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25 Jun, 2020

Ergonomics: Tips to Avoid Work-Related Injuries While Working From Home

2020-06-25T14:15:08-05:00June 25th, 2020|COVID Workers' Compensation, COVID-19|

As more employees are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic—many of whom are doing so indefinitely with no firm end point in sight--employers should urge employees to take certain steps to avoid injury and create a productive, safe, and comfortable work environment.  Here are some tips for working from home: Set up an ergonomic work station. Ergonomics is the study of the body and how it interacts with [...]

25 Jun, 2020

Can an Employees Working From Home File Workers’ Compensation Claims?

2020-06-25T14:12:22-05:00June 25th, 2020|COVID Workers' Compensation, COVID-19|

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a growing number of employees are continuing to work from home; however, working from home may complicate workers’ compensation claims.  Workers’ compensation generally applies only to injuries occurring in the scope and  course of employment.  This can be problematic as employers have little or no control of an employee’s home office environment.  It is also more difficult to prove that an injury was work-related, because [...]

25 Jun, 2020

States Expanding Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Essential Workers

2020-06-25T14:10:19-05:00June 25th, 2020|COVID Workers' Compensation, COVID-19|

In late April, the Iowa American Federation of Law, AFL-CIO, called on Iowa state officials to establish standards and protections for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including expanding workers’ compensation coverage to essential workers.  Both Iowa and Nebraska have yet to consider extending such protections. Ordinarily, the worker must demonstrate that he or she was injured in the course or scope of employment.  With respect to COVID-19, the employee would [...]

23 Jun, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x10

2020-06-23T15:20:20-05:00June 23rd, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Updates in red Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put into [...]

18 Jun, 2020

Sean Minahan Selected to NSBA Executive Council

2020-06-18T09:15:23-05:00June 18th, 2020|Latest News|

Partner Sean Minahan was selected as the 5th Judicial District Representative on the Nebraska State Bar Association Executive Council. The NSBA works for Nebraska lawyers to help them achieve the highest standards of competence, ethics, and professionalism and to protect and promote the administration of and access to justice. The Executive Council consists of one delegate elected from each of Nebraska’s six Supreme Court districts, a chair and chair-elect elected by the [...]

15 Jun, 2020

Tiritilli – 2020 NePA Speaker

2020-06-15T16:12:01-05:00June 15th, 2020|Latest News|

Eric Tiritilli, senior counsel at Lamson Dugan & Murray LLP, was a speaker at the 2020 Nebraska Paralegal Association’s virtual spring seminar.  The NePA is an influential paralegal association that is dedicated to serving and strengthening the profession for future generations. Mr. Tiritilli discussed the legal landscape on how to address marijuana in the workplace.  He also addressed the latest laws affecting marijuana testing and use in the workplace and [...]

11 Jun, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x9

2020-06-11T10:31:08-05:00June 11th, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Updates in red Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put into [...]

5 Jun, 2020

General Order No. 2020-10 IN RE Policy on Mandatory Use of Face Coverings and General Order No. 2020-11 IN RE Restrictions on Courthouse Entry Due to COVID-19

2020-06-05T11:49:25-05:00June 5th, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

General Order No. 2020-10 In Re POLICY ON MANDATORY USE OF FACE COVERINGS and General Order 2020-11 In Re RESTRICTIONS ON COURTHOUSE ENTRY DUE TO COVID-19 have been entered and posted on the court's website. https://www.ned.uscourts.gov/internetDocs/pom/orders/GO_2020-10.pdf https://www.ned.uscourts.gov/internetDocs/pom/orders/GO_2020-11.pdf If you have any questions, please contact the clerk's office at 1-866-220-4381 (Omaha) or 1-866-220-4379 (Lincoln). Thank you, United States District Court If you have questions about the above information, please give Partner [...]

