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By Michael K. Erickson Read more about Salt Lake County’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order here. On March 27, 2020, Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued a Directive to the State of Utah to “Stay Safe, Stay Home.” In the Directive, Governor Herbert stresses that it is “not to be confused with a shelter-in-place order,” but... Read more »

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By Michael K. Erickson On Sunday, March 29, 2020, Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson ordered county residents to “Stay Safe, Stay Home,” except to engage in essential activities and work to provide essential business, infrastructure, or governmental services. This Advisory highlights the specific requirements for Salt Lake County businesses and nonprofit organizations, which became... Read more »

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By Bruce L. Olson UPDATE 3/27/2020 Extension of Federal and State Deadlines:  The IRS recently published an updated Questions and Answers page related to the new deadline extensions for paying federal income taxes and filing federal income tax returns.  These FAQ’s provide helpful information and details and can be found here.    The Utah State... Read more »

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By Michael K. EricksonUpdated: 3/24/2020 Since last Thursday, March 19th, at least twenty-two (22) states have required the cessation of in-person operations for non-essential businesses either as part of a Stay-At-Home order or other public health directive. Currently, these states are: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey,... Read more »

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By Jascha K. Clark03/19/2020 On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Act”).1 The Act provides for free coronavirus testing, enhances Unemployment Insurance, strengthens food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding to states. Further, and of particular interest to employers, the Act (1) mandates that covered employers... Read more »

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By Liesel B. Stevens3/17/2020 The COVID-19 virus has created challenges for all employers.  Managers and supervisors face employee questions and concerns on a daily basis.  It is important that employers train their managers how to appropriately respond so that virus-related communications to employees are consistent and lawful.  Generally, managers and supervisors should not make individual... Read more »

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3/13/2020 Forty-two RQN attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion on Utah Business Magazine’s 2020 list of “Utah Legal Elite”. Banking/FinanceKevin G. GladeMichael D. Mayfield Bankruptcy/WorkoutMichael R. JohnsonDavid H. LeighJames A. SorensonBrent D. Wride Civil LitigationJohn A. AdamsMatthew M. CannonMatthew N. EvansJames S. JardineKristine M. LarsenJohn W. MackayElaina M. Maragakis Mark W. PugsleyGregory... Read more »
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Last week, RQN trial lawyers Matt Evans and Whitney Hulet Krogue, supported by litigation paralegal Susan Seder, prevailed after a complex five-day jury trial that resulted in the jury awarding compensatory and punitive damages to their client in an amount in excess of $800,000.  RQN represented the Plaintiff, a commercial landlord, seeking damages against an... Read more »

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By Jascha K. Clark On February 28, 2020, Governor Gary Herbert signed into law a bill that contained dozens of amendments to the Utah Medical Cannabis Act (the “Act”), including a clarification specifically relevant to private employers. As noted in a prior piece, the Act only prohibits discrimination with regard to public employment. Utah Code Ann.... Read more »

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3/3/2020 Shareholders James S. Jardine and Paul C. Burke participated in a panel discussion on February 27, 2020 at the Bennion Center Service House at the University of Utah.  Mr. Jardine and Mr. Burke joined Utah State Senator Luz Escamilla and LDS Bishop Matthew Moore in a discussion of the role of religion in Utah’s... Read more »