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Inside the CARES Act: COVID-19 Impact Upon Retirement Plans/Accounts

By Oldrich Foucek, III (Re: Business Law, Retirement Plans, Coronavirus Relief)

At 880 pages, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act covers a lot of ground, offering COVID-19 relief and benefits to a broad swath of the population. Among its significant provisions are those related to workers’ retirement funds. Specifically, the CARES Act makes employee-favorable changes to existing law regarding: » Read More

COVID-19 and Impracticability and Frustration of Purpose as Defenses to Breach of Contract Claims in Pennsylvania

By Barbara L. Hollenbach (Re: Business Law, Real Estate, Breach of Contract, Lease Agreements, Purchase and Sale, Construction, Pennsylvania)

In addition to any defenses to performance that may exist under force majeure provisions contained in a contract, Pennsylvania courts recognize impracticability of performance and frustration of purpose as defenses to breach of contract claims. However, the availability of impracticability and frustration of purposes defenses in any particular case is dependent upon the language of the contract and the facts and circumstances of the case. » Read More

Gov. Murphy Temporarily Expands Scope of Practice for Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, While Also Providing Broad Civil Immunity to Health Care Professionals Aiding With the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Svetlana (Lana) Ros (Re: Health Care Law, Physicians, Nurses, Professional Liability, Telehealth)

As the number of positive COVID-19 cases in New Jersey is expected to continue to rise and in anticipation of the need to expand the New Jersey health care system’s capacity, Gov. Murphy issued Executive Order 112 on April 1, 2020 (“Order”). » Read More

Coronavirus and Your Construction Lien Rights in Private Commercial Projects

By Daniel R. Guadalupe (Re: Construction Law, Construction Business, Business Delays, Liens)

As we take care of our loved ones and ourselves in this terrible pandemic, we are all doing our best to generate revenue and protect our income stream. In construction, we know contractors have one of the worst records of delayed payments of companies overall. » Read More

DOL and IRS Release Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

By Patrick T. Collins (Re: Labor and Employment Law, Family Leave, Medical Leave, Sick Time, Employee Benefits, Employer Tax Credits)

Two important pieces of information were released today on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The United States Department of Labor issued its regulations on the FFCRA, which provided detailed guidance on how the law should be interpreted. » Read More

Inside the CARES Act: COVID-19 Update – SBA Releases Sample Application for Paycheck Protection Program

By Julie M. Macomb (Re: Business Law, CARES Act, Small Businesses, SBA Loans, Coronavirus Relief)

Businesses actively awaiting guidance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) regarding the process for application to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Paycheck Protection Program were given some guidance yesterday evening. The SBA released a Sample Application for the Paycheck Protection Program. » Read More

TTB Steps Up Amid Crisis—Postpones Excise Tax Filing and Payment Dates

By Andrew D. Linden and Theodore J. Zeller III (Re: Liquor Law, Food and Beverage, Federal Excise Tax Filing, Operational Reporting Due Dates, Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries)

We all know that alcoholic beverage retailers have been hit hard by COVID-19, but so have alcoholic beverage manufacturers. Reduced retail sales translate to reduced manufacturer sales (particularly draught beer). By now you have certainly heard about the CARES Act, where the federal government will be providing aid and incentives to many small businesses. » Read More

Inside the CARES Act: Individual Tax Rebates Under the CARES Act of 2020

By Alyssa M. Hicks (Re: CARES Act, Coronavirus Relief, Income Tax Returns, Individual Tax Planning)

In response to the substantial financial effects of COVID-19 on individuals, Congress, through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), created a form of relief through tax rebates for qualifying taxpayer individuals. » Read More

Control What You Can – Document Your Wishes

By Shana Siegel (Re: Estate Planning, Elder Law, Health Care Decision-Making)

Did you know that 92% of Americans believe it is important to discuss their end-of-life wishes with their loved ones? Yet, how many have done so? Only 32%. » Read More

Inside the CARES Act: Update—Applying for a COVID-19-Related SBA Loan?

