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In the interest of assisting lawyers in Virginia during the pandemic, the VBA provides these links, which will be updated as additional information comes to light.

The VBA cannot guarantee or warrant that any of the resources are valid, because of ever-changing laws and mandates. Further disclaimers.

If you come across a resource to share, please email it to Marilyn Shaw at the VBA for inclusion.

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VBA Resources

Further disclaimers

Research into the impact of COVID-19 on the legal field. What lawyers and consumers are thinking, from VBA affinity partner Clio (May 14)

Paycheck Protection Program: Should I return loans? What are the regulatory risks if kept? By Chuck James - discussed in May 8 Live Chat (May 6) [See also Member-to-Member Resources for employee benefits update from the call]

Summary of the Law Practice Live Chat VI from April 24 - Courts, legislative update, responses regarding real estate

Summary of the Law Practice Live Chat V from April 17 - Changes in VSB deadlines; furloughs, layoffs and the WARN Act; legislative update, workplace safety and OSHA

Summary of the Law Practice Live Chat April 10 - legislative update, business interruption claims, pro bono opportunities, CARES Act updates

Summary of the COVID-19 Law Practice Live Chat April 3 - PPP loans, e-signatures, CARES Act updates, ethical duties, wellness

Summary of the federal stimulus plan and Department of Labor rules from the VBA's COVID-19 Law Practice Live Chat March 27

Tips from VBA's COVID-19 Law Practice Live Chat Conference Call March 20

Governor Issues Stay-at-Home Order (March 31)

Use of VBA on Main Temporarily Suspended; In-Person Events Through April 3 Postponed or Rescheduled

Judicial Emergency Declared in Virginia

Judicial Emergency. See Court Resources below

Member benefit offers

Member Benefit Ruby Can Assist with Rising Call Volume at Your Practice

Member benefit Clio offers The Complete Guide to Working at Home as a Lawyer

Member benefit Clio commits $1 million to help lawyers.

Worried about missing out on cash flow? Member benefit LawPay is offering a credit on new accounts for electronic payments.

VBA emails to review

VBA emails (and the date they were sent)

The VBA Voice Alert (March 30)

2020 Legal Food Frenzy postponed (March 25)
Postponed YLD events (March 24)
Governor's Executive Order 53 (March 23)
Join the VBA for the first member conference call on COVID-19 (March 18)
Health Law Legislative Update and Extravaganza on April 22 postponed (March 18)
Chief Justice's Pro Bono Summit on April 1 postponed (March 17)
VBA office closure (currently through March 27) (March 16)

Virginia Action

Further disclaimers

Governor orders the wearing of face coverings in buildings until further notice, beginning May 29 (May 27)

News release regarding face coverings and directive for state workplace emergency safety standards to be developed (May 27)

Virginia creates new website, stayhomevirginia.com, with COVID-19 housing information (May 18)

Phase One also delayed for City of Richmond and Accomack County (May 15)

Reopening for Northern Virginia delayed until at least May 29. Executive Order 62 (May 13)

News release: Governor announces plan for Phase One of the reopening (May 9)

Executive Order 61 and Order of Public Health Emergency Three (May 9)

Executive Order 60, dated April 28, clarifies certain immunity from liability for healthcare providers

Virginia HB340, regarding emergency stays on nonpayment of rent and on foreclosures (May 7)

Tenants' rights highlighted by AG Herring (May 7)

Attorney General Herring joins with other AGs to urge Congress to strengthen the Paycheck Protection Program (May 7)

Northam extends Executive Order 53, restricting nonessential businesses and gatherings, through May 14. (May 5)

Virginia's blueprint toward easing public health restrictions (April 24)

Northam's Executive Order 60 ensures liability protections for healthcare workers (April 30)

Governor delays May 5 general and special elections to May 19; strongly encourages absentee voting in Executive Order 59 (April 24)

Business task force advising Northam administration on easing restrictions (April 24)

Executive Order 58 gives flexibility to Medicaid providers (April 24)

Governor extends ban on elective surgeries, closure of DMV offices (April 23)

Executive Order 57 relates to licensing of health care professionals, which he said at the news conference 4-20 includes physician assistants and nurse practitioners (April 20)

