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Nelson Mullins COVID-19 Resources

Nelson Mullins is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and various federal, state, and local government authorities. The firm is taking appropriate precautionary actions and has implemented plans to ensure the continuation of all firm services to clients from both in office and remote work arrangements across our 25 offices. 

In addition, click the link below to access extensive resources to address a wide variety of topics resulting from the virus, in general and by industry,  including topics such as essential businesses, force majeure, business interruption insurance, CARES Act and FFCRA, and others. 

Nelson Mullins COVID-19 Resources

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April 2020

COVID-19 Resources for K-12 Schools, Colleges & Universities

Nelson Mullins’s School & College Law Practice understands the unique nature of educational institutions and the complex issues that COVID-19 has brought upon schools, colleges and universities. Our education team is actively monitoring developments at the federal, state, and local level in order to provide up-to-date guidance to educational institutions responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The following are some helpful resources. Please reach out to us if our team can assist your organization. 

Assessments & Accountability Health & Safety
Contracts & Operations Higher Ed
Employment  Privacy (HIPAA & FERPA)
Georgia - Shelter in Place School Nutrition
Funding - Spending Flexibility & Stimulus Relief  Students with Disabilities


Compensation, Paid & Protected Leave

Dismissals & Unemployment

  • The US DOL continues to publish guidance documents relating to the administration of federal and state unemployment compensation programs in response to COVID-19. All Unemployment Insurance Program Letters (UIPLs) may be accessed here. (updated May 14).
  • The US DOL announced the publication of Unemployment Insurance Program Letter (UIPL) 16-20 providing guidance to states for implementation of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. (April 5, 2020)
  • The US DOL issued UIPL 15-20 providing guidance to states for implementation of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. (April 4) 
  • The US DOL issued UIPL 14-20 providing guidance to states re key Unemployment Insurance Provisions under the CARES Act. (April 2)
  • The US DOL issued UIPL 13-20 providing guidance to states on key Unemployment Insurance Provisions under the FFCRA’s Unemployment Insurance Stabilization and Access Act of 2020 (March 22) 
  • The US DOL issued UIPL 10-20 providing guidance to states on Unemployment Compensation for Individuals Affected by COVID-19 (March 12)


  • The GA DOL provides Status Update on implementation of CARES Act unemployment benefits as well as changes to state unemployment benefits in response to COVID-19. 

Health & Retirement Plans

Tax Credits for Certain Private Employers

  • The Treasury Department and IRS provided more guidance to employers about federal reimbursements for paying employees for sick and family leave during the coronavirus emergency. The IRS posted an explanation of the refundable tax credits available to small and mid-sized businesses that are required to provide the leave under a coronavirus-response package signed into law last month. (April 1)
  • Employer Tax Credits Available Under The Families First Act (March 23)

Other COVID-19 Employment Guidance

  • The US DOE issues UPDATED Guidance clarifying that IHEs can comply with the Clery Act’s warning requirements regarding COVID-19 by sending a single notification to students and staff through the regular means of communicating emergency notifications or by creating a banner with the same information at the top of the institution’s website homepage. (April 3)
  • The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced, effective immediately, that it will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for violations of certain provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule against health care providers or their business associates for the good faith uses and disclosures of protected health information (PHI) by business associates for public health and health oversight activities during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.
  • The US DOE Student Privacy Policy Office released copies of its webinar recording and webinar slide deck on FERPA and Virtual Learning during COVID-19
  • The US DOE Student Privacy Policy Office released FAQs on FERPA & COVID-19
  • The US DOE Student Privacy Policy Office released FERPA and Virtual Learning Related Resources

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