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Africa Regulatory Insight: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulatory Measures
ENSafrica, April 2021

ENSafrica recently released Africa Regulatory Insight: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulatory Measures. This comprehensive report outlines the COVID-19 regulatory measures for each country across Sub-Sahara Africa, providing the sector, measure, effective date/status and key points and impact for each region. The information provided herein is intended to provide a general overview, and is not an exhaustive list of all legislatice developments across Sub-Sahara...

Israel Reopens the Skies for Foreign Experts and Businessmen
Fischer, April 2021

Further to the decline of the Covid-19 spread in Israel after the successful vaccination rollout, Israel has announced changes in foreign entry policy into the country, which will allow, among others, the regular entry of foreign experts and businessmen. These reliefs come after several months in which the state borders were almost completely closed to foreigners...

IRS Guidance: COVID-19 PPE May be Eligible to be Reimbursed from Health FSAs, HRAs, and HSAs
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, April 2021

On March 26, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) published Announcement 2021-7, which notifies taxpayers that certain amounts paid for personal protective equipment (such as masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes) for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 (“COVID-19 PPE”) may be an eligible expense that can be reimbursed from certain health care account based plans...

American Rescue Plan Act: New Guidance on COBRA Premium Assistance
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, April 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) became law in March of this year. One of the many relief provisions included in ARPA is a temporary subsidy of COBRA continuation premiums for certain individuals, summarized in our prior alert, found here...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources from Bradley (April 15, 2021)
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2021

This digest is a curated list of Bradley content regarding the coronavirus. In an effort to provide our clients with the easiest way to find information that may be beneficial in responding to the impact of COVID-19, we have provided links to our most recent blog posts, news alerts, webinar recordings and more. Additionally, this digest will now be deployed on a weekly basis in an effort to reduce the number of emails our clients receive...

Can I Bring My Dog to Work After COVID-19?
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2021

As we look forward to returning to our normal routines, after we have all had the opportunity to be vaccinated, many people are wondering what permanent workplace changes will remain in place or will be introduced for workers; as well as the pets they either acquired or became more attached to during quarantine. I am certain my dog thinks I decided to stay home with him all day because he is so wonderful (which he is)...

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, April 2021

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) is a new federally-funded program providing emergency assistance for eligible venues adversely affected by COVID-19. The program, administered by the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance, will offer over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, providing economic relief to eligible entities. This legal update summarizes the requirements and additional information related to the grant application process...

News on the State Support Granted for Temporary Reduction of Working Time (“Kurzarbeit”)
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, April 2021

06.04.2021 – The Law no. 58/02.04.2021 for approving the GEO no. 211/2020 and amendment of GEO 132/2020 was published in the Official Gazette no. 345 dated April 5th, 2021 These new legal provisions introduce a series of amendments of articles wording, certain values/limits and conditions to be met regarding the possibility to temporarily reduce the working time in the current context and access the specific state support...

Employment Flash No. 4/2021 – News on the General Template Documents for Technical Unemployment Support and Days Off for Parents
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, April 2021

07.04.2021 – The Ministerial Order no. 214/22.02.2021 for approving the template documents provided by art. 53¹ para. (12) of the Labor Code was published within the Official Gazette no. 350 dated April 6th, 2021...

Is Refusal to Wear a Mask the Basis for a Human Rights Complaint?
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2021

Mask wearing indoors has become a ubiquitous part of the COVID-19 experience. The B.C. government mandated mask wearing in November of 2020 for most indoor public settings. Those orders are premised on face coverings helping to prevent, respond to or alleviate the spread of COVID-19, when used with other protective measures. Some members of our society have physical, cognitive, or psychological disabilities that make mask wearing unduly difficult or unsafe...

Legal Considerations of Employer-Provided Covid-19 Vaccine Incentives
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2021

Covid-19 has left employers who want their employees back in the office in a difficult position. With the pandemic still raging, many employees are fearful of returning to the office with unvaccinated peers. In order to ease their employees’ concerns and provide a safe work environment, some employers are offering incentives to get vaccinated...

Shearn Delamore & Newsletters 2021
Shearn Delamore & Co., April 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and friends,We are pleased to bring you the March 2020 issue of our quarterly Newsletter, we hope that you will continue to find its contents of value to you.REAL ESTATE:PJD Regency Sdn Bhd v Tribunal Tuntutan Pembeli Rumah: Calculation of Liquidated Agreed Damages commences from the Date of Payment of Booking Fee. A case note by Alexis Yong Mey Ling...

Clinical Trials in Portugal
PLMJ, April 2021

Research and development ("R&D") of medicinal products is fundamentally important in peoples’ daily lives. This is true both from an individual perspective – when considering the objective of identifying and treating pathologies (with a consequent increase in the quality of life of patients) – and from a collective perspective, when considering the role of R&D in controlling the spread of diseases and in eradicating them altogether...

Chile Announces Stricter Quarantine Measures due to New Wave of Covid-19
Carey, April 2021

The Chilean Ministry of Health, through a press conference, announced on Thursday, April 1 st , that the following measures will be implemented as of Monday April 5 th : The country's borders will be closed during the mont

Michigan Open Meetings Act Compliance: (Nearly) Back to Business as Usual
Dykema, March 2021

As of today, March 31, 2021, no longer may public bodies take advantage of the “any reason” remote meeting provisions of the Open Meetings Act. When the Legislature extended the circumstances under which public bodies could meet remotely, it provided for limited circumstances after the “any reason” provision sunsets...

Shearn Delamore & Co Legal Update March 2021 (1)
Shearn Delamore & Co., March 2021

FINANCIAL SERVICES Further extension on short selling ban The Securities Commission Malaysia and Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad announced a further extension, until 29 August 2021, of the existing suspension of Intraday Short Selling (IDSS) and Short Selling by Proprietary Day Traders on the stock exchange of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. The scope of the ban remains the same.   Pepared by: Christina S. C...

Anticipation of Changes to Tax Relief on Pensions Proves Unfounded
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

There has been a growing expectation that in order to fill the COVID sized hole in the Treasury's finances focus and ultimately action would be brought to bear on pension tax relief across defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes. However, "Tax Day" has seen cuts to higher rate tax relief fail to materialise...

Tax Issues for Practical Solutions (T.I.P.S): International Edition
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, March 2021

The SyCipLaw T.I.P.S. International Edition covers the following tax issues: 1. What are the salient provisions on income tax under the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act, or CREATE Act? On March 26, 2021, President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed the “Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act” (Republic Act No. 11534, the CREATE Act) into law...

Out With the Old, In With the New: What Does Smarter Working Look Like as IHLs Build Back Better?
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

The opening webinar of The Lawyer’s Smarter Working Week saw leaders from a broad range of different sized teams discuss their experiences over the past 12 months and how they will use these learnings to build back better and enhance the experience for their business...

Good News for Small Businesses: PPP Loan Program Deadlines Extended!
Dykema, March 2021

It is expected that President Biden will sign the PPP Extension Act of 2021 passed by the House of Representatives on March 16, 2021, and the Senate on March 25, 2021. The bill extends the funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loan program through June 30, 2021, for First Draw and Second Draw Loan applications submitted by lenders to the SBA by May 31, 2021...

Key Considerations & Issues on COVID-19 Vaccine Rollouts Across Southeast Asia – Top 10 Q&A
DFDL, March 2021

The opening year of this decade was sadly and tumultuously marked by the many public health challenges, travel restrictions, border closures, fears and economic hardship brought on by the coronavirus pandemic across the globe...

Is Thailand Safe For Investors Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak?
Kudun and Partners, March 2021

Please note: The information, facts, and figures in this article are correct as of the publication date (12 February 2020). For up-to-date information and advice on this matter, please contact the authors.   Novel coronavirus is understandably causing a lot of panic and uncertainty around the globe...

Additional Measures to Support Private Sector Workers & Revive the Post-COVID-19 Economy (Round 8)
DFDL, March 2021

On 25 March 2021, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) implemented ‘Round 8’ of measures aimed at mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses and workers in Cambodia. The RGC in their press release noted the positive update with respect to the development of COVID-19 vaccines and the fact that Cambodia has to date managed to effectively control COVID-19...

The CRA Has Simplified the Process for Employees to Claim a Tax Deduction for Working from Home Due to COVID-19
Lawson Lundell LLP, March 2021

In 2020, as offices and workplaces across Canada closed or reduced staffing capacity due to COVID-19, many Canadian workers who normally performed work at their employer’s worksite were suddenly required to work from home, either fully or partially. While this has not always been an easy transition, the silver lining is that such workers may be eligible for an income tax deduction in respect of their work-from-home situation...

The Future of Manchester – A Dynamic Production
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

COVID-19 has forced us to completely rethink the way we live, work and move around. It has begged the question: what is it that makes a great city? Manchester is one of the fastest-growing cities in the UK. With cranes dominating the skyline, billions continue to be invested into the city centre as it evolves into a city of quarters...

Cambodia: Additional Measures to Support Private Sector Workers & Revive the Post-COVID-19 Economy (Round 8)
DFDL, March 2021

On 25 March 2021, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) implemented ‘Round 8’ of measures aimed at mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses and workers in Cambodia. The RGC in their press release noted the positive update with respect to the development of COVID-19 vaccines and the fact that Cambodia has to date managed to effectively control COVID-19...

Cambodia: Deadline for Foreign Employee Work Permit Application Now Extended to 31 May 2021
DFDL, March 2021

On 26 March 2021, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (“MLVT”) issued Notification 013/21 (“Notification”) on extending the deadline for foreign employee work permit applications in order to help foreign employees who face difficulties in returning to Cambodia in light of recent COVID-19 outbreak...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: California’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Returns
Buchalter, March 2021

On March 19, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill No. 95 (SB95) and revived California’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave. By March 29, 2021, employers of more than 25 employees must provide Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for covered employees who are unable to work or telework due to concerns related to COVID-19 through at least September 30, 2021...

Government Enforcement for Misuse of Paycheck Protection Program and Other COVID-19 Relief Funds: What You Should Know
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2021

The new American Rescue Plan Act[1] (ARPA) as signed into law earlier this month provides for $1.9 trillion in economic stimulus, supplementing last year’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act[2] and its $2.2 trillion allocation, both undertaken in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States...

Hidden in the American Rescue Plan Act: More Reasons for Employees To Take FFCRA Leave and More Time for Employers To Receive Tax Credits
Dykema, March 2021

While many Americans are receiving their $1,400 payments from the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”), signed into law on March 11, 2021, employers should be paying attention to the somewhat buried language regarding Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”) tax credits. Does the ARPA Require Paid Leave? No...

Major Tax Changes On The Horizon
Dykema, March 2021

Now that the COVID relief bill, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, has passed and is now being implemented, the focus in Congress and the Biden Administration will be moving to their next major bill as part of President Biden's Build Back Better plan. While some may wish this next bill to move quickly, the bill's complexity mostly likely means a longer process over the next six months...

Government Announces a Social Protection Network Strengthening
Carey, March 2021

On March 22, 2021, through a televised address, the President of the Republic announced the strengthening and extension of the Social Protection Network, destined to mitigate the adverse effects caused by the restrictions due to the COVID-19. These measures are based on 5 pillars: • Greater protection to the families’ incomes. • Strengthening of the middle-class support. • Greater job protection...

How Does The American Rescue Plan Affect Welfare Benefit Plans?
Dykema, March 2021

President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the Act) on March 11, 2021. The Act provides COBRA premium subsidies, increases the tax-exclusion amount for employer-sponsored dependent care assistance programs and expands who may be eligible to receive premium tax credits for marketplace coverage. This alert explains how these provisions may impact your welfare benefit plans. Please contact your Dykema benefits attorney to explore the new provisions in greater depth...

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Congress Adds a Few Tax Surprises to Its Rescue Package
Dykema, March 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Pub. L. No. 117-2 (the “ARPA”), signed into law on March 11, 2021, by President Biden, contains a few unexpected tax surprises...

What Did I Miss in 2020... And What's in Store for 2021?
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

COVID-19 has undoubtedly occupied the minds of employment lawyers and businesses over the past 12 months; however, what else has happened in the world of employment law that we might have missed? In our webinar, we looked at the changes that have taken place in the employment context over the past year and we looked ahead at the changes we can expect to see in 2021. Looking back... Section 1 changes A number of key changes took place in April 2020...

Bulletin Real Time: Latest News
Brigard Urrutia, March 2021

Beginning of Stage 2 of the National Vaccination Plan The Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection (Minsiterio de Salud y Protección Social) declared the initiation of stage 2 of the National Vaccination Plan against COVID-19 for the population between 60 and 79 years of age. This does not mean that vaccination for those over 80 years of age will be stopped; these people will continue to be vaccinated without any interruption...

COVID-19 - Legal Updates For Employment Law: The “Sostegni” Decree
Gianni & Origoni, March 2021

Following the extension of the state of emergency until April 30, 2021 and the issuance of further pieces of legislation in connection with the COVID-19 emergency, including the recent Decree of March 13, 2021, no. 30 (that introduced, among others, new parental leaves and baby-sitting vouchers), the so-called “Sostegni Decree” has been just issued (Decree of March 22, 2021, no. 41, in force from March 23, 2021) ...

California Employers Face New COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Requirement
Hanson Bridgett LLP, March 2021

Key Points California employers with more than 25 employees must provide an additional 80 hours of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave to full-time employees for qualified reasons COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave is retroactive to January 1, 2021, and must be paid out on an employee's oral or written request made on or after March 29 The amount of COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave available must be listed as a separate line item on employees' wage statements, no later tha

DOL Guidance on Applying One-Year Limit to COVID-19 Outbreak Period Extensions
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

In EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01, the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a critical interpretation of prior guidance that extended certain deadlines for employee benefit plans, participants, and beneficiaries due to COVID-19. We discussed the original guidance in this prior article...

A Business Bankruptcy Overview: How Subchapter V, the CARES Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act Have Expanded Relief for Businesses and Business Owners in Bankruptcy
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

In February 2020, just prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (Subchapter V) took effect.[1] Subchapter V amends Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code to allow certain individuals and businesses with debts of less than $2,725,625 to file a streamlined Chapter 11 case with the goal to make small business bankruptcies faster and cheaper...

Use the Force? Understanding Force Majeure Clauses
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

It has been said that, sooner or later, everything old is new again. In the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) sweeping the globe in 2020, a heretofore largely overlooked and even less understood nineteenth century legal term has come to the forefront of American jurisprudence: force majeure...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources from Bradley ( March 18, 2021)
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

This digest is a curated list of Bradley content regarding the coronavirus. In an effort to provide our clients with the easiest way to find information that may be beneficial in responding to the impact of COVID-19, we have provided links to our most recent blog posts, news alerts, webinar recordings and more. Additionally, this digest will now be deployed on a weekly basis in an effort to reduce the number of emails our clients receive...

New York Employees Now Entitled to Paid Leave for COVID-19 Vaccination
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, March 2021

New law provides up to four hours of paid leave for vaccination: On March 12, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation entitling New York employees to up to four hours of paid leave to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, effective immediately...

Does Pandemic Fatigue Give Rise to a Duty to Accommodate?
Lawson Lundell LLP, March 2021

Now that we have persevered through one year of the COVID-19 pandemic, much has been written about pandemic fatigue and associated social isolation, mental stress, and anxiety. Employers may be seeing an increase in the incidence of mental illness claims in their workplaces...

Threading A Fine Needle: Employee Return-To-Work And Vaccination Considerations
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, March 2021

As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available, more employers are considering bringing their employees back to the office. In doing so, many employers have questions about whether or not they can require their employees to receive the vaccine before returning. Preliminary guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) suggests that employers can mandate vaccination...

CA DFEH Issues Guidance on Mandatory Employee Vaccination
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, March 2021

California employers may mandate employee vaccination under new guidance from the State’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).  With the opening up of California businesses and expansion of vaccine eligibility, a key question facing employers has been whether they can require their employees to get vaccinated...

Modifications to Instructions for the Obtention of Permits for Movement
Carey, March 2021

A new version of the Instructions for the obtention of permits for movement within zones under quarantines or restrictive measures is in force as of March 15. The most relevant amendments to the former version are the following: Regarding the “Temporary Individual Permit for traveling to polling stations”, a new “permit for voting in the national, regional or local elections” is created...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Mind the Gap: No Rent Relief for The Gap in New York
Buchalter, March 2021

  In one of the latest and most high-profile decisions from across the country relating to commercial tenants’ rent obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected an attempt by The Gap, Inc. (“Gap”) to excuse payment of such obligations due to the pandemic and related government restrictions...

American Rescue Plan Act Provides Additional Sick and Family Leave Credits for Employers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2021

Last week upon final passage by Congress, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA or Act) into law.[1] The $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill provides a comprehensive package of available funds to qualifying individuals and businesses in the form of direct payments, industry-specific grants, and tax credits...

Comment Period Extended for Extensive Changes to HIPAA Privacy Rule
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2021

On March 9, 2021, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a 45-day extension of the public-comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. OCR first released the NPRM to the public on the HHS website on Dec. 10, 2020, and it was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 21, 2021...

OSHA is Poised to Mandate COVID-19 Prevention Programs
Waller, March 2021

Yesterday, the Department of Labor informally notified key stakeholders that it will soon be issuing new regulations concerning COVID-19.  One expectation is that the regulations will require employers to not only implement COVID-19 prevention programs but also follow CDC guidelines...

Nursing Home Visitation Resumes Amid COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, March 2021

On March 10, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued updated guidance for nursing homes to resume visitation options during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nursing homes have been devastatingly effected by COVID-19, with outbreaks causing high rates of infection and death...

Extension of the Deadline for Integration of Special Plans and Suspension of Construction on Developable Land (?)
PLMJ, March 2021

In recent months, the need to conclude the procedures to adapt/amend/revise the municipal and inter-municipal plans for spatial planning has been widely discussed by the municipalities, the Government, economic agents and civil society. This discussion has focused on: i) The integration into in those plans of the rules contained in special plans concerning the arrangements to safeguard territorial resources and natural values that directly bind private individuals...

COVID-19: Planning for Capital Gains, Inheritance, Gift and Wealth Taxes
Lavery Lawyers, March 2021

The deficits being generated by the emergency measures that the federal and provincial governments have implemented since March 2020 are a reminder of the magnitude of our governments' pre-crisis deficits. This situation will inevitably lead to a greater tax burden for businesses and individuals at some point...

Full Steam Ahead: New Administration and New Priorities Will Add to Already Active FCA Enforcement Environment
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

2020 was an especially active year for FCA enforcement. What does this tell us about compliance in the coming year? Bradley Government Enforcement and Investigations partners Jon Ferry, Ty Howard, and Brad Robertson discuss how the enforcement environment drives compliance, and the areas of risk companies need to focus on this year...

Government Announces Extension of Labor Benefits Implemented Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic
Carey, March 2021

On March 8th, 2021, the government announced that, due to the current status of the Covid-19 pandemic in Chile, it was decided to extend the enforcement of the benefits and entitlements of the employment protection law, protected parenting law and law that temporarily amends the requirements to access to the unemployment insurance. Additionally, the coverage and amounts of the benefits of the Employment Subsidy will be increased...

Returning to the Office: How Fair Can a Hybrid Workforce Be?
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

This article looks at the dynamics and tensions which exist between remote and agile working versus the role of hierarchy and the competing needs of teams. Where does the power lie in deciding what the future of work looks like?  Does it sit with management, leadership, employees or HR? Many leaders and managers seem to have embraced working remotely, having previously spent days/weeks and possibly months commuting every year...

Homeworking L.O.S.E.R.S (Laptops on Sofas and Employment Rights Shelved)
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

COVID-19 has definitely changed the way in which we work. When many people started working from home back in March 2020, it was seen as a short-term, temporary arrangement to help combat the effects of COVID-19. Fast forward 12 months and homeworking is widely considered to be here to stay.  In our webinar (kindly hosted by Macmillan Davies), our employment law and health and safety experts talked through the key issues for businesses to be aware of...

Injury During Work for COVID-19 Vaccination – Will the Employer be Liable to Pay?
Deacons, March 2021

With the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in Hong Kong, employers may wish to encourage or even require their employees to be vaccinated for protection. An interesting question arises: If an employee gets injured on their way to or from the vaccination venue, will the employer have to pay compensation? Two cases in the US may shed light on this. In Firestone Tire Rubber Co. v Crawford, 177 Ga. App. 242 (Ga. Ct. App...

David McCombs, Eugene Goryunov, Dina Blikshteyn and Roy Falik in Bloomberg Law: ‘COVID Testing and Patentability’
Haynes and Boone, LLP, March 2021

In September 2020, a team of MIT researchers published a paper in the IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology, testing the hypothesis that coronavirus carriers—even asymptomatic ones—could be accurately detected using artificial intelligence (AI) based on only a phone recording of a forced cough.If this hypothesis is correct, the COVID-19 test can be accessible to people worldwide...

The Future Looks Bright for Solent Freeport
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

Comment from Paula Swain, Partner National Head of Commercial Recoveries and Head of the Solent office for Shoosmiths, Paula is also a Director with the Solent LEP and was part of the Freeport taskforce which was successful in its bid...

“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...

Budget 2021: The Employment Implications
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

Rishi Sunak has announced the much-awaited budget for 2021 hailing protection for the “jobs and livelihoods of the British people”. We outline below the key elements impacting employers and their wider workforce.  Budget 2021: The Employment Implications Rishi Sunak has announced the much-awaited budget for 2021 hailing protection for the “jobs and livelihoods of the British people”...

The Outlook for the Leisure Marine Sector
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

Shoosmiths hosted one if its best attended Shoosmiths Aviation & Marine Breakfast Association (SAMBA) webinars on 25 February. Joined by representatives from industries across the marine spectrum (boatbuilding, finance, insurance, marinas and the RYA) Elliot Bishop and Sarah Fairweather discussed the impact of Covid and Brexit on the leisure marine sector in particular and the outlook for the coming year...

