New CDC Guidance Shortens Suggested Self-Isolation Time

On July 20, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance on how long individuals that test positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate at home. Recent studies show that individuals with mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 are no longer infectious 10 days after symptoms begin. The CDC’s updated guidance recommends: (1) […]

Executive Order No. 147

On June 24, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 147, which extends North Carolina’s Safer At Home Phase 2 (Executive Order No. 141) and requires people to wear face coverings while out in public. This Executive Order is effective June 26, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. through July 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Face […]

Supreme Court Rules Title VII Protects LGBTQ Employees From Discrimination

On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 vote, ruled that Title VII protects employees from discrimination based on their gender identity and sexual orientation.   Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) prohibits employers from discriminating against employees “because of… sex.” The Supreme Court addressed the question of […]

Proposed Legislation That Could Negatively Impact Your Business

The North Carolina General Assembly has introduced two separate bills in the House (HB 1056 and HB 1057) in an effort to address COVID-19 claims under workers’ compensation. Currently, a COVID-19 case would be treated as an occupational disease, and thus a claimant would have to prove that he contracted the virus from work and […]

OSHA Revised COVID-19 Reporting Guidance – New Rules Effective May 26, 2020

On May 19, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provided updated interim guidance detailing when employers must record COVID-19 illnesses. This new guidance applies to employers with 10 or more employees. It goes into effect May 26, 2020, until further notice, and supersedes guidance issued April 10, 2020. The new guidance clarifies that […]

Summer Law Clerk: Itané Coleman

Gardner Skelton is proud to participate in the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship (CLDC) program for the second year. Established in 2006, the CLDC program operates with one basic goal: to improve diversity in the Mecklenburg County Bar by attracting top first-year law students with diverse backgrounds to Charlotte through corporate and law firm summer internships. We are […]

Gardner Skelton PLLC Wins Small Firm Division of Legal Feeding Frenzy

Employer Liability for COVID-19

Does a business have potential liability if someone contracts coronavirus (COVID-19) on business premises? Maybe, but, in most cases, it’s unlikely.  In North Carolina, there are three primary sources of potential liability for injury to employees: (1) the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the “OSH Act”); (2) the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act; […]

New Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Workers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published interim guidance for implementing safety practices for critical infrastructure workers who may have had exposure to a person with COVID-19.  According to the CDC, in order to ensure continuity of operations, critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue working following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they […]

SBA Reopens PPP Loan Applications Monday, April 27

On Friday, April 24, 2020, the U.S. House passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, a $484 billion bill that will replenish the Paycheck Protection Program. This supplemental relief package includes:  $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)  $60 billion for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program  $75 billion for health care […]