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In the Nick of Time: Department of Labor Issues Regulations Interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Dykema, April 2020

On April 1, the DOL provided employers with further clarity on the FFCRA by publishing temporary regulations. These regulations will be effective from April 1, 2020, until December 31, 2020—the same effective period of the FFCRA. Also relevant to employers, the IRS issued guidance regarding the FFCRA tax credit...

SBA Issues Interim Final Rule for the Paycheck Protection Program
Dykema, April 2020

On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an interim final rule, providing additional guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Click here to read the full text of the Interim Final Rule. Here are some of the highlights of new and/or clarified information from the previous guidance issued by Treasury and SBA and the text of the CARES Act: Eligibility Only U.S...

Corporate Governance and Insolvency Law Amid the Coronavirus Crisis
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co., April 2020

Dear Clients and Colleagues, Among its other consequences, the ongoing global outbreak of Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has resulted in an economic crisis. In this legal update we present insolvency law issues which may arise during the crisis and we also propose practical solutions for dealing with challenges that companies may face. 1...

Moratorium on Bankruptcy Proceedings
ALRUD Law Firm, April 2020

In an expedited process, a Federal Law amending several legislative acts was passed by the State Duma and Federal Council of the Russian Federation. In particular, the law envisages use of the power of the Government of the Russian Federation to impose, in extraordinary cases, a moratorium on insolvency proceedings and provides a legal regime of such moratorium...

COVID-19: Expected Amendments to Labour Code
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

The Government of the Slovak Republic approved on 31 March 2020 further draft bills in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these is also an act amending the Labour Code[1]and other particular laws in the field of employment and social security. You can find a brief summary on this amendment below...

Friday Deadline Looms for Pennsylvania Businesses Seeking Exemption from Shutdown Order
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2020

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development ("DCED"), Pennsylvania businesses have until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020 to seek an exemption to Governor Wolf's order requiring "non-life sustaining businesses" to close physical locations. Businesses that do not file their exemption by the deadline may lose the opportunity entirely. The application can be found on the DCED’s website...

OSHA Considerations and COVID-19
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2020

Even though OSHA has advised that no specific standard covers the novel coronavirus, human resource and safety personnel must be mindful of the generally-applicable standards that might apply. In addition to recording requirements on OSHA 300 logs, there are five standards that merit particular attention in the COVID-19 context...

Corona-Info: The Legislator Acts - We Summarize For You!
Heuking Khn Ler Wojtek, April 2020

The legislator acts - Special regulations on, among other things, deferral of claims, insolvency law, tenancy law and loan agreements in Germany to come. At the end of March, the German legislator adopted special regulations in response to the COVID 19 pandemic in fast-track proceedings. The law was passed by the German parliament (Bundestag) on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and, in a special session, also by the German Federal Council (Bundesrat) on Friday, 27 March, 2020...

Summary of the Statement of the European Data Protection Board on the Processing of Personal Data in the Context of the Pandemic
Szecskay Attorneys at Law, April 2020

With respect to the situation caused by the pandemic and its possible data protection impacts, please find below a summary of the statement of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) on the processing of personal data in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, issued on 19 March 2020. The EDPB starts by emphasizing that “[d]ata protection rules (such as the GDPR) do not hinder measures taken in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic...

COVID-19 Updates - Indian IP Offices Functioning
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, April 2020

The Indian Government has announced a full nationwide lockdown for three weeks (until April 14, 2020) in order to contain the spread of Covid-19. Accordingly, the Indian Trade Marks Registry, Patents and Design Office have been closed till April 15, 2020. Nevertheless, the online filing portal of Indian IP offices is operational. All deadlines falling till April 15, 2020 will become due on the day when the IP offices re-open...

COVID-19 - "Antivirus Programme" - Key Financial Assistance for Employers in the Czech Republic - Part II
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

(continuation from Part I - separate article) Part II - "Antivirus Programme" - Financial Assistance to Czech Employers   The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs was mandated by the Government to further prepare a compensation program for entrepreneurs who continue to operate but whose production has decreased due to measures (category C of the Antivirus Programme)...