Top Tips for Employers: How to Manage Delays in Disciplinary Processes
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

This is the second article in our 2021 Tricky Issues Series. We will be looking at the five most common causes of delays in disciplinary processes, including the topical issue of delays relating to Covid-19, and how employers can best manage them...

Life Sciences & Healthcare January/2021
Veirano Advogados, March 2021

CRIMINAL Counterfeit VaccinesBy Andre Augusto Mendes Machado and Mariana Murad Leiva Counterfeiting vaccines may lead to criminal liability, usually for the crime foreseen in article 273 of the Brazilian Penal Code, that punishes with imprisonment from 10 to 15 years in addition to the payment of a fine the acts of "falsifying, corrupting, adulterating or modifying products intended for therapeutic or medicinal purposes"...

CFPB Speaks: Lessons from the Prioritized Assessments and COVID-19 Servicing Expectations
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2021

Hear directly from the CFPB about mortgage servicing in the COVID-19 era, including how the leadership transition is affecting the CFPB’s priorities and approach. From a webinar on March 3, Bradley hosted a Q&A session with Allison Brown of the CFPB's Office of Supervision Policy to discuss the CFPB’s supervisory expectations as the industry grapples with CARES implementation and other challenges arising from the coronavirus crisis...

Product Advertising in the Time of COVID-19: Health Canada and the Competition Bureau are on the Lookout for Misleading Claims
Lavery Lawyers, March 2021

It’s been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and many companies are attempting to market products intended to help consumers deal with the risks associated with COVID-19. Some of the most common examples of such products include face masks, testing devices, hand sanitizers, and hard-surface disinfectants...

Kalifa Review of UK Fintech: Should New Zealand Take a Similar Approach?
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, March 2021

he recently published “Kalifa Review of UK Fintech” (Kalifa Review) is the result of an independent review that began in July 2020, with the objects of supporting growth and widespread adoption of fintech in the UK, and maintaining the UK’s global fintech reputation...

Continued Flexibility for Employers and Third Wave Hits Hungary - Will this be the 'New Normal'?
Szecskay Attorneys at Law, March 2021

On February 22, the government extended the state of emergency by 90 days, to May 23. The extension also applies to the transitional provisions the government passed in the earlier phase of the pandemic for the protection of health and the economy. Among these transitional rules is the so-called Home Office Decree. This decree relaxed the regulation in the field of the otherwise strict and rigid rules pertaining to teleworking and home office work...

Corporate Insolvency Regime in the ASEAN Region – Focus on Bangladesh
DFDL, March 2021

This publication is part of a DFDL series focusing on Corporate Insolvency Regime in consideration of the COVID-19 outbreak in Asia. DFDL published the previous editions in a series of tailor-made FAQs on restructuring and insolvency matters that businesses and stakeholders need to keep track of in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam...

The Eviction Moratorium: A Texas Federal Court Holds the CDC Lacks Authority to Regulate Private Property Rights—BUT Eviction Moratorium Remains
Dykema, March 2021

On Thursday, February 25, 2021, a Federal Court Judge in the Eastern District of Texas sided with a group of landlords by holding that the eviction moratorium instituted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is unconstitutional by extending “far beyond the legitimate scope of federal power...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: FHFA Extends Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Single-Family Eviction and Foreclosure Moratoria, and Extends GSE Forbearance and Deferral Lengths; List of Current Periods for GSEs, Federal Agencies and States of California, Washington, Oregon and Arizona
Buchalter, February 2021

By Michael Flynn, Doug Prince and Khaled Tarazi Buchalter’s February 16 COVID Alert (https://www.buchalter.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/FHA-VA-USDA-Foreclosure-and-Eviction-Moratoria-and-Forbearance-Application-Deadline-Extended-to-June-30.pdf) reported that the federal government had extended the FHA, VA and USDA timelines for single-family foreclosure and eviction moratoria and forbearance periods to June 30, 2021...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Federal Court Declares CDC Eviction Moratorium is Unconstitutional, But Does Not Enjoin the Order
Buchalter, February 2021

 By Michael Flynn, Doug Prince and Khaled Tarazi  On Thursday, February 25, a Federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas ruled that the CDC tenant eviction order is unconstitutional, but did not enjoin the order.  The case was brought by seven Texas landlords against the CDC, challenging the CDC moratorium order.  The CDC moratorium applies to tenants who, among other things, declare economic hardship and earned $99,000 or less in 2020 ($198,000 for couples)...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Cal-OSHA Wins First Round in Major Court Challenge to its COVID-19 Emergency Regulation
Buchalter, February 2021

Cal-OSHA’s COVID-19 regulation remains in effect after the trial court rejected a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by a coalition of employers. This included challenges to: (1) compensation for employees excluded from work; (2) mandated testing; and (3) health and safety requirements for employer-provided housing and transportation. Therefore, employers must continue to abide by the requirements of the emergency regulation...

San Francisco Court Declines to Halt Enforcement of Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard Regulations
Hanson Bridgett LLP, February 2021

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman ruled yesterday that Cal/OSHA can continue to enforce its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard Regulation (ETS), at least for now. On February 25, 2021, Judge Schulman issued an order denying Plaintiffs' applications for a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of the Cal/OSHA's COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard Regulation (ETS) in two cases...

COVID-19 Products: Health Canada and Competition Bureau Watch Out for Misleading Claims
Lavery Lawyers, February 2021

It’s been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and many companies are attempting to market products intended to help consumers deal with the risks associated with COVID-19. Some of the most common examples of such products include face masks, testing devices, hand sanitizers, and hard-surface disinfectants...

Bankruptcy Avoidance - But How? An Important Step in Facilitating the Preventive Restructuring of Companies
DORDA, February 2021

Good news in times of crisis: The eagerly awaited draft of the Restructuring and Insolvency Directive Implementation Act (RIRL-UG) was published yesterday. The law with which Directive (EU) 2019/1023 (Restructuring Directive) is implemented in Austria is to come into force on July 17, 2021 (at the end of the implementation period). The review phase will run until April 6, 2021...

Telehealth Fraud and Abuse: What’s Next in Compliance and Enforcement for Healthcare’s Hottest Area?
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

In 2020, telehealth went from promising ancillary issue to center stage in the healthcare industry. Regulators and law enforcement took notice. With enforcers’ attention now squarely on telehealth fraud and abuse, telehealth providers and companies are poised to be among the main targets for civil and criminal enforcement in the coming years. Webinar Recording Key Takeaways Telehealth is a key enforcement priority for federal and state enforcement agencies, including the U...

UnMasked: A Generational Shift in Attitudes About Racial Inequity, Diversity And The Unique Implications for Businesses
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

This week, Westlaw Today published an article by Dinsmore partner J.T. Wilson III about the generational shift in attitudes toward racial equity in light of George Floyd's death and about how business owners and employers must react accordingly...

Travel to India during COVID-19
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, February 2021

This article has been updated based on the available information until 20th February 2021. As Government notifications are constantly revised, it is advisable to consult your attorney or visit the website of the relevant Government agency prior to travelling. Further, in additional to the guidelines published by the Central Government, passengers are also requested to refer to State specific official websites to be well informed about any additional requirements...

The Doctor Will See You Now: FMLA and Telehealth Visits
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

As you already know, COVID-19 changed almost everything, and some of those things are likely here to stay (or at least linger for a while longer). One widespread change is the increased use of videoconferencing. In early 2020, a videoconference was a rarity, but now we Zoom in and out of classrooms, work meetings, and court appearances. Not surprisingly, the virtual world has reached the doctor’s office...

Can Workers be Required to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
LEGA Abogados, February 2021

As of March 11, 2020, the date on which the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, States have taken various measures such as social distancing, restriction of free movement, the closure of borders, among others, which have undoubtedly had a decisive impact on people in general, and especially on workers and employers...

Overcoming TM Maintenance Filing Hurdles Amid Pandemic
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

As we near the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, trademark maintenance deadlines in 2021 create new obstacles for registrants. To maintain a federal trademark registration, registrants must periodically file an affidavit of use under Section 8, swearing that the mark is in use in commerce or that the registrant has an acceptable excuse for nonuse. Recent office actions show that the U.S...

Bulletin Real Time: Latest News
Brigard Urrutia, February 2021

1. Historic: First vaccine administered in Colombia. A nurse in the Caribbean region of Sincelejo was the first Colombian to be vaccinated in the country. The original plan had been to begin the nationwide vaccination program on Saturday (February 20), but things have moved faster. Sincelejo and Montería began vaccinating today. Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga and Cartagena begin tomorrow...

WEBINAR - Online intellectual property threats and best practices amid Covid-19 in the Asia Pacific region
Shearn Delamore & Co., February 2021

Dear valued clients, colleagues and business partners, You are invited to join a remarkable panel of speakers who will discuss some of the latest trends in online infringement related to Covid-19 pandemic and best practices for developing a sound brand protection strategy for your intellectual property...

First State Enacts Permanent COVID-19 Occupational Health and Safety Requirements
Waller, February 2021

Virginia is now the first state in the nation to enact permanent COVID-19 workplace safety and health standards. In late January, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) adopted the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Program. The program promulgates a new standard that supersedesVirginia’s Emergency Temporary Standard from July 2020...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: FHA, VA, USDA Foreclosure and Eviction Moratoria, and Forbearance Application Deadline, Extended to June 30; Current List of Time Periods for GSEs, Federal Agencies and West Coast States Foreclosures and Evictions, and Forbearance Applications
Buchalter, February 2021

Following last week’s FHFA announcement extending the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac foreclosure and eviction moratoria and their deadlines for applying for COVID-related forbearance, the White House announced on February 16 that FHA, VA, and USDA will extend their single-family residential foreclosure and eviction moratoria, and their deadlines for applying for COVID-related forbearance, to June 30, 2021...

Two Ways Colleges Can Build Better Paths Toward Student Success
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Like every other higher education leader, I spent most of the last 10 months reacting to the operational imperatives driven by the COVID-19 crisis. Each day presented a novel crisis, and just when we thought we’d see no more plot twists, a new one emerged. In the midst of that maelstrom and as the state’s higher education chief, I often found myself trying to find elusive time to process what these daily crises meant for our enterprise over the long term...

Flexible Working and Employee Mental Health
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

This is the final article in a series reflecting on employee mental health and wellbeing challenges that employers are currently facing. It focuses on how employers can support employee mental health going forwards. Flexible future? If COVID-19 has done one thing at the very least, it is to open employers’ eyes to different and more creative ways of working...

COVID-19 Measures in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Afridi & Angell, February 2021

New measures to curb the “second wave” of COVID-19 cases have been introduced by the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management (the Dubai Committee) and the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for COVID-19 Pandemic (the Abu Dhabi Committee)...

Bulletin Real Time: Latest News
Brigard Urrutia, February 2021

Modifications to the obligation to disclose information by issuers of securities The National Government issued a new rule that modifies the provisions relating to the obligation to disclose information by issuers of securities, in accordance with the parameters set by the International Organization of Securities Commissions...

Bulletin Real Time: Latest News
Brigard Urrutia, February 2021

1. Relief for Venezuelan migrants with the enactment of the Temporary Protection Statute for Migrants. Colombia currently hosts an estimated 1.7 million Venezuelans, 56% of whom do not have regular status (Devex, 2021). On February 8th, 2021, Colombia announced the creation of the Temporary Protection Statute for Venezuelan Migrants, becoming the most relevant immigration policy in Latin America and the Caribbean to regularize the Venezuelan population and protect their human rights...

Adding up the Numbers: DOJ Announces Its False Claims Act Recoveries for 2020
Dykema, February 2021

In January 2021, the U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ) announced $2.2 billion in False Claims Act (FCA) recoveries for fiscal year 2020, which ended on September 30.[1] Although this amount is substantial, it nonetheless represents the smallest recovery figure in 10 years. These figures reflect the Trump administration’s unaggressive enforcement efforts and its restrictive view of the FCA. As recently as 2016, FCA recovery exceeded $4.5 billion. Recoveries in 2019 were $3...

Can Employers Justify Compelling Employees to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?
ENSafrica, February 2021

South African law currently does not have any legislation that specifically requires employees to take the COVID-19 vaccination. The president was also emphatic that no one would be forced to take the vaccination, which is being rolled out in a governmental attempt to vaccinate 67% of the population (approximately 40-million people in South Africa)...

Must AstraZeneca Supply the European Union with Sufficient COVID-19 Vaccines under Belgian Law?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, February 2021

Introduction On 27 August 2020 the European Commission, on behalf of EU member states, entered into an advance purchase agreement (APA) with AstraZeneca for the production, purchase and supply of the Anglo-Swedish company's COVID-19 vaccine in the European Union.(1) The APA provides for: AstraZeneca's supply of 300 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine (the initial Europe doses); and an option for the European Union to order an additional 100 million doses (the optional doses)...

Occupational Doctors' Enhanced Role in Combating COVID-19: Contact Tracing, Quarantine Certificates and Testing
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, February 2021

Introduction On 21 January 2021 a new royal decree was published in the Official Gazette which has temporarily extended occupational doctors' role in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in the workplace...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources from Bradley
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Coronavirus Insights & Updates The information listed below is categorized by topic for your convenience and includes content from the previous week. Bradley is actively monitoring and engaging with relevant federal, state or local entities on issues related to the coronavirus. Please contact one of the authors if you have any questions. Click on a link below to view the full article, alert, blog, webinar recording or interview...

Strategic Land Development and Public Rights of Way
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Takeaways from webinar on 2 February 2021 hosted by Karen Howard, Matthew Stimson and Grace Mitchell from our planning & environmental team. What are public rights of way and why are they relevant? A public right of way (PROW) is a type of highway - a route across land over which the public at large has a right to pass/ repass without permission or interference...

Coronavirus: Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19
PLMJ, February 2021

The judgment of the United Kingdom Supreme Court On 1 May 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), the body that oversees the insurance industry in the United Kingdom, announced that it wanted to obtain a ruling from the English courts on the meaning and effect of the sample of business interruption clauses that it selected from eight insurers in particular...

Redefining Public Private Partnerships: National Summit
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Over the next decade, challenges around public funding and a shift in live/work priorities will create an increasing need for public-private collaboration as we seek to rebuild and regenerate our towns and cities in a post-Covid and post-Brexit climate...

An Overview of Modern Cross Jurisdictional Investigation
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

The with backdrop of a global pandemic, John Hartley looks at the modern structure of global corporate investigations. It is a small world and getting smaller. The speed at which COVID-19 spread across the world when most easily transmitted by being within two meters of each other is a clear indication of just how small the world is getting...

Could This Little-Used FDA Submission Process Help Secure Approval for Your Medical Device?
Dykema, February 2021

The de novo medical device process is a little-used but potentially valuable means of securing approval for your medical device. The pathway was established in 1997 subject to the Federal Food Drug & Cosmetic Act, Section 513 (f) (2). It was designed to employ a risk-based strategy for novel devices that have not yet been classified. Basically, it establishes a new device type including classification, regulation, appropriate controls and product code...

UK Supreme Court Rules on Insurance Policy Wording for Business Interruption Losses due to COVID-19
Deacons, February 2021

A recent UK Supreme Court Judgment, the Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK Ltd) & Ors [2021] UKSC 1, clarified whether a variety of insurance policy wordings cover business interruption losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and public health measures taken by UK authorities in response to the pandemic from March 2020...

Coronavirus: Employment Support Measures
PLMJ, February 2021

Following the renewal of the state of emergency, Decree 3-A/2021 of14January of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, determines the closure of various types of establishments. Inthiscontext, the employment support measures were amended by Decree-Law 6-C/2021 of 15 January and Decree-Law 6-E/2021 of15January, which we summarised below. 1...

Dutch Law Security for CREF Loans – Quite Secure, But Some (New) Exceptions to That Rule
Van Doorne N.V., February 2021

Traditionally, Dutch mortgage lenders have always found themselves in quite a good position in the event of their borrower and mortgagor becoming insolvent. As a firm general rule, it is fair to say that the position of a secured creditor is quite secure under Dutch law. Recent insolvency and COVID related regulations have, however, made some inroads into the Dutch secured lender’s stronghold...

Frontier Workers – What the New Guidance Mans for You
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Our latest Brexit Insight: Immigration series of webinars focusses on the impact of Brexit on workers and businesses since 31 December 2020. Our Immigration expert, Rachel Harvey, kicked off the first session by discussing the issues surrounding the new frontier worker permit and eligibility, including what a frontier worker is, what a frontier worker permit provides and what your obligations are as an employer for the next 6 months and beyond...

Coronavirus: Restrictions on Exports of Vaccines against COVID-19
PLMJ, February 2021

Brief notes on Commission Regulation 2021/111 of 29 January 2021 Following the differences that came to light with AstraZeneca at the end of last week, the European Commission approved Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/111 of 29 January 2021, which came into force on Saturday, 30 January. The Regulation prohibits the unauthorised exportation of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 outside the European Union...

CFPB Acting Director Considering Delay in New Qualified Mortgage Rule
Buchalter, February 2021

In a new blog, David Uejio, the Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) stated that he has instructed CFPB staff to “explore options for preserving the status quo with respect to QM and debt collection rules...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Regional Stay-at-Home Orders Lifted as California Returns to Tiered COVID System; Companies and Landlords Consider Ramifications of Mandatory Vaccine Programs
Buchalter, February 2021

On January 25, the State of California lifted its previously enacted emergency stay-at-home order for all 58 counties. The stay-at-home orders were put in place at the beginning of December and were designed to help ease the burden on ICUs throughout the state, which were becoming increasingly inundated with new COVID-19 patients...

OSHA Releases Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Workplaces
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

On Jan. 29, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released updated guidance regarding mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Important highlights are as follows. First, the guidance emphasizes that employers should implement a COVID-19 prevention program for the workplace...

2021 Notice of Tax Assessments Will Be Issued in February
Dykema, February 2021

The 2021 tax assessment of real and personal property will be determined by local Assessors in February, at which time a Notice of Assessment will be issued and mailed to property owners. Property owners should make sure to check the mail for a copy of the Notice in order to determine whether an appeal of their taxable value should be filed...

California Extends COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium; Provides Financial Assistance for Eligible Landlords and Tenants
Hanson Bridgett LLP, February 2021

Key Points Eviction protections that were set to expire January 31 have been extended to June 30, 2021 New notice requirements took effect February 1 Landlords may not charge late fees or increase rent or fees for tenants who attest to COVID-19-related financial distress State Rental Assistance Program may pay 80 percent of a qualified tenant's rent if landlord forgives the remainder On January 29, 2021, California Senate Bill 91 became law, effective immediately...

Thailand: New Tax Relief Package for COVID-19
DFDL, February 2021

1. LAND AND BUILDING TAX On 26th January, the Cabinet approved legislation with measures to reduce the tax on land and buildings, and land registration fees for residential housing as a means of alleviating the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 situation in Thailand. The new measures include: A 90% reduction of the land and building tax for 2021 that will be implemented through the enactment of a royal decree pursuant to Section 55 of the Land and Building Tax Act 2019 (the “Act”)...

New National Labour Council CLA Sets Framework for Covid-Telework
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, February 2021

Traditionally, Belgian labour law distinguishes between two forms of telework, namely structural telework, regulated by the Collective Labour Agreement n° 85, and occasional telework, regulated by the Act on Workable and Agile Work. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, a third category has been added, namely 'Covid telework', which was, at a certain point, recommended but has now been made compulsory again by the government...

Prioritise Employee Welfare and Reap the Rewards
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Can real estate help solve the productivity puzzle?. To access this free report, please click on the download link to the right of this page.   If somebody asked me at the start of 2020 whether I could join a meeting by video, my immediate thought would have been: “no, that sounds far too difficult and I don’t think we really have the technology to do that”...

What Changes Are in Store for the FDA Under the Biden Administration?
Dykema, January 2021

A change in administrations from Republican to Democratic usually ushers in increased enforcement, regulation and strategic initiatives. Most of the Trump regulations and initiatives will likely be scrapped where possible. They will be replaced by rules and guidance documents that have been held in abeyance during the previous administration, as well as numerous new initiatives...

Labor & Social Security Law Department Report - Regulatory Alert: Necessity and Urgency Decree No. 39/2021
Beccar Varela, January 2021

    i.   To extend until December 31st, 2021, the occupational emergency declared by the Necessity and Urgency Decree No. 34/2019.       ii.   To extend the prohibition of dismissals without just cause and for the causes of lack or reduction of work and force majeure for a period of 90 days as of the expiration of the term established by Decree No...

COVID-19: ANM Extends validity of Mineral titles and Suspension of Procedural and Material Deadlines until June 30, 2021
Veirano Advogados, January 2021

On January 22, 2021, the Federal Official Gazette published Resolution No. 55, by means of which the National Mining Agency (“ANM”) amends Resolutions No. 28/2020 and 46/2020, which deal with the suspension of deadlines of certain procedural and material acts under its competence, and the extension of the terms of mineral titles, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic...

Life Sciences & Healthcare - January 2021
Veirano Advogados, January 2021

Welcome to the Life Sciences & Healthcare Newsletter, a publication prepared by our multidisciplinary team dedicated to the Healthcare industry, under the coordination of partners Lior Pinsky and Renata Fialho de Oliveira. INSURANCE ANS establishes operating rules for electronic administrative proceedings, effective as of end of March 2021 Andrea Piccolo Brandão  In accordance with Decree No. 8,539, of Oct. 08, 2015 ("Dec...

Enhanced Role for the Occupational Doctor in Combatting Covid-19: Contact Tracing, Quarantine Certificates and Testing
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, January 2021

A new Royal Decree published on 21 January 2021 in the Belgian Official Gazette has temporarily extended the occupational doctor's role in combatting the Covid-19 virus...

Corona Test in Employment
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, January 2021

Imagine you instruct an employee to get tested for the Covid-19 virus infection. The employee refuses the test, claiming that the employer is not authorized to instruct him to take such a test. Moreover, the employee claims he had been vaccinated against Covid-19. What is the legal situation? 1...

