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“All Things are Ready if our Emergency Plan Be So” Dealing with Emergency Preparedness in California HOAs
Buchalter, March 2021

  The Threats California is used to wildfires. But the Golden State's record-breaking 2020 wildfire season was particularly brutal. A blistering heat wave fueled dozens of simultaneous fires – conditions that spurred Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a statewide state of emergency. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their residences. But, was not – and is not – the only threats California residents face...

2020 Election Results Confirm California’s Cautious Approach to Sweeping Ballot Provisions, While the Bay Area Remains Progressive and Ready to Tax
Buchalter, November 2020

The 2020 election in California as pertains to national politics was never in doubt, but despite being a deeply blue state, Californians continued to show their divide on taxing businesses and making major changes to the statewide tax code. Several ballot initiatives, both at the state and municipal level, would have radically altered how businesses and executives are taxed...

A “Stimulus” to “Modernize” Intellectual Property
Buchalter, December 2020

On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021” into law. Most referred to this as the Coronavirus Relief Bill and thought that it only contained a stimulus package. However, within it, were also changes to intellectual property law...

Ag “Distributor” Cannot Use PACA Trust to Jump Ahead of First-Lien Creditor, Circuit Court Rules
Buchalter, February 2021

  The Sixth Circuit recently ruled that an agricultural “multi-service finance company” had no claim to the proceeds of produce held in trust pursuant to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (“PACA”)[1] and could not circumvent the security interests of a senior lender...

BEFORE THE WALLS COME CRUMBLIN’ DOWN: Lessons that Condo Associations Can Learn from Surfside, Florida Condominium Building Collapse
Buchalter, September 2021

  Surfside Collapse – what we know so far: On Thursday, June 24, 2021, at approximately 1:25 a.m., Champlain Towers South, a twelve-story beachfront condominium in the Miami suburb of Surfside, Florida, partially collapsed. The collapse was reported as the third deadliest structural engineering failure in United States history. Ninety-eight people were confirmed dead, only four people were rescued from the rubble...

Beware of Proposition 19 Property Tax Increases—Planning Opportunities Still Exist for a Brief Window
Buchalter, November 2020

Proposition 19, which was marketed as a provision to benefit homeowners who are over 55, the disabled, and wildfire/disaster victims, actually contained major property tax increases. The increased property taxes will be paid by children and grandchildren that receive California real estate (primary residences and all other properties) from their parents and grandparents...

Bracing for Increased Cannabis Enforcement Under Prop 65
Buchalter, July 2020

California’s cannabis-related businesses will face a dual battle in complying with Proposition 65 requiring businesses to warn the public about cancer-causing chemicals present in products they purchase, writes Buchalter’s Anne Marie Ellis. Businesses are going to have to change their labeling and packaging to list marijuana smoke as a reproductive toxicant and cancer causing agent...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID 19: COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Checklist
Buchalter, April 2020

Businesses are experiencing devastating losses due to mandated restrictions and shutdowns, as well as the cancellation of events. What’s more, no one knows how long this will continue. As a result, many businesses are considering whether their insurance might provide some relief from the losses they already have incurred, or likely will incur, due to this crisis...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID 19: Department of Labor’s New Regulations and Guidance on the Family First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA)
Buchalter, April 2020

On April 6, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) promulgated a temporary rule (“Rule”) interpreting and giving further guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”). The FFCRA includes the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLA”) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSL”). The Rule clarifies a number of important threshold questions in the wake of the FFCRA’s enactment...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID 19: Reminder to Essential Businesses: Ensure You are in Compliance with Federal, State, and Local Safety Orders
Buchalter, April 2020

When COVID-19 first hit, many employers were initially faced with the need to identify if they qualified as an essential business under the operative orders issued by the federal and state governments, and then come into compliance with safety measures, all while ensuring compliance with other requirements such as those laid out by the Americans with Disabilities Act...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID 19: Treasury Department Releases Answers to the Paycheck Protection Program Loans Frequently Asked Questions
Buchalter, April 2020

The Treasury Department has recently published the Paycheck Protection Program Loans Frequently Asked Questions (PPP FAQs). The Treasury Department’s publication provides businesses and lenders desperate guidance related to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the applicable rules, regulations and guidelines that have been plaguing PPP loan participants. This alert summarizes a number of the key questions in the PPP FAQs as of April 7, 2020...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Annual Shareholder Meetings in the Time of Coronavirus
Buchalter, April 2020

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is impacting every aspect of doing business, and annual meetings of shareholders are no exception.  Each corporation is required by state corporation law, and usually its own bylaws, to hold an annual meeting of its shareholders to elect the members of its Board of Directors and to conduct such other business as may be properly brought before its shareholders, with most corporations holding these meetings in March through June...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Bay Area Shelter-in-Place Order and Local Government Status
Buchalter, April 2020

