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Sernapesca Adopts New Measures to Contain the Impact of COVID-19 in the Salmon Industry
Carey, May 2020

The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (“Sernapesca”) has issued a series of resolutions – N° 672/2020, N° 725/2020 and N° 805/2020– that incorporate new measures to those indicated in Resolution N° 565 dated March 16, 2020 [INSERTAR LINK] which authorized the adoption of certain measures in salmon farming centers in the context of COVID-19. (see here) Measures General Measures...

New Measures Taken by the Chilean Authority Against the Pandemic
Carey, May 2020

I. Update of sanitary measures published this week in the Official Gazette On Wednesday, May 13, Resolution No. 341 of the Ministry of Health was published, which provides for a series of sanitary measures, among which the following stand out, since they modify measures that have been implemented to date: Any concentration of more than 50 people in a certain place, regardless of its nature, or whether it takes place in open or closed spaces, is forbidden...

New Development in Insurance Regime: Insurance Amendment Bill and Insurance Amendment (No. 2) Bill
Deacons, May 2020

Two new bills, the Insurance Amendment Bill and the Insurance Amendment (No. 2) Bill have recently been gazetted making significant changes to the regulatory regime for insurance companies. Insurance Amendment Bill Special purpose insurer An amendment is made to allow registration of an insurance company which engages in special purpose business only...

PPP Math for the Self-Employed: And, Yes, There is Still Time
Verrill, May 2020

The Small Business Administration reports that as of May 23 it still had nearly $150 billion of untapped Paycheck Protection Program funds. The Program has been underutilized by self-employed business owners, in part due to complexity. Those micro-businesses, however, make up a significant slice of the U.S. economy and generally would be eligible for PPP funding. This article illustrates potential PPP benefits for a self-employed owner with no employees...

Recent Conflict of Interest Cases Reveal Pitfalls for Land Use Practitioners
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

Key Points City council and planning commission recusals can have a significant impact on the outcome of hearings involving land use and environmental issues. Recusals can lead to tie votes or the loss of a quorum, which may make it impossible for local governments to approve development projects. Failing to disclose conflicts of interests can be grounds for reversing local government approvals...

SBA Announces: “SBA may begin a review of any PPP loan of any size at any time in SBA’s discretion” & DOJ Announces Multiple Enforcement Actions
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, May 2020

Between May 20 and May 22, SBA announced three new Interim Final Rules and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced three new fraud prosecutions stemming from PPP loans...

Post-Covid, Foreign Investment Rules Tighten
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

The last two years have seen an expansion of regulations related to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), both in the United States and abroad. COVID-19 is driving further expansion of FDI in the U.S. and elsewhere. Owners and investors need to know — expansion of regulations gaps closed in national security reviews new inclusion of medical supplies and food non-controlling investments also scrutinized Whether by intent or coincidence, the U.S...

CPAs Beware: Some CARES Act and FFCRA Incentives Don't Play Well Together
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

The landmark CARES Act, signed into law by the President on March 27, provides many em­ployers with several options to increase liquidity and cash flow during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. And only 9 days be­fore that legislation was enacted, the Families First Coronavirus Re­sponse Act (FFCRA) also created two other payroll tax-related in­centives for certain employers, and to self-employed individuals...

Hard Knock to the Legal Certainty in Guatemala - Electric Sector in Crisis
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, May 2020

Guatemala dawns today with the validity of a law, contained in the Decree 15-2020, extremely harmful for the country, the economy, the industry and legal certainty, and in violation of the Constitution. This law allows for the possibility of not paying certain basic services (water, cable, telephony, power [sic] (electric power) and internet) by the users, and imposes the obligation to public and private supplier companies not to suspend, under any circumstances, their provision...

FINALLY!!! . . . SBA Guidance on the Forgiveness Math
Verrill, May 2020

The Punch Line: On Friday, May 15, the Small Business Administration published a new form entitled Loan Forgiveness Application Instructions for Borrowers which, at long last, provides a great deal of guidance on how to calculate loan forgiveness. The Background: Section 1106(b) of the CARES Act famously provides for potential forgiveness in a maximum amount equal to “the sum of [eligible] costs incurred and payments made during the covered [8-week] period...

The Federal Reserve's Municipal Liquidity Facility: Providing Financial Relief but at What Cost?
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2020

State and local governments throughout the nation are struggling to address the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, enacted by Congress on March 28, 2020 appears to provide insufficient funding, and many state and local governments need more federal financial assistance...

Government Announces Penalty Formula of the Employment Support Scheme
Deacons, May 2020

The government has rolled out a series of measures to relieve the economic impact brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Introduced under the second round Anti-epidemic Fund, the Employment Support Scheme (ESS) has come under the spotlight as it aims to provide wage subsidies to employers against their undertaking to spend all subsidies on paying wages to their employees and not to implement redundancy during the subsidy period...