4 Jun, 2020

NEB – US Bankruptcy Court – District of Nebraska – UPDATE TO PUBLIC ACCESS Starting June 8, 2020

2020-06-04T15:25:35-05:00June 4th, 2020|COVID Bankruptcy, COVID-19|

Starting June 8, 2020, the US Bankruptcy Clerk’s Office will be open for public access. There are some requirements and restrictions on courthouse entry pursuant to US District Court's - District of  Nebraska,  General Order 2020-10 and 2020-11. Every person entering the courthouse will be asked if they have reviewed the posted risk factors and if any apply. If so, the individual will be barred from entering the courthouse, unless [...]

4 Jun, 2020

Partner Craig Martin Welcomed Into the CLSA

2020-06-04T10:37:31-05:00June 4th, 2020|Latest News|

Craig Martin, a partner of Lamson Dugan & Murray LLP, was invited to join Fellowship of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. The CLSA is an invitation-only, selective and limited membership international association of the world’s best construction lawyers. The CLSA recognizes experienced and highly qualified lawyers across all practices relating to the construction industry. Congratulations to Mr. Martin for this great accomplishment!

29 May, 2020

Partner Mark Novotny – Presenter and Speaker to the Nebraska Dental Implant Society

2020-06-04T09:15:16-05:00May 29th, 2020|Latest News|

Mark Novotny, one of the founding partners of Lamson Dugan & Murray LLP, was the speaker at the May 28, 2020 meeting of the Nebraska Dental Implant Study Club.  The Study Club brings dental implant surgeons from across the state to share information to better provide dental implant care to Nebraska residents.  Mr. Novotny’s PowerPoint presentation was entitled: “Above the Standard of Care” and discussed the clinical and litigation implications [...]

29 May, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x8

2020-06-11T10:39:54-05:00May 29th, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Updates in red Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put into [...]

20 May, 2020

CDC Issues More Comprehensive Guidance For Employers

2020-05-20T16:30:28-05:00May 20th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

The CDC has issued more comprehensive guidance and guidelines in support of President Trump’s plan for reopening the United States.  Included, in Appendix F, is specific guidance for a number of industries including child care programs, schools and day camps, employers with workers at high risk, restaurants and bars and mass transit administrators.  The guidance includes information regarding scaling up operations, safety action, monitoring and preparing and closing. Link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/php/CDC-Activities-Initiatives-for-COVID-19-Response.pdf [...]

18 May, 2020

SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

2020-05-18T09:52:12-05:00May 18th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

The SBA has published a Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application.  The document provides instructions for completing the form and the required calculations.  The instructions note that borrowers may complete the application as directed and submit it to their lender (or the lender that is servicing the loan) or they may also complete the application electronically through their lender. Link: https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-05/3245-0407%20SBA%20Form%203508%20PPP%20Forgiveness%20Application.pdf If you have questions about the above information, please [...]

15 May, 2020

CDC Publishes Flowcharts to Help Communities and Businesses Weighing Whether to Reopen

2020-05-15T11:45:55-05:00May 15th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

The CDC has provided guidance in the form of a flow-chart to help employers make opening, or reopening, decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The guidance notes that it is important for employers to also check with the state and local health officials (and other partners) when determining the appropriate actions in light of the specific circumstances of their community. Download flow-chart here:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community/workplace-decision-tree.pdf Full article here: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/14/health/coronavirus-decision-trees-cdc-wellness/index.html If you have [...]

14 May, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x7

2020-05-14T13:53:03-05:00May 14th, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Updates in red Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put into [...]

13 May, 2020

Nebraska Churches Reopen

2020-05-13T11:21:45-05:00May 13th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

How are churches to conduct their services now that the governor has eased the COVID-19 restrictions?  From May 4 through May 31, the rule limiting gathers to ten people will be relaxed for churches in Nebraska.  The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has issued guidelines for how churches should conduct services while still practicing social distancing. Changes to Church Services Churches are to conduct the services in such [...]

12 May, 2020

Gov. Ricketts Announces Relaxed Directed Health Measures in Additional Regions, Issues Guidance to Resume Baseball & Softball in June

2020-05-12T10:47:24-05:00May 12th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

LINCOLN – Today, at his daily coronavirus press briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that less restrictive Directed Health Measures (DHMs) will take effect in three additional regions in southern Nebraska on May 18, 2020.  These regions are the South Heartland, Public Health Solutions, and Two Rivers districts. The Governor also issued guidance to resume baseball and softball in June, with enhanced physical distancing measures in place for the safety of athletes, [...]

