Reopening Businesses during the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Jessica Post

Arizona will begin opening its doors with Governor Doug Ducey announcing that certain retail stores may resume in-store sales May 8 with physical distancing measures in place. While the stay-at-home order will remain in effect until May 15, all signs indicate that Arizona will begin turning up the lights on the economy with dine-in restaurants opening as soon as mid-May. This … [More]

Creditor Options in the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Jeff Sklar, Susan Freeman, Rob Charles and Ogonna Brown

As the fallout from COVID-19 widens and the prospect of an economic downturn looms, lenders are likely to focus more on protecting their collateral. Although many lenders are negotiating accommodations with borrowers in the short term, some of these accommodations will inevitably be unsuccessful and lead to defaults. As defaults increase, lenders might consider the use of a … [More]

Examining the Law on Health Information and COVID-19 for Businesses

by Meghan O’Connor and Simone Colgan Dunlap

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced unprecedented reliance on technology and remote connectivity and created a significant increase in COVID-19 patient information from the public, media, drug manufacturers, first responders and other providers, family members, and patients themselves. This rapid and significant shift in technology usage and increasing interest in and need for … [More]

Force Majeure May Be Answer to Contract Performance

by Marc Lamber and Louis Lopez

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has and will be devastating to many Greater Phoenix businesses. Leases, product purchases, vendor contracts for service and employment agreements are just some of the potential casualties of a company’s inability to perform under a contract due to the pandemic. This new reality may cause businesses and individuals to have considerable … [More]

COVID-19 and Increased Cyber Risk

by Meghan O’Connor and Simone Colgan Dunlap

As part of attempts to control the spread of COVID-19, businesses are increasingly relying on a remote workforce. Businesses should operate in a heightened state of cybersecurity posture during this time. Bad actors are taking advantage of COVID-19 fears, rapidly evolving environments, a distracted workforce, individuals’ good will, and unprecedented changes in business … [More]

Protecting Sensitive Company Information When Working Remotely

by Greg Sitrick

With so many people working from home, many of the safeguards and systems that companies rely on to protect their information become less effective, partially compromised or even completely obsolete.  The fact is that a company's sensitive information is at greater risk of being pirated when it's being handled outside the office.  For example, many of us have smart devices such … [More]

COVID-19 Impacts International Travel

by Rebecca Bernhard

Crossing U.S. borders has never been easy, but today’s business travelers face an unprecedented range of issues amidst a constantly-shifting legal and regulatory landscape. Within the past month alone, the U.S. government has rolled out three new sets of travel restrictions: an expansion of the “Trump Travel Ban,” a so-called “birth tourism” ban, and a travel ban designed to … [More]

FAQs about COVID-19 in Employment Setting

by Amy Abdo, Richard Dreitzer, Ayan Jacobs, Ann Morgan, Travis Pacheco, Bruna Pedrini, Shannon Pierce, Jessica Post and Janice Procter-Murphy

Employers must carefully balance their duty to provide a safe and healthy workplace for employees with compliance mandates so as to not violate employee rights afforded by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other civil rights and anti-discrimination laws. Below are some frequently asked questions that may assist employers in their … [More]