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.


Guidance for Employers for Compliance with Families First Coronavirus Act

March 24, 2020

President Trump signed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (the “Act”) on March 18, 2020.  The Act becomes effective on April 2, 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 th

Note from Joel M. Birken to our clients regarding COVID-19

March 20, 2020

Rees Broome’s management has been diligently monitoring the accelerating developments surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and evaluating how we can best serve and protect our employees, clients and communities.  We are steadfast in our continued commitment to the health and safety of our employees, clients, friends and families.  As such, I wanted to share with you an update on


COVID-19 Guidance to Employers

March 18, 2020

The President of the United States has declared a national emergency; schools are closed; national sports leagues and concerts and other live entertainment has been canceled; the size of gatherings restricted; bars and restaurants are closed, however some organizations and businesses must continue to operate and teleworking for employees may not be an option.  Various labor and employment laws regulate what an employer can do, including, but not limited to, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLS

Maryland Client Alert – Closure of Gyms As a Result of COVID-19

March 18, 2020

On March 16, 2020, Governor Hogan ordered the closure of all restaurants, bars, theatres and gyms, effective immediately.  He emphasized that such action was taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and to save lives.  Although the order from the governor did not specifically reference gyms within condominiums and homeowners associations, we are taking the position at Rees Broome that the order extends to all gyms, including gyms within community associations, as the goal of the order is to reduce transmission of the virus.  In addition, as President Trump recently advised against

Maryland Board Member Training - Community Governance Fundamentals

On January 1, 2016, Montgomery County Bill 45-4 went into effect requiring all members of the board of directors of common interest communities in Montgomery County (except those located within the City of Gaithersburg) to complete a board member training course designed by the Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities ("CCOC") within 90 days of being elected.

Fair Housing for Common Interest Community Managers

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 – 12 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Rees Broome, PC
1900 Gallows Road, Suite 700
Tysons Corner, VA 22182

Due to space constraints, this program is limited to 20 participants. Lunch will be provided.

This course is being provided to managers who need the program to fulfill Virginia certification requirements.  As such, preference will be given to those attendees.