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Navigating the Uncertainties of Coronavirus/COVID-19

March 18, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis evolves, new situations arise by the minute which require informed decision making – especially by business owners. Our goal at Smith Haughey is to help you navigate the uncertainties and assist you as much as possible with the challenges that you may face in the days to come. 

We’ve been answering many client questions over the past week. The high-level summaries below cover the types of issues our clients are facing. We can help you too. As always, please reach out to one of our attorneys should you need further assistance. We are happy to review with you your unique needs.

Employment Law
Employers are facing a myriad of issues related to COVID-19. They must stay abreast of CDC and other guidance, enact appropriate social distancing policies, provide a safe workplace for employees, address leave and paid time off issues, comply with existing laws regarding leaves, discrimination, and privacy, and also comply with new legislation that will provide enhanced benefits to employees. At the same time employers are facing daunting challenges regarding cash flow and how to keep their businesses running. These are complicated and evolving issues. Smith Haughey’s employment law attorneys are monitoring the situation in this fluid environment and are available to help your organization navigate these waters.

Liability Policies
The firm’s litigation practice group has the expertise to analyze your general commercial liability policy to determine what coverage may be available to you in the event a guest claims to have contracted COVID-19 or another illness while on your premises, or if you sustain business interruption or other damage resulting from the virus. We can help you determine if you have insurance coverage for these and other losses. Please visit our website to learn more or contact one of our commercial litigation attorneys.

Workers’ Compensation
Coronavirus/COVID-19 presents unique challenges to businesses with respect to workers’ compensation. From claimed exposure to the virus in the workplace to injuries sustained by employees working remotely, Smith Haughey’s workers’ compensation attorneys are prepared to help you navigate these issues as they arise.


Information is changing rapidly. Many of our employees will be working remotely in the coming weeks but we have the technology to make that happen so that we can continue to serve our clients. If you are already working with a Smith Haughey attorney, you can contact them as you always do. If you are not yet a client but need legal help, please call or email. Our website contains the biographies of all our attorneys and our contact information.