By Julie M. Macomb (Re: Business Law, CARES Act, Small Businesses, SBA Loans, Coronavirus Relief)

As a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program has been expanded for qualifying businesses and qualifying self-employed individuals. The CARES Act’s “Paycheck Protection Program” provides 100% federally backed SBA loans to cover operational costs like rent, payroll, employee health benefits, interest on other debt obligations, insurance, and utilities, among others. » Read More

New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Issues Guidance Concerning COVID-19 Emergency Operations

By Andrew D. Linden (Re: Liquor Law, Food and Beverage, Restaurants, Bars, Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries, Delivery, New Jersey)

Following last week’s Executive Order No. 107, the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) has issued Advisory Notice AN 2020-03 regarding industry member’s operations amidst the COVID-19 emergency, as well as a Special Ruling relaxing certain provisions of its May 29, 2019, Special Ruling Authorizing Certain Activities By Holders of Limited Licenses. » Read More

The Norris McLaughlin Women’s Forum Talks (Virtually) About Balancing Life and Work During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis

By the Norris McLaughlin Women’s Forum (Re: Mental Health, Working From Home, Work-Life Balance)

These are no doubt challenging times for everyone and, according to the CDC, “fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions” in all of us. This fact, coupled with our continued commitment to our professional and personal responsibilities, can add to the stress of the current environment in which we are living due to the coronavirus crisis. » Read More

CARES Act Provides Financial Relief for Health Care Providers

By Sandra Jarva Weiss (Re: Health Care Law, Hospitals, Physicians, Medicare, Coronavirus Relief)

The CARES Act, signed into law on Friday contains a number of provisions affording financial relief to health care providers who have been struggling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. » Read More

The U.S. DOL Updates Its Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Once Again

By Patrick T. Collins (Re: Labor and Employment Law, Family Leave, Medical Leave, Sick Time)

Over the weekend, the United States Department of Labor issued an additional set of FAQs on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FAQs provide valuable guidance on the interpretation of the FFCRA and should be reviewed by anyone charged with administering the benefits which will be available on April 1, 2020. » Read More

Can My Commercial Landlord Lock Me out During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

By Timothy P. McKeown (Re: Real Estate Law, Litigation, Business Owners, Landlord/Tenant Disputes, New Jersey)

With the COVID-19 crisis upon us and New Jersey businesses shuttered, many commercial tenants suddenly find themselves deprived of the ability to pay their rent. By order of Governor Murphy, there is a moratorium on residential evictions and foreclosures in New Jersey. » Read More

Inside the CARES Act: Five-Year Carryback for Net Operating Losses and Taxable Income Offset

By Milan Jakubcak (Re: Business Law, CARES Act, Small Businesses, Coronavirus Relief, Tax Planning, Business Taxes)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) relaxes the limitations on a company’s use of losses. Under the current rules amended by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”), net operating losses (“NOLs”) are subject to a taxable-income limitation and cannot be carried back to reduce income in a prior tax year. » Read More

Inside the CARES Act: Changes to the Bankruptcy Code Under the CARES Act

By Melissa Anne Peña (Re: Business Law, CARES Act, Small Businesses, Bankruptcy, Lenders, Coronavirus Relief)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act makes important revisions to the United States Bankruptcy Code. The most remarkable change is that it has opened the doors to the Bankruptcy Court for many small businesses. » Read More

Inside the CARES Act: Loan Payment Subsidies for Certain Loans as Part of the CARES Act of 2020

By Milan D. Slak (Re: Business Law, CARES Act, Small Businesses, SBA Loans, Coronavirus Relief)

In addition to the expansion of the Small Business Act’s (“SBA”) business loan program and the SBA’s disaster loan program, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) authorizes loan payment subsidies for certain loans. » Read More

Inside the CARES Act: Emergency EIDL Grants as Part of the CARES Act of 2020

By Dolores A. Laputka (Re: Business Law, CARES Act, Small Businesses, SBA Loans, Coronavirus Relief)

Emergency grants from the Small Business Administration (SBA) included as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 provide for immediate grants within three days of submitting the application of up to $10,000 for eligible entities. » Read More

Inside the CARES Act: COVID-19 Loan Forgiveness Relief—a Section 1106 Primer

By Julie M. Macomb (Re: Business Law, CARES Act, Small Businesses, SBA Loans, Coronavirus Relief)