Executive Order 56 moves the primary election back two weeks to June 23 (April 20)

Governor will extend Order 53 banning gatherings of more than 10, closing entertainment, recreational and personal care businesses, and restricting restaurants to carry-out and delivery services from April 24 to May 8 (April 15)

UVA model estimating the impact of COVID-19 on Virginia (April 14)

Attorney General Herring urges the newly unemployed to check their health insurance status (April 14)

Virginia unemployment benefits rise as a result of CARES Act (April 14)

Consumer alert on scams related to the federal stimulus package (March 27)

Opinion on local government assemblies (March 20)

Rules loosened on Virginia unemployment claims (March 17)

Virginia State Bar updates

COVID-19 page for the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission; headquarters reopened April 21 after closing April 7; still closed to the public (April 27)

Court Resources

Further disclaimers

Office of the Executive Secretary courts recovery guidelines (May 13)

Fairfax County GDC phased reopening begins May 18 (May 15)

Virginia State Courts by Locality

Amendment to paragraph 4 of the court's fourth order by the Supreme Court of Virginia (May 13)

Fourth order modifying and extending the declaration of judicial emergency in Virginia (May 6)

Supreme Court of Virginia clarifies tolling of statutory speedy trial deadlines (May 1)

Supreme Court of Virginia letter to Virginia judges and clerks about electronic communication, dated April 10 (April 24)

Supreme Court of Virginia modifies rules governing the Virginia State Bar and MCLE deadlines (April 16)

Oral arguments for April session of the Supreme Court of Virginia will be held by phone. Details. (April 3)

Supreme Court of Virginia extends judicial emergency to May 17 (April 22)

Virginia judicial emergency extended through April 26

Judicial Emergency Declared in Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

U.S. Bankruptcy Court-Eastern District

U.S. Bankruptcy Court-Western District of Virginia

Tolling of Appellate Deadlines (March 20)

Financing

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PPP loan forgiveness application (May 22)

Virginia expands payment relief for student loan borrowers (April 30)

President signs $484 billion measure to aid employers, hospitals (April 24)

Navigating the Main Street Lending Program - from Venable LLP (April 14)

Paycheck Protection Program Application (April 2)

Program information sheet for borrowers (April 2)

Interim final rule (April 7)

$248 billion of $350 billion in PPP funds already allocated (April 14)

American Bankers Association urges Congress to increase PPP funding (April 14)

SBA unable to accept new applications based on available appropriations funding of $349 billion (April 16)

U.S. Senate adjourns with no deal on small business loans - from The Hill (April 16)

Virginia eligible for Small Business Administration disaster loan assistance (3/19/2020)

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan application process (video)

SBA unable to accept new applications for the EIDL program based on available appropriations funding (April 16)

Disaster loan assistance

Virginia individual and corporate income tax payments now due June 1 (with interest); filings still due May 1

Federal student loan relief - from CNBC (March 24/26)

Federal Student Aid website

Federal Action

Further disclaimers

National Housing Law Project on CARES Act eviction moratorium (May 7)

WARN Act employers guide from Department of Labor (April 20)

OSHA's interim enforcement response plan for COVID-19 (April 16)

Department of Labor letter to state workforce officials about temporary increase in unemployment benefits (April 14)

IRS tax credits FAQs related to COVID-19 required paid leave (April 14)

Payroll Tax Credits for small and mid-sized businesses - from the U.S. Treasury, IRS and Labor (added March 27; mentioned on March 27 VBA conference call)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201. See also Department of Labor below.

Guidance on the FFCRA (April 2)

Venable LLP's take on the act

IRS Tax Day now July 15 for filing and payments

More IRS

Employee Retention Tax Credit FAQs (April 1)

U.S. Department of Labor

DOL Guidance on Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave (March 24)

Additional guidance (March 28) and (March 26)

Latest guidance (April 1) - from Williams Mullen

Temporary rule and other links regarding the FFCRA that became effective 4 /1, from the department's Wage and Hour Division (April 1)

Post this notice about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in office spaces and share with remote workers by April 1

FAQs about the notice

Guidance on Essential, Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 Resources

Further disclaimers

Virginia Department of Health Coronavirus Updates

Virginia Local Health Districts

EEOC Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act

From the National Association of Bar Executives:

FastCase COVID-19 Resources

Vendors and Platforms for Electronic Meetings - None is endorsed by the VBA. Theses are provided for information purposes.

