March 25, 2020

On March 24, 2020, the DC Government published Mayor Bowser’s Order 2020-53, which directs certain types of businesses to close and directs other types of businesses to telework except for certain essential functions, which must occur on site.  The Condominium and its staff are not included within the closure or telework order.  The Condominium is defined as an Essential Business under Section IV(k) of the Order since It falls within the definition of a “Housing and Living Provider”.  This permits the staff t

Guidance for Employers for Compliance with Families First Coronavirus Act

March 25, 2020
President Trump signed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (the “Act”) on March 18, 2020. The Act becomes effective on April 1, 2020 and expires on December 31, 2020. This comprehensive legislation requires employers with less than 500 employees to provide employees with paid Family Medical Leave Act Leave for qualifying needs related to a public health emergency and paid sick leave for certain leave necessitated due to a public health emergency (COVID-19). The Act also provides for tax credits to employers that are required to provide additional paid leave under the Act. Finally, the Act provides for expanded unemployment insurance benefits.


March 25, 2020
The United States Department of Labor has just published its first guidance for employers and employees on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Our guidance issued on March 23, 2020 will be updated in accordance with the DOL Guidance. The model notice has not yet been issued. However, the DOL Guidance clarifies that the paid leave portion of the Act does not stack for childcare leave – it runs concurrently. In a situation where an employee cannot work due to the unavailability of school or childcare due to COVID-19, all employees (of covered employers) are entitled to two weeks of paid leave (at the employee’s regular rate of pay) for this purpose. After the expiration of these two weeks (or 10 days), any employee who has worked for 30 days for the employer and is unable to work, is entitled to receive an additional 10 weeks of paid leave (2/3rds pay subject to caps/limitations) to take care of a son or daughter.

Executive Order 20-03-23-01 and Your Community

March 24, 2020

On March 23, 2020, Governor Hogan issued Executive Order 20-03-23-01 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and there are several provisions of the Order that impact community associations. The purpose of the alert is to provide guidance to our Maryland community association clients regarding the impact of these provisions. Fortunately, we do not believe that the Order will substantially impede the ability of Maryland community associations to operate.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Executive Order Fifty-three

March 24, 2020

When does this order go into effect? What areas of the state are covered?
The order is in effect from Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 11:59 PM until Thursday, April 23 at 11:59 PM. It applies to the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.

Will this order be changed?
Governor Northam, in consultation with State Health Commissioner Oliver, may adjust this order or issue new orders as needed, given the quickly-changing public health situation.