No Short-Time Work without Effective Agreement
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, January 2021

Labor Court Siegburg 11/11/2020 - 4 Ca 1240/20 Short-time work continues to be omnipresent in many sectors of the economy due to the Covid 19 pandemic. A recent decision by the Labor Court Siegburg once again emphasizes that the ordering and implementation of short-time work requires careful preparation on the part of the company in terms of labor law in order to avoid unpleasant surprises...

Sars-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation - Right to Working from Home?
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, January 2021

In the fight against the further spread of the Corona virus, the federal government issued the so-called Corona Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance on January 21, 2021, which has come into force on January 27, 2021, and remains effective until March 15, 2021...

South African Employers: Are your Employees as Excited about the COVID-19 Vaccine as You Are?
ENSafrica, January 2021

The government’s recent announcement of its plan to roll-out the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine nationwide has triggered many questions and concerns, highlighting a collision of seemingly conflicting rights and obligations in various spheres of life. With the first vaccines arriving on our shores on 1 February 2021, there are likely some employees out there who are not as excited about the arrival of the vaccine as their employers are...

The BIMCO Ship Sale Agreement – A New Form of Standard?
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2021

Background BIMCO has circulated a Consultation Draft of a new Ship Sale Agreement (the «SSA»). For some time now, there has been a predominant standard form of vessel sale. With its origins back to 1925, developed by the Norwegian Shipbrokers’ Association and available through Bimco, it is still referred to as the Norwegian Saleform (or NSF) despite its recent rebranding as «Saleform 2012»...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources from Bradley (January 28, 2021)
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The information listed below is categorized by topic for your convenience and includes content from the previous week. Bradley is actively monitoring and engaging with relevant federal, state or local entities on issues related to the coronavirus. Please contact one of the authors if you have any questions. Click on a link below to view the full article, alert, blog, webinar recording or interview...

The New Normal – The Consolidated Appropriations Act Temporarily Codifies Pandemic-Related Bankruptcy Relief for Commercial Tenants (But It’s Not All Bad For Landlords)
Dykema, January 2021

On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2021 (the “CAA”) was enacted to provide additional coronavirus stimulus and relief for businesses challenged by the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic...

Year in Review: Top Insurance Cases of 2020
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, January 2021

Not surprisingly, COVID-19 business interruption insurance disputes dominated media headlines for most of 2020. Nonetheless, there were a number of other insurance rulings that will undoubtedly shape the coverage landscape. Policyholders enjoyed a number of significant wins including significant victories related to COVID-19 business interruption cases. The start of a new year gives us an opportunity to highlight some of 2020’s most notable coverage decisions...

Court Finds in Favor of Restaurants Seeking Coverage for Loss of Business Income
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2021

In a scenario that has played out across the country for nearly a year now, a group of restaurants based in Ohio were ordered by government authorities to close their on-site dining operations to abate the spread of the coronavirus. However, when the restaurants sought insurance coverage for their loss of business income, their insurer, Zurich American Insurance Company, denied coverage. Last week, the U.S...

Recent Federal Cases in the N.D. Ohio Split on COVID-19 Business Interruption Insurance Coverage
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

Two federal cases in the Northern District of Ohio recently reached very different conclusions on whether the state’s COVID-19 shutdowns of restaurants permit valid claims for business interruption insurance coverage. Reviewing essentially the same facts and policy provisions, one court found for the insurer, holding no coverage to exist. The other found for the policyholder, awarding coverage. The opposite results will no doubt lead to further upcoming appellate activity in Ohio...

Will Tennessee Make Restaurant Delivery Permanent?
Waller, January 2021

Tennessee state Rep. Bob Ramsey has introduced state legislation that makes delivery of alcoholic beverages by restaurants, hotels and other liquor by the drink licensees “permanent” — at least for three years. Download a copy of the legislation here...

Intellectual Property Update and Year in Review
Dykema, January 2021

CONGRESS PASSES TRADEMARK MODERNIZATION ACT LEGISLATION In December 2020, the U.S. Congress took action that will have a significant effect on brand holders. At the end of the year, Congress passed the Trademark Modernization Act (“TMA”) that, inter alia, provides additional tools to the USPTO to respond to the rise in improper behavior in trademark filings including filing fraudulent claims of use...

PPP Loans REDUX
Dykema, January 2021

On December 27, 2020, the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act (the “Economic Aid Act”) was enacted which, among other things, reauthorized lending under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) to first-time borrowers (“First Draw PPP Loans”) and for second draws by certain borrowers who have previously received PPP loans (“Second Draw PPP Loans”)...

Gender Pay Gap Reporting: What You Need to Know for 2021
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The requirement for businesses to publish gender pay gap reports was cancelled in 2020 as a result of COVID-19. Gender pay reporting is, however, back on the agenda for 2021 so is there anything new that you need to know? In short, yes. There has been a lot of commentary over the last nine months about the impact of Covid-19, and particularly furlough, on gender pay statistics (see our previous article here https://www.shoosmiths.co...

UK Mid-Market Finance: Our Predictions for 2021
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

This article looks at trends, including the response to COVID-19, which we expect to impact the mid-market in 2021. Last year we gave COVID-19 a quick mention in our ‘look at the year ahead’. Nobody foresaw the impact it would have. As the market enters a new year, there remains the uncertainty that we’ve grown familiar with...

Data Centres - Our Unsung Heroes
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Can real estate help solve the productivity puzzle?. To access this free report, please click on the download link to the right of this page.   The Covid pandemic has clearly had a significant impact on our society, the economy and everyday life, with numerous sectors having found life in lockdown incredibly challenging...

DOJ Stats Show Dip in Fraud Recoveries in ’20, but Signs Point to Impending Rise in False Claims Act Litigation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has just released its annual statistical overview[1] of False Claims Act (FCA) and other fraud actions for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020)[2], and the numbers tell a mixed story. The total of just over $2.2 billion in settlements and judgments represents a decline of more than one-quarter in recoveries from FY2019,[3] likely reflecting workforce, logistical, and judicial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Recent Case Law and the Newly Enacted Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code May Enable Your Commercial Client to Get Much Needed Rent Relief
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a global shock to businesses everywhere. Uncertainty about its path, duration and magnitude has wreaked havoc on many of our commercial clients. The associated government-mandated shutdown orders have drastically impacted businesses’ ability to make timely rental payments. The Bankruptcy Code does not generally allow debtors to unilaterally abate or modify the terms of their property leases...

International Air Travelers Entering the United States Must Have a Negative COVID-19 Test
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

Effective Jan. 26, 2021, all air passengers traveling to the United States will be required to get a viral test for current infection within the three days before their flight to the U.S. is scheduled to depart, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test results (paper or electronic copy) to the airline...

Massachusetts Health Care Bill Makes Several Significant Changes
Verrill, January 2021

While you were celebrating the New Year, Governor Baker signed Chapter 260 of the Acts of 2020, an “Act promoting a resilient health care system that puts patients first,” the result of the Legislature’s months of work to address various health care delivery system and social equity issues that the COVID-19 epidemic has hastened...

The Future of Flexible Working
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

At the beginning of the pandemic, businesses had to rapidly adopt new ways of working and enable staff to work from home as much as possible. Nine months on, the threats posed by the virus remain, and ways of working have changed beyond recognition. We consider below the longer term impact of COVID-19 on flexible working, and the extent to which employees are willing (or not) to return to their ‘normal’ place of work...

Changes to the Standard Method for Assessing Housing Need
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

On 12 January 2021, David Mathias, Tim Willis, Sam Grange and Matthew Stimson from our Planning & Environmental team hosted a webinar to discuss the main changes introduced to the existing ‘Standard Method’ used for assessing housing need in England and Wales...

Employee Retention Tax Credits Expanded Under Consolidated Appropriations Act
Dykema, January 2021

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, Pub. L...

Business Interruption Insurance Cover: Supreme Court FCA Test Case Decision
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The Supreme Court has handed down its much anticipated decision relating to the coverage of business interruption insurance claims made following the COVID-19 pandemic. A key question was whether the Supreme Court ruling would finally provide the clarity that the expedited test case sought to achieve for both policyholders and insurers. The good news for all is that the Supreme Court has indeed provided much more clarity in relation to most issues...

Winding-Up a Company: It Now Takes More to Wind-Up a Company, in the Same Amount of Time
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

BackgroundSection 466(1)(a) of the Companies Act 2016 (“CA 2016”) provides that a company is deemed unable to pay its debts if it is indebted in a sum exceeding an amount prescribed and neglects to pay the sums stipulated in the notice of demand within 21 days of being served with the said notice.Through the issuance of the Prescription of Amount of Indebtedness of Company published on 26 January 2017 (“2017 Threshold Order”), this amount was fixed at RM10,000...

Covid-19: Further Relief for Contractual Parties through an Extension of Part II of the Covid-19 Act
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

BackgroundOn 23 October 2020, the Malaysian government gazetted the Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Act 2020 (“Covid-19 Act”). This Act, as evident from its name, is meant to provide temporary measures to ease the impact of Covid-19 on various sectors and industries in Malaysia. Areas addressed by the Covid-19 Act include inability to perform contracts, insolvency and limitation periods...

2021 Predictions: What’s on the Horizon for Construction?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The outlook for the year ahead is uncertain with the effects of post-Brexit rules to contend with and COVID-19 continuing to restrict the way we live and work. We look at what the year may have in store for the construction industry. COVID-19 There is no doubt that the pandemic has caused challenges for the construction industry and is likely to have a significant impact into 2021...

Home Working not the Panacea
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Home Working not the Panacea’. To access this free report, please click on the download link to the right of this page.   Home. Noun. Meaning: “The place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.” Not any longer. Home is now also where many of us work...

Bulletin Real Time: Latest News
Brigard Urrutia, January 2021

Read the latest news 1. Air travelers arriving to Colombia must provide evidence of a negative PCR test to be allowed entry On December 31st, 2020, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection (Ministerio de Salud y Protección Social) modified the biosecurity protocol for the international air transportation, adding the following measures: Airport operators must prohibit the consumption of food and beverages in immigration or emigration areas...

CDC to Require Negative COVID Tests for All International Air Passengers
Dykema, January 2021

The United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order that will take effect on January 26, 2021, requiring all arriving international airline passengers to provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within three days of the flight’s foreign departure. For those who have had it, the CDC will require proof of recovery...

Studios and Designers: Are you Sure that you Own the Intellectual Property Rights to your Video Games?
Lavery Lawyers, January 2021

The year 2020 will have been difficult for the vast majority of industries, and in particular for the arts, entertainment and recreation industry. The video game industry, however, is growing in leaps and bounds. For example, Nintendo and PlayStation have each set record sales for their games released in 2020, including Animal Crossing:New Horizons and The Last of UsPart II. Over the past few decades, the number of video game players has never stopped increasing...

Employment Law Review: The Year 2020 in the Rear-View Mirror and 2021 Appearing on the Horizon
Krogerus, January 2021

The year 2020 was turbulent in many ways: the worldwide pandemic slowed down a number of reforms and caused challenges for various industries. Now it is time to look back and remind ourselves of the changes that took place in the field of employment law over the past year. It is also time to glance at the reforms awaiting us in 2021, a year hopefully brighter than its predecessor...

Federal Government Announces Provider Relief Fund Reporting Extension
Waller, January 2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just announced that Provider Relief Fund Program (PRF) recipients will now be required to submit reports regarding their use of these funds later than previously announced. The previous deadline was February 15, 2021. Currently, a specific new timeline was provided, but HHS is encouraging providers to register to receive updates...

Van Doorne Moves into Top 10 Mergermarket M&A Deal Count 2020 - Tech M&A Driving Force Behind M&A Activity
Van Doorne N.V., January 2021

Although the start of 2020 also shook up the M&A world, the market recovered especially in the second half of the year. At Van Doorne, the M&A specialists experienced this in the number of transactions: 32 of them. This puts the firm in 8th place in the Mergermarket Benelux League Table, based on the number of deals. In 2020, in Europe almost $850 billion was spent on a total of 6,658 transactions. This is an increase of 5.6% compared to 2019...

Is the COVID-19 Vaccination in a Child’s Best Interest?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

If parents cannot agree whether their children should be vaccinated, they can make an application under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 to ask a judge to determine the issue. In M v H (Private Law Vaccination) [2020],  the mother objected to the parties' two children aged six-years-old and four-years-old  being given routine childhood vaccines in accordance with the NHS vaccination schedule...

A Proxy Season and Annual Report Guide to 2021
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

This is a summary of the Annual Report. Click here to access the full guide. The 2020 proxy season shareholder proposals were already submitted before the COVID-19 shadow loomed large over the season; however, such shadow likely impacted how shareholders voted on the proposals themselves, impacted business throughout 2020, and continues to jolt 2021 and the forthcoming 2021 proxy season...

Capacity and Lockdown Part 3.0
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

The Court of Protection is a specialist Court, focussing solely on supporting vulnerable individuals. This past year has acutely highlighted the needs of those most vulnerable in our society and their dependency on others to help manage their affairs. The Court has had to adjust its practices in order to ensure that help and solutions are found for those lacking capacity with minimal delay...

Is Furlough Leave an Option for Struggling Parents?
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

Lockdown 3.0 is upon us and once again schools are closed and working parents find themselves having to balance childcare and home-schooling whilst trying to manage their own work and responsibilities. For those who cannot reasonably work from home, or who may struggle with having to provide childcare at the same time as meeting the demands of their role, employers are able to consider offering furlough leave as an option...

Work, Lockdown and Curfew: Answers to Your Questions
Lavery Lawyers, January 2021

In order to reduce community transmission and preserve everyone's safety and that of our healthcare system, the government requires everyone to make extra efforts, both in their private lives and at work. The closure of retail businesses, save for some exceptions, is maintained, the lockdown to prevent gatherings continues and a curfew was added on January 9, 2021, to remain in effect until the currently announced date of February 8, 2021 1 ...

The Changing Face of the Office
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

This article forms part of our ‘New How: Perspectives’ report: ‘Can real estate help solve the productivity puzzle?’. To access this free report, please click on the download link to the right of this page.   Contrary to popular belief, the Covid pandemic has not destroyed real estate as an investment class; rather it has accelerated the rate at which it was already evolving...

Top Wage and Hour Updates From 2020
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

As employers adapt to the impacts of COVID-19, wage and hour compliance continues to present unique challenges. To help employers navigate these uncertain times, government enforcement agencies and legislatures have continued to issue new laws, opinion letters, and guidance all employers should understand and act upon...

Proposed HIPAA Changes Promote Patient-Friendly Environment
Waller, January 2021

The regulatory change proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the recent HIPAA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is another step toward HHS’s objective to encourage a patient-centric healthcare environment. The HIPAA NPRM proposes to tilt the balance of protecting privacy and facilitating the availability of information toward loosening restrictions on disclosures of patient information...

IRS Reverses Position on Deductibility of Paycheck Protection Program Loan Expenses
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2021

Key Points The CARES Act provides that PPP loans may be forgiven without causing the borrower to incur cancellation of debt income, but did not address whether business expenses could be deducted if paid for by PPP loan proceeds. On April 30, 2020, the IRS published Notice 2020-32 clarifying that taxpayers whose PPP loans were forgiven could not deduct business expenses covered by such loan proceeds...

Top 10 Changes to Consumer Bankruptcy Proposed in the Consumer Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2020
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

On Dec. 9, Congressional Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), proposed sweeping legislation that would overhaul consumer bankruptcy law. The proposed changes, if adopted, generally would make it easier for consumers to access the bankruptcy system and discharge their debts. Below is a discussion of ten critical changes proposed in the Consumer Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2020 (CBRA). 1...

New York Enacts a Moratorium on COVID-19-Related Residential Evictions and Foreclosures
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

On December 28, 2020, New York passed a new law entitled the “COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020.” The act places a moratorium on COVID-19-related residential real property mortgage foreclosure actions and residential eviction proceedings until May 1, 2021, where a tenant or homeowner has submitted a “hardship declaration” to the foreclosing party, landlord, and/or the court...

New Temporary Special Rules for Flexible Spending Accounts
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The president has signed into law the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, which includes several temporary special rules aimed at minimizing forfeitures and increasing the utility of health and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs). Plans providing for one or both accounts can take advantage of these participant-friendly rules immediately...

How to Provide Employees $26,250 in Nontaxable Student Loan Repayment Assistance
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act, recently passed as part of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021,” has significantly extended the tax exclusions for employer-paid student loan repayment assistance introduced under the CARES Act. With this extension, employers can provide employees with student loan repayment assistance of up to $5,250 per year for 2021 through 2025 (up to $26,250 total)...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: New Treasury PPP Rules Clarify Recent Changes to PPP Program, Extend Time to Obtain a PPP Loan to March 31, 2021
Buchalter, January 2021

  On January 6, 2021, Treasury issued two new Interim Final Rules (IFRs) addressing the new Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act’s (Act) creation of PPP Second Draw Loans, and the Act’s various changes to PPP requirements generally. The major PPP components of the Act are set forth in detail in Buchalter’s COVID Alert of December 28, 2020 (Buchalter PPP Changes Alert), which can be found here...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Congress Incentivizes Rent Deferral During COVID-19 Pandemic Through Bankruptcy Code Amendments in Stimulus Bill
Buchalter, January 2021

In the recently-passed Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “Act”), Congress provided much-needed cover for landlords that enter into forbearance agreements with their tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting landlords from exposure to preference litigation arising out of the deferred rent payments if the tenant were to later file bankruptcy...

COVID-19 Alert: Israel Bans the Entry of Foreigners
Fischer, January 2021

In light of the spread of the global Covid-19 pandemic and the discovery of a new mutation of the virus, the Israeli government has decided that as of December 23, 2020, the entry of foreigners into Israel will be banned. Further to this decision, the Population and Immigration Authority published guidelines regarding exceptional cases in which foreigners will be allowed to enter the country despite the ban...

Shoosmiths: Top Covid Insights
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

As we face a new period of lockdown, the memories of March come flooding back. However, it is useful to remember that, as a nation, we are better prepared this time, and our shared experiences of the last ten months will help to ensure we tackle the challenge ahead positively, constructively and from a more informed position than before...

Coronavirus: New Measures to Support Tenants
PLMJ, January 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to the adoption of a set of exceptional and temporary measures to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and to the introduction of various forms of support intended to mitigate the economic impact of this situation...

2021 Predictions: Employment Law Changes on the Horizon
Shoosmiths LLP, January 2021

After what can only be described as a difficult year (an annus horribilis!) for employers and employees alike, we turn our attention to 2021 and look at some of the more significant legislative changes coming into force this year. Furlough continues The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 April 2021...

The Proposed Regulatory Framework for Digital Banks in Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

In this article, Goh Hui Wen examines the proposed regulatory framework for digital banks in Malaysia. INTRODUCTION The global financial services industry has seen a momentous evolution over the past decades driven by new technology innovations. As customers gravitate towards digital experiences and products, the transformation of the traditional banking system has become inevitable...

Enhanced Rights Issue Framework: Temporary Relief Measures to Facilitate Fund Raising by Listed Issuers.
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2021

In this article, Gan Shao Qi discusses some of the recent measures announced to facilitate fund raising by listed issuers through a rights issue in Malaysia to assist companies and businesses that require access to immediate funding due to Covid-19...

New ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards to Take Effect in February 2021
Dykema, January 2021

Effective February 23, 2021, the 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys are being replaced with the new 2021 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys (“2021 Standards”). The 2021 Standards include a variety of changes which seek to further limit surveyor’s liability and provide better clarity...

New Michigan Amendments Allow Public Bodies to Continue Remote Meetings
Dykema, January 2021

With the ability of public bodies to meet remotely under “any circumstances” set to expire on December 31, 2020, the Michigan Legislature recently amended the Open Meetings Act to extend any reason remote meetings through March 31, 2021. These amendments also now mandate certain safety protocols for in-person meetings held before April 1, 2021...

Year in Review: Dispute Resolution
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, January 2021

To avoid a complete halt in critical functions in society, the government proposed a new law, the Corona Law, which provided the government with the authority to give regulations that were contradictory to statutory law. The most prominent feature on the field of litigation was the court’s new ability to decide that an oral hearing should be held by the use of videoconference. Furthermore, the Supreme Court also showed their ability to adapt quickly to the new situation...

COVID-19 Legislation: New Paycheck Protection Program Loan Rules Allow Second Round Funding and Deductibility of Expenses Paid with Forgivable Loan Proceeds
Hanson Bridgett LLP, January 2021

Key Points Past and future PPP loan recipients can deduct PPP loan-funded eligible expenses for federal tax purposes even if the loan is forgiven. Expanded eligibility for new loans to include new categories of employers; existing borrowers who have not yet received loan forgiveness may increase loan amount based on expanded allowable expenses...

COVID-19 Government Initiatives & Support in Asia – December 2020
DFDL, January 2021

As this challenging year draws to a close, the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought unprecedented disruption, economic uncertainty, and ushered in never-before seen travel restrictions throughout the world...

Cambodia: Additional Measures to Support Private Sector Workers & Revive the Post-COVID-19 Economy (Round 7)
DFDL, January 2021

On 23 December 2020, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) issued a press release and rolled out ‘Round 7’ of measures aimed at mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses and workers in Cambodia. The RGC in their press release noted the positive update with respect to the development of a COVID-19 vaccine and the fact that Cambodia has to date managed to effectively control COVID-19...

Benefits of the Employment Protection Law and the Law that makes the Requirements for Access to Unemployment Insurance more Flexible are Extended
Carey, January 2021

On December 4 th , 2020, Supreme Decree No. 2,097 of the Ministry of Finance (hereinafter, the “ Decree ”) was published in the Official Gazette, which extends the enforcement of the benefits established in titles I and II of law No.21,227 (“ Employment Protection Act ”) and in law No...

Special Arrangement for Visa Extension Application from Overseas
Deacons, January 2021

In general, individuals admitted into Hong Kong under various types of visa may apply for extension of stay within four weeks before the date of expiry, and they must be physically present in Hong Kong at the time of submitting the application and the collection of visa label upon approval. Due to the ongoing pandemic across the globe, this restriction has brought extra hurdles to a lot of applicants who are employees of companies and/or members of families...