11 May, 2020

Small Business Administration Benefits Now Available to Farmers and Ranchers

2020-05-11T13:07:43-05:00May 11th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

Congress replenished the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) by passing a new law in April that became effective on May 4, which added $60 billion to the program.  The SBA reopened its EIDL portal on May 4, 2020, for agricultural businesses to apply for grants and low interest, long-term loans. Agricultural businesses are defined as businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, and [...]

11 May, 2020

The Coronavirus Just Doubled the Risk of Mass Bankruptcies

2020-05-11T12:54:32-05:00May 11th, 2020|COVID Bankruptcy, COVID-19|

The risk of mass bankruptcies across the U.S. continues to rise as more companies grapple with the fallout stemming from efforts to battle the spread of coronavirus cases, according to one leading bankruptcy professor. According to data watched by NYU Stern School of Business professor emeritus Ed Altman, bankruptcy and default potential for high-yield companies doubled from 5% to 10% in just a few weeks. “Today, our numbers are showing a likely [...]

6 May, 2020

State Providing Needed Coronavirus Supply Relief

2020-05-06T15:35:04-05:00May 6th, 2020|COVID Health Care, COVID-19|

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts provided an update to the State of Nebraska’s efforts to procure necessary supplies for health care facilities, cities, and counties to help combat COVID-19.  The Materiel Division within the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services (DAS) is responsible for the purchase of goods and services on behalf of the State.  The State is not merely supplying its own needs, but is also keeping local health care [...]

6 May, 2020

The Small Business Reorganization Act

2020-05-06T15:25:25-05:00May 6th, 2020|COVID Bankruptcy, COVID-19|

In August of last year Congress passed, and Mr. Trump signed, legislation to make Chapter 11 more helpful for “small business” debtors, “The Small Business Reorganization Act” (“Subchapter V”), see https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hr3311/BILLS-116hr3311enr.pdf.  Subchapter V became effective February 19th of this year.  Principal changes for “small business” debtors which elect Subchapter V treatment include elimination of the “absolute priority rule” applicable to Chapter 11 plan confirmation (this rule generally precludes a Chapter [...]

6 May, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x6

2020-05-14T13:54:49-05:00May 6th, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Updates in red Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put into [...]

29 Apr, 2020

OSHA Alerts

2020-04-29T11:46:55-05:00April 29th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

OSHA continues to provide information and best practices for employers in dealing with COVID-19 in the work place. OSHA has issued several “alerts” offering guidance for employers in the retail sector, in construction, in the manufacturing industry and in the package delivery industry.   COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce OSHA is committed to protecting the health and safety of America’s workers and workplaces during these unprecedented times. The agency [...]

28 Apr, 2020

Small Biz Bankruptcy Rules Come Just In Time For Many

2020-04-28T14:17:32-05:00April 28th, 2020|COVID Bankruptcy, COVID-19|

Changes in the rules governing small business bankruptcies came at a fortuitous time earlier this year and could provide an easier path to reorganization as many more companies are likely to become insolvent due to the continued effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. In effect since mid-February, the Small Business Restructuring Act makes Chapter 11 proceedings faster, cheaper and more efficient for companies that come to court with debt loads below a new [...]

28 Apr, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x5

2020-04-28T13:46:51-05:00April 28th, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Updates in red Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put into [...]

22 Apr, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x4

2020-04-28T14:00:33-05:00April 22nd, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Updates in red Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put into [...]

21 Apr, 2020

Gov. Ricketts, Public Health Director Announce Guidelines to Resume Elective Surgeries in May

2020-04-21T09:53:46-05:00April 21st, 2020|COVID Health Care, COVID-19|

LINCOLN – This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the State’s first step to relax the health measures implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Starting on May 4th, elective surgeries may resume as long as hospitals and healthcare facilities meet requirements for available bed capacity and have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). Additionally, the Governor announced that the State is giving greater authority to healthcare providers to conduct tests [...]

