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Moye White (Colorado): An Updated Breakdown of Stay at Home Orders by Locality for the Construction Industry

After input from the construction industry, Governor Polis and CDPHE Executive Director Ryan issued an Updated Public Health Order 20-24 Implementing Stay at Home Requirements to clarify that all construction is considered exempt from the Stay at Home requirement as a “Critical Business.” This supersedes Public Health Order 20 23, banning gatherings of more than ten people, among other restrictions. MORE.

Rich May (Massachusetts): CARES Act: Loans for Small Businesses

President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020 in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This analysis is part of a series of articles on the stimulus package. View other articles in the series on our Coronavirus Resource Page.

It is expected that the administrative agency responsible for implementing each section of the CARES Act will adopt administrative rules providing clarity on the various provisions. We will continue to provide updates as details become available. MORE.

Varnum (Michigan): How Firms In Michigan Are Handling A Statewide Lockdown

Michigan is one of a handful of states that have issued statewide executive orders requiring residents to stay at home amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, and large law firms with offices in the state say they had already begun making the transition to a remote workforce, which has made it go a little smoother. MORE.

Smith Anderson (North Carolina): COVID-19: Reducing or Suspending Employer Contributions to 401(k) Plans Mid-Year

In times of economic uncertainty, employers who typically make 401(k) matching or profit-sharing contributions often choose to reduce or suspend those contributions to conserve cash and save jobs. Figuring out whether and when in the year such changes can take effect and the steps necessary to make those changes, including whether a plan amendment or advance notice will be required, depends on the contribution type and whether the contribution is a safe harbor contribution, otherwise required by the plan document, or discretionary. MORE.

Smith Anderson (North Carolina): The CARES Act: $2.0 Trillion for COVID-19 Related Stimulus and Relief

Today, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act” or the “Act”), which the Senate approved on the evening of March 25th, received House approval and was signed by the President into law. The Act will inject up to $2 trillion into the US economy, an historic legislative package that far exceeds the 2009 stimulus legislation adopted during the Great Recession. MORE.

Smith Anderson (North Carolina): Tax Provisions in the CARES Act

On March 27, 2020 President Trump signed  the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (HR 748) (“CARES Act”) shortly after the bill cleared the House. The Senate had passed the measure the day before.

The CARES Act is the third phase of Congress’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. The most significant business and individual tax provisions of the CARES Act are summarized below. MORE.

Williams Parker (Florida): CARES ACT Becomes Law

A third stimulus package to combat the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748), became law on Friday, March 27, 2020, with President Trump’s signature, just hours after it cleared the House. As discussed in detail in our previous post, the CARES Act builds tremendously on two previously enacted pieces of legislation and provides enhanced financial support for both individuals and businesses suffering from the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Tax policy is front and center, with a focus on getting money directly into the hands of millions of individuals and providing liquidity for small businesses.

Torkin Manes (Toronto/Ontario): Health Canada Makes Numerous Cannabis Operational Adjustments to Deal with COVID-19

Federally licensed cannabis producers received guidance from Health Canada this week regarding new regulatory measures that will be taken as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Canada is currently focusing its efforts on addressing the pandemic, but is also ensuring that its core program services are maintained so that regulated industries such as the cannabis sector can continue to operate during this time. MORE.

Edwin Coe LLP (England-Wales): Covid-19 – Furlough Leave: Further Information

Since our first blog on furlough leave earlier this week, further guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been released by the government. The full guidance can be found here but the key points are as follows: 

  • Employers can reclaim up to 80% of wage costs up to a cap of £2,500 per month plus the associated employer NICs and minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions on that wage. Fees, commissions and bonuses are not included.  MORE.

Rich May (Massachusetts): The Massachusetts WorkShare Program Provides an Alternative to Employee Layoffs or Furloughs

As companies are being forced to close or have employees work remotely, and as demand for goods and services declines, employers are being faced with the unpleasant prospect of having to layoff or furlough workers.  In Massachusetts there is an alternative called WorkShare that allows an employer to reduce its payroll while at the same time keeping its employees. MORE.

Edwin Coe LLP (England-Wales): Covid-19 – Can You Still Move House – Part II

The Government issued further guidance on moving house late yesterday. The new guidance can be summed up as follows:

  • If you have exchanged contracts and the property you are moving to is “vacant” you can continue with your move but need to follow the related guidance on home removals.  There is no definition of vacant but we assume this means a property where the seller has previously moved out rather than one where the seller will be vacating the property on the day of completion itself. MORE.

Rich May (Massachusetts): Lessons Learned: Contingency Plans – Durable Powers of Attorney

For the second time, our client, who is a doctor, had his probate court hearing continued.  He had to reschedule his appointments again.  He needed to get appointed as temporary conservator so that he could take care of the affairs of his cousin because his cousin did not have any other relatives nearby.  He wanted to keep everything in place so that his cousin could return to his home, but he didn’t have access to the accounts or the bills. MORE.

Vorys (Ohio/Texas): 3PL Employment Issues to Consider in the Wake of COVID-19

As 3PLs adapt to the impact that COVID-19 continues to have on their business and as employers and employees adjust to teleworking, there are myriad employment issues and new laws that must be considered.  Among them are wage-hour laws under the Fair Labor Standards Act relating to employee compensation and teleworking and changes brought about by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) relating to employee health and benefits. MORE.

Williams Parker (Florida): Department of Labor Expands Guidance About Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave

Today, March 27, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (DOL) published additional guidance in answers to many pressing questions about the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The DOL provided its initial guidance late on March 24, 2020, in which it clarified that the FFCRA will take effect on April 1, 2020. MORE.

Smith Anderson (North Carolina): OSHA Points Employers to Interim CDC Guidance on Worker Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 26, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued interim guidance for businesses and employers on how to plan for and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This guidance was prepared in coordination with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which previously issued its own Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19. MORE.

Smith Anderson (North Carolina): USDOL Releases Updated Guidance and Mandatory Employee Notice Poster for Families First Coronavirus Response Act

While the U.S. Department of Labor (“USDOL”) works on regulations to implement the expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (“expanded FMLA”) and paid sick leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”), it continues to update its guidance for employers.  The most up-to-date questions and answers from USDOL may be found here. The FFCRA goes into effect on April 1, 2020 and is summarized in detail in our prior update. MORE.

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