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COVID-19 Updates: Other Resources

With the outbreak of COVID-19, there has been much uncertainty surrounding the continuity of governmental operations as the State and local governments implement containment measures to minimize the spread of the virus.  There are still many unknowns, but we are closely monitoring directives issued at all levels of government that impact your business. We will…

COVID-19 Updates: Employment Law Q&A

March 23, 2020 Q&A: Employment Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic As a business owner, you have many considerations that affect your employees and the safety of your operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. We anticipated some of the issues that may be of particular importance to you right now, and hope to offer value in answering…

COVID-19 Updates: People First Initiative

March 27, 2020 Internal Revenue Service Announces “People First Initiative” in the Wake of COVID-19 Initiative Temporarily Suspends Many Payment Requirements and Enforcement Actions Earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service (“the Service”) unveiled its new People First Initiative (“the Initiative”), an effort by the Service to stem some of the financial issues caused to…

COVID-19 Updates: CARES Act | Bankruptcy Issues

March 27, 2020 CARES Act Provisions Affecting Bankruptcy And Residential Mortgage Loans The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES”) enacted on March 27, 2020 contains a number of provisions affecting bankruptcy cases, modification and enforcement of federally backed residential mortgage loans, and evictions. CARES Bankruptcy Provisions Increase debt limit for eligibility to file…

COVID-19 Updates: Small Business Loans

March 23, 2020 Small Business Loans Available in Response to COVID-19 The novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) is here. While everyone is glued to their cell phones and smart TVs waiting to hear about the latest infection rates, governmental announcements, and death tolls, many small business owners are increasingly concerned about the toll that forced closures will…

COVID-19 Updates: MAC Clauses

March 26, 2020 Invoking MAC Clauses During the Pandemic By: Robert M. Berman and Craig A. Enck Although Material Adverse Change (“MAC”) clauses are quite prevalent in loan and financing documents, there is very little case law in Maryland dealing with the successful or unsuccessful enforcement of these clauses. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, we…

COVID-19 Updates: Landlord/Tenant Issues

March 24, 2020 How Does the Pandemic Alter Your Lease Obligations? Given the current circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and associated government-ordered closures, landlords and tenants both must analyze how their leases and the obligations thereunder are impacted. The answers may change depending on the span of the pandemic and additional governmental restrictions. In…

COVID-19 Updates: Emergency Paid Sick Leave

March 23, 2020 Fast Facts About the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) On March 18, 2020, the FFCRA was enacted which includes important changes affecting employee leave.  Here are some fast facts employers need to know regarding the Paid Sick Leave provisions. Employers affected:                 For…

COVID-19 Updates: FMLA Expansion Act

March 23, 2020 Fast Facts about the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA) Provisions of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act On March 18, 2020, the FFCRA was enacted.  Below are some fast facts employers need to know regarding how the FFCRA has modified the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Employers affected: Employers…