20 Apr, 2020

Gov. Ricketts Announces Regulatory Changes to Allow Restaurants to Operate as Pop-Up Retailers

2020-04-20T12:10:06-05:00April 20th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

LINCOLN – Today, during his daily COVID-19 press briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts announced regulatory changes to give restaurants the flexibility to sell packaged foods to customers.  Under normal circumstances, restaurants cannot sell packaged foods—like loaves of bread or cartons of eggs—that do not have nutrition labels.  The Governor explained that the intent of the change is to give Nebraskans greater access to food, while also helping restaurants add another revenue stream [...]

20 Apr, 2020

Gov. Ricketts Issues Executive Order to Provide Childcare Relief, Announces COVID-19 Business Response Survey

2020-04-20T08:35:51-05:00April 20th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

LINCOLN – This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts issued an executive order to expand childcare options for working Nebraska families and to provide relief for childcare centers participating in the State’s Child Care Subsidy Program. The order suspends two regulations governing the State’s Child Care Subsidy Program.  First, the Governor’s order allows licensed child care providers within the program to bill the State for days when a child is absent from care.  [...]

13 Apr, 2020

Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | Occupational Safety and Health Administration

2020-04-13T15:10:16-05:00April 13th, 2020|COVID Employment, COVID-19|

On Friday April 10, 2020 OSHA issued enforcement guidance related to the recording of cases of COVID-19.  COVID-19 is a recordable illness and employers must record cases of COVID-19 if certain conditions are met.  One component in this determination is whether the case was work related. In its recent guidance OSHA advises that, except for employers of works in the healthcare industry, emergency response organizations and correction institutions, employers will [...]

13 Apr, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x3

2020-04-13T09:34:13-05:00April 13th, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Updates in red   Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put [...]

10 Apr, 2020

Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19

2020-04-10T09:29:51-05:00April 10th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

I know we’ve all had a fair share of questions regarding what is an “essential business” that would be allowed to remain open if the Governor issued a shelter in place/shutdown order.  While Gov. Ricketts has said he doesn’t intend to issue such an order, as we know, things change.  The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in the Dept. of Homeland Security put together guidance on the essential critical [...]

10 Apr, 2020

Gov. Ricketts Adds Additional Businesses to State’s Directed Health Measure

2020-04-10T09:17:04-05:00April 10th, 2020|COVID Legislative, COVID-19|

Additions to the Statewide DHM All beauty/nail salons, barber shops, massage therapy services, gentlemen’s clubs, bottle clubs, indoor theatres, and tattoo parlors/studios are closed until April 30, 2020. All organized team sports, youth and adult, including but not limited to club sports are suspended until May 31, 2020. Auto racing is now specifically listed in the social gathering section. Drivers and their crews are considered patrons/invitees not staff. See full [...]

7 Apr, 2020

Temporary Disability Issues Facing Employers In Light Of COVID-19

2020-06-25T14:17:40-05:00April 7th, 2020|COVID Workers' Compensation, COVID-19|

NEBRASKA   1. If somebody was on modified duty and due to the virus the employer is shutting down, are we responsible to pick up TD? Nebraska courts require employers to pay temporary disability benefits until the sooner of two events: (1) the worker reaches maximum medical improvement, or (2) the worker returns to work. Unless and until the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act were to be amended in subsequent legislative [...]

7 Apr, 2020

Nebraska Chief Justice Issues Second Order Regarding Coronavirus and COVID-19

2020-04-07T16:02:23-05:00April 7th, 2020|COVID Legislative, COVID-19|

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Below is the Administrative Order signed April 6, 2020, by Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Heavican regarding Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 Disease. Read the Second Order:  4.6.20 - Administrative Order Regarding Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 Disease Read the First Order: 3.12.20 - S-20-247: Administrative Order Regarding COVID-19 preparedness Read Chief Justice Heavican’s Memoranda regarding the essential services provided by state courts: Our State Courts Remain Open (3.20.20) [...]

7 Apr, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 Summary

2020-04-07T15:53:08-05:00April 7th, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put into place for the [...]