Zoom

Zoom is not recommended by the Supreme Court of Virginia, however the court recognizes it is used in Virginia courts. Toward that end, these security measures are recommended:

  • Make sure you have the most current software version by opening the Zoom client, clicking the icon in the upper right corner and select Check for Updates.
  • Add any or all of these settings.

  • Require Authentication
  • Require a Meeting Password
  • Enable a Waiting Room
  • Limit Screen Sharing
  • Limit Join Before Host
  • Lock the Meeting once participants have arrived
  • Identify Guests

Also, do not make meetings public and do not share a link to a meeting in unrestricted social media posts. Do not use your personal Zoom ID for meetings; instead use a randomly generated meeting ID from Zoom.

GoToMeeting

Uber Conference

BlueJeans

Skype

Google Conferencing

Meeting Bridge

Member-to-Member Resources

Further disclaimers

Deciphering the newly issued PPP loan forgiveness application - from Venable LLP (May 18)

Paycheck Protection Program new FAQ revises previous guidance - from Venable LLP (May 14)

Employee benefits in the age of COVID-19 - from Rob Johnson, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C. - discussed in May 8 Live Chat (May 7)

Q&A on benefits under the CARES Act - from Rob Johnson, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C. - discussed in May 8 Live Chat (May 7)

Six steps to take if an employee tests positive for COVID-19 - from Woods Rogers PLC (original post date, April 14)

OSHA unveils COVID-19 response plan - from Williams Mullen (April 16)

What are the rules governing the use of electronic signatures? - from Williams Mullen

News insights on COVID-19 from Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

Narrow your search through keywords in addition to coronavirus, such as General Employment, Healthcare, Business, or Public Companies

Woods Rogers PLC COVID-19 Page - updated daily

Venable LLP's COVID-19 Page

IslerDare PC's COVID-19 Outbreak - Employer Resources (added March 27). See especially its First Families Coronavirus Response Act users guide with FAQs.

How Telehealth Regulations have changed in Virginia and the Carolinas during the COVID-19 emergency - from Williams Mullen

Chart summarizing the employment and employee benefit provisions under COVID-19-related legislation as of March 31, 2020 - from Williams Mullen (April 1). 

Law Practice Resources

Further disclaimers

Working Remotely and Securely: What Lawyers Need to Know recorded webinar - from Sensei Enterprises, Inc. (April 7)

Electronic notaries in Virginia FAQ (April 3)

7 types of tech tools to help lawyers set up virtual offices - from ABA Journal (April 7)

List of free products and services to support legal professionals during the coronavirus crisis - from Bob Ambrogi at LawSites (added March 25)

ABA Blueprint video channel on WFH (Working From Home) (added March 25)

EEOC: What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19

Tips for Managing Your Law Practice - with permission from the South Carolina Bar Association

Prioritizing in a Pandemic for Law Firms - YouTube video from the North Carolina Bar Association

Reassuring Clients You're Prepared - From AttorneyatWork

Resources for In-House Counsel - from the Association of Corporate Counsel

Tech Issues for Lawyers Working at Home - from Sensei Enterprises, Inc., in Fairfax

COVID-19 Awareness, Response, and Workplace Policies (Part 1) - from the North Carolina Bar Association

Outlets For Attorneys and Wellness

Further disclaimers

Resources from the Virginia Lawyers' Wellness Initiative (April 2)

Virginia Free Legal Answers

JusticeServer - assist legal aid offices with cases

Virginia Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program

Virginia Lawyers’ Wellness Initiative and the Virginia Law Foundation offer no-cost online CLEs on wellness topics. See

Wellness in the Legal Profession

Coping resources - from The Florida Bar

UVA's Contemplative Sciences Center has free, online, public classes on mindfulness, meditation, yoga, tai chi and others.

Further disclaimers

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