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.
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.
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
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 adopts temporary rules addressing COVID-19 in all workplaces
- Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Advising Memo (6.27d) Business/Employer Enforcement of the Oregon Health Authority “Statewide, Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance”
- Workplace guidance and resources for COVID-19
Oregon Employment Department
- Frequently Asked Questions by Employers regarding Restarting Operations, Work Share and Business Reopening
- Work Share Program and Work Share questions
- COVID-19 Resuming Business Operations Frequently Asked Questions
- COVID-19 Employer Relief
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.
- The CARES Act Works for All Americans – U.S. Department of the Treasury
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 State Courts
Below are links to current statewide judicial orders and information:
- 11/18/2020 – Chief Justice Order 20-047 Restricting In-Person Court Operations During Statewide “Freeze”
- 10/28/2020 – Chief Justice Order 20-045 Regarding the Use of Protective Face Coverings in the Oregon State Courts
- 5/22/2020 – Order Directing Certain Closures of Courts and Offices of the Oregon Judicial Department to Address Reductions in Funding
- 5/15/2020 – Chief Justice Order 20-016 Imposing Level 2 and Level 3 Restrictions on Court Operations and Informal Summary of Chief Justice Order 20-016
Multnomah County Circuit Court
- 11/18/2020 – Multnomah County Circuit Court COVID-19 Update
- 11/6/2020 – Jury Trial Policy During Pandemic
- 8/7/2020 – Presiding Judge Order re Criminal and Civil Proceedings under Level 2 restrictions
- 6/15/2020 – Presiding Judge Order Re Civil Proceedings Under Level 2 Restrictions
- 6/2/2020 – Presiding Judge Order Re Protective Face Coverings In Court Facilities
- 4/10/2020 – Order Re: Civil Trials Proceedings During COVID-19 Pandemic
Lane County Circuit Court
- The Operations Plan has been updated as of December 1, 2020.
- Presiding Judge Order 2020-05, beginning June 22, 2020 and continuing until further ordered, requires any person entering the courthouse to wear a face covering.
- 5/26/2020 – Presiding Judge issues PJO 20-04 for operation of Lane County Circuit Court under Chief Justice Order 20-016.
- Presiding Judge Order No. 2020-03
Marion County Circuit Court
- 11/18/2020 – Beginning November 19, 2020, and continuing until further order, the Marion County Circuit Court will further limit court operations to comply with CJO 20-047 and the Governor’s Statewide “Freeze.” See PJO 20-18 for details.
Oregon Court of Appeals
- 10/29/2020 – Chief Judge issues third 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 April 2021 and the use of face coverings in court facilities.
- 9/29/2020 – Order approving processes required under Appellate Courts’ protocol for COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
- 7/9/2020 – 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.
- 3/30/2020 – Chief Judge issues order, explaining changes to Court of Appeals procedures due to COVID-19.
Oregon Supreme Court
- 9/29/2020 – Order approving processes required under Appellate Courts’ protocol for COVID-19 exposure or symptoms
- 7/27/2020 – Summary of planned oral argument practices in the Supreme Court during the COVID-19 emergency.
- 3/31/2020 – Chief Justice issues order regarding changes to Supreme Court procedures for COVID-19. The Court also has issued a notice containing information about Supreme Court operations generally, about oral arguments, and about 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
- 4/16/2020 – Order: Judicial Emergency, California Eastern
- 4/10/2020 – Order: Judicial Emergency, California Central
- 4/2/2020 – Order: Judicial Emergency, California Southern
- 3/24/2020 – Policy re: Electronic Conduct of Court Proceedings
- 3/17/2020 – COVID-19 Notice
- 3/16/2020 – Order: Building Closure
- 3/12/2020 – Notice 1
U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
- 6/29/2020 – Order 2020-12: Court Operations in Response to COVID-19 (Amended)
- 5/21/2020 – Order 2020-12: Court Operations
- 4/7/2020 – Order 2020-9: Court Operations
- 3/31/2020 – Order 2020-8: Pro Se Filing
- 3/30/2020 – Order 2020-7: CARES Act
- 3/18/2020 – Information Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Court Operations
- 3/17/2020 – Order 2020-5: Court Operations
- 3/13/2020 – Press Release
- 3/13/2020 – Order 2020-4: Court Operations
Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Orders, News and Resources:
Oregon Health Authority:
- Statewide Mask, Face Shield, Face Covering Guidance
- COVID-19 Updates
- Guidance and Signage
- Safe+Strong – contains everyday tips and resources that you can use as we continue to navigate how address COVID-19 in our communities