Skip to the content

News & Events

            The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the “CDC”) issued a new Agency Order to be published on September 4, 2020 concerning the Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19. Based on the rationale that evictions exacerbate the spread of infectious disease by causing homelessness and forcing individuals and families to move into congregate settings, the CDC issued a temporary moratorium on all residential evictions through De ...

The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear cases from September 8 – 18 of 2020, which will kick off the Supreme Court’s First Term for the 2020-2021 year. The attorneys at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. continuously monitor the Supreme Court docket and have identified four cases of particular interest in the First Term.   CITY OF MERIDEN et al. v. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSION et al., SC 20378  This case involved a gathering between four political leaders of the Meriden City Council in w ...

On August 27, 2020, The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published an updated list of frequently asked questions concerning employees’ eligibility for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Reponses Act (“FFCRA”) in conjunction with the reopening of schools and the various formats for learning in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The FAQs contain clarification regarding an employee’s eligibility to take paid leave under the FFCRA in instances when an employee’s child attends school ...

On August 21, 2020, Governor Ned Lamont issued his Executive Order No. 7OOO, which provides a potpourri of extensions and modifications of several previous Executive Orders. Specifically, EO 7OOO pertains to outdoor dining, credit for liquor permittees, evictions, and defaults and nonsuits in civil and family matters. Extension of Expansion of Outdoor DiningExecutive Order No. 7MM, which provided for expedited review and an easing of restrictions in order to allow for outdoor dining, has been ...

Final Title IX Regulations Take Effect On August 14, 2020, new federal regulations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 went into effect, which further establish how education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance, including colleges and independent schools, shall respond to complaints on sexual misconduct. Colleges The new regulations indicate that colleges are required to address sexual misconduct that occurs on campus and in college programs, but do ...

On August 24, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration issued an interim final rule providing guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). The interim final rule addresses topics such as the owner-employee compensation rule, shared spaces with tenants or sub-tenants, and loan forgiveness eligibility for rent payments to related parties. The interim final rule can be accessed here. Owner-Employee Compensation Rule ...

August 20, 2020  On August 8, 2020, the President issued an Executive Order and three Executive Memorandums aimed at providing relief following the expiration of the federal unemployment boost and other provisions of the CARES Act that expired.  Executive Order on Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners  This Executive Order, in response to the increased risk of residential evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 pandemic, directs the Secretary ...

On July 24, 2020, Governor Lamont enacted Executive Order 7JJJ.  The Order, in part, creates a rebuttable presumption of eligibility for workers’ compensation that an employee contracted COVID-19 as an occupational disease arising out of and in the course of such employee’s employment if (1) the employee initiates a claim for payment of workers’ compensation benefits and (2) the employee missed a day or more of work between March 10, 2020 and May 20, 2020 due to a diagnosis of COVID-19, or due t ...

The United States Supreme Court issued several landmark opinions this term amongst the most unique of circumstances. It was the first time since 1919 that the Supreme Court building was closed due to a pandemic. The Supreme Court also experimented with remote oral arguments in May.  The term featured a wide range of closely watched topics including DACA, the rights of LGBTQ employees, the Second Amendment, Presidential power, Free Exercise of religion, the Electoral College, abortion and more. ...

The Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act (the “SHIELD Act”), took effect in New York on March 21, 2020.  The SHIELD Act imposes certain data security requirements on “[a]ny person or business which owns or licenses computerized data which includes private information” of a resident of New York.  For the purposes of the Act, private information is personal information consisting of any information containing certain data elements (including social security numbers, driver’s license ...