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Governor Abbott Announces Plans for Restarting Texas Economy
by Tim Ross  Yesterday afternoon, President Trump unveiled his three-phase plan for reopening businesses in America.  Before it can be initiated, his plan requires:
  • a sustained downward trajectory of new positive coronavirus cases over a 14-day period,
  • a downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses reported within a 14-day period,
  • a return to pre-crisis conditions at hospitals, and
  • the availability of safe and efficient screening and testing sites and personal protective equipment
 The President’s address provided an outline for the phased recovery. However, President Trump made it clear that the initiation of his plan will be made on a state-by-state basis with each state being left to decide for themselves when the time is right. 
 
Today, Governor Abbott signed multiple Executive Orders initiating the first phase of the President’s plan in Texas. Schools will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year and large gatherings are still prohibited. The first steps back to normalcy will include:
  • A “Strike Force” established to advise the Governor on reopening businesses in the state;
  • Reopening of state parks beginning April 20, 2020;
  • Allowing health care professionals and facilities to perform surgeries and procedures as long as they do not deplete COVID-19 related hospital capacity or necessary personal protective equipment starting April 22, 2020;
  • Allowing stores not considered essential businesses to operate “retail to go” delivery or pick-up beginning April 24, 2020; and
  • Allowing teachers the ability to go into the classrooms individually for video instruction or to perform administrative duties.
 This is truly an unprecedented time that seems to change every day.  Like all of you, our firm has had to pivot to address the daily changes and challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Over the last 40 days, we have been assisting clients with the many changes and new issues that seem to pop up daily. We’ve worked with changing workforce and paid leave issues, counseling through the Payment Protection Plan “loan” application process, addressing business interruption claims and assisting with increasing non-payment conflicts. Our employment group is tackling labor shortage and non-performance issues and advising clients regarding new and increased safety concerns. We have been discussing restructuring and bankruptcy options, analyzing delay and impact claims, while also evaluating force majeure claims. We’ve also been evaluating and reporting on the orders issued by all levels of government. 

Fortunately, however, the changes over the last 24 hours have started shaping a path to a phased recovery of business and life as we know it in Texas.
 
For complete copies of the Executive Orders, we’ve provided links below: While these Executive Orders only reopen a small portion of Texas for business, they are a start. Andrews Myers is watching for more details and will update you with more information as we receive it. 
Litigation
Coping with COVID-19 as you WFH, from an eDiscovery Perspective
by Patrick Kennedy  In this work from home (WFH) era that we've all been thrust into, there can be a blurring of lines between personal and work-related tasks. This can present some unique challenges as it relates to eDiscovery and the collection of electronically stored information. While some of the implications may not be apparent right away in this new workplace frontier, there are a few important steps you can take to mitigate against problems down the road.
 
Secure Your Network
To begin with, be sure that your connection to your company's network is secure (e.g., Remote Desktop, Citrix, or VPN) so that all transmissions between you and your clients are secure. The extra step of logging into a corporate remote environment is essential to maintain integrity of communications. To that end, you may be using your work laptop or temporarily moved your work desktop home. Make certain that all client and work-related communication is handled from your work email account, and not a personal email account. It's easy to miss the distinction between a work and personal email account when you're in a home office or sitting at your kitchen table while working.  Further, some firms and companies allow you to access work email from a personal phone.  This can be risky, as once again it may not be apparent which account you're sending from as you sit on the couch reading email, so take the extra second to confirm the correct account before you hit the send button. .... Read More

 
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About Andrews Myers
Celebrating 30 Years in 2020
Founded in 1990, with offices in Houston and Austin, Andrews Myers, Attorneys at Law, is a corporate law firm and recognized market leader in Texas construction law.  The firm focuses on the concentrated disciplines of commercial litigation, construction, commercial real estate, corporate and business transactions, with additional emphasis on related issues including bankruptcy and insolvency, energy, employment and capital formation. A seasoned team of attorneys provides timely and cost-effective solutions to the most complex problems facing entrepreneurs and middle-market industry leaders throughout the state and the nation. For more information please visit www.andrewsmyers.com.
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