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Occupational Safety and Health Administration: Emergency Temporary Standards and COVID-19

OSHA does not have a standard that protects workers from diseases transmitted by airborne droplets, so members of Congress and healthcare employee groups are calling on the agency to promulgate an Emergency Temporary Standard to protect workers from exposure to the new coronavirus. OSHA has the ability to promulgate an ETS that would remain in […]
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Guest Post: For Businesses at Risk of COVID-19 Lawsuits, Consider Providing Notice of Circumstance

A claim arising from the current coronavirus-related outbreak could present a number of insurance-related issues, including, among many others, perennial issues involving timeliness of notice of claim. Daniel Wolf of Gilbert LLP takes a look at notice of claim considerations businesses may want to take into account with respect to potential coronavirus-related claims. Wolf argues […]
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NIST Cybersecurity Recommendations for Working from Home

The Information Technology Laboratory, a component of the NIST Computer Resource Center, has issued a bulletin that reiterates NIST standards for teleworking. Security for Enterprise Telework, Remote Access, and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Solutions summarizes key concepts and recommendations from NIST SP 800-46, a more comprehensive guide published in 2016. It includes deploying some […]
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How the Federal Tech Community Is Coping With COVID-19

With so many “non-essential” workplaces closed, the federal IT workforce is now primarily responsible for keeping the federal government operating. The Office of Management and Budget has provided top-level guidance, but agencies still need to determine what work can be done remotely and which critical missions still require employees to physically show up. Instead of […]
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The Top 10 Employer Cybersecurity Concerns For Employees Regarding Remote Work

Employers are responding to COVID-19 by allowing, and even mandating remote working. Companies ranging from Amazon, Microsoft, and Google to local design shops have asked employees to work from home. While increasingly common even before the virus, remote work brings its own unique set of cybersecurity challenges. Here are the ten most common pitfalls and […]
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Cyber Security Experts Collaborate to Block Coronavirus-Related Cyber Campaigns

Nearly 400 cyber security experts from 40 countries have come together to create the COVID-19 CTI League, in an effort to fight hackers looking to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis. Its primary goal is to thwart targeted cyber attacks against medical facilities and other institutions critical to the fight against the pandemic. Cyber security […]
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Freedom of Information Act Processing Changes Due to COVID-19: In Brief

Agencies such as the FBI, USPS, CDC, and others have announced changes to their processing of Freedom of Information Act requests due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In general: Certain types of information related to the outbreak may be eligible for expedited consideration; FOIA requests are to be expedited as soon as practicable in cases in […]
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DOD Highlights Section 3610 of the CARES Act to Provide Contractors Relief

By Robert Nichols and Andrew Victor of Nichols Liu LLP On March 30, 2020, the Department of Defense published a memorandum addressing how agencies should handle...

Employer’s OSHA-Related Obligations Concerning Coronavirus

Miles & Stockbridge - Unfortunately, many of the regulations governing employers’ obligations to their employees provide little guidance on how to navigate a global...

The Impact of Recent Stafford Act and Defense Production Act Declarations on COVID-19 Procurements

Greenberg Traurig - The expanding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has forced federal, state, and local governments to explore a variety of emergency procurement...
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