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Reduced Hours, Reduced Wages,and Layoffs during the COVID-19 Crisis

April 9, 2020

These general rules should be followed when considering a reduction in hours, a reduction in wages, or termination in North Carolina. If there is an employment agreement in place, the provisions of the agreement will generally take precedence over these rules. Reducing Hours An employer is free to adjust the hours of its employees regardless…

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Which Businesses are “Essential” or “Critical” under the South Carolina Executive Orders?

April 8, 2020

Beginning last week on Wednesday, April 1st, in South Carolina non-essential businesses, venues, facilities, and services were ordered to be closed to non-employees and the public. In the latest Executive Orders issued on April 3 rd & 6th, South Carolina Governor McMaster has further defined which businesses must be closed. The latest “Home or Work…

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RFE Response Delay

March 30, 2020

New policy guidelines for RFE/NOID etc. response. If received after March 1, 2020, 60 days added on. USCIS Announces Flexibility for Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are…

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The State of North Carolina’s new “Stay at Home” Order Business Considerations in the times of CoVID-19

March 30, 2020

The Order is similar to many of the restrictions that are currently in place in Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte. As per the terms of the new statewide Order, in the event that the provisions of the County Stay at Home order are more restrictive than the statewide order, then those more restrictive…

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Update: Governor of the State of North Carolina

March 28, 2020

Today the Governor of the State of North Carolina announced that effective Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM all individuals in the State are subject to a new statewide Stay at Home Order. The Stay at Home Order will remain in effect for 30 days, or until April 29, 2020. Stay home, stay healthy…

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Thursday March 26 2020, Mecklenburg County is under a stay-at-home order.

March 26, 2020

As of 8am this Thursday morning, Mecklenburg County is under a stay-at-home order. If you are one of the essential business (see yesterday’s update for more info on that), you need to encourage your employees to actively practice social distancing while in the workplace. As we experience this Covid-19 pandemic, keeping social contact to a…

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COVID-19 “CARES Act” bipartisan stimulus package being finalized in Congress will help small businesses

March 26, 2020

In the early morning on March 25, 2020, the White House and Senate finally reached an agreement on a $2 trillion package to respond to the current economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though a deal has been struck on the key points of the Bill, many details are still being finalized. However, a…

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Mecklenburg County, North Carolina-Stay at Home order

March 25, 2020

Effective Thursday, March 26th at 8:00 am, non-essential businesses located in a must discontinue operations, with the exception of work that can be completed remotely at employees’ residences. The Stay at Home Order will remain in effect for twenty-one days, or until April 16th. Stay-at-Home Order Which businesses are exempt from this order? Which businesses…

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Social Distancing

March 24, 2020

We actively practice it. As of right now, everyone at BridgehouseLaw Charlotte is working from home. Each morning, we have a Zoom meeting, where we check on everyone’s health and wellbeing, we discuss the day ahead. Throughout the day, we are in contact with each other to ensure best quality of service to all our…

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REMINDER – Annual Reports must be filed!

March 20, 2020

In addition to our updates on new legislation and regulations coming out, we wanted to remind you that Annual Report filing requirements are still in effect for each of the states. The filing deadline for Georgia is April 1, 2020 and North Carolina is April 15, 2020. Delaware’s deadline for corporations was March 15, 2020…

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