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Will Manuel focuses his practice primarily on commercial and employment litigation. He has handled various disputes for both large and small businesses in both Mississippi and other jurisdictions. His clients include numerous manufacturers and commercial interests as well as various insurance and financial services companies. He has worked to defend these clients in both MDL litigation and individual actions brought in Mississippi. Will also has experience in advising businesses on issues involving age discrimination, sexual harassment and wage/overtime disputes. Will's focus is on active litigation from the initial discovery process through trial. View articles by Will

Unemployed Employees: Should Employees Who Have Reduced Hours or Are Laid Off Due to COVID-19 File for Unemployment?As more municipalities and states that are dealing with COVID-19 issue orders mandating the closing of non-essential businesses such as bars, restaurants and gyms, many hourly employees are looking at a long period of under-employment. If you are going to temporarily shut down due to virus control, should you tell your employees to go ahead

More State Updates on Unemployment Benefits: Should Employees Who Have Reduced Hours or Are Laid Off Due to COVID-19 File for Unemployment?Last week we blogged about unemployment changes in Alabama, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia and what employers who have to reduce hours or lay off folks should be considering for their employees. Since our original post we have gotten questions about other states in our region (some of which have taken action), so we figured

What Is An “Essential” Business Under a Shutdown Order? It May Depend on Where You AreSeveral states and municipalities are moving to shutdowns in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. These shelter-in-place orders usually allow “essential” businesses to stay open. Unfortunately, like much of the current COVID-19 situation, there are many questions about how those exceptions will be applied. While this is a moving target, this blog post