Section 1106 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides loan forgiveness for certain qualifying Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. A “covered loan” is a loan added under new Section 7(a)(36) of the Small Business Act, which was added by the CARES Act itself. » Read More

Feds Extend Pennsylvania and New Jersey Real ID Deadlines to Prevent COVID-19 Spread at DMV Offices

By Raymond G. Lahoud (Re: Immigration Law, DMV, Identification, Social Distancing, Pennsylvania, New Jersey)

Faced with the quick community spread of COVID-19, federal officials have extended state REAL ID compliance deadlines for one year to prevent overcrowding in state motor vehicle offices across the United States who are already struggling to meet the quickly approaching October 1, 2020, deadline. » Read More

Governor Wolf Approves Temporary and Limited Suspension of Rule Requiring Physical Presence of Notaries for Real Estate Transactions

By Barbara L. Hollenbach (Re: Business Law, Real Estate, Notaries, Pennsylvania)

On March 25, 2020, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf approved a temporary and limited suspension of 57 Pa.C.S. § 306, which requires the physical presence of notaries, for both personal and commercial real estate transactions. » Read More

More Answers About the FFCRA From the U.S. Department of Labor

By Annmarie Simeone (Re: Labor and Employment Law, Family Leave, Medical Leave, Sick Time, New Jersey)

The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has supplemented the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Question and Answers,” which addresses some of the practical questions many employers have been challenged with since the enactment of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). » Read More

50,000 Americans Abroad Seeking State Department Help to Urgently Return to the United States Due to COVID-19 Pandemic; Number of Those Diagnosed With COVID-19 Is Unknown

By Raymond G. Lahoud (Re: Immigration Law, Travel Restrictions)

The State Department estimates that as many as 50,000 United States citizens are stuck in foreign countries, who have requested evacuation and reparation assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the overall number was released, specific demographic and location information remained confidential, including the number of Americans abroad who already may be infected with COVID-19 and the severity of their medical condition. » Read More

While Filing a Shareholder Oppression Claim Might Be the Last Thing on Your Mind Right Now Due to the COVID-19 Virus; Waiting to File Could Potentially Prejudice Your Valuation

By David C. Roberts (Re: Business Law, Shareholder Disputes, Business Divorce Litigation, New Jersey)

The world has changed. The COVID-19 virus is impacting everything and everyone, and certainly only the most fortunate of businesses will not be adversely impacted. If you as a business owner have reason to believe that you are an oppressed minority shareholder with the right to file suit against your fellow shareholder(s), it is easy to conclude that you perhaps should hold off on filing that shareholder oppression claim, at least until some semblance of normalcy has been restored. » Read More

U.S. DOL Issues Guidance and Poster on Families First Coronavirus Response Act; Governor Murphy Expands TDI, FLI, and Sick Leave Benefits in Response to COVID-19

By Patrick T. Collins (Re: Labor and Employment Law, Family Leave, Medical Leave, Sick Time, New Jersey)

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued guidance, FAQs, and a poster further explaining the benefits and responsibilities under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides paid sick leave and family leave for employees impacted by COVID-19. This information can be found on the DOL’s website. » Read More

New Jersey Dept. of Community Affairs Temporarily Modifies and Suspends Certain Construction Inspection Regulations

By Jerome F. Gallagher, Jr. (Re: Construction Law, Certificate Requirements, Inspections, Local Enforcing Agencies, Minor Work)

On March 25, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to Section 6 of Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 103, Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, Commissioner New Jersey Dept. of Community Affairs (DCA), issued an emergency adoption of a temporary rule relaxation of regulatory provisions concerning Minor Work (N.J.A.C. » Read More

Senate Approves $100 Billion to Hospitals in COVID-19 Relief Package

By Sandra Jarva Weiss (Re: Health Care Law, Hospitals, Physicians, Medicare)

The Senate voted on Wednesday night to approve a $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package to help millions of American workers and businesses survive the impact of COVID-19. The Relief package is titled CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) and includes COVID-19 relief for individuals, businesses, and the health care industry. » Read More

First U.S. Business Files Suit Against Insurance Carrier for Losses Resulting From Coronavirus (COVID-19)

