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LAW ELEVATED — NLRA considerations during COVID-19 pandemic

As if employers and their HR personnel do not have enough to deal with, all must be mindful of the protections and prohibitions found under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when addressing the many employment-related issues brought on by the coronavirus. Whether you have a union or not, the NLRA can be implicated when making difficult employment decisions in order ...

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BRETT KITTREDGE — A path toward recovery in Mississippi

The spread of the coronavirus pandemic has uprooted many in this country, and all over the world. Kids are at home. The same place many of us are working. If you still have a job at all. Things are being done differently. We watch church online. We use Zoom video conferencing instead of face-to-face meetings. We pick up our groceries ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Thanks to all our heroes helping during this pandemic

As we Mississippians know well, crises bring out the best and worst of us. Heroes emerge to do all sorts of innovative and caring things. Villains emerge to take advantage of the suffering in myriad ways. We should be thankful for the heroes among us and celebrate them. Here is a small collection of stories about those making a positive ...

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BRIAN ESTES — What impact will COVID-19 have on commercial real estate.

As I’m writing this column, my family and I have quarantined ourselves in our home with limited trips to the store, office and to see extended family. Unfortunately, both of my parents are recovering from cancer so I have not been able to visit either one of them for fear that I might possibly bring the virus unknowingly to them.  ...

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Merit Health Medical Group now offering telehealth visits

Merit Health Medical Group has made it possible to see their doctors using a smartphone, tablet or computer. Telehealth or virtual visits allow you to talk with a provider just as you would in the doctor’s office, but without leaving the comfort of home. Appointments are available for new and existing patients. “Continuity of care is important to us, as ...

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TODD SMITH — Consumers have confidence brands can lead in Coronavirus response

Edelman’s trust barometer has previously identified a shift in consumer sentiment where more people are valuing the actions of brands over institutions like the media and government. That trend has jumped to center stage in a more significant way as countries around the world scramble to respond to a coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in a climbing human toll and upturned industries. ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Mortgage process illustrates solving pandemic economy not simple

It will be a sad and desperate time in a few months when millions of laid-off homeowners receive foreclosure notices. Add to that, the thousands of renters and commercial leaseholders who will face eviction. Is this a problem that can be solved now? And who will solve it? One idea is to simply call a timeout. Consider how a timeout ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Trump changes tune, but will his followers?

Personal freedom stands as the most liberal innovation of human civilization. How ironic that it stands as a key political manifesto of today’s conservative movement in America. Adopting the mantra that limited government empowers personal freedom, conservative groups for the past two decades have been promoting the need to tear down what they see as over-reaching government authority. Donald Trump became their ...

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Mississippi banks ready to assist with CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program Loans

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease continues to impact communities across the country, Mississippi banks are working around the clock to assist borrowers, including through the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Late yesterday evening, the U.S. Treasury Department and Small Business Administration issued further guidance for the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which will provide ...

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Passenger traffic down 90 percent, Jackson airport announces layoffs

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) Board and Executive leadership recently conducted an internal business assessment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Like most airports worldwide, daily flight schedules and passenger traffic at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) have been dramatically impacted. Daily flights to and from JAN are down an estimated 70% versus prior year. Passenger traffic has reduced by ...

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