Adrian Azer and Michael Scanlon in Claims Journal: ‘Another COVID-19 Worry: What is My Deadline to File Suit?’
Haynes and Boone, LLP, January 2021

When the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic became apparent in March 2020, an avalanche of articles appeared in which many insurers took the position that there was no coverage for losses associated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus due either to a lack of physical loss or damage to property necessary to trigger coverage under most commercial property policies, or to the effect of virus exclusions found in many such policies...

Law 21,299: Regulates Postponement Loans of Mortgage Loans and Sets State Guaranty to Guarantee Them
Carey, January 2021

On January 4, 2021, law No. 21, 299, which allows the postponement of mortgage loans installments and sets a state guaranty to guarantee the so postponed installments was published in the Official Gazette (the “New Law”)...

Improper CBD Product Marketing Lands in FDA’s Crosshairs
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, January 2021

On Dec. 22, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to five companies for violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) related to the sale of cannabidiol (CBD) products.[i] CBD is the primary non-psychotropic compound in Cannabis sativa plant. The FDA stated the companies who were served warning letters illegally marketed CBD products for the treatment or prevention of medical conditions, including COVID-19...

California Labor & Employment Law Update – New Laws to Take Effect in 2021
Buchalter, January 2021

  California employers operate under the most comprehensive Labor Code and legal regime in the Nation.  The past year has challenged employers with unprecedented compliance during a global pandemic, which has already led to an influx of employment litigation.  In addition to managing remote work forces in an ever-evolving regulatory climate, employers in 2021 will also be required to comply with a substantial number of legislative additions taking effect in the New Year...

HHS Proposed HIPAA Changes: 7 Things to Know
Buchalter, January 2021

On December 10, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced proposed changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to support individuals’ engagement in their care, remove barriers to coordinated care, and reduce regulatory burdens on the health care industry...

Sweeping new changes to Paycheck Protection Program signed into law
Waller, January 2021

As part of the new omnibus stimulus bill, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law, the “Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act” (the “Act”) which makes substantial changes to the popular Paycheck Protection Program...

Trademark Law Trends To Follow In 2021
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, January 2021

2020 was a busy year for trademark litigation, with three U.S. Supreme Court decisions and several high-profile lower court cases involving trademark law. But many folks are understandably eager to put 2020 in the rearview mirror. So too does this article focus on the future, with the following examination of key trademark litigation trends to watch for in 2021. Fallout From Fossil: Influx of Profits Awards? The Supreme Court's recent decision in Romag Fasteners Inc. v...

Additional Measures to Support Private Sector Workers & Revive the Post-COVID-19 Economy (Round 7)
DFDL, January 2021

On 23 December 2020, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) issued a press release and rolled out ‘Round 7’ of measures aimed at mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses and workers in Cambodia. The RGC in their press release noted the positive update with respect to the development of a COVID-19 vaccine and the fact that Cambodia has to date managed to effectively control COVID-19...

The EEOC Issues Clarifying Guidance about COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplace
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, December 2020

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) updated its COVID-19 guidance to address workplace issues related to COVID-19 vaccines, including mandatory vaccination policies. According to the EEOC, employers may mandate vaccines, but must attempt to accommodate employees who refuse vaccination because of disability or a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, December 2020

This digest is a curated list of Bradley content regarding the coronavirus. In an effort to provide our clients with the easiest way to find information that may be beneficial in responding to the impact of COVID-19, we have provided links to our most recent blog posts, news alerts, webinar recordings and more. Additionally, this digest will now be deployed on a weekly basis in an effort to reduce the number of emails our clients receive...

New Sanitary Measures taken by Chilean Government for Travelers that Enter from Abroad
Carey, December 2020

Given the detection of the first case in Chile of the new Covid-19 variant, on December 30 th , 2020 the Exempt Resolution No...

Social Mobility in 2020: An Update
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

As part of our ongoing focus on social mobility, we look at the impacts of the pandemic on existing and new social mobility challenges, how we're responding, and what businesses can focus on in 2021. 2020 has been a year like no other. The way we live, work, and connect has changed significantly. The way we do business continues to evolve...

Five Reasons why Collaborating will Create a Better Future for Everyone
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

Reid Hoffman is an American-based venture capitalist, author and entrepreneur at Greylock Partners who is best known for being the co-creator of the social network, LinkedIn...

Telehealth's Moment: The Effect of COVID19 First Wave Enforcement Actions, and What Lies Ahead for Compliance and Enforcement in Healthcare’s Hottest Area
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, December 2020

Introduction If 2020 has been defined by COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare industry in 2020 might be defined by a related single issue — telehealth. Those phenomena are obviously connected. While telehealth has been around in varying forms for years, COVID-19 accelerated its growth, use, and acceptance in unprecedented ways. With that growth comes changes. Reimbursement rules have evolved as telehealth has grown and become more accepted...

Telehealth's Moment: The Effect of COVID 19 First Wave Enforcement Actions, and What Lies Ahead for Compliance and Enforcement in Healthcare’s Hottest Area
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, December 2020

Introduction If 2020 has been defined by COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare industry in 2020 might be defined by a related single issue — telehealth. Those phenomena are obviously connected. While telehealth has been around in varying forms for years, COVID-19 accelerated its growth, use, and acceptance in unprecedented ways. With that growth comes changes. Reimbursement rules have evolved as telehealth has grown and become more accepted...

Congress Makes Additional Paid Family Leave and Paid Sick Leave Optional
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, December 2020

The dust has now settled on the new stimulus bill signed by President Trump on December 27, 2020. The changes to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) were buried in over 5,000 pages of text and provide a choice for employers to continue paid leave benefits for their employees as follows: Congress extended the tax credits for employers that provide both paid sick leave and paid family leave through March 31, 2021...

Intellectual Property Measures Included in Spending and Coronavirus Relief Omnibus Bill
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2020

While most Americans are likely aware that President Donald Trump signed a pandemic relief and government spending bill into law on Dec. 27, 2020 (the “Omnibus Bill”),[i] it is important for those who have intellectual property assets to understand that tucked away into this nearly 5,600-page legislation are laws impacting copyrights, trademarks, and patents...

New DOL Rule Allows Additional Workers to Participate In Tip Pooling and Eliminates 80/20 Rule
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2020

On Dec. 23, 2020, The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its long-anticipated Final Rule addressing which employees may legally participate in “tip pooling” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the conditions under which employers may claim “tip credit.” The Final Rule is effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register and constitutes a major departure from past guidance...

Finance & Loan Security Rights in Real Estate in the COVID-19 Era: 10 Key Q&As – Focus on Bangladesh
DFDL, December 2020

This edition of our Q&A series focuses on real estate financing and loan securitization issues in Bangladesh. Given the continuing global uncertainty and economic disruption caused by COVID-19, investors are increasingly concerned about their ability to secure, dispose or otherwise transfer assets that are often now subject to revamped or revised local rules and regulations...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: New PPP Changes in the Stimulus Bill: Second PPP Loan for Hardest-Hit Existing PPP Borrowers, Additional Categories of Forgivable Expenses, Tax Deductibility for Expenses Paid with PPP Proceeds, Lender Liability Limitations, Simplified Forgiveness Application for Loans of $150,000 or Less, and Other Changes
Buchalter, December 2020

  On December 27, the President signed the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (Act) addressing changes to the rules regarding PPP loans, including making a supplemental PPP loan available to many PPP borrowers and increasing the types of business expenses that can be forgiven...

Tennessee Extends Alcohol Carryout and Delivery through February 27
Waller, December 2020

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has extended the executive order allowing carryout and delivery of beer, wine and spirits for restaurants. Restaurants, limited-service restaurants and wine-only restaurants can continue to sell carryout and deliver alcoholic beverages and beer. There is no additional license or permission needed to deliver. Lee extended the privilege through to 11:59 pm February 27, which brings welcome certainty to an industry battered by the pandemic...

Finance & Loan Security Rights in Real Estate in the COVID-19 Era: 10 Key Q&As – Focus on Lao PDR
DFDL, December 2020

This edition of our Q&A series focuses on real estate financing and loan securitization issues in the Lao PDR. Given the continuing global uncertainty and economic disruption caused by COVID-19, investors are increasingly concerned about their ability to secure, dispose or otherwise transfer assets that are often now subject to revamped or revised local rules and regulations...

Finance & Loan Security Rights in Real Estate in the COVID-19 Era: 10 Key Q&As – Focus on Cambodia
DFDL, December 2020

This edition of our Q&A series focuses on real estate financing and loan securitization issues in Cambodia. Given the continuing uncertainty and economic disruption caused by COVID-19 worldwide, investors are increasingly concerned about their ability to secure, dispose or otherwise transfer assets that are often now subject to revamped or revised local rules and regulations...

FFCRA Paid Leave Requirements Not Extended; Tax Credits and Employer Aid is Extended
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2020

On Dec. 21, 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the Act), which provides additional COVID-19 relief to individuals and businesses. The long-anticipated COVID-19 relief bill will now head to President Trump for approval or veto. The Act does not extend requirements for employers to provide emergency paid sick leave or emergency paid family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) past the original Dec...

Three Key Things in Health Care - December 22
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, December 2020

Congress reached agreement on the third round of coronavirus-related relief measures (totaling approximately $900 Billion) as this issue was being written. The relevant statutory language is part of the massive Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “Act”) and was released on December 21, 2020. Passage by the House and Senate was swift, and approval by the President is expected...

IHL series: End of Free Movement - The Essentials
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

On 16 December we held a webinar as part of the IHL series looking at the preparatory steps you need to have in place within your organisation as well as outline the new Immigration routes from January 2021 and onwards. We have briefly summarised the key points discussed and further sources of guidance below. The information contained in it is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice...

Vault Your Business Out of the Pandemic: Three Employment Topics to Keep an Eye On
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, December 2020

“On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sail and begin.” Gregory S. Williams Your business and employees have just experienced an extraordinary year. We have learned new ways of working, embraced new technology, and incorporated many new legal requirements, but most importantly, we have persevered...

Takeaways From 4 NY Virus-Related Tenant Contract Rulings
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, December 2020

Over the past several months, many disputes have arisen over whether the COVID19 pandemic or government responses to it provide, depending on the jurisdiction, an impossibility or impracticability defense for nonperformance under a contract. Now, we are beginning to see a flood of decisions addressing that defense. We previously wrote about two recent decisions from New York that are instructive on the defense of impossibility — the relevant standard under New York law...

Congress Briefly Extends Part of the FFCRA - but Only the Tax Credits
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, December 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act ("FFCRA") was passed by Congress this spring to mandate two weeks of paid sick leave for COVID-19 reasons and to extend the FMLA by creating a new reason for FMLA leave relating to the need for child care because of COVID-19. The details of the FFCRA were covered by the Spilman COVID-19 Task Force at the time of passage here...

A Year of Long Tails and Shop Windows
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, December 2020

The direction of travel in M&A activity and litigation in 2021 Coming to the end of what can safely be described as an unprecedented year, we look ahead to 2021, alive to the fact that predictions are, at best, difficult. While we are currently sailing in relatively calm waters, with economic indicators better than predicted, most commentators agree that a storm is approaching. We simply do not know when or how it will hit...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: San Francisco Commercial Eviction Moratorium Update
Buchalter, December 2020

  In an update to our client alert from November 30 regarding the San Francisco commercial eviction moratorium previously passed by the Board of Supervisors, we note that, following our publication of the client alert, the Board of Supervisors, on December 1, amended the moratorium to clarify previous language on a retail tenant’s right to terminate its lease that was ambiguous...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Chuck E. Cheese: The Mouse Who Didn’t Get the (Rent Relief) Cheese
Buchalter, December 2020

  In a small victory for landlords of bankrupt tenants, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas has ruled that the Chuck E. Cheese parent company may not use its bankruptcy filing to avoid paying its rent. The COVID-19 pandemic and related stay-at-home orders have prompted numerous retailers and restaurants to seek bankruptcy protection. Many of those companies successfully used the bankruptcy process to obtain relief from their rental obligations...

The Arrival of the Long Awaited KBLI Numbers in Fintech
Makarim & Taira S., December 2020

On 24 September 2020, Statistics Indonesia (Badan Pusat Statistik - “BPS”) issued BPS Regulation No. 2 of 2020 on Indonesian Standard Business Classifications (Klasifikasi Baku Lapangan Usaha Indonesia - “KBLI”), which is known as the 2020 KBLI. The 2020 KBLI came into force on its issuance date and revoked BPS Regulation No. 95 of 2015 on the KBLIs, as amended by BPS Regulation No. 19 of 2017, which is known as the 2017 KBLI...

The Future of the Paycheck Protection Program under the Biden Administration
Waller, December 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) was passed into law by Congress as part of the CARES Act earlier this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While considered a relative success at its intended goal of temporarily preserving jobs during the pendency of the pandemic, the PPP ended its initial run with tens of billions of dollars left on the table and frustrated borrowers and lenders because of opaque and frequently changing rules and regulations...

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues Updated Guidance for Employer COVID-19 Vaccination Programs
Hanson Bridgett LLP, December 2020

Key Points Employers may mandate employee COVID-19 vaccination programs, subject to certain exemptions. When requiring employee vaccinations, employers should consider the fact that these COVID-19 vaccines are currently approved under the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Mandatory employer COVID-19 vaccination programs must include religious and disability-related employee exemptions. INTRODUCTION On Dec...

COVID-19 Vaccination – What every Employer Needs to Know
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

Is coronavirus vaccination a cure that will solve many challenges faced by employers or does it just inject further issues for employers to deal with? We answer the key questions. To be vaccinated or not to be vaccinated? That is the question... being discussed in homes and in workplaces up and down the country...

Returning to Work and Employee Mental Health
Shoosmiths LLP, December 2020

With employees potentially returning to the workplace, we take a look at what will need to be done to tackle a number of mental health challenges – both for people and the companies they work for. Part three of our mental health series. With the second lockdown now over and the tier system fully in play, some employers are finding themselves able to open and trade again...

OECD Releases Helpful New Guidance on Transfer Pricing During the Pandemic
Arendt & Medernach, December 2020

It is clear that government restrictions and trading difficulties have created an environment in which existing transfer pricing policies will not always be appropriate. The OECD has done well to reach rapid consensus among its members on four key transfer pricing topics, namely: comparability analysis, losses and the allocation of COVID-19-specific costs, government assistance programmes and advance pricing agreements (APAs)...

California Employment Law Alert: New Employment Laws Effective On or Before January 1, 2021
Dykema, December 2020

The emergence of COVID-19 has changed the workplace as we once knew it. California employers need to be prepared for unprecedented compliance challenges in recent legislation related to the ongoing pandemic, expanding leave protections, wage and hour compliance risks, and much more. Employers will need to review and adapt their policies and procedures in order to keep up in the coming year with California’s ever-changing employment laws...

EEOC Issues Technical Assistance Regarding Vaccination and Anti-Discrimination Laws
Dykema, December 2020

Ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the promise of an effective vaccine has been held out as a key component to a return to normality. Now, with the Pfizer vaccine approved, and the Moderna vaccine on the path to approval shortly, employers have begun struggling to determine what their legal obligations are towards employees who refuse to be vaccinated. While we have addressed these issues recently in a Dec...

EEOC Gives Vital Guidance for Employers on COVID-19 Vaccinations
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, December 2020

On Dec. 16, 2020, the United Stated Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released much-anticipated guidance regarding employers’ ability to enact mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies. The new guidance addresses many questions regarding the interaction between mandatory vaccination policies and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1963 (Title VII), and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (Act)...

What Employers Should Know about COVID-19 Vaccines
Waller, December 2020

  In light of the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of new COVID-19 vaccines, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued new guidance on the legal implications of the COVID-19 vaccine under federal anti-discrimination laws.  Employers should carefully consider these points when making decisions about employee vaccinations. 1. Employers can require employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination...

German Insolvency Law: From 1 January 2021 New Law (SanInsFoG) Temporarily Exempts Businesses Distressed by COVID-19 from Regular Insolvency Regime
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, December 2020

From 1 January 2021, debtors insolvent due to COVID-19 pandemic will benefit from suspension of duty to file for insolvency until 31 January 2021 for companies expecting COVID-19 financial assistance related to November and December 2020 lock-down easier access to protective shield proceedings and self-administration proceedings, shorter prognosis period for over-indebtedness test (four months instead of twelve) SanInsFoG becomes effective 1 January 2020 The Act for the Further

Decision Practice of the EU Commission in the Second Half of 2020
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, December 2020

Despite the numerous decisions on state aid to mitigate the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic under the Temporary Framework, the Commission has also taken decisions outside this topic. The following decisions concern broadband vouchers for Italian households, the rollout of a gigabit network infrastructure in Germany and aid for charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in Schleswig-Holstein. Finally, some news on consultations and revisions to state aid rules are presented below...

How COVID-19 is Changing the Face of Retail
Waller, December 2020

2020 was already expected to be a challenging year for the retail industry and the worldwide pandemic only intensified the underlying troubles. Heading into the year, one estimate projected that 12,000 major chain stores would close in 2020. Today, a number of high-profile brands are in bankruptcy and tenants and landlords alike are struggling to recover from COVID-19 related closures...

Teleworking: What are the Allowable Expenses for Employees and Tax Impacts for Employers?
Lavery Lawyers, December 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed Canadian workplaces. For many organizations, the pandemic and its containment measures have fast-tracked the shift to teleworking.  In this context, the Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”) and the Agence du Revenu du Québec (the“ARQ”) have published administrative positions regarding deductible expenses for employees working from home as well as for their employers...

Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Collective Agreements
Shearn Delamore & Co., December 2020

The Industrial Court in Malaysia is an important institution that is established under the Industrial Relations Act 1967 to hear and decide on disputes in relation to the terms and conditions of employment in a collective agreement. In a collective agreement dispute, salary adjustments, increments and bonuses are usually the hotly contested articles. The Industrial Courts are usually guided by a set of principles in deciding on such financial-related articles...

COVID-19 Government Support Measures Latvia (as of 7 December 2020)
Ellex Klavins, December 2020

I Banking and Finance The Government of Latvia has approved a business support program that provides for financial measures ensured in cooperation with state development agency Altum. The program is planned to continue until mid-2021. Depending on individual needs, companies, regardless of industry, can use six crisis alleviation programs: Working capital loan – a liquidity support for companies, whose activities have been affected by Covid-19...

Can B.C. Businesses Force Employees and Customers to Wear Masks?
Lawson Lundell LLP, December 2020

On November 24, 2020, British Columbia issued a Public Health Order requiring the use of masks in all public indoor spaces in the province (the “Order”). In this blog post, we answer some frequently asked questions posed by business owners and employers about the Order. Mandatory Masking in Public Indoor Spaces Masks are now mandatory in all “indoor public spaces” in B.C...

The Mall is Dead, Long Live the Mall
TSMP Law Corporation, December 2020

Retail is facing its biggest reset post-pandemic. It survived multiple economic depressions, two world wars and a catastrophic fire. But after 162 years, Robinsons will be no more. The iconic Singapore department store may have been the pandemic’s latest casualty, but the truth is that the red ink had begun bleeding long before Covid-19 struck. Suffering from intense competition from e-commerce, the once-publicly listed company had not turned a profit since at least 2014...

Abolition of Double Ad Valorem Stamp Duty on Non-Residential Property Transactions
Deacons, December 2020

In response to the extraordinary economic and social impact of the ongoing Covid-19 public health crisis, the Government of Hong Kong has sought to provide support to the beleaguered commercial property sector. In the 2020 Policy Address, the Chief Executive announced the abolition of the Double Ad Valorem Stamp Duty (DSD) on non-residential property (NRP) transactions pursuant to the Public Revenue Protection (Stamp Duty) Order 2020 taking effect from 26 November 2020...

Covid-19 Vaccine — Can Employers Compel its Employees to be Vaccinated?
Shearn Delamore & Co., December 2020

Introduction Covid-19 has disrupted our lives and businesses at many unprecedented levels never seen before in the history of mankind. The recent announcements by numerous pharmaceutical companies of newly developed Covid-19 vaccines have been positively received by the world at large and many now have high hopes that our lives will now finally return to normal as we knew it1...

Cal/OSHA Issues FAQ Guidance Regarding Its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard
Hanson Bridgett LLP, December 2020

Key Points Cal/OSHA's COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) became effective Nov. 30, 2020. Cal/OSHA clarified Section 3205's Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) Standard exemption applies to employees with occupational exposure to ATDs, not to all employees of an employer subject to the ATD Standard. Cal/OSHA issued a model COVID-19 Prevention Plan to assist employers...

Foreign Investment Control Becoming Key Factor in M&A Deals – German Government Decides to Block Acquisition of German Tech Company
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, December 2020

The German government has decided to block the proposed acquisition of IMST GmbH, a German company active in satellite and radar technology, by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC). Foreign investment control regulations have been tightened by various amendments in 2020...

Can a Tenant Claim that a Tenancy Agreement has been Frustrated by Reason of COVID-19 or Social Unrest?
Deacons, December 2020

In the recent judgment of The Center (76) Limited V Victory Serviced Office (HK) Limited HCA 1020/2020; [2020] HKCFI 2881, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance rejected a tenant’s argument that the tenancy agreement was frustrated due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social disruption...

Coronavirus Digest No. 6 Patents and Other Intellectual Property Rights
PLMJ, December 2020

The world is desperately seeking a vaccine and treatments against COVID-19 and the answer will also be found in intellectual property. For this reason, PLMJ and Inventa International have joined forces toprepare a Digest on these issues that is continuously updated...

Coronavirus: Extraordinary Business Viability Process
PLMJ, December 2020

A range of business support mechanisms have been introduced to face the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among them, the recent Law 75/2020 of 27 November has created a series of measures in the field of restructuring and insolvency procedures. The stand-out among these new procedures is the Extraordinary Business Viability Process (Processo Extraordinário de Viabilização de Empresas referred to here by it Portuguese initials, “PEVE”)...