By Margaret Raymond-FloodMartha N. Donovan, and Jessica L. Palmer (Re: Business Law, State of Emergency, Company Shutdowns, Insurance Coverage)

On Monday, March 16, 2020, a prominent New Orleans restaurant became the first business nationwide to file suit against an insurance carrier for losses sustained as a result of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”). In Cajun Conti, LLC et al. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London, et al. » Read More

COVID-19 and the New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Industry

By Andrew D. Linden (Re: Liquor Law, Food and Beverage, Restaurants, Bars, Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries, Delivery, Social Distancing, New Jersey)

Over the past week, New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy has issued two Executive Orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The most recent, Executive Order No. 107 signed on March 21, 2020 (superseding Executive Order No. 104), includes several provisions directly affecting members of New Jersey’s alcoholic beverage industry. » Read More

Cannabusinesses Should Take Advantage of Their Extra Time to File Tax Returns to Ensure Proper Reductions in Their Taxable Income for Cost of Goods Sold

By Andrew D. Linden (Re: Taxation Law, Cannabis Industry, Cannabusiness)

Due to the COVID-19 virus-related filing and payment extensions recently announced by the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS, taxpayers now have an additional three months until July 15, 2020 – to prepare and file their 2019 federal income tax returns. » Read More

Form I-9 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert: USCIS Announces Temporary Modifications to Employment Eligibility Verification Process and E-Verify Program

By Raymond G. Lahoud (Re: Immigration Law, Labor & Employment, Form I-9, USCIS, ICE Enforcement)

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) National Emergency Declaration, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced temporary modifications to the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification process and enforcement actions. Changes range from remote verification to E-Verify’s indefinite response extensions. » Read More

COVID-19’s Impact Multiplies for Seniors and Vulnerable Adults

By Shana Siegel (Re: Elder Care, Elder Law, Health Care, Health Issues, Senior Citizens, Caregivers)

Every hour another complication of the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to emerge, many of which seem to fall most heavily on individuals with disabilities and seniors. Obviously, the risk of illness is greatest for the elderly and other people with underlying health illnesses. » Read More

OCR Will Not Seek Enforcement Action for Use of Non-Compliance Telehealth Communications During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) National Public Health Emergency

By Svetlana (Lana) Ros (Re: Health Care Law, Physicians, Telehealth, Patient Privacy)

In an effort to make health care more accessible during these unprecedented times, while we deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the government is relaxing some rules and regulations when it comes to telehealth. As we discussed in our earlier blog post, on March 17th, The Office of Inspector General issued a policy statement waiving sanctions for providers’ waiver of telehealth cost-sharing amounts during the current Public Health Emergency. » Read More

IRS Provides Relief to Individuals and Families Covered Under High Deductible Health Plans to Encourage Testing for and Treatment of COVID-19

By Charles A. Bruder (Re: Taxation Law, Health Care, Testing and Treatment, Insurance Plans, Medical Deductible, Employee Benefits)

As part of the federal government’s rapidly evolving response to the impact of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the IRS has announced that individuals covered under a high deductible health plan (HDHP) will not lose their eligibility to make or receive pre-tax contributions to a health savings account (HSA) merely because their health plan provides benefits associated with testing for and treatment of COVID-19 before the HDHP’s ordinary minimum deductibles are met. » Read More

Business Continuity Planning During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

By Oren M. Chaplin (Re: Business Law, State of Emergency, Company Shutdowns, Corporate Operations, Business Continuity)

In uncertain times like these, we think back to Hurricane Sandy and the efforts of business owners to continue operations through that emergency situation. Business continuity planning was important then and it is equally important now as business owners strategize and probe for ways to continue operations through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. » Read More

Can the Government Really Shut Down My Business and Make Me Stay Home? Questions Answered Relating to Declarations of Emergency Due to Coronavirus

By Nicholas A. Duston (Re: Business Law, Government Involvement, State of Emergency, Business Shutdowns, Force Majeure)

As companies face shutdowns and citizens are encouraged to stay home due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), businesses and people may be asking questions, such as can the government really do that? Those who followed China’s response to the outbreak—which involved using martial law to keep millions of citizens in their home—would have seen references in those stories western democracies being unable to use such extreme measures. » Read More