6 Apr, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x2

2020-04-06T11:18:44-05:00April 6th, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put into place for the [...]

1 Apr, 2020

DOL published regulations providing guidance on paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

2020-04-01T16:30:34-05:00April 1st, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

The DOL published regulations providing guidance on paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  This temporary rules provides critical guidance on a number of topics related the FFCRA including conditions that a business under 50 may be excluded from the provisions of the law. Link to rules: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/Pandemic/FFCRA.pdf If you have questions about DOL regulations, please give Senior Counsel Attorney, Eric Tiritilli a call at 402-397-7300.

1 Apr, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES

2020-04-01T16:24:27-05:00April 1st, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put into place for the [...]

1 Apr, 2020

COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses FAQs

2020-04-01T16:05:56-05:00April 1st, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

The IRS has issued important guidance for employers answering many questions regarding tax credits for payments made under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  Included in the questions and answers is specific guidance on documents employers will need to substantiate their eligibility for the credits. Link: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/covid-19-related-tax-credits-for-required-paid-leave-provided-by-small-and-midsize-businesses-faqs If you have questions about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, please give Senior Counsel Attorney, Eric Tiritilli a call at 402-397-7300.

1 Apr, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Application Form

2020-04-01T14:27:10-05:00April 1st, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

Click the link for the Paycheck Protection Program Application Form: https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/Borrower%20Paycheck%20Protection%20Program%20Application.pdf If you have questions about the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program, please give Senior Counsel Attorney, Eric Tiritilli a call at 402-397-7300.  

1 Apr, 2020

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP) INFORMATION SHEET: BORROWERS

2020-04-01T14:24:15-05:00April 1st, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. All loan terms will be the same for everyone.    The loan amounts will be forgiven as long as: The loan proceeds are used to cover payroll costs, and most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 8 week period after the loan is made; and Employee [...]

1 Apr, 2020

SMALL BUSINESS PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

2020-04-01T13:49:10-05:00April 1st, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Fully Forgiven Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven [...]

1 Apr, 2020

Gov. Ricketts Announces 11 Counties in South-Central Nebraska Now Included in State’s Directed Health Measure

2020-04-01T13:03:48-05:00April 1st, 2020|COVID Health Care, COVID-19|

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the State’s sixth and seventh COVID-19 related Directed Health Measures (DHMs) include Adams, Buffalo, Clay, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney, Nuckolls, Phelps, and Webster counties.  They will be in effect beginning today at 10:00pm and will last until May 11th unless renewed. The quarantine measures are for individuals who are COVID-19 positive or develop fever, sudden onset of a dry cough, or sudden onset [...]

1 Apr, 2020

Gov. Ricketts Signs Executive Order Giving Flexibility to Healthcare Facilities, Announces Safety Guidelines for Nursing Homes

2020-04-01T13:01:00-05:00April 1st, 2020|COVID Health Care, COVID-19|

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced a new executive order to give healthcare facilities greater flexibility to respond to coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The purpose of the order is to enable healthcare facilities to expand capacity as the need arises.  Among other changes, the Governor’s order accomplishes the following: Waives time limits for how long Critical Access Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgical Centers may keep patients. Waives the time limit on complex [...]

31 Mar, 2020

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Guidance on applicability of HIPAA during the Coronavirus Pandemic

2020-03-31T16:08:52-05:00March 31st, 2020|COVID Health Care, COVID-19|

February 2020 Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services BULLETIN: HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus In light of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is providing this bulletin to ensure that HIPAA covered entities and their business associates are aware of the ways that patient information may be shared under the [...]

31 Mar, 2020

An Overview of the CARES Act Tax Implications

2020-03-31T10:52:27-05:00March 31st, 2020|COVID Tax, COVID-19|

The CARES Act revised, relaxed and created a number of new tax policies for businesses. While a number of these are still being clarified with respect to interpretation and implementation, they are worth looking at and being aware of. The primary focus for a number of business is the Paycheck Protection Program, but there are several others worth noting as well. There are a number of options under the Act [...]