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Without Child Care, Back-to-Work Parents Have Few Legal Options

July 7, 2020, 6:04 PM

Here are the day’s top coronavirus stories from the team at Bloomberg Law:

  • CHILD-CARE ACCOMMODATIONS: Working parents who’ve been without childcare for months face dwindling options for financial help as employers begin to call them back to work and the U.S. heads toward an uncertain autumn. The patchwork of federal, state, and local leave laws has millions of working parents without legal guarantees for paid time-off to care for children, attorneys and worker advocates said.
  • RELIEF LOANS: Boies Schiller Flexner, the law firm founded by famed trial lawyer David Boies, was among a cadre of high revenue firms that received federal aid aimed at bolstering payrolls through the pandemic, according to newly released records. At least 45 of the country’s 200 largest law firms received loans totaling between $210 million and $425 million, a Bloomberg Law analysis found. The loans were said to have been used to retain more than 16,150 jobs across those firms.
  • TELEHEALTH RULES: Doctors who have gotten used to virtual patient checkups should be wary of changing telehealth rules that could open the door for fraud when the pandemic ends, attorneys warn. While federal health regulators have waived some telehealth rules to make it easier for doctors to treat patients without running the risk of spreading Covid-19, those tweaks are only temporary. Doctors billing Medicare and Medicaid for telehealth visits could violate fraud laws if they continue to rely on those waivers when the crisis is over.

Editor’s Top Picks

Virus Loss Benefit Less Likely to Stir Merger Agreement Troubles
Large companies that made a recent acquisition can more easily avoid sending tax refunds for losses to their new entities’ previous owners, under temporary pandemic-relief rules from the IRS.

Bolsonaro Tests Positive for Covid-19 as Virus Slams Brazil
Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, who has consistently downplayed the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic while his country has soared to the world’s second-most cases and deaths, tested positive for Covid-19.

Tyson Meatpackers Said to Need More Protection From Coronavirus
The country’s largest meat processor is drawing criticism from more than 120 advocacy groups that say the corporate giant isn’t adequately protecting its labor force from coronavirus infection.

Minor League Baseball Teams Sue Insurers After Season Scrubbed
Minor League Baseball teams are mounting a legal challenge against their insurers for denied business interruption coverage after the 2020 season was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump’s Waikiki Partner, Kushner Family Among PPP Borrowers
The law firm of one of Trump’s top lawyers, Marc Kasowitz, appears to have received a PPP loan, according to data. Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP received between $5 million and $10 million to retain 402 jobs, the data show.

McDermott Adds Five-Lawyer Restructuring Team from Katten
McDermott Will & Emery is adding a five-lawyer group from Katten Muchin Rosenman to its restructuring and insolvency practice in Dallas as the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis bring more bankruptcy work for Big Law firms.

Airlines Headed to More Stormy Weather
More airlines have sought U.S. bankruptcy protection this year than in any other comparable period since the global financial crisis. A surge in distressed debt from the sector signals more turbulence ahead.

EPA OKs First Two Surface Disinfectants Tested on Coronavirus
The Environmental Protection Agency said it has approved the first two surface disinfectants, both made by Lysol, specifically to kill SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

INSIGHT: Does Your Law Firm Have Staying Power in the Economic Downturn?
Law firms that are resilient are better equipped to handle the economic downturn and survive when corporate law departments consolidate outside counsel and service providers. Yvonne Nath, strategy and culture consultant at LawVision, looks at questions law firms need to ask themselves to gauge their staying power.

INSIGHT: Contact Tracing Apps Can Trigger Workplace, Privacy Concerns
Striking a balance between protecting employees from exposure to Covid-19 and complying with workplace protection and privacy laws may prove to be delicate for employers considering using contact tracing applications, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP attorneys say.

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