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FDA Releases Industry Guidance on Development and Licensure of COVID-19 Vaccines
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, July 2020

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued its Development and Licensure of Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19: Guidance for Industry on June 30, 2020.  This nonbinding guidance is intended to remain in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services...

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COVID-19 Update: IRS and DOL Extend COBRA and Other Benefit Plan Deadlines During the Pandemic Outbreak Period
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, May 2020

On April 28, 2020, the Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of the Treasury (the “Agencies”) signed a joint notification of relief, which was published in the Federal Register on May 4, 2020 (the “Notice”).1 The Notice provides extension of deadlines with respect to certain medical plan enrollments, election periods under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (“COBRA”), COBRA premium payments, COBRA qualifying event notification periods, and certain plan claims, appeals and review periods...

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Cross-Border Tax-Related COVID-19 Relief
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, May 2020

On April 21, 2020, the IRS released a much-awaited package of guidance in the cross-border tax space that provides relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance relates to (1) day-counting for both tax residency purposes and certain treaty positions, (2) the ability of taxpayers to claim the foreign-earned income exclusion, and (3) carrying on a U.S. trade or business. The summary below provides an overview of this guidance, which has been issued in a combination of IRS Revenue Procedures and a “Q&A” available on the IRS website. To continue reading our alert on this topic, please click here...

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EEOC Issues Guidance on the Permissibility of Mandatory COVID-19 Testing in the Workplace
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, May 2020

On April 23, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued new guidance clarifying that employers may conduct mandatory testing of employees for COVID-19 before they enter the workplace so long as the testing is “job related and consistent with business necessity.”  The new guidance explains that employers may choose to test an employee for the virus before entering the workplace because an individual with COVID-19 will pose a direct threat to the health of others...

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New York Employer Tips for Responding to the Coronavirus
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, March 2020

The recent outbreak of 2019-nCOV, a flu-like respiratory illness better known as the Coronavirus, is causing employers to ready themselves for a variety of responses to the spread of the virus.  Human Resources professionals are seeking guidance on how to promote a safe and healthy working environment without violating the rights of ill or potentially ill employees.  We have some tips to help strike the right balance...

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