  On March 31, seven Bay Area counties issued stricter shelter-in-place orders and extended their effectiveness to at least May 3 (collectively, the “Orders”). As of the morning of April 2, Napa County noted that it will be joining the other Bay Area counties. Solano County extended the effectiveness of its order, but declined to tighten restrictions...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: CMS Temporarily Expands Advanced Payment Program Eligibility
Buchalter, April 2020

“With our nation’s health care providers on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19, dollars and cents shouldn’t be adding to their worries.” - CMS Administrator Seema Verma. During this Public Health Emergency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has expanded its accelerated and advanced payment program (“Program”) to all Medicare-enrolled providers and suppliers (“Providers”)...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Considerations for Employers Bringing Employees Back to Work in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Buchalter, May 2020

As the White House and state and local governments begin to assess business re-opening measures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are evaluating how to transition employees back to the physical workplace. As a threshold matter, employers must assess applicable state and local governmental orders for restrictions, timing, and guidelines regarding business re-opening, as the lifting of shelter-in-place orders and re-opening measures will vary by region and industry...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: COVID-19 and Intellectual Property Law – UPDATED
Buchalter, April 2020

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the CARES ACT was signed into law.  The Cares Act includes provisions for changing deadlines for patents, trademarks, and copyrights.  For patents and trademarks, the Act permits the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to change the deadlines imposed by Title 35 of the United States Code, the Trademark Act, Section 18 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: COVID-19 Multifamily and Single Family Mortgage Updates: FHA Multifamily Payment Forbearance and Tenant Eviction Moratorium, Deferral of Appraisals on Certain Loans, Extensions of Deadline to Implement Revised URLA and AUS Specifications
Buchalter, April 2020

Governmental and GSE responses to the COVID-19 crisis continue at a rapid pace. Just within the last few days, new guidelines have been issued regarding several multifamily and single family residential topics. These new guidelines add to existing COVID-19 related guidelines and restrictions issued by federal and state regulators, other state and local government authorities, GSEs and FHA...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Did you Receive a Deposit from HHS? Before you Spend it, Read This
Buchalter, May 2020

In addition to proceeds from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Payment Protection Program and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (“CMS”) Accelerated and Advance Payment Program, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (“HHS”) recently deposited $80 billion into health care providers’ bank accounts as part of its Provider Relief Fund...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Environmental Compliance during COVID-19 (Hint: EPA did not Suspend Environmental Laws)
Buchalter, April 2020

Compliance with environmental regulations is challenging under the best of circumstances, but the COVID-19 crisis and measures taken in response add a new layer of complexity.  The lack of a consistent message from elected officials and health officers, on the one hand, and from federal and state environmental regulators, on the other, creates a quandary for the business community...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Estate Planning
Buchalter, April 2020

We hope this Alert finds you and your family healthy and safe during these unsettling times. COVID-19 has interrupted all of our normal routines but has provided many of our clients with a unique opportunity to take a pause and review existing estate planning documents to make sure they are still accurate. We have received numerous calls and emails from clients asking us to update their documents and the choices they made in previous years...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Hastening Telehealth Provision of Medical Services Across State Lines
Buchalter, April 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of states have temporarily waived or modified licensure requirements, allowing licensed practitioners from other states to provide in-person or telehealth services without seeking state-specific licenses. During this unprecedented time, states have quickly recognized the need for medical professionals to work across state lines and the importance of expanding telehealth services...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Judicial Council Enacts COVID-19 Emergency Rules Preventing Unlawful Detainers and Staying Judicial Foreclosure Actions Statewide
Buchalter, April 2020

On Monday, April 6, 2020, in an Emergency Meeting to address issues arising from the COVID-19 Crisis, the Judicial Council enacted emergency rules that protect tenants and borrowers by temporarily preventing California courts from processing unlawful detainer and judicial foreclosure actions, with limited exceptions. The emergency rules apply to both residential and commercial tenants and borrowers, and govern all California State Courts...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Large Employers in the City of Los Angeles Must Provide Supplemental Paid Sick Leave
Buchalter, April 2020

The federal government recently enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), which requires small businesses with less than 500 employees to provide a certain amount of paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave to employees affected by COVID-19. Effective April 7, 2020, employees of large companies in the City of Los Angeles are entitled to up to 80 hours of paid sick leave due to reasons related to COVID-19...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Loan Assistance for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses: Federal Reserve Issues Term Sheets for Main Street Lending Program
Buchalter, April 2020

In a major development to assist businesses with up to 10,000 employees or up to $2.5 billion of annual revenue which have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Reserve has issued Term Sheets for the two portions of the Main Street Lending Program created by the CARES Act, the Main Street New Loan Facility ("MSNLF"), and the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility ("MSELF")...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Local COVID-19 Related Emergency Sick Leave Ordinances in California: San Francisco and San Jose
Buchalter, April 2020

April 21, 2020 Cities in California have been implementing local ordinances providing for emergency supplemental paid sick leave for local workers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which adds complexity for employers navigating the rapidly changing obligations resulting from the pandemic...

 

 

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