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Attorney Christopher L. Brigham will be a featured speaker at a webinar held by Touchstone Advisors entitled “Growth During a Changing Landscape”. Attorney Brigham will be speaking about legal obligations of a returning workforce as it pertains to the food and beverage industry. Join the webinar via Zoom on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm EST. Click HERE to register and receive a meeting link. Attorney Brigham is the Chairman of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy’s Employment Practices ...

On June 16, 2020, Governor Ned Lamont released Executive Order 7ZZ, which revises earlier orders concerning the rules that businesses planning to reopen during Phase 2 will have to follow.  Phase 2 reopening takes effect Wednesday, June 17th.  As set forth previously, the following businesses are allowed to reopen in Phase 2: Amusement parks Hotels Indoor Dining Indoor museums, zoos and aquariums Indoor recreation including bowling, movie theaters, etc. Libraries Outdoor events Person ...

The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdown and shelter at home orders disrupted businesses of all types, even those that have been able to stay open and continue their operations to some degree. Thus, it is a crucial time for business owners to review their insurance policies and determine whether business interruption  claims stemming from COVID-19 are adequately covered, if at all.  Establishing a Business Interruption Claim.  In the typical scenario, business interruption insurance co ...

On June 10, Governor Lamont signed Executive Order 7YY, which, in part, repealed Executive Order 7E Section 2’s suspension of required fingerprinting availability.  This change goes into effect on June 15.  Before its repeal, Executive Order 7E provided for the suspension of fingerprinting availability at police departments with the exception of critical requirements.  Specifically, Executive Order 7E provided that the chief of police or the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protect ...

As Connecticut commences its phased reopening plan, business owners should be aware of contact tracing efforts designed to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.  The Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) has explained that contact tracing is a disease control measure that identifies and records people who are carrying infectious diseases and people who may have been exposed to such infectious diseases.   Typically, contract tracing is accomplished by public health workers interviewing pati ...

On June 7, 2020, Governor Ned Lamont released new details about the rules that businesses planning to reopen during Phase 2 will have to follow.  The new information includes specific rules that eligible businesses must follow amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Phase 2 reopening is set to take effect Wednesday, June 17th.  Businesses that are allowed to reopen in Phase 2 include: Amusement parks Hotels Indoor Dining Indoor museums, zoos and aquariums Indoor recreation including bowling, movie ...

Volume 26 of the Lewis & Clark Law School’s Animal Law Review includes an article by UKS Attorney Jeff Bausch. The Regulatory Vacuum: How Marijuana’s Schedule I Status Imperils Endangered Species in the Emerald Triangle, 26 Animal L. 125 (2020) (“Article”). The Lewis & Clark Animal Law Review is “the nation’s oldest law journal devoted entirely to the discussion of legal issues involving animals.” The Article examines a rare intersection between the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”), th ...

June 5, 2020 On June 3, 2020, Congress passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (the “PPP Flexibility Act”) which modifies certain provisions of the Paycheck Protection Program implemented by the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act. The President signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 into law on June 5, 2020. The amendments include:  Extension of Maturity Date  Paycheck Protection Program Loans (a “PPP Loan”) made on or after the dat ...

Connecticut Federal Court rules in favor of Governor Lamont and the City of New Haven in lawsuit seeking to enjoin COVID-19 related Executive Orders On May 19, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shea denied the plaintiffs’, Michael Amato and Joy Monsanto, temporary injunction seeking to stay “the enforcement of: (1) Mayor Elicker’s ten-person order, (2) all of Governor Ned Lamont’s executive orders banning non-essential gatherings of people, and (3) Governor Lamont’s executive order comman ...

On May 13, 2020, Governor Ned Lamont entered Executive Order 7NN related to various matters, including the manner in which nonstock corporations may hold regular or annual meetings of their members.  A nonstock corporation is one that does not issue capital stock or shares and is nonprofit, meaning that it cannot make distributions to its members, directors, or officers.  Executive Order 7NN adds a new subsection (e) to Connecticut General Statutes § 33-1061, which previously required nonstock ...