The Immigration of Coronavirus

By Raymond G. Lahoud (Re: Immigration Law, USCIS, ICE Enforcement, Travel Restrictions, Visa Applications, Citizenship, Naturalization, Worksite Raids, International Students)

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created an immigration nightmare with changes announced with each passing minute and a level of uncertainty that has only compounded the uncertainty in an already confused and complicated immigration system. Borders across the world have closed to non-citizens. » Read More

Coronavirus Alert: Historic Expansion of Telehealth in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

By David N. Vozza (Re: Health Care Law, Physicians, Medicare, Medicaid, Telehealth)

We at Norris McLaughlin recognize that the constantly changing crisis related to the COVID-19 virus has resulted in an unprecedented time for all health care practitioners – a time that for most is filled with uncertainty regarding their practices and patients. » Read More

Coronavirus Alert: Congress Passes COVID-19-Related Tax Relief

By Milan D. Slak (Re: Taxation Law, Income Tax Returns, Individual Tax Planning, Business Taxes, IRS)

Yesterday, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued a statement providing special tax payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. » Read More

Families First Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Act

By Patrick T. Collins (Re: Labor and Employment Law, Family Leave, Medical Leave, Sick Time, New York, New Jersey)

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides paid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act and paid sick leave for absences resulting from COVID-19. » Read More

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Temporary Advisory Notice: Breaking Down the Latest Guidance From the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

By Matthew B. Andersen (Re: Liquor Law, Food and Beverage, Hospitality, Restaurants, Bars, Hotels, Taverns, Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries, Pennsylvania)

On March 18, 2020, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“PLCB”) issued Advisory Notice No. 26: Temporary Cessation of the Sale of Food and Alcohol for On-Premises Consumption Relative to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. There is not much difference in this Advisory Notice from the PLCB’s previous releases, but there is certainly a new tone regarding enforcement of these rules. » Read More

COVID-19 Is Destroying Our Economy, Don’t Let It Destroy Your Businesses

By Melissa Anne Peña and William L. Brewer (Re: Business Law, Economic Impact, Creditors, Lenders, Lease Agreements, Bankruptcy, Real Estate)

As we all practice social distancing to avoid the spread of COVID-19, businesses cannot escape the economic impact of the pandemic. With an economic recession on the horizon, the depths of which cannot be fathomed, it is crucial that businesses act proactively to address their obligations owed to creditors. » Read More

How to Help Your Employees Amid Coronavirus (COVID-19) Shutdowns

By David C. Berger (Re: Liquor Law, Food and Beverage, Labor and Employment Law, Unemployment Benefits, Hospitality, Restaurants, Bars, Hotels, Taverns, Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries, Pennsylvania)

With the shutdowns of all Pennsylvania bars and restaurants and restricting them only to take-out food and beverage sales because of the coronavirus (COVID-19), some licensees are faced with the decision whether to close or remain open in a restricted manner. » Read More

State and Federal Government Pressed to Meet Unemployment Demands Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

By Patrick T. Collins and Annmarie Simeone (Re: Labor and Employment Law, Unemployment Benefits, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey)

With the widespread closure of businesses and looming unemployment of thousands, state and federal governments have been scrambling to address this result of the coronavirus pandemic. » Read More

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Exemption for Certain Money Manager (Investment Adviser) Filing and Delivery Requirements

By Oren M. Chaplin (Re: Business Law, SEC, Securities, Money Manager, Investment Advisers)

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued an Order this week for those SEC-registered investment advisers (among other advisers set forth in the Order) that are affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) that provides relief “to filing or delivery obligations, as applicable, for which the original due date is on or after the date of [the] Order but on or prior to April 30, 2020.” » Read More

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert: New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act Prohibits Price Gouging

By Eric Alvarez (Re: Consumer Fraud, Price Gouging, Hand Sanitizer, Toilet Paper, New Jersey)

You’ve likely heard about people hoarding pallets of hand sanitizer or toilet paper during the past few weeks due to concern over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In fact, authorities in Tennessee recently investigated a man who stock-piled 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer and was suspected of “price gouging,” or unreasonably inflating the cost of a scarce and necessary product during this time of crisis due to the coronavirus. » Read More