Covid-19 Legal Updates for Employment Law: The Conversion into Law of the August Decree and the “Ristori” Decree
Gianni & Origoni, December 2020

By resolution adopted on October 7, 2020, the state of emergency has been extended until January 31, 2021...

Points for Retail Sector Employers to Consider when Dismissing Employees for Economic or Technical Reasons
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, December 2020

The retail sector has been one of the sectors most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result employers therein might be considering dismissing employees for economic or technical reasons. Employers must be aware that most joint committees in the retail sector have entered into collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) obliging employers to first take measures to avoid dismissals and, if dismissals cannot be avoided, to comply with a specific procedure...

Coronavirus Considerations and Hot Topics Heading into 2021
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, December 2020

When much of the country locked down in March 2020, very few expected us to still be dealing with this pandemic in December 2020. And yet, here we are. In fact, coronavirus cases are rising sharply throughout much of the country, and the prospect of additional shutdowns is growing more probable by the day. Not all news is bad. Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca have produced what appear to be viable vaccines that could be available as early as this month...

Employers Must Be Reasonably Diligent in Tracking Employees’ Worked Hours, Even During a Global Pandemic
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, December 2020

Whether employers like it or not, there is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the modern work environment for many businesses. As employers across the country continue to allow, and even encourage, their employees to work remotely, we continue to see the questions and challenges that accompany the work-from-home model. Fortunately, not all of those challenges need be navigated blindly. The U.S...

Necessity and Urgency Decree No. 956/2020: Mandatory and Preventive Social Insulation and Social Distancing
Beccar Varela, November 2020

Public Law Department Report Necessity and Urgency Decree No. 956/2020: Mandatory and Preventive Social Insulation and Social Distancing Within the state of the sanitary emergency currently in force, the President issued the Necessity and Urgency Decree No...

COVID-19: ANM Clarifies Suspension of Material and Procedural Terms, Including the Validity of Mining Titles - Resolution ANM No. 50
Veirano Advogados, November 2020

On November 27, 2020, the Federal Official Gazette published Resolution No. 50, by means of which the National Mining Agency (“ANM”) amends Resolution No. 46/2020, which suspended the deadlines of certain procedural and material acts and the extension of mining titles. According to the new wording, the period of certain procedural and material acts as well as the tacit approval by the Agency is suspended from March 20, 2020 to December 31, 2020...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Expert Advice for New Phases for Lenders and Borrowers on PPP and MSLP Loans: PPP Loan Forgiveness and SBA PPP-MSLP Loan Reviews
Buchalter, November 2020

The Federal government’s COVID emergency loan programs and credit facilities have moved into critical new phases.  As highlighted by the recent media focus on the new SBA PPP Forgiveness Questionnaire for borrowers, both borrowers and lenders face new and challenging issues regarding these loan programs, particularly PPP loans and the Main Street Loan Program. PPP Loan Program – For most borrowers, the time period for spending PPP loan proceeds has expired...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: San Francisco Extends Commercial Eviction Moratorium and Provides Repayment Relief for Qualified Small Businesses
Buchalter, November 2020

On November 17, 2020, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an extension to the commercial eviction moratorium that had been previously enacted and extended on a month-to-month basis by mayoral declaration. The new commercial eviction ordinance (the “Ordinance”) keeps the majority of the terms of the current moratorium in effect, while providing a new four-tiered system for qualified tenants for repayment of deferred rent...

Hong Kong Monetary Authority's ("HKMA") Expectations on Remote On-Boarding of Corporate Customers
Deacons, November 2020

Hong Kong has in recent times seen an increasing use of remote on-boarding of customers by banks as a result of COVID-19. Banks are generally required to pay more attention to the remote on-boarding assessment of corporate customers as opposed to individual ones due to the higher money laundering and terrorist financing risks associated with corporate vehicles...

Hong Kong Monetary Authority ("HKMA")’s Expectations on Remote On-Boarding of Corporate Customers
Deacons, November 2020

Hong Kong has in recent times seen an increasing use of remote on-boarding of customers by banks as a result of COVID-19. Banks are generally required to pay more attention to the remote on-boarding assessment of corporate customers as opposed to individual ones due to the higher money laundering and terrorist financing risks associated with corporate vehicles...

Ship Building: Expanding Mercy – Mercy Ships Nears Completion of the MV Global Mercy
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

Research has continuously emphasised the increasing need for medical and surgical care around the world, especially in Africa. More than 5 billion people worldwide do not have access to safe surgeries, and now with the impacts of COVID-19, the global backlog of surgical care has escalated...

Can Employers Mandate Employees to Take a COVID-19 Vaccine?
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2020

Three pharmaceutical companies, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfeizer, have announced COVID-19 vaccines, which the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has announced could be available as early as late December 2020.[1] Governor Mike DeWine announced some Ohio health care professionals could receive the COVID vaccine as early as Dec. 15, 2020...

The CDC’s New Definition of “Close Contact”: What You Need To Know
Dykema, November 2020

                The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded the definition of close contact to now evaluate exposure cumulatively over a 24-hour period such that “15 cumulative minutes of exposure at a distance of 6 feet or less can be used as an operational definition for contact investigation,”[1] Because the newly expanded definition is not limited, it impacts many different industries (inclu

California's Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board Passes an Extensive COVID-19 Emergency Regulation Regarding The Spread Of COVID-19 In Workplaces
Hanson Bridgett LLP, November 2020

Key Points The new regulation covers all employees and places of employment with limited exceptions and is expected to take effect within the next two weeks. Employers must develop a written COVID-19 Prevention Program. Employers must also investigate and “respond effectively” to COVID-19 cases and notify employees and others who might have been exposed within one day...

Attention Points for Retail Sector Employers Considering Dismissing Employees
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, November 2020

As the retail sector is one of the sectors most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, employers within it might be considering dismissing employees for economic or technical reasons...

Terminating Employees – 15 Planning Questions an Employer Should Ask Itself
Lawson Lundell LLP, November 2020

Terminating the employment of an employee is never easy. There are many things to consider from both a practical and legal perspective. The more prepared you can be the better. While not exhaustive, set out below are some questions every employer should be asking themselves before they terminate the employment of any non-union employee on a “without cause” basis...

FTC Sues to Block Methodist Le Bonheur-St. Francis Transaction
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, November 2020

On November 12, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued to block the acquisition of two Memphis-area hospitals by Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Eleven months earlier, on December 12, 2019, Methodist entered into an agreement with Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corporation to purchase Saint Francis-Memphis and St. Francis-Bartlett (along with their associated physician practices, urgent care centers, and other ancillary care providers) for $350 million...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Federal Reserve Issues New Main Street Lending Program FAQs Regarding Restrictions on Underlying Credit Facilities for MSELF Loans; Co-Borrower Requirements; Obtaining Information About Core Rights Acts; and Requiring Disclosure of LIBOR Reset Information when Selling Loan Participations to the Main Street SPV
Buchalter, November 2020

The Federal Reserve has issued amended FAQs for the for-profit and non-profit Main Street Lending Programs...

States Enact Statutes that Protect Landlords from COVID-19 Premises Liability Claims
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, November 2020

A minority of states have enacted statutes and taken other action to protect business owners from claims by persons who allegedly were infected by COVID-19 on their premises.1 The purpose of this article is to compare these statutes and discuss some of the differences between them. This article addresses statutes in effect as of October 27, 2020. The article does not address pending legislation...

Ohio’s Revised Mask Order: What Businesses Need to Know
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2020

The Ohio Department of Health’s July 23, 2020 Order regarding facial covering mandates has been amended in light of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Ohio. The order became effective today, Nov. 16, 2020. See the order here. This new order includes the following additional mandates for retail stores (enterprises offering goods to the public) only. 1. Each business will be required to post at all public entrances to the store: A. A face covering requirement sign; B...

Lessons for Technology from COVID-19: M&A Transactions for Digital Assets
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

Disruptive events tend to accelerate existing trends, and COVID-19 is no exception. Technology is transforming the way businesses operate, the products and services they offer and is reshaping the global M&A landscape – and the speed of adoption is significant...

Michigan Employers Must Now Demonstrate Infeasibility of Working from Home
Dykema, November 2020

On November 15, 2020, Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) issued a new Gatherings and Face Mask Order that further limits in-person gatherings and employer operations, but does not meaningfully change requirements for most businesses. With limited exceptions, this Order prohibits all indoor gatherings at “non-residential venues” of “two or more persons from more than one household… in a shared space...

The Acceleration of Retail Technology
Shoosmiths LLP, November 2020

Shoosmiths’ digital media expert and Partner, Sherif Malak, examined the multitude of predicted developments in retail, and the legal challenges that accompany them, in an article published in the Lawyer.  Here we reiterate Sherif’s published thoughts on likely trends. Introduction The COVID-19 crisis has brought a renewed focus to the role of retail technology and models, as the industry seeks to reimagine the retail landscape over the next year and beyond...

Joint Resolution No. 1/2020: Health Emergency - Maximum Prices for Certain Drugs
Beccar Varela, November 2020

The Joint Resolution No...

Exceptional Rules for Products to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
PLMJ, November 2020

Introduction The rapid spread of COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in demand for medical devices (MDs) and personal protective equipment (PPE), masks for social use (textile articles) and other products destined to prevent the spread of the disease. As a result, it became clear that there was insufficient supply to meet existing needs during the state of emergency and the subsequent period...

New Employment Standards Leaves for COVID-19 & Their Impact on Pension & Benefit Plans
Lawson Lundell LLP, November 2020

In response to COVID-19, the federal government and the provinces have introduced various measures to mitigate the financial impact across the country. One of these measures is the introduction of a new type of type of unpaid, job-protected leave related to COVID-19. As of the date of this bulletin, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and the federal government have introduced these new leaves...

Battling COVID-19: Mechanisms for Access to Antiviral Products and Diagnostics
ENSafrica, November 2020

IP landscape While the world is in the grip of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the patenting of pharmaceutical and biological compositions and the launch of generic products is even more hotly debated than before, particularly in the world's developing and least-developed countries...

Contracting in a COVID-19 World
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

We may be tired of talking about COVID-19, but contractual and project risk associated with the pandemic is still very real. Risk associated with COVID-19 should remain a key consideration in project planning, tendering and negotiation activities, and in the delivery and administration of construction and infrastructure projects. To assist, we examine key themes and observations that are relevant to contracting in a COVID-19 world...

Michigan Increasing Enforcement of Emergency COVID-19 Rules to Ensure In-Person Work Happening Only When Strictly Required
Dykema, November 2020

Governor Whitmer announced last week that MIOSHA is increasing enforcement of its October 14 Emergency COVID-19 Rules, with a focus on promoting more remote work for offices...

Further Extension of Temporary Layoff Period for Federally Regulated Employers
Lawson Lundell LLP, November 2020

On November 9, 2020, the federal government announced a further temporary extension to permitted layoff periods for federally regulated private-sector employees. Background In June of 2020, the federal government extended the time periods for layoffs under the Canada Labour Standards Regulations to allow federally regulated private-sector employers more time to recall laid-off employees...

How a Biden Administration Will Impact the Banking Financial Landscape
Waller, November 2020

As the end of 2020 mercifully approaches and the presidential election is now in the rearview mirror, Waller’s Financial Services Industry Team is looking forward to 2021 to bring you its insight into what the future may hold for participants in the financial services industry...

Hospital Price Transparency Rule: Full Steam Ahead
Verrill, November 2020

Neither COVID-19 nor continued legal challenges appear likely to derail the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Price Transparency Rule from going into effect on January 1, 2021. Hospitals therefore should continue to comply with the requirements by the deadline...

Changes to the Chilean Labor Code Require Employers to Adopt Measures that Facilitate the Inclusion of Disabled Employees
Carey, November 2020

Changes to the Chilean Labor Code require employers to adopt measures that facilitate the inclusion of disabled employees Law No.21,275 was added to the Labor Code and published in the Official Gazette on October 21, 2020. The new law is intended to facilitate the inclusion of disabled employees in the labor force.   Companies to which the law applies The Law is applicable to those companies that, in accordance with article 157 bis of the Labor Code, have 100 or more employees...

Illinois 2020 Election Ramifications
Dykema, November 2020

While a few legislative races are still being tabulated, Democrats maintained their supermajority status in both the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate in this election cycle. Current projections, that are subject to change pending mail-in ballots, are for a Democrat supermajority of 72-46 in the House and 41-18 in the Senate. This was not an unexpected outcome, though most pre-election predictions had the Democrats achieving an even wider gap in the Legislature...

Coronavirus: Mandatory Remote Working
PLMJ, November 2020

Decree-Law 94-A/2020 of 3 November amends, among others, Decree-Law 79-A/2020 of 30 September, which established “exceptional, transitional arrangements for reorganisation of work”. Its aim was to minimise the spread of COVID-19. The Decree-Law makes remote working mandatory for all workers whose place of work is located in a geographical area where the epidemiological situation justifies it...

COVID-19: Entry of Foreign Executives and Businesspeople
Fischer, November 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in March 2020 Israel imposed significant restrictions on foreign nationals' entry into Israel. As a general rule, the entry of foreigners into Israel is prohibited, except for a limited list of exceptional cases (for further details please see "COVID-19: exceptional cases in which Population and Immigration Authority will allow foreigners to enter Israel")...

October 2020 Nickel Report Post Summary
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, November 2020

This alert provides links to the latest insights and commentary on key energy and environmental issues from the Hunton Andrews Kurth team. Links to our most recent posts on the Nickel Report Blog for this month are below. Please subscribe to receive alerts when new posts are published by visiting our blog and entering your email address in the subscribe field or by following us on Twitter.  For current Covid-19 related news updates please read more here...

Got COVID-19 "Claims": Recent US EPA Enforcement under FIFRA Emphasizes Compliance Demands on Pesticide Product Supply Chains, Especially for Products Claiming to be Effective Against Coronavirus
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, November 2020

In the age of COVID-19, demand for surface wipes, sprays and similar products is at record levels. Retail stores have struggled to keep supplies stocked and shelves may once again be emptied when the winter flu season arrives. If schools and businesses reopen concurrently, the prospects of securing these products becomes even bleaker, which may re-fuel consumer stockpiling...

Hunton Insurance Recovery Blog: Updates, Analysis and Breaking News for Commercial Policyholders
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, November 2020

The top three most read articles for the month were:  Policyholders Pump Out Another COVID-19 Litigation VictoryA Pennsylvania trial court denied an insurer’s early attempt to lunge out of coverage for COVID-19 business interruption losses suffered by a fitness center, stating it would be premature for the court to resolve factual determinations the insurer raised in its demurrer. Ridley Park Fitness, LLC v. Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co., No...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Update October 2020 (Financial Services)
Shearn Delamore & Co., November 2020

SC and Bursa extend temporary margin financing flexibilitiesOn 28 September 2020, the Securities Commission Malaysia (“SC”) and Bursa Malaysia Berhad (“Bursa”) extended the temporary relief measures relating to margin financing to 31 December 2020. The relief measures, which took effect on 27 March 2020 via Participating Organisations’ Circular No. R/R 6 of 2020, were initially due to expire on 30 September 2020...

A Cure for Covid-19 and a Vaccine for Creditors?
TSMP Law Corporation, November 2020

Balance has been tipping over from creditors to shareholders and the pandemic is only bringing this deepening fault line to the fore. Covid-19 slammed into the global consciousness this March and, as expected, immediately torpedoed the markets. But despite the worsening economic data hogging news headlines, exacerbated by intensifying US-China tensions, the markets have paradoxically strengthened since...

Cambodia: Additional Measures to Support Private Sector Workers & Revive the Post-COVID-19 Economy
DFDL, November 2020

On 30 September 2020, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) issued a press release and rolled out ‘Round 6’ of measures aimed at mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses and workers in Cambodia. These represent a combination of new and existing measures (that have been extended)...

Do Not Forget to Provide Any of Your Employees Who Must be Present in Your Workplace with a Document to Certify this Fact
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, November 2020

Belgium is, for the second time, in lockdown. The new Ministerial Decree of 1 November 2020 stipulates that, as from today until 13 December 2020, all workers are obliged to telework. However, an exception applies when either the employee’s role or the continuity of business operations, activities and services does not allow for teleworking...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: San Francisco Moves to Lowest COVID Tier in California, Begins Process of Reopening Non-Essential Offices; Other Bay Area Counties Slower to Follow
Buchalter, November 2020

On October 20, 2020, San Francisco County was upgraded to the “minimal” tier within the California COVID-19 tracking system, meaning it has the fewest restrictions on reopening all businesses as promulgated by the State of California. In order to qualify for the “minimal” tier, a county must have an infection rate of less than one daily new positive COVID case per 100,000 residents and have a positive test rate of less than 2% for two consecutive weeks...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: San Francisco Moves to Lowest COVID Tier in California, Begins Process of Reopening Non-Essential Offices; Other Bay Area Counties Slower to Follow
Buchalter, November 2020

On October 20, 2020, San Francisco County was upgraded to the “minimal” tier within the California COVID-19 tracking system, meaning it has the fewest restrictions on reopening all businesses as promulgated by the State of California. In order to qualify for the “minimal” tier, a county must have an infection rate of less than one daily new positive COVID case per 100,000 residents and have a positive test rate of less than 2% for two consecutive weeks...

Mortgage Servicing in the Age of COVID-19: Post Forbearance
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

On page 8 of the September–October issue, we discussed the COVID-19 forbearance landscape and related compliance challenges for mortgage servicers. In this article, we unpack the post-forbearance world, focusing on the transition out of forbearance and into other forms of loss mitigation assistance, including, but not limited to, payment deferrals, repayment plans, loan modifications, etc...

Information Blocking Rule Compliance Date Extended Due to Pandemic
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released an interim final rule on October 29, 2020, delaying the implementation of the information blocking rule under the 21st Century Cures Act (Information Blocking Rule)...

The Social Partners Have Agreed to Continue with the Social Elections and to Further Extend the Opportunities for Electronic Voting and Postal Voting
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, October 2020

Due to the dramatic increase in Covid-19 infection numbers, there were calls – once again – to postpone the social elections that are scheduled for the period between 16 and 29 November 2020. However, on 27 October 2020, the social partners reached an agreement not to do so, but to extend the opportunities for voting electronically or by post so that the elections can take place in Covid-proof circumstances...

Election Day Obligations: What Employers Need to Know
Dykema, October 2020

As Election Day quickly approaches in the highly anticipated presidential and congressional elections, employers are faced with a slew of questions about their employees’ rights on November 3 and beyond. Election Day is not a national holiday; therefore, federal law doesnotmandate employers provide employees with time off to vote...

Trick or Treat Beware Who Comes Knocking at Your Network Door
Waller, October 2020

It is the time of year for a good scare– but not all a welcome treat! The U.S. Department ofHealth and Human Services(HHS)published a cyber-threat advisory that comes as no great surprise to healthcare providers. As all healthcare providers are focused on continuing to provide excellent care during this COVID-19 pandemic, it is unfortunate that cyber-criminals see this as an opportunity for healthcare targeted ransomware attacks...

Get Right with OSHA on COVID-19 or Get Fined
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

Most employers are familiar with the role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in enforcing standards to ensure that the working men and women in the United States have a safe and healthy workplace. The current COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges to OSHA for reviewing how employers are protecting their employees...

New Teleworking Rules to Limit Further Spread of COVID-19
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, October 2020

Introduction On 16 October 2020 the government reinforced the urgent measures to limit the further spread of COVID-19. Teleworking is no longer highly recommended, but has become the standard for all employees whose roles allow for telework. Yet, the new rule is less far-reaching than that in place during the first lockdown in March 2020, as an exception now applies when the continuity of business operations, activities and services does not allow for teleworking...

India Attempts to Thwart Import of Chinese Goods Under FTAs
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, October 2020

Introduction The balance of trade between India and China continues to be heavily tilted in favour of China. Trade remedies such as anti-dumping and countervailing duties have been used frequently by India to curtail import of Chinese goods. To overcome such barriers, India has long suspected that China has been routing its goods through the ASEAN countries by misusing the Free Trade Agreements (‘FTA’)...

US-India Partnership in the Defence Sector Under the Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-Reliant and a Resilient India)
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, October 2020

Background and about Atmanirbhar Bharat The idea of Atmanirbhar Bharat,or self-reliance, was at the heart of the Hon’ble Prime Ministerof India, Shri Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on 12May 2020 when he announced an economic package towards building aAtmanirbhar Bharat, or a self-reliant, resilient India...

COVID-19 – A Force Majeure Event or Simply a Pandemic?
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, October 2020

Introduction What is known to exist but is not visible is surrounded by mystery. It excites the imagination and people spin yarns about it. Though that is not true when it comes to novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), the outbreak of which has been globally reported, COVID-19 has caused worldwide unprecedented disruptions to business operations; and the commercial turmoil continues...

Coronavirus Digest No. 5 Patents and Other Intellectual Property Rights
PLMJ, October 2020

The world is desperately seeking a vaccine and treatments against COVID-19 and the answer will also be found in intellectual property. For this reason, PLMJ and Inventa International have joined forces toprepare a Digest on these issues that is continuously updated...

Coronavirus Angola: Update of Public Calamity Situation Measures
PLMJ, October 2020

Due to the worrying evolution of the epidemiological situation currently afflicting the country, Presidential Decree no. 276/20 of 23 October 2020 has been enacted to update the preventive and control measures for the spread of COVID-19. Overall, there is a strengthening of the previous preventive measures established in Presidential Decree no. 256/20, of 8 October 2020...

Additional Fiscal Measures in the Context of COVID-19 - Tax Flash no.16/2020
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, October 2020

27.10.2020 –Emergency Ordinance no...

COVID-19 Legal & Tax Resource Center: Moving Forward Together
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, October 2020

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues to put pressure on the public and private sectors alike. As we are entering new phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to switch our focus towards safely and gradually reopening our businesses and economies while continuing to implement prevention measures...

Distressed Debt and Special Situations
MinterEllison, October 2020

Facing Australia's first recession in 30 years, Australian businesses are attempting to steer a course not only for survival but for the growth needed to be a viable long term. But alongside uncertainty comes opportunity. Our new report, prepared in partnership with Acuris, explores the key steps for companies and investors to take advantage of the opportunities – and decisive, informed and proactive action is critical...

