Serving Clients During the Coronavirus Pandemic + COVID-19 RESOURCES

A Letter to Our Clients:

Like many of our clients, Harrang Long has had to take action in response to COVID-19. To protect the health of our employees and to contribute to our community’s effort to slow the spread of the virus, our attorneys and staff are working from home. We were ready for this. All of our professionals have remote access to the resources they need to serve our clients. We are not holding in-person meetings unless necessary, but you can reach us in all the other ways you could before. We can file and serve court papers from our home offices. In short, we remain hard at work on our clients’ matters and stand ready to help on new ones.

Since this pandemic began, we have worked with many of our clients to address the numerous ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their operations. We have developed considerable know-how in the process. If you need advice – particularly on matters relating to your employees – please call Randy Geller at (541) 485-0220.

We wish you good health in the weeks ahead.

Bob Steringer
Firm President

HLGR is a member of a global network of more than 120 law firms that provide local, regional, and global companies with sophisticated corporate, international/cross-border, litigation, and multi-jurisdictional regulatory advice and assistance in all 50 states and around the world. We bring the resources and expertise of this broader network to our clients, including expanded resources on the impact of COVID-19.COVID-19-specific webpages and portals for more than 45 global member firms are now linked to SCG’s COVID-19 Global Resource Center and client alerts can be found COVID-19 Member Alerts page.

Practice Contact: Randy Geller

We can provide guidance to employers on state and federal regulations that are constantly evolving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BOLI

Below are temporary rules that have been filed by BOLI in response to the pandemic:

  • OAR 839-009-0230 – OFLA: Purposes for Taking Leave (Allows for utilization of OFLA during statewide public health emergency)
  • OAR 839-011-0179 – Processing for Apprenticeship Program Minutes
  • OAR 839-001-0126 – Emergency exemption to Maximum Working Hours in Certain Manufacturing Establishments

EEOC

What you should know about COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Oregon OSHA

Oregon Employment Department

Other Answers & Resources for Employers

Practice Contact: Randy Geller

We can help employers navigate the various benefits and resources that are available to them under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Numerous relief options are available, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). We can assist clients in identifying the benefits for which they are eligible and guide them through the process to receive the funds they need—as quickly as possible.

Practice Contact: Bob Steringer

We advise local governments on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on labor and employment matters, as well as their rights and responsibilities under laws governing public contracting, public records, public meetings, budgeting, and other operational areas.

  • Executive Order 20-16 – Keep Government Working: Ordering Necessary Measures to Ensure Safe Public Meetings and Continued Operations by Local Governments During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

Practice Contact: Randy Geller

From school districts supporting primary K-12 schools to colleges and universities, COVID-19 has impacted the education sector at every level. We advise school districts on the impact of the virus on students, employees, wage and working condition issues, school closures, distance learning, and the equitable distribution of student services. At the higher-ed level, we are working with colleges and universities to plan for the uncertainty surrounding potential tuition and budget shortfalls.

Practice Contact: Jim Mountain

The pandemic has created new strains on health care and other professionals, along with increased regulatory scrutiny. We advise professionals on their rights and responsibilities, and defend them before state licensing boards.

Health Licensing Office

The Health Licensing Office has filed a temporary administrative rule that clarifies the agency’s expectations around the COVID-19 crisis and the Governor of Oregon’s state of emergency declaration. This rule took effect May 15, 2020.

Practice Contact: Bob Steringer

Most civil trial and appellate court proceedings in Oregon that had been scheduled to occur before June 1, 2020, have been postponed until after that date. Other pre-trial activities, such as depositions, document production, and mediations, are going forward in ways that maintain social distancing guidelines (often at slower speeds). We are fully equipped to work remotely with clients and with courts to move litigation toward resolution.

Oregon Circuit Courts

Below are links to current statewide judicial orders and information:

Multnomah County Circuit Court

Lane County Circuit Court

Marion County Circuit Court

Oregon Court of Appeals

  • 7/9/20 – Chief Judge issues second amended order that explains changes to Court of Appeals procedures due to COVID-19, including the use of video conferencing technology to conduct oral arguments at least through December 2020 and the use of face coverings in court facilities.
  • 4/27/2020 – Chief Judge issues amended order that explains changes to Court of Appeals procedures due to COVID-19, including the use of video conferencing technology to conduct oral arguments.
  • 3/30/20 – Chief Judge issues order, explaining changes to Court of Appeals procedures due to COVID-19.

Oregon Supreme Court

Here is the Chief Judge’s order regarding changes to Supreme Court procedures for COVID-19 and a notice containing information about Supreme Court operations, oral arguments and the filing and granting of motions to extend time.

United States Courts

Below are links to court orders and updates during the COVID-19 pandemic:

U.S. Court of Appeals – Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Orders, News and Resources:

Oregon Health Authority: