COVID-19 resource center
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As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread globally, our main objectives now are to support you and your businesses, and to navigate this complicated and ever-changing environment together with you. Rely on these free resources, created by our legal and tax experts, to assist you as you prepare and respond to issues.
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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 - Overview
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 was signed into law on March 18, 2020. This nano course discusses family and medical leave, sick leave, tax credits to employers and self-employed taxpayers providing the leave, and the effect on employer-sponsored health plans. This course provides a general review of new developments in taxation.
Free West LegalEdCenter COVID-19 courses
Thomson Reuters and West LegalEdcenter are offering two COVID-19 related CLE programs at no cost. Once you’ve selected a program, use one of the two promotion codes during the purchase process to access the programs without expense. You can then repeat the process with a second program and the second code.
Promo codes: COVID19CLE1 and COVID19CLE2
The New Normal or Is It? What Working in the Office Could Look Like Going Forward
Listen to this on-demand panel discussion, with a variety of global leaders in Professional Services firms, who will share their perspective, considerations, and predictions about what return to work will be like for management and employees. This is the first of a three-part panel series focused on the considerations, changes and perspectives before, during and after returning to work in the office throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biggest compliance challenge of being remote in COVID-19: The “people problem” not the technology
Banks beware ID theft as US pumps funds into economy, says IRS financial crimes chief
As the U.S. government pumps hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy through payments to individuals, forgivable loans to businesses, and other steps to ease the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal law enforcement authorities are counting on banks to spot and report potential fraud, said the head of the Internal Revenue Service's financial crime investigation unit in an interview with Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence.
Healthcare Fraud During a Pandemic: Fast Facts for Financial Institutions
Doctor brought COVID-19 into Washington nursing home, suit says
A skilled-nursing facility in Washington state says a doctor from a local medical practice knowingly introduced the novel coronavirus to residents of the nursing home, leading to preventable infections and deaths among its vulnerable population.
Lockdown takes mental health toll on financial services workers
The COVID-19 lockdown has taken a toll on financial services workers' mental health. Many are working longer hours while struggling with anxiety about returning to work, job security fears and stress, said mental health professionals and advocates.
Mindfully Tackling the Challenge of the Coronavirus
In this period of uncertainty and heightened stress, this webinar aims at introducing you to the basic elements of mindfulness to better tackle and cope with this challenge. This webinar will provide you with practical tips to build resilience and stability with the changes we are facing professionally and personally.
How The Coronavirus Is Increasing Audit Risks in 2020
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and the global financial market response, auditors must be mindful of heightened audit risks this year. This course reviews some of the areas of concern that auditors should keep in mind when working with their clients.
Communicating COVID-19 Legislation - Filing and Payment Delay, HSA Payment, Payroll Tax Credit
This nano course assists tax professionals with informing clients of recent legislation and actions as Congress and the IRS provide relief to individuals and business facing the challenges of COVID-19.
Assessing Coronavirus Risk for Disclosures
This course identifies considerations that public companies should keep top-of-mind as they assess the current and potential impact of the coronavirus on their businesses and work to factor coronavirus risks into their reporting and disclosure practices
Instacart, biz group challenge Seattle law requiring hazard pay for gig workers
Grocery delivery service Instacart and a Washington food industry trade group filed a lawsuit on Tuesday claimingSeattle's new law requiring hazard pay for some gig workers during the coronavirus pandemic is unconstitutional and shouldbe struck down.
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Contact Trace: Expert Advice to Make Your Community Safe
Local governments are challenged with hiring additional staff, handling large caseloads, finding solutions to manage contact tracing work, and identifying accurate contact information for outreach. To aid prevention of another outbreak, governments and communities need to implement a contact tracing plan with a solution that is ready to deploy. Access this free, on-demand webcast to hear from experts’ insights on the key elements that should be considered when choosing a contact trace solution for your community or organization.
Free resources for legal customers
Practical Law toolkit
Global Coronavirus toolkit
A toolkit to guide counsel working across jurisdictions through Practical Law's global Coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemics and business interruption content. It provides resources for use in the UK, US, China, Australia, and Canada.
Special online event | April 3, 2020
Emerging Trends in the Legal Market: Discussion and Resources for Legal Professionals in Uncertain Times
Join us for a virtual event focused on key issues impacting the legal professional community globally related to COVID-19. Hear from industry experts about the shifts in the legal market, impacts on the practice and implications of recent legislation. In addition, hear first-hand how other legal organizations are using technology to work and collaborate remotely within their practice and with clients.
Findlaw.com COVID-19 resources
FindLaw's Covid-19 resource center contains updated information and
articles that law firms and legal professionals can use during the novel
coronavirus outbreak including information on working
remotely, managing clients, and the legal issues surrounding COVID-19.
Legal executive briefing 2020: The world viewed
As the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, Reuters and the Thomson Reuters Institute offer a twist on the panel discussions with Reuters journalists that are often the highlight of each of the major legal executive briefings held for leaders of the world’s largest law firms.
Free resources for tax and accounting customers
Thomson Reuters Backstage talks COVID-19
Each week, hear how the outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting the tax and accounting profession.
Update for June 26, 2020
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Guidance and answers Tax and Accounting professionals are looking for regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tax news update
EY Tax COVID-19 Response Tracker
Policy changes across the globe are being proposed and implemented on a daily basis. EY's Tax COVID-19 Stimulus Tracker provides a snapshot of the policy changes that have been announced in countries around the world in response to the ongoing crisis.
The Coronavirus pandemic: Executive pay cuts a sign of the times
The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has many companies reeling as they struggle to preserve cash in the face of volatility. A number of these companies are turning to executive pay cuts to soften the economic blow of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Understanding and Solving Your Clients’ Business Needs in a Challenging Time
Your clients that have businesses that are open and running will be seeing disruptions to their workforce, supply chain, and a host of other issues. In fact, your own business is probably facing the same issues. In order to serve your clients better, and perhaps yourself too, in this article is a list of business issues that the Small Business Administration has compiled. And some links to SBA programs that might offer solutions to those issues.
Small Business Loans – We Finally Have Some Answers
The good news is that there is 2 trillion dollars out there with a $349 billion ear marked for low interest rate emergency small business loans. Let’s get our share! After all we will all be paying back this stimulus package for the remainder of our natural lives.
HHS Guidance Addresses COVID-19 Coverage Under Existing Essential Health Benefits Rules
HHS has issued FAQ guidance on whether various COVID-19 items and services are covered as essential health benefits (EHB) under existing rules. As background, non-grandfathered insured health plans in the individual and small group markets (whether purchased in or outside of the Exchanges) are required to cover EHB in ten specified categories (including preventive and wellness services).
COVID-19 Legislation Affects Employer-Sponsored Health Plans, Addresses FMLA and Sick Leave
Congress has passed, and the President has signed, legislation intended to ease the economic consequences stemming from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak by expanding FMLA and sick leave available to employees and providing tax credits to employers providing the leave.
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Featured on-demand webinar
COVID-19: Disaster Fraud Schemes
In this on-demand webinar, we discuss disaster fraud, a type of financial crime that typically occurs after a catastrophe or event like COVID-19, current types of COVID-19 disaster fraud trends including charitable solicitations, contractor and vendor fraud, price gouging, counterfeit and fraudulent products, phishing schemes, financial elder abuse and more; and ways for financial institutions, government agencies, and consumers to prevent and mitigate disaster fraud.
Experts Talk Ep. 4: Operational & Conduct Risk During a Global Pandemic
Susannah Hammond, joined by Senior Regulatory Intelligence Expert Mike Cowan, for this engaging discussion covering what operational and conduct risks are occurring during the global pandemic and how to manage them.
Experts Talk Ep. 3: Business continuity: Working from home and other COVID-19 canaries
Susannah Hammond, joined by Chief UK/European Correspondent (Financial Regulatory Compliance) Rachel Wolcott, discusses what the FCA/PRA expect from firms, setbacks related to analogue compliance functions, single point of failure, and senior manager responsibilities.
Experts Talk Ep. 2: The UK's Regulatory Responses During the Global Pandemic
The Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority together with the Financial Reporting Council and the Information Commissioner’s Office have joined the panoply of regulators around the world in acting to try to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on financial services firms and their customers.
Economic Relief, Fincrime Risk – Exploring the Paycheck Protection Program and Other Emergency Aid
In this CrimeCast, Amanda DuPont (Public Records Product Expert with Thomson Reuters) is our guide to the tumultuous world of US pandemic emergency aid programs. Her role gives her an insider’s view into how financial institutions are managing programs like the PPP, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, Main Street Lending and more.
Your Questions Answered: Experts Talk Episode One – Business Continuity Planning
Over the course of 30 minutes a lot of ground was covered in the first episode of the Experts Talk including taking audience questions. Unfortunately, not every question was answered and so the following questions have been published for your leisurely post-event reading.
Webinar replay: What Does 'Good' Or 'Better' Practice Look Like During The COVID-19 Pandemic?
As the novel coronavirus outbreak disrupts business and sows uncertainty, senior managers, compliance, risk, and operations professionals are asking, "What does 'good' or 'better' practice look like during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis?"
Coronavirus Care Costs In U.S. May Cross $500 Billion By 2021: Health Insurer Study
Covering healthcare related to COVID-19 could cost insurers in the United States anywhere between $56 billion to $556 billion through the next year, a study commissioned by a health insurance group showed on Wednesday.
COVID-19: Disaster Fraud Schemes
The warnings from law enforcement agencies are clear: financial fraudsters see the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity. These bad actors are hoping to capitalize on fears to manipulate unsuspecting victims into parting with their money. Investment scams, miracle cures, and fraudulent crowdfunding platforms have become widespread, and consumers should be on the lookout.
Mitigating Fraud and Protecting Clients in the Age of COVID-19
Join our Regulatory Intelligence Experts as they discuss the potential frauds that businesses cannot lose sight of, even while their attention is pulled to other areas, and how to best go about maintaining high standards in the eyes of one’s clients and regulators.
FCA Clarifies Senior Manager Obligations, Includes For Compliance Officers And MLROs
Senior managers performing required functions such as compliance oversight and the money laundering reporting officer (MLRO) should only be furloughed as a last resort, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said in a statement. The regulator was setting out its expectations of solo-regulated firms for the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) and COVID-19.
Employee Behavioral Risks Rise As COVID-19 Lockdown Fuels Performance Pressure
Increased pressure to perform under stressful conditions and psychological distance that many employees are facing during the COVID-19 crisis make it imperative for managers to assess new risks likely to emerge when staff operate remotely, according to behavioral science experts.
Expert Analysis: Compliance Reminders On Working Remotely, A New Normal
As the global COVID-19 pandemic spreads, some financial services firms and regulators who have resisted the growing practice of telecommuting are allowing or requiring employees to work from home. The change in policy is welcomed by many.
Business Continuity Plans May Falter In Long-Lasting Crisis, Raising New Risks, Market Abuse Concerns
The business continuity plans (BCP) of financial services firms and market infrastructures were not designed for a long-lasting global pandemic and are likely to come under pressure as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.
Understanding the Need for Data Quality to Mitigate Financial Crime Risk
Learn about the importance of data quality and glance ahead at what the future holds in terms of innovative solutions. We will provide a baseline understanding of data quality that financial institutions can use to make informed decisions about how to move forward to reduce financial crime risk
COVID-19 UK Coverage
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for compliance professionals around the world, including those in the UK. This special report focuses on a selection of UK and constituent countries actions as well as news and analysis articles compiled by Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence editorial staff.
COVID-19 Canada Coverage
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for compliance professionals around the world, including those in Canada. This special report focuses on a selection of federal and provincial legislative and regulatory actions as well as news and analysis articles compiled by the Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence editorial staff.
HPTS COVID-19 Coverage
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for healthcare providers and health insurers. This special report includes a selection of federal and state actions as well as news and analysis articles. The selection includes Regulatory Intelligence and Reuters news coverage.
COVID-19 Seen Increasing Cyber Risks From Firms With Growing Phishing Threats, Remote Working
Legal experts are warning companies to beef up their cybersecurity defenses as COVID-19 presents new opportunities for fraudulent email, increased phishing and other risks related to the rise of employees working from home.
Business Continuity Plans May Falter In Long-Lasting Crisis, Raising New Risks, Market Abuse Concerns
The business continuity plans (BCP) of financial services firms and market infrastructures were not designed for a long-lasting global pandemic and are likely to come under pressure as the COVID-19 outbreak continues. Faltering BCPs may raise new risks for firms and senior managers, particularly when more traders may be working from home with less surveillance.
OPINION: What Good Or Better Practice Looks Like In The Continuing Pandemic Uncertainty
The continuing uncertainty regarding COVID-19 is having a profound impact on financial services firms, their employees and customers, and the wider world but it is clear firms must be prepared for all eventualities.
Beware business customers whose banking activity is unchanged during COVID-19 crisis – AML experts
As government mandates stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic keep many restaurants, bars and other businesses shuttered or doing limited to-go business, bank financial crimes compliance professionals would be wise to beware those whose transaction patterns remain unchanged, experts say.
What Financial Institutions Need to Know about the Market Crisis & Ponzi Schemes
Rising markets can mask Ponzi schemes — often, it is easy to raise funds, and few investors are asking for redemptions. When the stock market crashes and investors simultaneously try to cash out of a previously unknown fraudulent investments, the schemes quickly collapse due to the ensuing liquidity crisis.
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