Ministry of Economy Publishes Modifications to Mexican Official Standard NOM 051-SCFI/SAA1-2010, Which Sets Forth the Commercial and Sanitary Specifications Matters of Labeling for Pre-Packaged Food
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., April 2020

Due to the reforms and additions to the General Health Act in matters of overweight, obesity and labeling of food and non-alcoholic beverages setting a frontal warning system, published in the Federal Official Gazette (DOF for its acronym in Spanish) on November 8, 2019; last March 27, 2020, the Ministry of Economy published, in the evening edition of the DOF, the Modification to Mexican Official Standard NOM-051-SCFI/SSA1-2010, General labeling specifications for pre-packaged food and non-alcoh

USCIS Extends Office Closures Until May 4, 2020
Dykema, April 2020

The USCIS has announced it will extend its suspension of in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) until May 4, 2020. It has also indicated it may extend these closures beyond that date if needed. USCIS will continue to provide limited emergency services during these closures...

Treasury Department Releases Preliminary PPP Guidance and Application
Dykema, April 2020

On March 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which is supporting the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in administering the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and SBA issued preliminary guidance on the program and made available the form of application...

Recent Changes to the Legislative Framework Relating to the Emergency State
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, April 2020

On 27th March 2020, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has posted for public consultation a draft emergency government ordinance envisaged to amend the Emergency Government Ordinance no. 1/1999 relating to the emergency state (“EGO 1/1999”). EGO 1/1999 is the basis on which the presidential decree approving the emergency state was issued on 16thMarch 2020...

Relief for Employers During COVID-19 Epidemic
Afridi & Angell, April 2020

Many employers are facing diminishing revenues during the current Covid-19 epidemic. Many of those employers also face the need to reduce overhead. To provide some relief for employers, the Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation promulgated Ministerial Resolution No. 279 of 2020 (the “Resolution”) on Employment Stability in Private Sector during the Period of Application of Precautionary Measures to Curb the Spread of Novel Coronavirus...

Frequently Asked Question about Labor Law in Times of COVID-19
Carey, March 2020

I. Payment of remunerations by Employers to employees not rendering services Employees subject to medical leave : Normally, the employer is not required to pay remuneration. The employee should receive a subsidy from the relevant health institution...

COVID-19 Labor and Employment Update (March 30, 2020)
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., March 2020

In the evening edition of the Federation’s Official Gazette of March 30, 2020, the General Health Council issued a resolution by which declared the epidemic caused by CoV2 (COVID-19) as a sanitary emergency due to force majeure...

M&A Transactions in the Face of the Coronavirus
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

M&A deals are one of the tools for pursuing business. For some they are amethod for expanding their scale of operations or generating synergies, and for others allow them to exit investments or raise capital. Thus the turbulence now felt by businesses is impacting their activity in the M&A market. While refraining from evaluating the economic impacts of the current situation, we focus on analysing selected legal aspects...

Restrictions on Business Operations and Personal Freedoms Relevant for Business
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

In connection with the coronavirus epidemic, restrictions have been introduced on economic activity and personal freedoms which are unprecedented in the history of adoption and application of law in Poland since 1989. Even now it is evident that the coronavirus epidemic will touch on all sectors of the economy...

Performance of contracts in epidemic conditions
Wardynski & Partners, March 2020

Even such unusual circumstances as apandemic donot overthrow the general principle that contracts should be performed (pacta sunt servanda). But this does not mean that the current situation has no impact on the substance or performance of contractual obligations. Two main situations should be considered here: As aresult of the circumstances, performance of acontractual obligation has become impossible...

NZX Announces Additional Class Waiver and Ruling in Response to COVID-19
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, March 2020

On 26 March, NZX Regulation announced an additional class waiver and ruling for issuers in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19. This follows two previous waivers announced earlier in the month. The NZX’s media release is available here.   Who needs to read it? Why? The NZX’s announcement will be of interest to all listed issuers, particularly those considering their capital raising needs in the coming months...

Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Contractual Relations
Heuking Khn Ler Wojtek, March 2020

For all parties, the question arises at present as to what effects COVID-19 will have on existing contractual relationships – specifically, who will bear the economic burden of the pandemic. In the following is a brief overview: 1...

How Insurance Companies Failure to Exclude Business Interruption Losses Caused by COVID-19 Impacts your Coverage
Waller, March 2020

Commentators and lawyers continue to make blanket statements regarding lack of business interruption coverage for losses caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). They contend that coronavirus-related losses cannot satisfy the “direct physical loss of or damage to [covered] property” language contained in many policies to trigger coverage in the first place...

Federal Reserve Policies in Response to COVID-19
Waller, March 2020

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Fed”) has implemented monetary policy and federal programs in response to COVID-19. The policies and programs primarily affect financial institutions in the business of lending, but an understanding of the policies will aid all borrowers in knowing the constraints of their lenders and the process by which they will receive funds...



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