COVID-19 Task Force

Peckar & Abramson has formed its COVID-19 Task Force to guide clients and colleagues across the construction industry and other businesses as you face myriad legal and business issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the law is changing rapidly and new legislation is being passed, P&A is aware that many of these topics require careful consideration and analysis of numerous issues. Our Task Force has and will continue to develop a range of resources created to help you navigate through these uncharted waters. A list of these resources can be found below. This page will continue to be updated with timely and relevant information.

Public Action Matrix

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, P&A’s COVID-19 Task Force is aware that the law is changing rapidly and new legislation is continuing to be passed. To keep track of all COVID-19 federal and state Executive Orders, legislation and related orders, we have developed a Coronavirus/COVID-19 Public Action Matrix to keep you up to date with the latest developments.

Each link within the Matrix links to the most relevant information we have identified, including a copy of the order or guidance, a short summary of the legislation, links to the government website, as well as links to any additional guidance and related P&A Client Alerts.

We will continue to update this page with all the latest developments as we identify them.

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Client Alerts

COVID-19 and Florida Construction: Lessons from the Frontlines in New York, New Jersey, and Around the U.S.

Published Date:

04/03/2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the construction industry as a whole, the geographic location of projects and business operations, like the expansion of the virus itself, is in many ways influencing the ongoing impact and resulting conditions for those projects – whether public or private, large or small.  This Florida COVID-19 Alert for […]

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CISA Issues Guidance on Identifying Critical Infrastructure Workers: Does Your Work Fall Within These Sectors?

Published Date:

03/31/2020

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (“CISA”), issued Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, originally published March 19, 2020 and later updated on March 28, 2020 (“CISA Guidance”). During the COVID-19 response, State and local governments have the power to execute and enforce response activities, while the Federal Government performs a […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impacts Access to Working Capital Under Credit Facilities

Published Date:

03/30/2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has, or likely will have, negative economic consequences for many, including companies facing significantly reduced cash flow and unprecedented liquidity concerns as they attempt to meet obligations like payroll.  Companies may need to utilize their credit facilities for working capital. While the access to credit facilities is critically important, the negative […]

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Employer Guidance – Coronavirus Workplace Safety, Employee Screening and CDC/OSHA Compliance

Published Date:

03/27/2020

Employers nationwide are struggling to cope with the developing situation regarding COVID-19. OSHA and the CDC have issued preliminary guidance for employers and workplaces in coping with the instant epidemic.   OSHA’s complete guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 is available HERE. The CDC’s interim guidance for businesses and employers is available HERE. In this alert, […]

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Published Date:

03/25/2020

In a time when multiple new regulations and guidance from the Federal Government, as well as Executive Orders from states and counties abound, one new piece of federal legislation – the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) – deserves attention from every industry. Signed into law on March 18, 2020, the Act – which […]

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COVID-19 Impacts on Federal Government Contracts – Protecting Your Rights Associated with Delays & Suspensions of Work

Published Date:

03/25/2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting the construction industry in both the public and private sectors. A recent Associated General Contractors online survey revealed that more than a quarter of the respondents have already been directed to halt or delay work on a project. See Associated General Contractors, Data Digest, Vol. 20, No. 11, March 23, […]

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GENERAL COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS

Published Date:

03/25/2020

This memorandum provides the background guidance, a summary action-plan, and an appendix with resources from the CDC, OSHA, and the EEOC. For more specific local information, please be guided by information being issued by your local public health offcials and state and local authorities. Laws and guidance are evolving rapidly and may be subject to […]

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Planning Now to Prove Your COVID-19 Damages and Delays Later

Published Date:

03/22/2020

Right now, your construction projects may be in a state of uncertainty and flux as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, but in the future, you may need to be specific about added costs and time lost to secure time extensions and recoveries.  Action now may be enormously helpful in the future. Many contractors are […]

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You’ve Been Suspended – Were You Ready?

Published Date:

03/19/2020

“Effective tomorrow … the City is suspending all regular activity at construction sites in Boston.”  This was just one of the surprises that greeted contractors last week.  Contractors and owners with projects across the country are scrambling to comply with mandated governmental suspensions.  Project participants should begin contingency planning for possible project shutdowns. Reacting to […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance for Contractors

Published Date:

03/13/2020

The Coronavirus has been the subject of an extraordinary amount of media coverage since the start of 2020.  As we approach the end of the first quarter of the year, its impact on local and global economies and our way of life cannot be ignored. This Alert will provide the construction industry with guidance and […]

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Upcoming Programs

COVID-19 Forum: A Series On Managing Risk In Unprecedented Times – Episode 2

Apr 02

Location:

Via Webinar

Start Date: April 2, 2020

End Date: April 2, 2020

Start Time:

3:00pm

End Time:

4:30pm

April 2, 20203:00pm April 2, 20204:30pm America/Havana COVID-19 Forum: A Series On Managing Risk In Unprecedented Times – Episode 2 Via Webinar Barry J. Brooks | George C. Baldwin | Denis G. Ducran | Timothy D. Matheny | Stewart Shurtleff jpapantonio@pecklaw.com

Peckar & Abramson invites our Texas clients and colleagues to a complimentary, weekly, interactive forum where you can send in questions and receive answers in real time. Episode 2 will be moderated by Stewart Shurtleff, Partner at Peckar & Abramson, on Thursday, April 2 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm CDT. This program will cover, among other […]

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Publications

What Should Companies Do If They Cannot Meet Environmental Obligations in the Wake of COVID-19?

