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Category Archive: Coronavirus

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Child Victims Act Look Back Period Extended Due to COVID

Child Victims Act Look Back Period Extended Due to COVID

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Victims of childhood sexual abuse can now file legal claims under the Child Victims Act (CVA) until August 14, 2021, even if the alleged abuse occurred before the previous statute of limitations cutoff. In May of 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York signed legislation extending the “look back” window for victims to file…Read the article
Worker Safety in the Coronavirus Age

Worker Safety in the Coronavirus Age

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Mostly because of the COVID-19 pandemic, worker safety has consistently been in the news during 2020. For example, in late August, the United Federation of Teachers almost went on strike over coronavirus health concerns. Coronavirus is just the latest in a string of deadly occupational diseases which often affect area workers. Other issues which are…Read the article
Coronavirus Rental Assistance Programs: A Closer Look

Coronavirus Rental Assistance Programs: A Closer Look

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NOTE: New York City Marshals began executing first legal residential evictions since the pandemic closed courts across the state in March. Marshals are required to submit their executing warrants of eviction on the Citywide Performance Reporting database.  Various federal and state rules prohibit landlords from evicting tenants who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19…Read the article
What Happens When Coronavirus Threatens Students?

What Happens When Coronavirus Threatens Students?

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According to one study, college campuses are coronavirus super spreaders. What are the legal implications of this categorization? Notre Dame is a good example. During the spring and summer of 2020, the school’s infection rate was less than half a percent. A week after classes resumed, the infection rate had increased over 300 percent. Complicating…Read the article
Criminal Charges Filed in Coronavirus Nursing Home Outbreak

Criminal Charges Filed in Coronavirus Nursing Home Outbreak

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Largely as a result of poor decisions and chronic understaffing, two workers at a Massachusetts soldiers’ home might spend the next thirteen years in prison because of criminal charges. A grand jury indicted Bennett Walsh and Dr. David Clinton, two members of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home’s leadership team nursing home, on multiple charges. According to prosecutors,…Read the article
Safe (ish) Activities for Your Family During the Pandemic

Safe (ish) Activities for Your Family During the Pandemic

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Far and away the best way for your family to stay safe and do some activities during the coronavirus pandemic is to stay at home, whether or not such an order is in place. Face masks and social distancing also slow the virus’ spread, but they are not as effective as sheltering in place. But…Read the article
Companies Move to Late-Stage COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

Companies Move to Late-Stage COVID-19 Vaccine Trials

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Executives from Pfizer and Moderna say they are on track to have a COVID-19 vaccine on the shelves by the end of 2020. With these two trials which will have about 30,000 patients each, Moderna and Pfizer established a sizable lead in the race to develop a vaccine. Some 150 firms currently have COVID-19 vaccines…Read the article
Healthcare Providers Protected from Liability in COVID-19

Healthcare Providers Protected from Liability in COVID-19

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare systems across the globe have been under tremendous strain. In the United States, healthcare professionals not only are placed under immense pressure to care for overwhelming volumes of patients while using limited resources, but they also have to consider their risk of liability. Providing care during this…Read the article
COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Issues for Tenants

COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Issues for Tenants

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In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic in general, and the lockdowns in particular, were especially hard on Social Security Disability recipients and other low-income households. These individuals are also at a higher risk for eviction. Many low-income families spend almost half their income on rent. If their income sources dried up even slightly, monthly rent…Read the article
Can K-12 Schools Safely Reopen in Fall 2020?

Can K-12 Schools Safely Reopen in Fall 2020?

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As the coronavirus crisis continues, a consensus about at least delaying school openings is emerging. New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio recently unveiled a partial reopening plan for fall 2020. The proposal would stagger school openings and incorporate two or three days a week of remote learning. At least right now, this plan is at odds…Read the article
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