“You don’t want to be complacent. You always want to be ahead of the curve.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, M.D., Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to wreak havoc on markets and industries in the U.S. and around the world, businesses are now confronting significant and unique challenges. Successful navigation of these challenges will require thoughtful and comprehensive planning. Foley has created a multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional team, which has prepared a wealth of topical client resources (see Foley’s Coronavirus Resource Center) and is prepared to help our clients meet the legal and business challenges that the coronavirus outbreak is creating for stakeholders across a range of industries, including automotive, manufacturing, technology, solar, hospitality and travel, healthcare, food, fashion and apparel, and sports & entertainment. Chief among those challenges is the prospect of new legal requirements for employers during this challenging time.
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to develop, now is the time for business with significant numbers of foreign national employees to consider response actions to help mitigate their risk and prepare for how they will deal with the fallout from the coronavirus. An effective plan should include establishing a crisis response plan to identify, assess, and manage the risk presented from an immigration perspective. Companies and educational institutions should take the following steps to mitigate risk and preempt the impact of the coronavirus on their workforce, students, and foreign travel plans:
Please be mindful that the above list of affected airports may be modified according to current needs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes the airport and screening protocol as follows:
For more information about these recommended steps, please contact your Foley relationship partner. For additional web-based resources available to assist you in monitoring the spread of the coronavirus on a global basis, you may wish to visit the CDC and the World Health Organization.
We will continue to keep you apprised of relevant developments. Click here for Foley’s Coronavirus Resource Center for insights and resources to support your business during this challenging time.