OIG to Waive Sanctions for Providers’ Waiver of Telehealth Cost-Sharing Amounts During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency

By Sandra Jarva Weiss (Re: Health Care Law, Physicians, Medicare, Medicaid, Telehealth, Co-pays, Deductibles)

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced in a policy statement issued today, March 17, 2020, that physicians and other practitioners will not be subject to sanctions for reducing or waiving any Medicare or Medicaid patient co-pays or deductibles for telehealth services furnished to the patient during the period of public health emergency declared by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on January 31, 2020, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.» Read More

Brewery Operations Can Remain Open: A Coronavirus Update

By Theodore J. Zeller III (Re: Liquor Law, Food and Beverage, Breweries, Beer Manufacturer, Pennsylvania)

Last evening, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board circulated the press release from Governor Wolf updating businesses on guidance for coronavirus (COVID-19) mitigation efforts, and while the press release discusses closures of certain businesses, it also clarifies any question whether a brewery can continue manufacturing beer. » Read More

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Legal Update for Pennsylvania Municipalities and Municipal Authorities

By F. Peter Lehr (Re: Pennsylvania, Municipalities, Public Services, Essential Businesses)

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has taken unprecedented action in the face of the threat posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19). On March 6, 2020, he issued a proclamation of the existence of a disaster emergency throughout the Commonwealth, pursuant to the Emergency Management Services Code. » Read More

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Shuts Down Special Orders of Wine and Spirits: A Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

By Theodore J. Zeller III (Re: Liquor Law, Food and Beverage, Wine Sales, Spirits, Special Orders, Pennsylvania)

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board issued a terse note to suppliers of wine and spirits that they were shutting down the Special Order program in Pennsylvania due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. » Read More

Grocery and Convenience Stores’ Beer and Wine Sales: A Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

By Theodore J. Zeller III (Re: Liquor Law, Food and Beverage, Beer Sales, Wine Sales, Grocery Stores, Restaurants, Pennsylvania)

Today, Governor Wolf ordered the mandatory shutdown of all non-essential businesses, which includes casinos, bars, shopping malls, Pennsylvania Fine Wine and Good Spirits, and restaurants, although restaurants can stay open to offer only carry-out and delivery. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations remain essential businesses that are allowed to remain open during this current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. » Read More

Coronavirus Survival Kit for Breweries and Restaurants

By Theodore J. Zeller III (Re: Liquor Law, Food and Beverage, Hospitality, Breweries, Restaurants, Pennsylvania)

Pennsylvania breweries and restaurants, not unlike all others around the United States, are facing unique challenges presented by the coronavirus. While the health of restaurant and brewery owners, employees, and patrons is paramount, everyone is concerned that their business will survive. » Read More

What Should I Do If My Loved One’s Nursing Home Bans Visitors Due to Coronavirus?

By Shana Siegel (Re: Elder Care, Elder Law, Health Care, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, Senior Citizens, Caregivers)

Seniors and nursing home residents are at particular risk from the coronavirus (COVID-19). Current estimates are that the death rate is likely to be at least 15% and perhaps substantially higher for this population. Many area nursing homes have decided to prohibit all visitors out of “an abundance of caution.” » Read More

Is Your Construction Project at Risk for Delays or Damages Because of the Coronavirus?

By Deanna L. Koestel (Re: Construction Law, Construction Business, Business Risks, Business Delays, Construction Damages, Force Majeure)

As the coronavirus spreads around the world, its impact on many businesses and industries, including the construction industry, is increasing. The construction industry in the United States relies heavily on foreign suppliers and manufacturers of goods for construction materials, including steel, millwork, electrical and lighting equipment, plumbing fittings and fixtures, flooring tiles, and HVAC equipment. » Read More

Steps That Seniors and Individuals With Serious Health Issues Should Do Now to Prepare for Possible Coronavirus Outbreak

By Shana Siegel (Re: Elder Care, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Health Care, Health Issues, Senior Citizens, Caregivers)

As the Life Care Center of Kirkland in the Seattle area has emerged as the first nursing home in the country to report residents infected with the coronavirus, senior living and health facilities are bracing for the impact of the outbreak. » Read More

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