With Remote Workers in Different States, What About Jurisdiction?
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

With the explosion of remote work arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are more likely to have remote employees who live in different states. A company should examine whether it is actually subject to potential jurisdiction for legal claims in each state where it has a remote employee. In other words, if your company has employees working remotely in other states, can you actually be sued in all of those states? The answer is maybe...

Federal Highway Construction Funding Extended for Another Year Without Long-Term Plan in Place
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

One of the key refrains of national politics recently has been that we need to address, repair, and replace aging infrastructure. Of course, this leads to the core problem of funding as the amount of infrastructure construction and maintenance currently needed in the U.S. is staggering. The federal government recently put off dealing with this growing problem by extending funding for federal highway and public transportation programs for one year...

Financial Inclusion an Update on the FDICs Most Recent Efforts
Waller, October 2020

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) Advisory Committee of State Regulators (“Committee”) held its inaugural meeting on October 14, 2020. During the meeting, the Committee emphasized the importance of financial inclusion within the banking industry and the recent efforts to foster inclusion undertaken by the FDIC and applicable state regulators...

Big Win for Restaurant Policyholders in COVID-19 Litigation in North Carolina
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

A North Carolina court has required Cincinnati Insurance Company to provide business interruption and extra expense coverage to 16 North Carolina restaurants that lost the use of and access to their properties due to COVID-19 civil authority orders (see North State Deli, LLC, et al. v. Cincinnati Insurance Co. et al.)...

CDC Expands the Definition of Close Contact for COVID-19
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2020

On Oct. 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new definition for “close contact.” The new definition was expanded to account for the cumulative amount of exposure one might have had with a person infected with COVID-19. Under the new definition, close contact is defined as being “within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period beginning two days before illness onset...

Sweatpants in the Workplace? Dress Code Considerations When Returning to the Office During a Pandemic
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

Months of working from home have made at least one thing clear – the “Freshman 15” has nothing on the COVID-19. Boredom, stress, and ease of access to the refrigerator has caused many employees to trade in their suits for sweatpants and their heels for flip-flops. As offices see more and more employees return to work, employers may want to consider taking proactive steps to curtail such casual attire in the workplace. Can employers require a dress code? Yes...

The CDC Revises the Definition of Close Contact
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, October 2020

On October 21, 2020, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) published a new guidance for use by contact tracers that clarifies what had been a somewhat fuzzy definition of “close contact.” The new definition increases the number of individuals presumed to have an exposure to COVID-19, and will significantly affect schools and workplaces since those presumptively exposed individuals will be asked to isolate for a period of 14 days...

Select COVID-19 Compliance Risks and Considerations for Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2020

In response to the ongoing disruption caused by COVID-19, OCIE issued a Risk Alert on Aug. 12, 2020. In the Risk Alert, OCIE makes various observations and recommendations which fall into six different categories: (1) protection of investors’ assets; (2) supervision of personnel; (3) practices relating to fees, expenses, and financial transactions; (4) investment fraud; (5) business continuity; and (6) the protection of investor and other sensitive information...

What Employers Need to Know About The Families First Coronavirus Response Act - An Animation
Verrill, October 2020

Navigating the ins and outs of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) can be difficult for employers. This animation seeks to illustrate some of the most important takeaways. Transcript (see animation below): Hi, I'm Tawny, a partner in Verrill's Labor & Employment Practice Group...

Ensuring the Enforceability of Electronic Arbitration Agreements in Virtual Admission Packets
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, October 2020

With the continued risk of the spread of COVID-19 in assisted care facilities, more and more facilities are implementing a virtual admissions process. This process includes providing all of the admissions documents, including an arbitration agreement, to potential residents and/or their legal representatives electronically. While it is preferable from a legal standpoint that the arbitration agreement be presented and executed in person, in today's world that is not always possible...

Legal 500 Country Comparative Guides
AELEX, October 2020

AELEX is the exclusive contributor to the Nigerian Chapter of The Legal 500 (Legalease): Franchise and Licensing Country Comparative Guides. The country specific Guide provides a pragmatic overview of how businesses can set up franchises and also license their technology and intellectual property rights in Nigeria. The Guide was authored by our Davidson Oturu,Tiwalola Osazuwa and Kofoworola Oyegunle. Please click here to read the Guide...

COVID-19 State Aid to be Prolonged
Mamo TCV Advocates, October 2020

As a result of the unprecedented circumstances we are currently facing, a number of measures were adopted to ease the challenges that various businesses are facing. In this regard, the European Commission adopted the State aid Temporary Framework (the "Framework") on 19th March, 2020, which has subsequently been amended a number of times to reflect the ever-changing nature of how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the economy...

Post-No-Debit Orders on the Accounts of Customers: Limitation to the Powers of Regulatory Agencies and Financial Institutions
AELEX, October 2020

INTRODUCTION There are several government agencies regulating various sectors of the Nigerian economy. Most of these regulatory agencies are creation of statutes which usually specify their functions, powers and general mode of operations. While some of these agencies are responsible for sensitising the citizens about government policies,[1]a good number are charged with the task of enforcing policies, programmes and laws enacted by the Government...

Arendt Weekly Update - 16 October 2020
Arendt & Medernach, October 2020

The Arendt Weekly Update is a newsletter designed to give you the insight you need without overloading your mailbox. It lists the latest news, topical webinars, training courses and more. NEWSFLASHES   Budget 2021: various tax measures to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and support a sustainable recovery On 14 October 2020, the Luxembourg government filed the budget bill 7666 with the Luxembourg parliament...

Recent Amendment to Michigan’s Open Meetings Act Allows Electronic Meetings of Public Bodies
Dykema, October 2020

Michigan’s Open Meetings Act (“OMA”) was officially amended this past Friday when Governor Whitmer signed SB 1108 (now Public Act 228 of 2020). The new law permits public bodies to conduct electronic meetings under certain circumstances and for a set period of time. The amendments to the OMA were prompted by a recent Michigan Supreme Court decision that effectively eliminated emergency executive orders issued by Governor Whitmer after April 30, 2020...

Tax Aspects of Insolvency and Bankruptcy
Lavery Lawyers, October 2020

The current crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has already caused, and will continue to cause, significant liquidity problems for some businesses. Companies whose financial difficulties threaten their very existence will have to restructure in order to avoid bankruptcy, either by availing themselves of the protection of the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act1 (the "CCAA") or by using the proposal mechanism of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act2 (the "BIA")...

COVID-19 and Unprecedented: Litigation Insights, Issue 28
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, October 2020

This 28th edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation, includes a number of updates on the mounting number of business interruption coverage disputes -- including a claim against a broker whose alleged failure to obtain infectious disease coverage left the insured without coverage for COVID-19-induced losses...

Embracing Momentum: Andrew Eagles on Sustainability in Commercial Property Post COVID-19
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2020

Although COVID-19 is an unrivalled pandemic, it feels all too familiar to our continuing battle against climate change. Both global crises are forcing us to modify our way of living – whether we are ready or not...

Words to Remember: Mother's Sayings Help Us Get Through the Pandemic
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

In these strange new days of back-to-back virtual meetings, working from home offices, home-schooling children, and social distancing from the grocery store, not to mention from most human beings—who is to say that anyone actually will read these pearls of wisdom from my sweet, dearly departed mother...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources from Bradley
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

This digest is a curated list of Bradley content regarding the coronavirus. In an effort to provide our clients with the easiest way to find information that may be beneficial in responding to the impact of COVID-19, we have provided links to our most recent blog posts, news alerts, webinar recordings and more. Additionally, this digest will now be deployed on a weekly basis in an effort to reduce the number of emails our clients receive...

Words to Remember: Mother’s Sayings Help Us Get Through the Pandemic
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

In these strange new days of back-to-back vir-tual meetings, working from home offices, home-schooling children, and social distancing from the grocery store, not to mention from most human beings—who is to say that anyone actually will read these pearls of wisdom from my sweet, dearly departed mother...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources from Bradley
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

This digest is a curated list of Bradley content regarding the coronavirus. In an effort to provide our clients with the easiest way to find information that may be beneficial in responding to the impact of COVID-19, we have provided links to our most recent blog posts, news alerts, webinar recordings and more. Additionally, this digest will now be deployed on a weekly basis in an effort to reduce the number of emails our clients receive...

With Its Latest National Enforcement Initiative, DOJ Continues to Focus on Fraudulent Telemedicine Themes
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, October 2020

On September 30, 2020, The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the results of a sweeping joint healthcare fraud and opioid takedown that resulted in charges against 345 different defendants who were responsible for over $6 billion in government losses involving fraudulent healthcare services and improper billing. This was the largest healthcare fraud enforcement action in the history of the DOJ...

CFPB Speaks: Expectations for Servicers in the Age of COVID-19 Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

Join us for a special opportunity to hear directly from the CFPB about mortgage servicing in the COVID-19 era. On October 14 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, Bradley hosted a Q&A session with Allison Brown of the CFPB's Office of Supervision Policy to discuss the CFPB’s supervisory expectations as the industry grapples with CARES implementation and other challenges arising from the coronavirus crisis...

Virtual Meetings of Michigan Municipalities During the COVID-19 Pandemic Likely to Continue Based on Recent Legislation
Dykema, October 2020

Since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, municipalities in Michigan have met virtually under the authority of a series of executive orders issued by Governor Whitmer permitting public bodies, except the state legislature, to meet by virtual means. These executive orders, including most recently Executive Order No...

“Of No Continuing Legal Effect”—What to Consider as Your Business Moves Forward After the Michigan Supreme Court’s Decision on Executive Orders
Dykema, October 2020

On October 2, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court issued its opinion inIn re Certified Questions,Docket No. 161492, which essentially eliminated the Governor’s authority to issue any executive orders related to COVID-19 after April 30, 2020...

Three Key Things in Health Care - October 13, 2020
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, October 2020

THREE KEY THINGS IN HEALTH CAREFrom the Health Care Practice of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP   HCA Healthcare’s announcement that it will be returning $1.6 billion in Provider Relief Funds illustrates the challenges facing providers in accounting for PRFs under shifting guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...

Occupational Health and Safety in the Maritime Sector Against COVID-19
LEGA Abogados, October 2020

As a consequence of the spread of COVID-19, certain protection and prevention measures have been developed in order to safeguard health in the different sectors that are operational. In this report we will share security measures implemented in Venezuela aimed at protecting the health of operators and personnel working in ports and at sea, as well as some recommendations established by international organizations. 1...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: New PPP Guidance Simplifies Forgiveness Application Process for Small PPP Loans of $50,000 or Less; Clarifies Lenders’ Responsibilities Regarding Review of Borrower Calculations and Documentation of Forgivable Eligible Costs for Such Small Loans
Buchalter, October 2020

On October 8, Treasury issued a new Interim Final Rule Re Additional Revisions to Loan Forgiveness and Loan Review Procedures Interim Final Rules (new IFR), along with a new Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S and Instructions for the new Form, addressing applications for forgiveness of PPP loans of $50,000 or less.  Links to the new IFR, the new Form 3508S, and the new Instructions for Form 3508S are set out below...

Regulatory Update: Progress on Financial Advice and Conduct Regimes Despite COVID-19 Delays
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2020

In this article, we examine the progress of key regulatory changes for insurers and other financial institutions, and the further delays resulting from COVID-19. When New Zealand finished the first lockdown in May, regulators indicated that proposed law changes would be delayed due to COVID-19 but remained optimistic that progress could be made towards the end of this year. However, with the second lockdown for Auckland in August, further delays are expected...

Cyber Attacks and the Insurance Response
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2020

New Zealand’s stock exchange, NZX, recently suffered cyber-attacks on six consecutive working days. The attacks left it unable to facilitate trading in shares, in its debt market, the Fonterra shareholders’ market and derivatives market, although participants remained able to conduct direct, negotiated trades. The NZX attack is typical of cyber-attacks against businesses which are becoming increasingly common...

Landmark UK Business Interruption Case
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2020

In our previous edition of Cover to Cover, we discussed the various jurisdictions in which insurers’ approaches to business interruption cover following COVID-19 were being scrutinised. In the UK, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) initially worked together with insurance companies to aim to provide transparency and clarity in their existing policies for their insureds...

Tennessee Law and Practice
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

The US Regional Employment 2020 features 14 states. The guide provides expert legal commentary on the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace, the "Black Lives Matter" and "Me Too" movements, unions, the National Labor Relations Board, the interviewing process, restrictive covenants, discrimination and harassment, and whistle-blower claims. Bradley attorneys authored the Alabama and Tennessee chapters of the US Regional Employment 2020 featured below...

Coronavirus: Financing Moratoriums
PLMJ, October 2020

To combat the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government approved Decree-Law 10-J/2020 of March 26 (the “Decree-Law”). The Decree-Law established a set of economic measures to protect liquidity and treasury, and in this document, we focus on the financing moratorium...

Last Call to Implement Electronic Voting and/or Voting by Letter for Covid-Proof Social Elections
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, October 2020

 In principle, the decision to vote electronically should have been taken as early as February 2020, at a time when few had ever heard of Covid-19. Companies that did not do so at that time but, as a result of Covid-19, would like to do so now for security reasons or because their staff still (mostly) work from home, have been given the opportunity to still introduce electronic voting. However, they have to reach an agreement on this issue at the latest on day X + 56 (i.e...

OCC and SEC Wade into Stablecoin Regulation
Waller, October 2020

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) issued an interpretive letter (the “Stablecoin Letter”) confirming that national banks and federal savings associations are permitted to take and hold fiat currency deposits that serve as reserves for fiat-currency backed stablecoins associated with hosted digital wallets (the “OCC Stablecoin Letter”)...

COVID-19 FOMU for Employers: Fear of Messing Up
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, October 2020

Even in virus-free times, the world of labor laws and employment regulations is at best confusing to an employer, and at worst, overwhelming. Adding the stress of emergency paid sick leave, ever-evolving unemployment qualifications, and shelter-in-place orders is enough to make any boss’s head spin. Business owners want to keep their employees healthy and safe. They also want to operate in a way that at least garners enough income to keep the doors open...

Ohio Introduces Proposed Legislation to Expand Telehealth Services
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2020

Ohio legislators recently introduced proposed H.B. 679, expanding telehealth services. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has become more prevalent and necessary. Ohio lawmakers realize telehealth is only going to become more widespread in the future, as patient usage and acceptance continue to grow. If enacted, H.B...

The Unforeseen Benefits of Driverless Transport during a Pandemic
Lavery Lawyers, October 2020

  The COVID-19 pandemic has been not only causing major social upheaval but disrupting business development and the economy as well. Nevertheless, since last March, we have seen many developments and new projects involving self-driving vehicles (SDV). Here is an overview...

Expanding the Beachhead: Why Banks Should be Using the Main Street Lending Facilities
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, October 2020

The Federal Reserve, using CARES Act funding, has created a number of Main Street Lending Facilities (“MSLFs”). The two that should be of interest to most bankers are the Main Street New Loan Facility (“MSNLF”) and the Main Street Priority Loan Facility (“MSPLF”). These two facilities should enable banks that have successfully moved business from competitors pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) to continue such efforts...

Hunton Retail Law Resource: Analysis and Insight in Retail Law
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, October 2020

The Retail Industry team would like to provide you with an update on legal developments in the retail and consumer products industries as posted on the Hunton Retail Law Resource blog. If you wish to receive email alerts when new posts are published, please visit our blog and enter your email address in the subscribe field...

Three Key Things in Health Care - October 7, 2020
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, October 2020

Hospital providers should be planning now for potential impacts from the new 2021 Medicare Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport model. In a year fraught with challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced 2019 performance year results for the Medicare Shared Savings Program, evidencing $1.19 billion in total net savings to the Medicare program...

What Employers Need to Know about Coronavirus, Paid Leave
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, October 2020

As seen in Bank Director From lobby closures to Paycheck Protection Program loans, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a lot at banks and other financial services providers during this pandemic. One more item to add to the list is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: California Extends Validity of Housing Entitlements During the COVID-19 Crisis
Buchalter, October 2020

On September 28, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill (“AB”) 1561, which extends “by 18 months the period for the expiration, effectuation, or utilization of a housing entitlement” that was in effect on March 4, 2020 and will expire prior to December 31, 2021...

German Insolvency Law: COVID-19-Suspension of Duty to File for Insolvency Ended on 30 September 2020 for Illiquid Companies
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, October 2020

Over-indebted companies still exempted from filing duty until 31 December 2020COVID-19-affected companies to benefit from easier access to protective shield proceedings and preventive restructuring schemes/ regimes as from 1 January 2021 Two German legislative initiatives taken in September 2020 will have an immediate impact on the options available to restructure a business under German law: DUTY TO FILE FOR INSOLVENCY RE-INSTATED FOR ILLIQUID COMPANIES AS OF 1 OCTOBER 2020; SUSPENSIO

Management of Occupational Safety and Data Protection Risks Arising During Work from Home - Part 2
Szecskay Attorneys at Law, October 2020

Part 2 of this series is about data protection. In case of questions, please contact Zoltán Balázs Kovács. How do you secure data in the home office environment? What policies should be in place to secure data and devices? What does a data breach mean? Employers must comply with the principle of accountability and demonstrate compliance (including by way of applying proper internal policies). This is important also from the perspective of data security...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: California Extends Local Ability to Enact Commercial Eviction Moratoriums and Questions Abound for Local Governments, Tenants and Landlords
Buchalter, October 2020

On September 23, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order extending the ability of local jurisdictions to enact their own eviction moratoriums on commercial tenancies from September 30, 2020 to March 31, 2021. This extension follows weeks of pressure from mayors and county officials throughout California who argued that a wave of commercial evictions would be coming if no action was taken legislatively or executively by September 30...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: SBA Issues New PPP Guidance Regarding Required Approval for a Sale of Assets or Transfer of Ownership of a PPP Borrower; Use of Escrow Accounts to Avoid Requirement of Prior SBA Approval
Buchalter, October 2020

On October 2, the SBA issued SBA Procedural Notice 5000-20057, Paycheck Protection Program Loans and Changes of Ownership (“Notice”).    A link to the Notice is set out below...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: California Employers Will Soon Have to Take Action upon Notice of Potential Covid-19 Exposure within One Business Day
Buchalter, October 2020

On September 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsome signed AB 685 into law.  Effective January 1, 2021, AB 685 makes several changes to the California Labor Code regarding occupational exposure to COVID-19.  This includes authorizing Cal-OSHA to essentially shut down a workplace if it determines that the risk of COVID-19 exposure constitutes an imminent hazard to employees...

New California Law Imposes Additional Infection Preventionist and Reporting Requirements on Skilled Nursing Facilities
Hanson Bridgett LLP, October 2020

Key Points Starting Jan. 1, 2021, California skilled nursing facilities must have a full-time, dedicated Infection Preventionist. Infection Preventionists must be an RN or LVN, but their hours may not count in minimum direct patient care staffing calculations...

Make Working from Home Work - Employers’ Considerations for Remote Working
Shearn Delamore & Co., October 2020

In this article, Grace Chai Huey Yann explores common issues relating to remote working arrangements implemented by employers in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Introduction The Covid-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented impact on businesses worldwide, especially when international borders are closed and various degrees of lockdown are introduced in response to the pandemic. Since the first quarter of this eventful year, virtual working has become the option for many employers...

PENJANA Short-Term Economic Recovery Plan: Incentives for Property Sector
Shearn Delamore & Co., October 2020

In this article, Tang Yen Yi examines the PENJANA Short-Term Economic Recovery Plan in relation to the property sector. During these unprecedented times of a global pandemic due to COVID-19, the Government of Malaysia announced the recovery plan for the country’s economy: PENJANA Short-Term Economic Recovery Plan (“PENJANA”).PENJANA includes plans to stimulate the economy with incentives for real estate transactions...

A New Financial Services Landscape: Post-Royal Commission in a COVID-19 World
MinterEllison, October 2020

For the financial services sector, 2020 was to be the year of rebuilding after the royal commission reckoning of 2018-2019. But with 2020 presenting circumstances that were previously unimaginable, the sector – like the entire Australian economy – has a whole new set of challenges to face… As 2020 ticks on, the financial services industry is grappling with new challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn...

B.C.'s Economic Recovery Plan: New Employer Tax Credit
Lawson Lundell LLP, October 2020

On September 17, 2020, the British Columbia government released its economic recovery plan for the province, Stronger BC for Everyone: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan. The plan details various new support measures for B.C. businesses, including a new refundable tax credit for employers. The B.C...

Continuing Resolution Delays Repayment of Accelerated Advanced Payments by Healthcare Providers and Suppliers
Waller, October 2020

President Trump today signed a continuing resolution that will fund the federal government until December 11, 2020. The continuing resolution (the “CR”) also grants relief to the providers and suppliers that were preparing to repay the Medicare accelerated or advance payments they received in response to the COVID-19 pandemic...

COVID-19: New Record-Keeping Obligation and Compliance Check Relating to Foreign Workers and Self-Employed Individuals
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, September 2020

As part of some new measures that aim to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government has imposed a new record-keeping obligation on certain employers and users which temporarily rely on foreign employees or self-employed individuals. In-scope employers and users must also verify whether the foreign employees and self-employed individuals have duly completed the passenger locator form. These new obligations apply from 24 August 2020 until 31 October 2020, but will likely be extended...

Employees Duties of Conduct in the Privacy in Times of Corona
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, September 2020

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the media has repeatedly reported about terminations by the employer, which are based on the fact that employees did not adhere to corona measures during their leisure time, for example because they took part in large anti-corona demonstrations and disregarded the distance rule or were associated with anti-constitutional ideas...

Three Key Things in Health Care
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, September 2020

Moving the Goalposts: The New Notice of Reporting Requirements for Provider Relief Fund (“PRF”) General and Targeted Distributions On September 19, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published its General and Targeted Distribution Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements (“Reporting Requirements”)...