Everyone in the United States has been affected in some way or another by the COVID-19 pandemic, but many companies with environmental compliance obligations are facing impossible situations.  Worker shortages due to the pandemic as well as travel and social distancing restrictions imposed by many state and local governments have affected the ability of companies […]

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How to Manage the Impact of the COVID-19 on the Construction Industry (Presentation Slides)

Published Date:

March 31, 2020

How to Manage the Impact of the COVID-19 on the Construction Industry. Presentation in conjunction with Anchin on March 31, 2020. (Presentation Slides)

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COVID-19 Employer Guidance: Expanded Leave Under Federal, NJ, NY/NYC Laws and Layoffs (Presentation Slides)

Published Date:

March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Employer Guidance: Expanded Leave Under Federal, NJ, NY/NYC Laws and Layoffs. Presentation date March 30, 2020 (Presentation Slides)

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The COVID-19 Crisis Impacts LLCs and Partnerships

We have suddenly found ourselves in troubled economic times in New Jersey due to the COVID-19 crisis. For the past two weeks, I have received many calls about partnerships and limited liability companies (“LLC”). People want to know if they can make capital calls, dilute or disassociate members, or take other measures to deal with […]

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COVID-19 Employer Guidance: Workplace Safety – OSHA, CDC, and Virus Testing (Presentation Slides)

Published Date:

March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Employer Guidance: Workplace Safety – OSHA, CDC, and Virus Testing. Presentation date March 26, 2020 (Presentation Slides)

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Warren Friedman Published in Daily Business Review/Law.com

Published Date:

March 27, 2020

Warren Friedman‘s article, “Here’s Some Guidance for Construction Contractors About Mitigating Coronavirus Risks,” was published in the Daily Business Review/Law.com on March 27, 2020. As work on some construction projects in South Florida has been suspended, it is likely more suspensions will follow. Friedman discusses what contractors can do to avoid losses due to the […]

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Gary Stein Quoted as Source in Daily Business Review/Law.com Article

Published Date:

March 19, 2020

Gary Stein was quoted in an article titled, “South Florida Builders Active, But Pipeline Stalls Amid Coronavirus”, which appeared in the Daily Business Review/Law.com on March 19, 2020. Stein was quoted a number of times throughout the piece, stating “In the construction industry, time is money. So if there is a suspension of a project […]

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Letter from Peckar & Abramson Chairman, Steven M. Charney

March 17, 2020

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends,

At Peckar & Abramson we have made necessary adjustments so that our lawyers and staff remain available to support your legal and business needs throughout the response to the pandemic.

P&A’s lawyers are monitoring all aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak as it affects the construction community and the related industries we serve. P&A will continue to issue periodic alerts that will keep you advised regarding relevant developments and we are prepared to be of assistance should you have any specific concerns.

Email addresses for our lawyers can be found on our website and contact information for each of our 10 offices is listed below. You may also call 888.343.3480 for assistance if you are encountering any difficulty contacting us.

P&A’s informative Client Alert, Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Guidance for Contractors, has received considerable national attention and is linked for your convenience.

As always, P&A is committed to serving your needs and we will continue to do so throughout this extraordinary situation.

We wish you and your families good health and safety.

Thank you,
Steven M. Charney
Chairman
Peckar & Abramson, PC

Office Contact Information:

New York, NY
+1 212.382.0909

River Edge, NJ
+1 201.343.3434

Austin, TX
+1 512.236.0009

Chicago, IL
+1 312.881.6300

Dallas, TX
+1 214.523.5100

Houston, TX
+1 713.568.1500

Los Angeles, CA
+1 310.228.1075

Miami, FL
+1 305.358.2600

Oakland, CA
+1 415.837.1968

Washington, DC
+1 202.293.8815

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  • COVID-19 and Florida Construction: Lessons from the Frontlines in New York, New Jersey, and Around the U.S.

    While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the construction industry as a whole, the geographic location of projects and business operations, like the expansion of the virus itself, is in many ways influencing the ongoing impact and resulting conditions for those projects – whether public or private, large or small.  This Florida COVID-19 Alert for […]

  • How to Manage the Impact of the COVID-19 on the Construction Industry (Presentation Slides)

    How to Manage the Impact of the COVID-19 on the Construction Industry. Presentation in conjunction with Anchin on March 31, 2020. (Presentation Slides)

  • CISA Issues Guidance on Identifying Critical Infrastructure Workers: Does Your Work Fall Within These Sectors?

