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Families First Coronavirus Response Act – New Paid Emergency Leave Requirements for Employers

by Sheila Gladstone, Sarah Glaser, and Emily Linn On March 18, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This new legislation provides a number of relief benefits in response to the COVID-19… 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

The Texas Legislature and State Leadership During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Ty Embrey The Texas Legislature and State Leadership are living, working, and leading in a new and difficult reality like all of us and are trying to find solutions to help all of Texas through this historic time. The… Read More

COVID-19 Update: Litigation

by James Parker Along with the rest of the Firm (and much of the world) the Litigation Practice Group (“LPG”) is working from home. But aside from the surroundings, little has changed. Courts are still operating. And, in fact, the… 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

The WOTUS Saga’s Next Chapter: The Navigable Waters Protection Rule

by Nathan Vassar and Lauren Thomas The early 2020 release of the pre-published version of the Navigable Water Protection Rule is the latest chapter in an ongoing regulatory tug-of-war over which waters are subject to federal oversight. This Administration’s repeal-and-replace… Read More

PFAS Update: New Drinking Water Regulations and Clean-Up Actions

by Samuel Ballard, Lauren Thomas, and Danielle Lam The federal government has recently taken several actions to further regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) by beginning the process to update the drinking water standards under the Safe Drinking Water Act… Read More

“Ask Sheila” Column

Dear Sheila, A white employee of ours complained to HR that a black supervisor made one possibly racially-charged comment (that she “needed a suntan” to work in the executive suite). When the supervisor found out that she had complained, he… 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

In the Courts

Water Cases In re Downstream Addicks and Barker (Tex.) Flood-Control Reservoirs, No. 17-9002, 2020 WL 808686, (Fed. Cl. Feb. 18, 2020). Hurricane Harvey poured 33.7 inches of rain over a four-day period across Harris County and… Read More

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