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CARES Act Modifies Certain Trademark Filing Deadlines

04/02/2020 by Jane D. Tucker, Esq.

Pursuant to the authority granted the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), the due dates for certain USPTO trademark filings have been extended.  The extension applies to any of the following which were due to be filed between March 27,… Read more »

DOL and IRS Issue Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Paid Leave

04/01/2020 by Anne G. Bibeau, Esq.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued formal guidance on the application of the FFCRA paid leave on April 1, 2020, the same date that the paid leave requirements went into effect. The previous evening, on March 31, 2020, the IRS issued guidance, including frequently asked questions, on its website. Both agencies addressed questions that… Read more »

COVID-19 AND TELEWORKING – MAKING SURE BUSINESSES AND THEIR EMPLOYEES ARE ON THE SAME PAGE

Your employee is sitting at his or her home office working on a project and notices an email in his or her inbox with the subject line: “Urgent Request” or “Please get this done ASAP.” Not wanting to miss an urgent communication from work in this age of telework, your employee immediately switches tasks to… Read more »

UPDATE: Virginia DEQ Issues Temporary Environmental Enforcement Policy During COVID-19

04/01/2020 by Joseph Romero, Esq.

On March 30, we posted an article regarding the issuance of temporary environmental enforcement policies by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and some states.  In that article, we discussed the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) announcement that they were suspending field activities.  We noted that DEQ’s announcement did not state it was enacting a… Read more »

Paycheck Protection Program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

03/31/2020 by Ray W. King, Esq.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was enacted and signed into law by the President on March 27, 2020.  The principal program for small business economic relief under the CARES Act is the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).  The PPP is intended to provide cash-flow assistance through Small Business Administration (“SBA”)… Read more »

COVID-19 Isolation – A Good Time to Review Your Estate Planning Documents

03/31/2020 by Patrick W. Herman, Esq.

Are you stuck at home, isolated from the public, and your normal social interactions?  Perhaps this would be a good time to review those old estate planning documents: your Will, Power of Attorney, Health Care Power of Attorney, and Advance Medical Directive.  Do you have a Revocable Trust that needs to be updated?  Have you… Read more »

EPA and States Issue Temporary Environmental Enforcement Policies During COVID-19

03/30/2020 by Joseph Romero, Esq.

The increased limitations on day-to-day life resulting from efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 have made previously routine regulatory compliance efforts more difficult.  In some cases, regulated entities may find that they are unable to comply with certain requirements imposed by regulations, a settlement agreement, or a consent decree.  For example, a hazardous waste… Read more »

The CARES Act – What the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Means for Businesses 

03/29/2020 by Vania Ratliff, Esq.

After a week of negotiations, Congress has come to an agreement on the text of a $2 Trillion dollar relief law. The CARES Act (the “Act”) promises aid to individual Americans, small businesses, hospitals, and large corporations. The President signed the bill into law on March 27, 2020.   The major provisions of the law… Read more »

Coronavirus: Additional Consideration for Protecting Community Associations and Continuing to Operate

03/27/2020 by Deborah M. Casey, CCAL® and Kathleen Panagis, Esq.

Since our last posting, the impact of coronavirus on community associations has become real.  Health and safety are paramount.  While Association-related matters may seem trivial compared to a worldwide health crisis and corresponding job losses, basic business and operations must continue, albeit with new considerations.  This supplements the prior article.   Membership Meetings: Use of… Read more »

COVID-19, Leasing, and Force Majeure Clauses

03/26/2020 by Duggan O'Dea, Esq.

To date, COVID-19 has led to the forced closures of many businesses and commercial spaces worldwide, both temporarily and permanently. While some can adapt and continue to work in safe numbers or controlled environments, others have been left with no alternatives, resulting in unemployed and unproductive workers and workspaces. So, what does this mean for… Read more »