On Saturday, March 21, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.8 (EO 202.8) requiring all nonessential employees to stay home, effective at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2020, through April 19, 2020. Any business not in compliance with the order is subject to civil fines and mandatory closures. There will also be restrictions placed on civilians, though specific enforcement measures for those provisions have not been specified. Colleagues Cassie Lentchner, Brian E. Finch and Amanda G. Halter summarize the terms under EO 202.8 in the alert “New York State on PAUSE: New York State Shuts Down All Nonessential Businesses to Combat COVID-19.”
If the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in the United States as it has in other countries, drastic expansions of hospital and quarantine facility capacity are likely to be necessary. In the hard-hit Seattle area, several temporary facilities are already under construction, including a 200-bed temporary quarantine and isolation center built on a soccer field. China’s response to the initial outbreak in the city of Wuhan demonstrates how rapidly authorities can add capacity in an emergency.
In times of uncertainty, every enterprise should undertake a stress test of its supply chain and manage the risks accordingly. The responses to this outbreak are evolving so rapidly that most communications should be expressly based on the state of knowledge on the day and at the hour they are issued. In the alert “Supply Chain Coronavirus Impacts: Force Majeure and Beyond,” colleagues Robert A. James, James Campbell and April Lord provide a comprehensive overview to review the impact coronavirus has on the entire supply chain.
On March 10, 2020, the Wyoming legislature passed House Bill 74 (HB 74). If signed into law, HB 74 will allow utilities and other power plant owners to replace retiring coal and natural gas electric generation plants with small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs).
As part of Pillsbury’s around-the-clock coverage of how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the construction and real estate industry, colleagues Tom Van Wyngarden and Stephanie Angkadjaja offer key takeaways on OSHA’s guidance specific to the COVID-19 pandemic in “Workplace Safety in the Midst of a Pandemic.”
On March 15, 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued formal guidance to combat the spread of the coronavirus by recommending against gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks (CDC guidance), which includes nearly every office building in America. Thus, began the most significant work from home experiment this country has ever seen. Continue reading
On March 6, 2019, the South Carolina Administrative Law Court entered an order in Colonial Pipeline Co. v. South Carolina Department of Revenue, No. 18-ALJ-17-0443-CC, in which it held that a pipeline company’s assets may qualify for a property tax exemption for pollution control equipment of industrial plants under S.C. Code Ann. § 12-37-220(8). In his latest post on SeeSALT, Zachary T. Atkins examines this decision more closely.
On December 13, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that the Forest Service was not authorized by the Mineral Leasing Act to grant a pipeline right-of-way under the Appalachian Trail to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline involving a small stretch of the Appalachian Scenic Trail.