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COVID-19: Back to Business Analysis from Your Lawyer

As part of our efforts to provide you with knowledge and information you need to prepare for your company’s “back to business” plan, we’re aggregating a selection of links to blog posts written by Norris Mclaughlin attorneys and specifically geared to the “back to business” theme. Check this page frequently for regular updates.

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Are You Ready? Preparing Your Business for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Audit

By Peter D. Hutcheon (Re: Business Law, Small Businesses, CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Program, PPP, Loans, Coronavirus Relief)

On March 29, 2020, as part of a massive response to the economic distress inflicted upon businesses and working people in the United States due to the “shutdown” of the economy as part of the efforts to contain the impact of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”), Congress passed and the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). » Read More

 

Virginia First To Adopt COVID-19 Rules for Workplaces

By Timothy P. McKeown (Re: Real Estate Law, Small Business, Commercial Landlord/Tenant, Building Owners, Employers)

I recently posted two articles addressing the obligations of building owners and their tenants to undertake reasonable steps to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 among employees and clients. (See: “Building Owners Must Have a Plan” and “Employer Responsibilities to Provide a Safe Workplace During COVID-19“.) » Read More

 

Employer Responsibilities to Provide a Safe Workplace During COVID-19

By Timothy P. McKeown (Re: Real Estate Law, Small Business, Commercial Landlord/Tenant, Building Owners, Employers, New Jersey)

I recently outlined the steps the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends building owners take when preparing their buildings to be re-occupied after the lifting of the COVID-19 pandemic-related government shutdowns (see: “Building Owners Must Have a Plan”). Because OSHA obligates employers to “furnish to each of [their] employees …a place of employment [that is] free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to [their] employees,” employers occupying those buildings too must have a safe workplace plan in place. » Read More

 

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New FMLA Forms and Guidance on Return-To-Work Issues

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

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) continues to be very active in providing information to the public. Last week, the DOL issued new optional forms that employers can use for the administration of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). » Read More

 

“I Thought Groundhog Day Was in February?” Pennsylvania Governor Rewinds Clock Restricting the Operations of Bars and Restaurants to Mitigate the Spread of the Coronavirus

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

On July 15, 2020, Governor Wolf announced new statewide mitigation efforts in response to the recent increase in coronavirus cases in the western part of the state. While these mitigation efforts were described as “surgical and targeted,” these new executive regulations affect all bars and restaurants throughout the Commonwealth despite as recent as last week the Governor announced that he would be leaving it up to the local governments to determine any further restrictions. » Read More

Building Owners Must Have a Plan

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

Now that office workers are slowly beginning to return to the office – or anticipate doing so in the near future – it is critical for building owners with tenants to have in place a plan to protect the health and safety of workers and employees occupying the building. » Read More

 

Expanding Telehealth in a Post-COVID World

By David N. Vozza (Re: Health Care Law, Physicians, Telehealth, Patient Privacy)

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, federal and state governments implemented numerous and expansive regulatory changes to ensure patients were provided access to required testing and treatments. One of the more important (and ultimately successful) regulatory changes was the temporary expansion of telehealth services. » Read More