    The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (“CISA”), issued Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, originally published March 19, 2020 and later updated on March 28, 2020 (“CISA Guidance”). During the COVID-19 response, State and local governments have the power to execute and enforce response activities, while the Federal Government performs a […]

  • COVID-19 Employer Guidance: Expanded Leave Under Federal, NJ, NY/NYC Laws and Layoffs (Presentation Slides)

    COVID-19 Employer Guidance: Expanded Leave Under Federal, NJ, NY/NYC Laws and Layoffs. Presentation date March 30, 2020 (Presentation Slides)

  • COVID-19 Employer Guidance: Workplace Safety – OSHA, CDC, and Virus Testing (Presentation Slides)

    COVID-19 Employer Guidance: Workplace Safety – OSHA, CDC, and Virus Testing. Presentation date March 26, 2020 (Presentation Slides)

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impacts Access to Working Capital Under Credit Facilities

    The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has, or likely will have, negative economic consequences for many, including companies facing significantly reduced cash flow and unprecedented liquidity concerns as they attempt to meet obligations like payroll.  Companies may need to utilize their credit facilities for working capital. While the access to credit facilities is critically important, the negative […]

  • The Discoverability and Admissibility of Plaintiff’s Prior Complaints of Discrimination Against Non-Party Employers

    This article first appeared in For The Defense and is linked HERE. When an employer is sued for employment discrimination and is facing trial, one common evidentiary fight is whether the employer will be permitted to introduce evidence of other claims of discrimination or harassment that the plaintiff has made against former or subsequent employers. […]

  • Employer Guidance – Coronavirus Workplace Safety, Employee Screening and CDC/OSHA Compliance

    Employers nationwide are struggling to cope with the developing situation regarding COVID-19. OSHA and the CDC have issued preliminary guidance for employers and workplaces in coping with the instant epidemic.   OSHA’s complete guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 is available HERE. The CDC’s interim guidance for businesses and employers is available HERE. In this alert, […]

  • Warren Friedman Published in Daily Business Review/Law.com

    Warren Friedman‘s article, “Here’s Some Guidance for Construction Contractors About Mitigating Coronavirus Risks,” was published in the Daily Business Review/Law.com on March 27, 2020. As work on some construction projects in South Florida has been suspended, it is likely more suspensions will follow. Friedman discusses what contractors can do to avoid losses due to the […]

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    In a time when multiple new regulations and guidance from the Federal Government, as well as Executive Orders from states and counties abound, one new piece of federal legislation – the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) – deserves attention from every industry. Signed into law on March 18, 2020, the Act – which […]

  • COVID-19 Impacts on Federal Government Contracts – Protecting Your Rights Associated with Delays & Suspensions of Work

    The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting the construction industry in both the public and private sectors. A recent Associated General Contractors online survey revealed that more than a quarter of the respondents have already been directed to halt or delay work on a project. See Associated General Contractors, Data Digest, Vol. 20, No. 11, March 23, […]

  • GENERAL COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS

    This memorandum provides the background guidance, a summary action-plan, and an appendix with resources from the CDC, OSHA, and the EEOC. For more specific local information, please be guided by information being issued by your local public health offcials and state and local authorities. Laws and guidance are evolving rapidly and may be subject to […]

  • Planning Now to Prove Your COVID-19 Damages and Delays Later

    Right now, your construction projects may be in a state of uncertainty and flux as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, but in the future, you may need to be specific about added costs and time lost to secure time extensions and recoveries.  Action now may be enormously helpful in the future. Many contractors are […]

  • Gary Stein Quoted as Source in Daily Business Review/Law.com Article

    Gary Stein was quoted in an article titled, “South Florida Builders Active, But Pipeline Stalls Amid Coronavirus”, which appeared in the Daily Business Review/Law.com on March 19, 2020. Stein was quoted a number of times throughout the piece, stating “In the construction industry, time is money. So if there is a suspension of a project […]

  • You’ve Been Suspended – Were You Ready?

    “Effective tomorrow … the City is suspending all regular activity at construction sites in Boston.”  This was just one of the surprises that greeted contractors last week.  Contractors and owners with projects across the country are scrambling to comply with mandated governmental suspensions.  Project participants should begin contingency planning for possible project shutdowns. Reacting to […]

  • Richard R. Volack Quoted as Source in Construction Dive

    Richard R. Volack, Chair of the firm’s Cyber Security & Data Privacy practice, recently discussed how construction companies should react to a hack with Construction Dive. He urges every company to have a response plan, insurance, and a relationship with a data analyst who can quickly help investigate the magnitude of a hack. Construction Dive

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance for Contractors

    The Coronavirus has been the subject of an extraordinary amount of media coverage since the start of 2020.  As we approach the end of the first quarter of the year, its impact on local and global economies and our way of life cannot be ignored. This Alert will provide the construction industry with guidance and […]

  • PROMISSORY ESTOPPEL – Your friend when asked to do change/extra work with no written change order 

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  • NLRB Issues Final Rule Providing Clarity on the Factors Governing Joint-Employer Status

    On February 26, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board issued its final rule governing joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The final rule restores the joint-employer standard that was applied for several decades prior to the 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris, giving greater clarity and guidance. The new rule will benefit employers in the […]

  • In Memoriam: Joseph (“Joe”) Reisman

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