Does COVID-19 Signal the End of the Civil Jury Trial?
Lawson Lundell LLP, September 2020

As courts cautiously resume in-person hearings across the country, there is looming uncertainty about when—or if—civil jury trials will ever resume. For instance, B.C. and some regions in Ontario have announced that civil jury trials are suspended until at least 2021—and Ontario is considering whether to abolish them altogether...

Management of Occupational Safety and Data Protection Risks Arising During Work from Home Part 1
Szecskay Attorneys at Law, September 2020

Part 1 of this series discusses labour law and labour safety issues. What is it that has changed regarding home office and teleworking because of Covid-19? What can we expect in the future? How can employers prepare for the “new normal” and how can employees manage things from their side? Before Covid-19, teleworking and working from home in Hungary represented a percentage of 1.2 among employees aged between 15-64, according to Eurostat...

Data Security Law Blog
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, September 2020

DataSecurityLaw.com is the firm’s resource for the latest news, analysis, and thought leadership in the critical area of privacy and cybersecurity law. Patterson Belknap’s Privacy and Data Security practice provides public and private enterprises, their leadership teams and boards with comprehensive services in this critical area...

New Employment Standards Leaves for COVID-19 & Their Impact on Pension & Benefit Plans
Lawson Lundell LLP, September 2020

In response to COVID-19, the federal government and the provinces have introduced various measures to mitigate the financial impact across the country. One of these measures is the introduction of a new type of type of unpaid, job-protected leave related to COVID-19. As of the date of this bulletin, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and the federal government have introduced these new leaves...

New Measures to Prevent and Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
PLMJ, September 2020

Law 58/2020 came into force on 1 September 2020 and it implements into Portuguese law: Directive (EU) 2018/843 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 amending Directive (EU) 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for money laundering or terrorist financing, commonly known as the 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive; and Directive (EU) 2018/1673 of the European Parliament and the Council of 23 October 2018 on combating money laundering by cr

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Federal Reserve Announces Main Street Lending Program Will Accept Multi-Borrower Loans and Issues New FAQs Outlining Requirements; Announces Acceptance of Non-Profit Borrower Loans; Alters Standards for Lenders When Evaluating Borrowers; and Provides Guidance on Insider Loans and Compensation Treatment
Buchalter, September 2020

On September 18, 2020, the Federal Reserve issued new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for its Main Street Lending Program (MSLP)...

Five Practical Tactics for Large Hospital Systems
Waller, September 2020

While the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn are creating unprecedented challenges for health systems across the country, opportunities for collaboration remain as strong as they had been pre-COVID, and large health systems are well positioned to take advantage of new opportunities. In light of this, Waller has partnered with Kaufman Hall to develop a guide for health system leaders, The Health System Growth Imperative: Charting Opportunities During the Pandemic and Beyond...

SEC Adopts Significant Amendments to Regulation S-K and Accredited Investor and Qualified Institutional Buyer Definitions
Waller, September 2020

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted several significant amendments affecting disclosure requirements under Items 101, 103 and 105 of Regulation S-K and also expanded the definitions of “Accredited Investor” and “Qualified Institutional Buyer” under Rule 501(a) and Rule 144A, respectively. As SEC Chairman, Jay Clayton, announced in the press release, Items 101, 103 and 105 have not undergone significant revisions in over 30 years...

HHS Implements New Radiation Oncology Payment Model
Waller, September 2020

Details regarding a new Medicare payment model for radiation oncology care have been released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The new Radiation Oncology Model (RO Model) qualifies as an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) and a MIPS APM under the Quality Payment Program. According to this release from HHS, the RO Model aims to “promote quality and financial accountability for providers and suppliers of radiotherapy...

New Bill Expands Cal/OSHA Enforcement Rules Over COVID-19 Related Illnesses For All Employers
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2020

Key Points Under Assembly Bill 685, Cal/OSHA can shut down a worksite if the worksite exposes employees to a COVID-19 related imminent hazard. AB 685 subjects employers to increased notification requirements that must be met within one business day of a potential exposure to COVID-19. Employers must notify local public health agencies of all workplace COVID-19 outbreaks amongst employees. Cal/OSHA can now issue serious citations more quickly. On Sept...

It is about Foreigners or Fairness?
TSMP Law Corporation, September 2020

The issue is not foreign talent but transparency in the process. DBS was last week named world’s best bank – the third consecutive year it has received such accolade. It was thus more than a little ironic that in the same week, its chief executive Piyush Gupta was cited by a Non-constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) as a disappointing example of a non “home-grown” CEO. Mr Gupta has been a Singapore citizen since 2009 and has helmed DBS for more than a decade...

Ohio Passes Law Providing COVID-19 Liability Shield for Individuals, Businesses, and Health Care Providers
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

On Sept. 14, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed into law a bill, which provides significant protections against tort claims arising from COVID-19 to all entities, including individuals, businesses, health care providers, property owners, government entities, churches, and schools. Amended Sub...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Guidance in Implementing San Francisco Department of Public Health COVID-19 Health Screening Forms
Buchalter, September 2020

San Francisco’s Department of Public Health (“SFDPH”) issued yet-another update to its Shelter-in-Place Order, C19-07, on September 14, 2020 (now up to version “i”). This order has been frequently modified to reflect changes in other state and local directives, as more is learned about the disease and as more businesses are allowed to re-open...

DOJ Clarifies Guidelines on Settling Cases Based on Ability to Pay
Waller, September 2020

In early September, the Department of Justice issued additional guidance that the Commercial Litigation Branch can consider when settling cases for less than the full amount of the claim based on the defendant’s inability to pay. Under its statutory authority, the Civil Division has the ability to settle claims for less when an entity offers the maximum amount that it is able to pay and the federal government is acting as plaintiff...

Practical Strategies to Limit Premises Liability Claims Involving COVID-19
Haynes and Boone, LLP, September 2020

Businesses that open their doors to customers, guests, and other visitors during the pandemic must be vigilant, not only to keep their premises safe to those who enter, but also to avoid lawsuits by individuals who claim they contracted COVID-19 on business premises...

School Dazed: Navigating Back to School, Other Paid Leave Issues under the FFCRA & Seeking Loan Forgiveness Under the Paycheck Protection Program Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, September 2020

With school getting back in session, leave issues are bound to arise. For many small to medium-sized employers, these may include paid and unpaid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), as well as other complicated issues that may arise under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This webinar will provide an overview of the FFCRA and ways employers can try to navigate the FFCRA during this uncertain time...

The BWC Offers Employers Assistance Through COVID-19 Pandemic
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique issues in the workforce and to employers. Fortunately, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has implemented policies and programs over the last several months intended to reduce employer hardships. Below are a few policies to note and verify have been applied to your business...

DOL Issues Revised FFCRA Regulations in Response to Court Ruling
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

On Sept. 11, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced revisions to the regulations implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), following the New York federal court’s decision that invalidated some of the prior regulations as either inconsistent with the text of the FFCRA or insufficiently explained by the DOL in its original regulations...

Department of Labor Issues Updated and Revised Regulations for the Families First Act
Waller, September 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was enacted on March 18, 2020, creating additional leave rights for employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through two provisions: the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). Since then, however, the exact contours of employee rights and employer obligations under the FFCRA have been the subject of some debate and disagreement...

Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 Orders Fall Under Constitutional Challenge
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, September 2020

Since March, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and his administration have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by imposing some of the strictest limitations in the country on the Commonwealth’s residents and businesses...

COVID-19 and Commercial Leases in the UAE
Afridi & Angell, September 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has swept the globe like a tsunami and it continues to impact countries and their economies worldwide. The UAE is no exception. Businesses have come under increased cost pressure as revenues decline. Such cost pressure primarily involves real estate leasing costs. In this inBrief, we look at the impact Covid-19 has had on commercial leases...

Bill on Stamp Duty
Makarim & Taira S., September 2020

In the first week of September 2020, the House of Representative passed the Bill on Stamp Duty and now it is waiting for approval by a plenary meeting of the House. The Bill is expected come into effect on 1 January 2021 given the time needed to issue the implementing regulation and for public awareness. The Bill will only recognize a single stamp duty, Rp10,000 unlike the current law which recognizes two stamp duties (Rp3,000 and Rp6,000)...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Entrapment-by-Estoppel: A Potential Future Defense for Lenders in PPP Fraud Cases
Buchalter, September 2020

By: Joshua M. Robbins, Michael C. Flynn, and Robert S. Gillison The past decade has taught lenders much about regulatory enforcement risk.  In the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis and collapse of the housing and related markets, the Department of Justice and other agencies aggressively stepped up investigations of lenders seen as complicit in the misconduct of borrowers and others...

Hotel Bankruptcies: 8 Key Issues for Hospitality Advisors
Buchalter, September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many hospitality professionals and their clients to confront bankruptcy, insolvency, and loan workout issues for the first time since the Great Recession.  Chapter 11 presents a host of unique issues for hotels and other hospitality businesses...

Top 10 COVID-19 Employer Mistakes to Avoid
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

COVID-19 has sent many employers into a workforce management tailspin. Laws, regulations, and recommendations change daily, and as the pandemic continues to affect the workplace, the risk of legal complacency increases. The list below identifies the top 10 mistakes for employers to avoid during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mistake 1: Failing To Prepare and Update a COVID-19 Response Plan...

Telework in Guatemala
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, September 2020

Although in Guatemala there is no legal frame for “Telework”, it could be said that it is a way in which services are provided in a location other than the employer's office or headquarters. What makes this modality so attractive? What is the key to make it work? The key is in TECHNOLOGY, in the innovative and efficient use of tools that allow us to be connected without being anchored to a specific place...

The New Era of Taxation for the IT Industry
ALRUD Law Firm, September 2020

To create the most favorable environment for the intensive development of the IT industry and pooling resources for the new projects, the Russian Government has adopted a Law introducing a number of changes and tax incentives for the IT and Technology Companies. It will be effective starting from January 1st, 2021. Below, we provide our consolidated analysis of the new rules and recommendations on steps to be taken to prepare for the forthcoming changes...

DOL Reacts to Court Decision Regarding FFCRA Rules; Revises Parts of Their Old Rule, but Reaffirms Other Parts
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, September 2020

Last month, we discussed a decision out of the Southern District of New York ("SDNY") that invalidated parts of the DOL’s temporary rule that interpreted provisions of the FFCRA, the federal law that created both paid sick leave for certain COVID-related absences and a new category of paid FMLA leave for workers with COVID-related child care issues. Our prior summaries of the law can be found here...

Definition of Healthcare Provider Narrowed in revised FFCRA regulations
Waller, September 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced Friday Friday that it had revised the Families First Response Act (FFCRA) in response to a recent ruling by a federal court in New York. The new regulations are effective September 16 and represent a significant change for healthcare entities who previously (and correctly) used “blanket” denials of FFCRA requests for all of their employees...

6 Ways Independent Hospitals can get Stronger Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
Waller, September 2020

The impact of COVID-19 and the economic downturn has pressured independent hospitals, rural hospitals and smaller health systems in particular. Despite the immense challenges, independent facilities and their Boards should take this time to best position for the near- and long-term. In light of this, Waller partnered with Kaufman Hall to develop a guide for healthcare leaders, The Health System Growth Imperative: Charting Opportunities During the Pandemic and Beyond...

COVID-19: Entry into the Emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Afridi & Angell, September 2020

On 12 September 2020, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) reported 1007 new COVID-19 cases in the UAE. With the number of cases rising both within the UAE and in most other countries, the UAE government has reiterated the importance of adhering to preventive guidelines and has further placed safeguards, particularly in Abu Dhabi, to ensure that those traveling to the UAE are confined to prevent the transmission of the virus...

Bespoke WFH Policies to Minimise Risks for Employers
Deacons, September 2020

The world is gradually embracing remote working as an alternative way of work – hosting virtual meetings, supporting customers through online communications, and accessing data remotely from outside the office. In the past, working from home (WFH) had not been popular in Hong Kong even though evolving technologies and improved Internet speed made it possible for digital migration...

Angola Coronavirus: Update of Public Calamity Situation Measures
PLMJ, September 2020

Presidential Decree no. 229/20 of 8 September 2020 has been published and its aim is to reassess the measures imposed by Presidential Decree no. 142/20, considering the evolution of the epidemiological situation. The new decree renews most of the measures already in force, although it also eases some restrictions...

Individual Chapter 11 Cases Under New Subchapter V
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, September 2020

IN BRIEF The current economic decline caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will result in a surge of debtors in need of bankruptcy protection. Subchapter V to the rescue! Despite some burdens on debtors, the advantages to individuals under Subchapter V will make it substantially easier for individuals to confirm Chapter 11 plans...

Law No.21,263 that Temporarily Amends the Requirements and Increases the Benefits’ Amounts of the Unemployment Insurance on the Occasion of the Pandemic caused by Covid-19, and Improves the Benefits of the Employment Protection Act
Carey, September 2020

On September 4th, 2020, law No.21,263 (hereinafter, the “Law”) was published in the Official Gazette, which temporarily amends the requirements and increases the benefits’ amounts of the unemployment insurance established in law No.19,728 (hereinafter, “Unemployment Insurance Act”) on the occasion of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, and improves the benefits regulated in law No.21,227 (hereinafter, “Employment Protection Act” or “LPE”[1])...

Cyberbullying and Remote Working – What Employers Need to Know
Shoosmiths LLP, September 2020

Sadly, bullying and harassment in the workplace is nothing new. Indeed, a 2020 study found that 15% of people surveyed had been a victim of workplace bullying. Conversely, cyberbullying in the workplace is a relatively new phenomenon but it’s on the rise. What exactly is cyberbullying? Simply put, cyberbullying is any bullying, harassment or victimisation that involves a computer, phone or tablet...

Three Important Ways the COVID-19 Pandemic is Changing the Delivery of Consumer Financial Services
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, September 2020

  The world continues to come to grips with the daily changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools contemplate opening. Some do, while others do not. Some professional and college sports teams play games to empty stadiums. Some businesses are open, with restrictions, while others are not. Lawsuits are being filed by businesses that think they should be permitted to reopen like their neighbors who already have...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: The Future of California Evictions in the COVID Era - California Judicial Council Votes to End Statewide Eviction Moratorium
Buchalter, September 2020

On Thursday, August 13, the California Judicial Council elected to rescind Emergency Rules 1 and 2 related to eviction and foreclosure actions in California applicable to both residential and commercial properties, effective September 1, 2020. Emergency Rules 1 and 2, previously put in place on April 6, prevented all unlawful detainer and foreclosure actions statewide, except in cases of public health or safety...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: The Future of California Evictions in the COVID Era - California Judicial Council Votes to End Statewide Eviction Moratorium
Buchalter, September 2020

On Thursday, August 13, the California Judicial Council elected to rescind Emergency Rules 1 and 2 related to eviction and foreclosure actions in California applicable to both residential and commercial properties, effective September 1, 2020. Emergency Rules 1 and 2, previously put in place on April 6, prevented all unlawful detainer and foreclosure actions statewide, except in cases of public health or safety...

OSHA Whistleblower Complaints on the Rise: Employers Be Aware
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

Whistleblower complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have continued to rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. Between February 18, 2020, and May 31, 2020, a total of 4,101 whistleblower complaints were filed,[1] which represented a 30% increase in complaints over the same period last year...

COVID-19 Liability: Practical Guidance on Risk Management for Horse Shows and Competitions
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, September 2020

As COVID-19 continues to alter our daily lives, many of us have found comfort in barn time spent with our four-legged friends. With so many spring and summer events cancelled, we are eager to get back in the saddle and into the show ring. However, the legal implications facing horse show boards and competition venues are complex and ever-evolving...

Long-Term Care Facility COVID-19 Testing Requirements and Revised COVID-19 Focused Survey Tool
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2020

Key Points On Aug. 25, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an interim final rule with a comment period (IFC) establishing new Long-Term Care Facility COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Staff and Residents. CMS has added 42 CFR §483.80(h), which requires that the facility test all residents and staff for COVID-19. Noncompliance related to this new requirement will be cited at new tag F886...

LAW No.21,260, which Establishes Teleworking for Pregnant Employees in Case of State of Catastrophe, Extends the Maternity Dismissal Privilege That Expires Within the Current State of Catastrophe, and Others
Carey, September 2020

Law No.21,260 (the “Law”) which modifies the Labor Code to permit the remote work or teleworking to pregnant women in case of state of catastrophe, for a public calamity, due to an epidemic or pandemic arising from a contagious illness (the “State of Catastrophe”), and also establishes other exceptional rules, has been published in the Official Gazette on September 4th, 2020...

Coronavirus Digest No. 4: Patents and Other Intellectual Property Rights
PLMJ, September 2020

Coronavirus Digest no. 4 Patents and other intellectual property rights 1. Patents Moderna reveals that it may not hold the patent rights for the vaccine against Covid-19, because it was not the first to file the patents. This came after the US National Institute of Health claimed co-ownership of the rights to this vaccine. Read more here...

State Enhancements of the Federal Opportunity Zone Program
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, September 2020

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established the popular Opportunity Zone (OZ) program to encourage investment in economically distressed communities while allowing taxpayers to defer and potentially exclude some of their capital gains from federal income taxes. The proceeds of the sale must be timely reinvested in qualifying businesses or property located in census tracts that have been designated as OZs within the approved state...

Innovations Covered Under the Value Added Services (VAS) Licence Framework in Nigeria
AELEX, September 2020

INTRODUCTION Information Communication Technology (ICT) has, without a doubt, greatly impacted virtually every industry, and the communications industry is no exception. Services such as bulk short message service (SMS), online games, data services, telemarketing, text messages and media messages, all of which are often referred to as Value Added Services (“VAS”), now constitute a part of our daily lives...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Expansive New National COVID-19 Related Residential Eviction Moratorium Order Issued by the CDC
Buchalter, September 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an order titled “Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions To Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19” (“Order”) forbidding evictions of residential tenants who do not exceed certain income levels (generally $99,000 for an individual), are unable to make full rental payments due to substantial loss of income, loss of job, or extraordinary medical expense, and have exhausted all available governmental sources o

Windfalls and Pitfalls of Pivoting Your Business Model in the New Business Environment
Buchalter, September 2020

It is no secret that the world has rapidly changed over the last several months. Many companies are reevaluating their business models to adjust to the challenges caused by the world-wide pandemic and to hopefully identify new business opportunities that may arise as a result of a new business environment...

Executive Order Payroll Tax Deferral: Guidance and Considerations
Buchalter, September 2020

On August 8, 2020, the President of the United States issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of the Treasury to use his authority pursuant to section 7508A of the Internal Revenue Code to defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of certain payroll tax obligations for the remainder of 2020. In Notice 2020-65, the IRS provides guidance implementing the payroll tax deferral.  What wages are eligible?  Eligibility is subject to income limits...

Private Pay Assisted Living Providers Are Eligible for HHS Provider Relief Payments – But Only Briefly
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2020

Key Points HHS Provider Relief Fund payments are being extended to private pay assisted living facilities under Phase II. Relief will be equal to 2 percent of annual gross revenue from resident care. Interested providers must act swiftly: the deadline to submit basic information to HHS is Sept. 13 Provider relief funds need not be repaid if recipients comply with the program criteria. HHS Announcement: On Sept.1, the U.S...

New California and Federal Moratoria on Evictions Based on Non-payment
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2020

Key Points New California law prohibits residential evictions based on the non-payment of rent and other fees due between Mar. 1, 2020, and Jan. 31, 2021, if failure to pay is due to COVID-19 related distress. California courts may not issue summonses in any residential unlawful detainer actions based on non-payment until Oct. 5, 2020. New Order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention halts evictions for tenants who meet specific requirements through Dec. 31, 2020...

What Employers Need to Know About the Payroll Tax Deferral Guidance
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, September 2020

Following President Trump’s Aug. 8 presidential memorandum directing the Treasury Secretary to defer the withholding and payment of certain employee payroll taxes, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2020-65 on Aug. 28 The two-page notice gives necessary but sparse guidance on implementing the Presidential Memorandum...

That Was Then and This Is Now: How the COVID-19 Crisis Changed Telehealth Services
Waller, September 2020

Historically, telehealth services were limited both in reimbursement and location. Most encounters took place for purposes of rural health treatment and in underserved areas as a way to get specialized treatment to patients in geographic locations where they would not otherwise have treatment options. The use of telehealth services has increased in recent years...

Alternative Financing Solutions: Intellectual Property-Backed Loans
Waller, September 2020

As the world begins to adjust to the short and long-term impact and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are seeking ways to preserve cash on their balance sheets while simultaneously raising funds to ensure a continuation of operations. One option to consider is using the company’s intellectual property (IP) portfolio as collateral for funding...

COVID-19: Powers of Attorney and Living Wills
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, September 2020

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the Shepherd and Wedderburn private client team has been hard at work helping clients update their Wills and Powers of Attorney. While we all hope that the worst of this global pandemic is now behind us, recent weeks have brought various localised lockdowns and the expectation of a potential second wave, which may well coincide with the annual flu season...

COVID-19 and Unprecedented: Litigation Insights, Issue 22
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, September 2020

In our 22nd edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation, we see cases against employers continue to rise, and offer insight for employers to keep employees safe and simultaneously avoid lawsuits. In another notable update -- again for employers and business owners -- the Supreme Court of Virginia dismissed a case challenging the Governor's restrictions on businesses amid the pandemic...

All Virginia Employers Subject to New COVID-19 Workplace Safety Standard
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, September 2020

All Virginia employers subject to the jurisdiction of the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health ("VOSH") Program (i.e., practically all employers in Virginia) must comply with new workplace safety standards related to COVID-19. Known as the Emergency Temporary Standard ("Standard"), the new regulation requires employers to:   1...

Remote Learning and FFCRA Paid Leave Questions Answered by Department of Labor
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, September 2020

The Department of Labor has updated its list of FAQs about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) to address when employees would be eligible for Emergency FMLA leave when the employee’s child’s school is operating on a remote or hybrid learning schedule...

