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COVID-19

Developments related to the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, are evolving rapidly. We know that clients are facing issues with respect to the health and well-being of their employees in addition to operating their business. Bracewell has assembled a dedicated, multidisciplinary task force that draws on the firm's deep experience across all practice areas and industries to provide practical, strategic advice to clients facing even more difficult decisions as this global crisis unfolds.

Our cross-disciplinary team is actively helping numerous clients navigate the many and evolving issues they are facing. Below please find several pertinent resources that you may find useful.

 

COVID-19 Legislative Update

Access Policy Resolution Group COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Industry Developments

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Analysis | The Energy 202: Struggling U.S. oil companies hope for more economic help in next coronavirus stimulus package

The struggling U.S. oil industry got no special bailout in the huge coronavirus stimulus package signed by President Trump on Friday . But the political fight over money to help the oil sector is far from over.

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How the Coronavirus Paid Leave Rules Apply to You

With new rules expanding paid sick and family leave going into effect April 1, small businesses are scrambling to figure out which parts of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act apply to them and how to comply. Here are answers to many of the questions people are asking.

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COVID-19: EPA Enforcement Discretion Policy | Energy Legal Blog®

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a policy memorandum on the exercise of enforcement discretion due to the evolving impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Susan Parker Bodine, Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) posted the memorandum on EPA's website for all governmental and private-sector partners.

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Families First Act Creates New Employer Obligations

The recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) creates new obligations for employers in an attempt to relieve economic pain felt by their employees arising from the ongoing epidemic—but it also offers tax credits to defray the cost.

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Sen. Burr asks Senate Ethics Committee for review of his stock sales amid uproar over possible influence of coronavirus briefings

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) sought an ethics review Friday of his recent sale of more than $1.7 million in stocks as he and other lawmakers faced a bipartisan uproar over whether they had used information gleaned from private congressional briefings to guide transactions before the market plummeted because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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COVID-19 and "Electronic" Execution of English Law Documents | Energy Legal Blog

In light of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, many organisations are implementing remote working policies and limiting access to offices in order to effect social distancing measures. Notwithstanding the changes to usual working practices, organisations continue to enter into binding contractual arrangements with their commercial counterparties.

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'An immediate and dramatic business concern:' How COVID-19 is disrupting the energy sector

The economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic could cause widespread disruptions in the energy sector, tightening demand, jeopardizing supply chains, diverting regulatory attention and negating previous growth forecasts for solar and storage deployment, according to financial analysts and industry experts.

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Tips for Trading Compliance During a Pandemic | Energy Legal Blog®

As many workplaces shutter and transition to telecommuting in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are reminded that change always brings with it compliance risk. Even if your company has an emergency plan in place, assessing its effectiveness early and making adjustments as needed can avoid lapses in compliance.