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CARES Act Summary Update

There have been two major updates to the CARES Act this week. Governor Abbott provided guidance to local governments on access to aid and Congress authorized additional funding for PPP loan program. See Lloyd Gosselink’s updated CARES Act summary for… Read More

Supreme Court Issues Opinion regarding Discharge Permitting Scope

The U.S. Supreme Court creates new test in discharge permitting under Maui case, potentially impacting well-injection practices nationwide. • The Court overruled the 9th Circuit’s test of “fairly traceable,” but also poured out the Maui argument that contended no… Read More

COVID-19 Safety Considerations and Workplace Liability

Last week, the family of a Walmart employee who died after contracting COVID 19 brought a negligence and wrongful death suit against the company, alleging that it failed to follow CDC guidelines in providing adequate protection for worker safety. Read More

Energy and Utility: COVID-19 Update

by Thomas Brocato and Patrick Dinnin PUC Takes Actions to Address Coronavirus Threat The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC, or Commission) has joined other state agencies and entities in adopting measures to address the rapidly growing threat presented by… Read More

COVID-19 Update: Water

by Mike Gershon It is not surprising that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s March 28, 2020 COVID-19 advisory prioritized various functions within the water and wastewater industries as essential to public health and safety, as well as economic and… Read More

Municipal Corner

by Reid Barnes Municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue may be used to repair a visitor information center owned and operated by a chamber of commerce if expenditures directly enhance and promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry as required… Read More

Department of Labor Issues FFCRA Regulations

Families First Coronavirus Response Act SummaryOn March 18, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which makes broad temporary changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and requires employers to… Read More

STATEWIDE ESSENTIAL SERVICE AND ACTIVITY COVID-19

Click the link to read the original Executive Order related to statewide continuity of essential services and activities during the COVID-19 disaster. Read More

COVID-19 Legislative Update: DOL Guidance on Emergency Paid Leave Requirements

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Updated March 27, 2020 On March 18, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which makes broad temporary changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and… Read More

COVID-19 Legislative Update: New Paid Emergency Leave Requirements for Employers Begin on April 2, 2020

Making  temporary additions to the Family and Medical Leave Act;Requiring emergency paid leave for employees affected by COVID‑19;Providing free coronavirus testing;Expanding food security initiatives;Increasing Medicaid funding; and Supplementing state unemployment insurance programs. Lloyd Gosselink’s Employment Law Practice Group has analyzed… Read More

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