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While mandatory COVID testing seems like a logical step for protecting business owners and employees returning to work, no company seems interested in leading the way without clear guidance or legislation that would protect the employer from liability. However, the EEOC suggests that employers can require testing and recommends following CDC guidelines. Click here to read the full article:

Philip Martin McCaulay, a longtime fan of the Washington Redskins, has been criticized for purchasing multiple trademarks on potential replacement names for the team. He and his lawyer, Darren Heitner of Heitner Legal, claim his intention was to prevent others from creating obstacles in the process of choosing a new name; however, it is argued that he is hindering the process instead. In a letter to the Washington Redskins on July 4th, McCaulay offered the names to the team for free, but has yet to receive a response.

The Houston Rockets are suing their insurance provider for denial of their business interruption insurance on a $400 million policy. Insurance providers claim that such policies have a "virus" or "epidemic" clause, which would exclude coverage of loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses across the country are arguing that virus exclusions do not apply because the losses incurred were due to government shutdown orders, as opposed to the virus, and that "direct physical loss" would take effect as outlined in the policy.

Senate Republicans Call for Sweeping COVID-19 Liability Protections for all Businesses:

As businesses begin reopening to customers and employees amid the seemingly unwavering coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen growing concern from business owners regarding how to alleviate civil liability risks. Congress may make things easier for business owners, though, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has proposed a plan to shield business owners from potential lawsuits in the event that their customers or employees contract the virus upon reopening.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced they will begin analyzing trends in the use of add-on testing, such as respiratory pathogen panel (RPP), allergy, and genetic testing, in order to locate patterns in billing that may indicate fraud. While relaxed rules put in place by the CARES Act and Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) allowing providers to conduct diagnostic COVID testing without an order from a treating physician are helpful to in-need communities, the Office of Inspector General states that these rules may open the door for improper billing related to add-on testing.

Turn of the tide: The misbegotten inclusion of a controversial 3rd party DRM (Digital Rights Management) software, Denuvo Anti-Cheat, turned out to be a bridge too far for many gamers; a bridge they would rather uninstall and burn than walk across. 

Though Doom was initially heralded as “a real delight” and “a triumph” by critics at release last March (2),  Bethesda decided to spite its corporate face and fix a problem many players never experienced.  To shore up an issue with multiplayer hacking,  Denuvo Anti-Cheat was included in its first patch, and in its wake a controversially invasive kernel-level driver, which caused a rapid sea change in playerbase opinion.

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Treasury Dept. Discloses Names of 660,000+ Businesses That “Supposedly” Received PPP Loans of $150,000+

July 8th, 2020

Within hours of release, several well-known companies denied they had ever applied for or received PPP loans. E-scooter company, Bird, reportedly obtained a loan of $5-10 million from the Treasury Dept., yet their bank, Citi, confirms Bird decided against even finishing the application.

A simple guide to the CARES Act and its Effect on Unemployment Benefits

It is no secret Americans are dealing with some of the harshest economic conditions since the Great Recession. In terms of how many people have been laid off to date, American hasn’t seen these types of numbers in almost 100 years. Hoping to provide some relief, Congress passed two bills: the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, known as the FFCRA, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, otherwise known as the CARES Act. The two pieces of legislation contain a multitude of provisions, but I will be focusing on the provisions that affect the average unemployed American who is searching for support during this unprecedented time. For more information about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, it was covered by the firm in an article earlier this year here. Since then, the Department of Labor has provided a handy summary that is to be posted in the workplace for the sake of educating employees: read the summary here.

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