Show Me the Money (But Don't Take it Back!): A Primer on PPP Loans, Compliance and Enforcement Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

In early April, the United States approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) authorizing $349 billion in a small business lending program called the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). Depleted within days by the overwhelming response from businesses across the country, Congress authorized an additional $310 billion for this program on April 23. With government money, however, comes government oversight...

Some Lessons to be Learned from Recent SFC Enforcement Actions
Deacons, May 2020

Despite the restrictions on activity affecting Hong Kong since the beginning of the year, there have been several enforcement cases reported which can provide some useful lessons or reminders for intermediaries. Approvals involve due diligence A requirement for approval for a transaction indicates that the transaction is unusual or involves material risk...

SFC Enforcement Action for Multiple Breaches Results in HK$19.6 Million Fine
Deacons, May 2020

In a recent enforcement action, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a public reprimand and a HK$19.6 million fine to a licensed corporation (LC) for a range of breaches and internal control shortcomings, including failures relating to: 1. AML 2. Authorisation for transactions 3. Record keeping 4. Handling of client complaints 5. Telephone recording 6. Margin lending 7...

Mainland China Briefing: PBOC and SAFE Issue New Regulations Removing QFII/RQFII Investment Quotas
Deacons, May 2020

On 7 May 2020, the People's Bank of China (PBOC) and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) jointly issued the Regulations on Funds of Securities and Futures Investment by Foreign Institutional Investors (PBOC & SAFE Announcement [2020] No. 2, the New Regulations available here in Chinese), and the Policy Q&A No.1 clarifying certain details in the New Regulations (available here in Chinese). The official implementation date for the New Regulations is 6 June 2020...

Michigan Executive Order 2020-91: What Employers Need to Know for Reopening Business
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2020

On May 18, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-91 (“Order”) into effect, which details the requirements on employers reopening for business in Michigan. The Order reaffirms and builds upon previous directives for employers permitted to reopen business...

CDPH Requires all California Skilled Nursing Facilities to Submit "COVID-19 Mitigation Plan" Creating New Documentation Concerns
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

On May 11, 2020, the California Department of Public Health ("CDPH") issued an All Facilities Letter (AFL 20-52) requiring skilled nursing facilities ("SNF") to develop and implement a facility specific COVID-19 mitigation plan (the "Plan") with six different, complicated elements. The CDPH requirement is in addition to any local requirements for COVID-19 planning and may or may not track the requirements already in place in some local jurisdictions...

Weekly Report: COVID-19 in Central America
Consortium Legal - El Salvador, May 2020

Special Report "COVID-19 in Central America" on special measures taken in each country of our region prepared by the multidisciplinary team of Consortium Legal. The information contained in this publication is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The information is constantly updated and is subject to change...

Proposed Legislation Would Protect Businesses from COVID-19 Claims
Waller, May 2020

With pandemic-related legal filings on the rise across the country, the Waller Government Relations team has worked closely with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry to draft the Tennessee Business Recovery and Safe Harbor Act...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends, Issue 7
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

This seventh edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation, sees a continuation of the trend we identified last week: shutdown challenges, workers' compensation claims, and wrongful death lawsuits have dominated the past week’s news cycle. We expect these latter two types of cases, which we consider more broadly as COVID-19 exposure cases, to pick up significantly as the country reopens over the next several weeks...

New MECQ Guidelines Issued by the IATF; IPOPHL Re-Opens on May 25
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, May 2020

  This is a briefing on the following issuances as of May 16, 2020 in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic:  No Mandatory Testing of Returning Workers  What is MECQ? New Normal?  Business Allowed to Operate During MECQ  Other Key Things to Remember in a MECQ Area  Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) Resumes On-site Operations on May 25, 2  The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) ha

COVID-19 Legal Briefing: Focus on Employment and Public Health Standards
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, May 2020

This briefing takes a deeper dive into the labor and employment aspect of COVID-19 issuances. Some of the guidelines here are covered in our The Return-to-Work-Checklist for Philippine Companies. A.  Operating establishments have been directed to comply with public health standards prescribed by the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 1.  The DTI issued DTI Memorandum Circular No...

Czech State of Emergency to Continue until 17 May 2020.
Kocian Solc Balastik, May 2020

The state of emergency in the Czech Republic was extended until May 17, 2020. What does this mean?   At its meeting held on 28 April 2020, the Chamber of Deputies decided to extend the state of emergency until 17 May 2020. By Resolution No. 194 (published in the Collection of Laws under No...

Rise in Employment Law Claims: Knowing the Risks and the Long-Term Legal Implications Anticipated from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic hit employers hard and fast, causing employers to deal with loss of revenue, tough decisions in regard to workforce and pay issues, and new laws and other guidelines that had to be analyzed and implemented quickly, with little time for planning or preparation...

 

 

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