Legal-Ease: Sick behind Bars

As they quarantine at home, some celebrities have made jokes about feeling like they are in prison.  In response, many people have justifiably pointed out that being confined to a 10,000 square foot mansion is not comparable to prison.  However, even for those of us who cannot leave our more modest homes, we can feel […]

Legal-Ease: Work Responsibility during quarantine

Regardless of the contemporary classification of a business as essential or non-essential, many employers have temporarily or permanently dismissed employees from their work positions.  Further, some employees who have been asked to work have refused.  As explained below, most employers may permanently terminate an employee’s employment during the virus crisis regardless of the business’s classification […]

Legal-Ease column: “Virus changing habits and laws”

State and federal legislatures have recently moved swiftly to change laws to address the unique circumstances presented by the current virus pandemic.  Many of those laws have short-term durations, and the traditional (pre-virus) law will automatically return as the “norm” in several months or a couple years.  Other of those laws passed by legislatures address […]

Legal-Ease column: “Emergency financial resources for small businesses”

On March 27, 2020, the federal government passed economic stimulus legislation commonly known as the CARES Act. The most popular aspect of the CARES Act has been the imminent payment of over $1,000 each to most Americans.  The legislation also supplements state unemployment compensation for unemployed people. For small businesses, the federal government instituted two […]