps to provide relief from certain filing and other regulatory requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and to give guidance to public companies on disclosure considerations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Karin McGinnis served as a guest speaker for IAPP Charlotte KnowledgeNet Chapter program
(April 2020)

Charlotte Privacy and Data Security Member Karin McGinnis served as a guest speaker for the IAPP Charlotte KnowledgeNet Chapter program titled, "COVID-19: Employment Privacy and Security Issues" on April 1. During this virtual meeting which was hosted by Charlotte Privacy and Data Security Counsel Tandy Mathis, McGinnis joined other data security and privacy experts discussing how to enable employee social distancing with secure work-from-home capabilities, but keep threats at bay. This meeting also discussed both the U.S. and global perspectives on employee health and privacy considerations regarding health screening, pre-screening before return to work, geolocation tracking and geofencing for contagion management. ​


MVA ranked largest North Carolina law firm
(April 2020)

Moore & Van Allen has ranked in the number one spot for largest law firms in North Carolina by the Triad Business Journal’s “Top of the List: N.C. Law Firms” list. MVA is number one with 293 attorneys practicing in the state of North Carolina. 


Guidance and Legislation regarding patient information protections during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency

As summarized below, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have issued a series of bulletins and other guidance regarding the ability to use and disclose protected health information during the nationwide public health emergency concerning COVID-19.  Generally, the guidance is intended to provide greater flexibility during the emergency and to communicate existing abilities to use and disclose patient information, while confirming that the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s protections are not suspended as a whole.  In addition, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Security (CARES) Act contains provisions related to Part 2 protections and additional HIPAA guidance.


MVA Litigation: 28 U.S.C § 1782(a) – Obtaining Information in Aid of International Private Arbitration from U.S. Federal Courts
(April 2020)

Charlotte Litigation Member Jim McLoughlin‘s blog article titled, “28 U.S.C § 1782(a) – Obtaining Information in Aid of International Private Arbitration from U.S. Federal Courts” was published on April 1.


State Legislators Seek to “Rewrite” Insurance Policies, Requiring Coverage of COVID-19 Business Interruption Losses

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has elicited extraordinary suppression and mitigation measures from all levels of government in the U.S. and around the world. It is difficult to fathom the extent to which the economy, global and domestic travel, and life as we knew it have been disrupted in the span of only a few weeks. Lawmakers have been in the difficult position of having to weigh the public health implications of their policy decisions against the economic impact on businesses and individuals. At all levels, our governments have been taking steps to address mitigation of business and individual losses incurred during the pandemic. On March 27, 2020, the federal government passed an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package aimed at stemming some of the damage. State legislators also are taking steps to address mitigation of business losses, including attempts to remove obstacles for businesses to collect under business interruption insurance policy provisions.


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION IMPACTING U.S. IMMIGRATION DURING THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY
(March 31, 2020)

Like many areas, the U.S. immigration system has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a summary of the most critical information effecting employers and their foreign workforce during this time.


GENERAL GUIDANCE ON LEGAL ISSUES RELATED TO COVID-19 IN THE WORKPLACE

Employers across the country are facing unique and unprecedented challenges in responding to workforce issues in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The law is changing quickly to address issues presented by the spread of COVID-19. The following shares guidance and insight into common workplace issues that can arise in response.


INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CLIENT ALERT REGARDING COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to roil the global markets, private fund managers across the alternative asset spectrum (e.g., hedge, credit, private equity, etc.) have been confronted with a host of novel issues touching all aspects of their businesses. Managers should leverage historical context in communicating with their stakeholders, managing novel risks, and seizing on perceived opportunities.


SUMMARY OF THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES (CMS) TEMPORARY REGULATORY WAIVERS AND NEW RULES AFFORDING ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITIES TO THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

On March 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued additional broad and unprecedented regulatory waivers and new rules to enable the U.S. healthcare system to have maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


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