Keep an Eye on Your Capital
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

Banks have played a crucial role these last few months as the COVID-19 pandemic has swept across the world. Through Paycheck Protection Program loans, payment deferments, and other initiatives, banks have provided significant assistance to people and businesses of all types. The banking industry has worked incredibly hard, and bankers across the country should be proud...

Coronavirus Digest No. 2: Patents and Other Intellectual Property Rights
PLMJ, August 2020

The world is desperately seeking a vaccine and treatments against COVID-19 and the answer will also be found in intellectual property. For this reason, PLMJ and Inventa International have joined forces toprepare a Digest on these issues that is continuously updated...

Angola : New Rules for Current Invisible Operations
PLMJ, August 2020

Note on Circular Letter No. 002/DCC/2020 With the approval of Notice No. 2/2020, of January 2020 (“Notice 2/2020”), the National Bank of Angola (“BNA”) introduced greater flexibility in the foreign exchange sector, as it eliminated prior licensing and delegated the validation of the operations to the commercial banks. With the publication of the Circular Letter No...

Covid-19 Bill 2020 - Affecting Housing Developers and Homebuyers
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2020

On 25 August 2020, “The Temporary Measures For Reducing The Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Bill 2020” (“Covid-19 Bill 2020”) was passed by the Dewan Rakyat. When will the Covid-19 Bill 2020 come into operation? The Covid-19 2020 Bill comes into operation on the date published in the Gazette. However, it will have a retrospective effect and will be deemed to have come into operation on the first day of the Movement Control Order i.e...

What Employers Need to Know About Michigan’s Latest Executive Order Protecting Workers
Dykema, August 2020

On August 27, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer released Executive Order 2020-172, entitled “Protecting workers who stay home, stay safe when they or their close contacts are sick,” which replaces Executive Order 2020-166. The new executive order is nearly identical to the one it replaces, with two important differences...

Get Your Drinks To Go or Delivered to Your Home
Waller, August 2020

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has extended the executive order allowing carryout and delivery of beer, wine and spirits for restaurants. Restaurants, limited-service restaurants and wine-only restaurants can continue to sell carryout and deliver alcoholic beverages and beer. There is no additional license or permission needed to deliver. Lee extended the privilege through to 11:59 pm September 30, which brings welcome certainty to an industry battered by the pandemic...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: HUD, FHFA, VA Announce Extensions of Foreclosure and Eviction Moratoriums to December 31, 2020
Buchalter, August 2020

On August 27, HUD announced that it is extending its Covid-related foreclosure and eviction moratoriums for FHA insured loans set to expire on August 31, until December 31, 2020, and issued a Mortgagee Letter implementing the extensions. On the same day, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that the single-family foreclosure and eviction moratoriums for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, also set to expire on August 31, will be extended until December 31, 2020...

The Health System Growth Imperative Charting Opportunities During the Pandemic and Beyond
Waller, August 2020

Executive summary The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for smaller hospitals and health systems. It has presented significant challenges to smaller, less capitalized and otherwise distressed healthcare providers. In terms of operating performance, half of our country’s hospitals reported negative margins as Q1 of 2020...

DOJ Aims Scrutiny at Lab Testing Space During COVID-19
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

The Department of Justice is stepping up its scrutiny of health-care fraud, especially in testing laboratories, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Former federal prosecutor Jason Mehta, a partner with Bradley, says now is not the time to tout profits over patient care and offers insights on compliance. In the midst of a global pandemic, much attention and praise is rightfully being showered on health-care providers...

News Flash: HHS Issues Statement Removing Premarket Review Requirements for Laboratory Developed Tests (“LDTs”), Including COVID-19 LDTs
Verrill, August 2020

What happened? On August 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a single paragraph statement rescinding U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) guidance documents concerning premarket review of Laboratory Developed Tests (“LDTs”) and eliminating the requirement for premarket review of LDTs, in the absence of notice-and-comment rulemaking...

Covid-19 Bill 2020 – An Employment Perspective
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2020

The Temporary Measures for Reducing the Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Bill 2020 (“the Covid-19 Bill”) was tabled for its first reading in the Dewan Rakyat of Malaysia on Wednesday, 12 August 2020...

COVID-19 Anti-Epidemic Fund: Second Tranche of Employment Support Scheme Announced
Deacons, August 2020

On 8 April 2020, the Government rolled out the first tranche of the Employment Support Scheme (ESS) for subsidising wages of employees (see our client alerts dated 14 and 20 May 2020 for details of the ESS and its implementation). The Government has just announced details of the second tranche of the ESS covering September to November 2020, which are summarised below...

Guidelines for the State's Response to the Potential Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on PPP Projects
Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, August 2020

On August 25, 2020, Board Resolution No. 003-2020-EF/68.0 was published in the Official Gazette “El Peruano”, approving the “Guidelines for the State's response to the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Public Private Partnership projects” (the “Guidelines”)...

COVID-19 Alert Levels and the Construction Industry
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, August 2020

The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert level 3 and 2) Order 2020 came into force at 11:59pm on 12 August 2020, putting Auckland into alert level 3 and the rest of New Zealand into alert level 2. This is the second time New Zealand has experienced the respective alert levels, with parties more prepared and familiar with the requirements and restrictions...

COVID-19 in the Workspace: Is Enough Enuf?
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

You’ve been to the webinars about COVID-19. You’ve read the trade publication tips. You’ve implemented measures to protect your workers. You’re ahead of the game, right? Well, you’re certainly ahead of the sheriff who reportedly instructed his employees not to wear masks in the office. If a visitor enters Sheriff Billy Wood’s office with a mask, she or he will be instructed to remove it...

Walking the Fine Line – Processing Employees Data During COVID-19 Pandemic
Karanovic & Partners, August 2020

This Article was originally published in Issue 7.5 of the CEE Legal Matters Magazine.  Companies around the globe are having to make urgent decisions to keep their employees safe and ensure business continuity in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. In order to fulfil these goals, companies need to find the right balance between providing a safe working environment and respecting their employees’ privacy, which can prove to be quite difficult in practice...

China Releases Circular on Further Stabilizing Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment
Haynes and Boone, LLP, August 2020

On August 12, 2020, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (“State Council”) released theCircular on Further Stabilizing Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment(the “Circular”), in which the Chinese government announced 15 policies aiming to protect foreign trade entities and to keep supply chains stable against the economic fallout of the unabated COVID-19 pandemic. A few key points of the Circular include: 1...

Coronavirus: Payment of Rents and Other Remunerations – Deferral and New Rules
PLMJ, August 2020

COVID-19 and the measures to mitigate the disease have had an enormous impact on people’s lives and on many sectors of the economy. In response, with regard to lease agreements and other forms of commercial use of real estate premises, the Portuguese legislature decided to introduce exceptional rules for situations of late payment of rent and other payments under said agreements...

Entitlement of the Employee to Postpone the Already Approved Holiday in Corona Times
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2020

The summer holidays have already begun in most of the federal states or are about to begin. Due to the Corona pandemic, most holiday plans could not be realized during the Easter holidays. Although the travel warnings for most countries in the EU were lifted in time for the summer holidays, it is still not possible to enjoy "normal" holidays this year...

New Hires Despite Short-Time Work?
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2020

Due to the Corona pandemic and the associated economic effects, numerous companies were forced to announce short-time work over the past few months. This raises the question for employers to what extent it is still possible to hire during short-time work and what effects this has on short-time working compensation. NEW HIRES DURING SHORT-TIME WORK First of all, a distinction must be made between new hires before and after the introduction of short-time work...

Returning from Home Office - What Employers Have to Consider
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2020

When the corona pandemic broke out, many employers allowed their employees to work in home office or even forced them to do so. In the meantime, many uncertainties have been clarified and the desire for normality is increasing among both employers and employees. Therefore, in the following, we will describe what employers must take into account when employees return from home office. 1...

Tennessee enacts COVID-19 Recovery Act
Waller, August 2020

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed into law the Tennessee COVID-19 Recovery Act which provides liability protection from claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Waller Government Relations team worked closely with the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry and various stakeholders in recent months to achieve passage of the Tennessee COVID-19 Recovery Act...

New Rules on Temporary Unemployment from 1 September 2020: Start Preparing Now
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, August 2020

From 1 September 2020, new rules on temporary unemployment will enter into force. Companies and sectors that are substantially affected by the COVID-19 crisis can continue to apply the current and simplified COVID-19 force majeure temporary unemployment regime until 31 December 2020. The list of in-scope sectors has yet to be determined by the minister of work...

Skilled Nursing Facilities Face Enforcement Challenges in COVID-19 Environment
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

Skilled nursing facilities have faced unprecedented challenges since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Individuals with many high-risk characteristics are the typical patients of these facilities. Add to this, necessarily close proximity of these patients, scarcity of personal protective equipment and shortage of testing common across the healthcare industry, and you have a perfect storm of increased risk with limited options for mitigation...

Senior Living Communities Eligible for PREP Act Protection
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2020

In an August 14, 2020 response to a letter written on behalf of the American Seniors Housing Association and Argentum, the General Counsel’s office of the Department of Health and Human Services has determined that senior living communities are a “covered person” under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act, which creates immunity from liability for the administration or use of “Covered Countermeasures” in response to COVID-19...

Coronavirus Digest No. 3: Patents and Other Intellectual Property Rights
PLMJ, August 2020

The world is desperately seeking a vaccine and treatments against COVID-19 and the answer will also be found in intellectual property. For this reason, PLMJ and Inventa International have joined forces to prepare a Digest on these issues that is continuously updated...

FCPA Compliance in the Age of COVID-19
Haynes and Boone, LLP, August 2020

Even before COVID-19, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) was becoming increasingly tricky to navigate and was actively enforced. But in light of the pandemic, which is forcing rapid changes to the global marketplace and causing unique supply chain challenges, the risk of a costly misstep has only increased...

How Businesses can Fight Back Against Online Scammers
Buchalter, August 2020

While many of us are working from home due to the current pandemic, criminals and scammers are also hard at work from home and have been increasingly more brazen since the stay-at-home orders have been put into effect. In popular media, we see television shows such as “90 Day Fiancé,” “Catfish: The TV Show,” and others depicting people being scammed by unscrupulous individuals online who are pretending to be someone they are not...

China Releases Draft Measures for the Administration of Imported and Exported Food Safety
Haynes and Boone, LLP, August 2020

On June 11, 2020, the General Administration of Customs (“GAC”) released the Measures for the Administration of Imported and Exported Food Safety [draft] (General Administration of Customs of People's Republic of China, 2020) (“Draft Law”) to solicit public comments until July 11, 2020...

COVID-19 and its Impact on Women at Work
Shoosmiths LLP, August 2020

  COVID-19 has undoubtedly had a significant impact on workplaces across the UK. However, what is becoming increasingly clear is the impact which it has had and continues to have on women in work. We consider the statistics and how employers should respond. What do the statistics show? 1. Sectors During lockdown, women were more likely to work in the sectors that had to completely shut-down such as hospitality (23% of women vs 16% men in these industries)...

PPP Forgiveness Planning Scenarios
Verrill, August 2020

How to use this article: You already know that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is highly complex, with intertwining conditions, exceptions, and definitions that defy simple explanation. This article assumes that you are pretty familiar with PPP terminology as relates to your business. We present nine different scenarios commonly found within the PPP recipient pool and offer an intentionally over-simplified discussion of when and how you should apply for forgiveness...

EU Recovery Prospectus – Planned Facilitation of the Equity Issuance Through an Abridged Securities Prospectus
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2020

In order to tackle the effects of the Corona crisis, it is planned at EU level to temporarily facilitate the raising of equity capital for companies. This will enable certain issuers to publish a shortened prospectus with only 30 pages instead of a full prospectus to issue shares. Through this, issuers will have the option to issue shares at short notice, without bureaucracy and inexpensively, thereby improving the debt-to-equity ratio in their balance sheets...

Judicial Council of California Votes to End Statewide Judicial Restrictions on Evictions
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2020

 Key Points The Judicial Council of California has voted to end its statewide restriction on evictions by ending Emergency Rule 1. Beginning September 2, 2020, courts will once again be authorized to issue summonses, enter defaults, issue writs of possession, and set new trial dates in unlawful detainer actions. Other state, county, and city moratoria continue in effect, however, and may restrict evictions in certain circumstances or locations...

The Green Recovery – Coronavirus, Climate Change and the Dangers of Complacency
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2020

Article previously published in insider.co.uk Why are we not treating climate change like the pandemic? The COVID-19 pandemic has received 24/7 media coverage across the globe, and with good reason. Coronavirus has had a catastrophic impact, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, devastating our economies and materially changing the lives of millions as we try to adapt to the profound societal changes it has inflicted...

Coronavirus: Recent Tax Measures to Support Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
PLMJ, August 2020

A major economic crisis has been caused by the pandemic associated with the new SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease. In this context, Law 29/2020 was published on 31 July to establish new tax measures to support cooperatives, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The aim of these measures it to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on these businesses...

Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery MOUs: A Roadmap to CARES Act Enforcement
Dykema, August 2020

Businesses across the country have wondered how the new Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery (SIGPR) will enforce the CARES Act’s loan requirements, especially with the large number of loan and forgiveness applications. Until recently, the answer was unclear. Press releases have announced Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) between SIGPR and three U.S. Attorney’s Offices to collaborate on investigating and prosecuting CARES Act violations...

CMS Announces Initiative to Transform Rural Health
Waller, August 2020

A new reimbursement model intended to address healthcare access and availability in rural communities was introduced by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center. The Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model will “provide up-front investments and predictable, capitated payments that pay for quality and patient outcomes,” according to CMS...

Physician Practice M&A: A Pandemic-Inspired 6-Step Checklist for Sellers
Waller, August 2020

As healthcare providers pursue transactions during and in the wake of COVID-19, both buyers and targets should prepare for heightened scrutiny during the due diligence process. Getting organized ahead of a sale can dramatically expedite timelines and reduce deal fatigue for all parties, particularly in light of the heavier-than-normal due diligence process as a result of the pandemic. Click here for a full PDF of this report...

New York Federal District Judge Rejects Key Aspects of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
Hanson Bridgett LLP, August 2020

Key Points New York federal district court vacates the DOL’s “health care provider” definition in the DOL’s Final Rule implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The court also vacates the DOL’s employer consent requirement for intermittent leave and the “unable to work” requirement for receipt of leave benefits. The national impact of the decision is currently unknown as the DOL contemplates next steps...

IRS Confirms Use of COVID-19 Leave-Sharing Plans
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, August 2020

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently published frequently asked questions addressing leave-sharing plans related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following IRS Notice 2006-59, the IRS has confirmed that employers may set up leave-sharing plans to permit their employees to deposit leave in an employer-sponsored leave bank for use by other employees who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic...

Social and Economic Emergency Plan for the Algarve
PLMJ, August 2020

The Algarve has been seriously affected by the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, on 29 July 2020, the Portuguese Parliament published Resolution no. 51/2020 in which it recommend the adoption of a social and economic emergency plan for the Algarve (“Plano de emergência social e económico para o Algarve”) by the Portuguese Government. The recommended measures set out in Resolution no...

Federal Court Strikes Down Portions of Department of Labor’s Final Rule On COVID-19 Leave, Expands Coverage
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, August 2020

On August 3, 2020, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York struck down portions of the DOL’s Final Rule regarding who qualifies for COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLEA”), collectively referred to at the Families First Coronavirus Response Act...

New Rules on Temporary Unemployment as of 1 September 2020: Start Making Preparations Now
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, August 2020

From 1 September 2020, new rules on temporary unemployment will enter into force.  Companies and sectors that are substantially impacted by the Covid-19 crisis can continue to apply the current and simplified ‘Covid-19 force majeure’ temporary unemployment regime until 31 December 2020. The list of in-scope sectors is yet to be determined by the Minister of Work...

Will COVID-19 Derail Thailand's Progress in the Renewable Energy Sector?
Kudun and Partners, August 2020

Thailand’s two-decade long growth of the renewable energy sector has been pivotal in the pursuit of Thailand 4.0, but has the coronavirus outbreak thwarted these plans? COVID-19 has forced many of the world’s most exciting economies into a full or partial shutdown, suspending their plans for development. Thailand is no exception...

EU Recovery Prospectus - Planned Facilitation of the Equity Issuance through an Abridged Securities Prospectus
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2020

In order to tackle the effects of the Corona crisis, it is planned at EU level to temporarily facilitate the raising of equity capital for companies. This will enable certain issuers to publish a shortened prospectus with only 30 pages instead of a full prospectus to issue shares. Through this, issuers will have the option to issue shares at short notice, without bureaucracy and inexpensively, thereby improving the debt-to-equity ratio in their balance sheets...

Use of the Corona Waning App in Companies
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, August 2020

The Corona Warning App, commissioned by the German Federal Government, has been available for download since June 16, 2020. The availability of the app raises numerous employment-law issues...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Court Decision Expands Families First Coronavirus Response Act Coverage
Buchalter, August 2020

A recent New York federal court decision has called into question whether businesses may safely rely on Department of Labor guidance regarding the recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA provides employees of businesses with fewer than 500 employees with two temporary forms of paid leave—Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave...

State Legislative Procedural Updates as a Result of COVID-19 Pandemic
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, August 2020

In addition to its devastating effects on the global population, the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered operations in both the public and private sectors. Before elected officials could consider pandemic-related legislation aimed at assisting their constituents, state legislatures faced the difficult task of carrying out their legislative functions while ensuring the health and safety of members, staff, and the public...

The Federal Reserve Releases Additional Guidance on the Loan Facilities Available to For Profit Businesses
Haynes and Boone, LLP, August 2020

Since the launch of the Main Street Lending Program, the Federal Reserve (through the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, which is implementing the program) issued updates on July 15, 2020 and July 31, 2020 to the Frequently Asked Questions document (“FAQ”), originally published on April 30, 2020, for the three loan facilities available to for profit businesses...

First Class: Litigation and Arbitration in London
Haynes and Boone, LLP, August 2020

Recent statistics from London’s Commercial Court and major arbitration institutions confirm London’s reputation as an international hub for dispute resolution, with English law remaining the most popular choice for the resolution of international disputes...

Are Parts of Paid COVID-19 Leave Regulations in Jeopardy? Federal Court Rejects Parts DOL’s FFCRA Regulations, Employers Brace for Possible Fallout
Dykema, August 2020

On Monday, August 3, 2020, a New York federal judge issued a decision invalidating portions of the DOL’s regulations implementing the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”). The decision’s impact changes the legal landscape employers confront as they strive to comply with the FFCRA—a landscape that is unstable as the DOL and the courts sort out the legality of the disputed regulations...

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, August 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”). For franchising, this relief package seemed like a no-lose program...

Federal Court in New York Takes Issue with Some Sections of the Rule Implementing the FFCRA: What Does It Mean for You?
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, August 2020

In response to a lawsuit filed by the State of New York, a judge in the Southern District of New York considered and invalidated parts of the Department of Labor's (“DOL”) Final Rule implementing the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”). The ruling, while currently only applying to employers in the Southern District of New York (i.e., New York City), could be instructive on how other courts consider the same provisions...

A 2020 Pennsylvania Legislative Update
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, August 2020

When the 2019-2020 legislative session began, no one could have predicted what challenges Pennsylvania and the General Assembly would encounter with the outbreak of COVID-19. The rules changed to permit remote voting, and the plan for the session shifted to a focus on the response to COVID-19. The 12-month budget was replaced with a five-month budget to allow additional time to assess the financial damage...

COVID-19 Outbreak and the Hong Kong Construction Industry
Deacons, August 2020

On 27 July 2020, the Centre for Health Protection reported a large-scale outbreak cluster on a construction site at the Peak with 13 workers of Kin Shing (Leung’s) General Contractors Limited being infected with COVID-19. Over 100 people work in the same construction site on a daily basis...

Directors’ Duties in the Shadow of COVID-19
Shoosmiths LLP, August 2020

In the shadow of COVID-19, company directors are having to take decisions at speed across a range of issues. The government is encouraging companies to help re-open the economy by bringing staff back to their work places. This challenge, alongside others that directors face, must be met against a backdrop of economic uncertainty, the end of the furlough scheme and planning for the repayment of government loans...

Coronavirus Digest: Patents and Other Intellectual Property Rights
PLMJ, August 2020

The world is desperately seeking a vaccine and treatments against COVID-19 and the answer will also be found in intellectual property. For this reason, PLMJ and Inventa International have joined forces to prepare a Digest on these issues that is continuously updated...

Client Bulletin No. 30 (Updates on COVID-19 related PH Issuances): Metro Manila under MECQ again from August 4 to 18
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2020

This is a briefing on the issuances as of August 3, 2020 on the following matters in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic: A. Metro Manila will be under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) again from August 4 to 18B. Intellectual Property Office (IPOPHL) Further Extends until August 10, 2020 the Deadline for Filings and Payments Due for the Period of July 20 to August 7, 2020A...

COVID-19 “Safe Harbour” Not for Sinking Ships
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, August 2020

Director’s personal liability for company tax debts On 10 July 2020, Inland Revenue issued a public ruling (the Ruling) considering the application of the asset stripping rules (under which directors and shareholders may be personally liable for company tax debts) in the context of the recently enacted exception to certain directors’ duties under the Companies Act 1993 (the Safe Harbour)...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Main Street Lending Program: Federal Reserve Posts Amended Transaction Documents and Frequently Asked Questions
Buchalter, August 2020

On July 31st the Federal Reserve posted amended versions of a number of Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) transaction documents, including the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Term Sheets for MSLP.  Many of the changes reflect recent announcements, such as the expansion of the program to include the Nonprofit Organization New Loan Facility (NONLF) and the Nonprofit Organization Expanded Loan Facility (NOELF).  Other changes, particularly to the FAQs, provide new guidance...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Doing Business with a Customer in Bankruptcy in the Time of COVID-19: Administrative Expense Claims—Take Them to the Bank or Throw Them in the Write-Off Bin?
Buchalter, August 2020

It is no secret that business bankruptcies are surging in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, chapter 11 filings increased 26% in the first half of 2020,[1] and some expect the number of cases to increase even more in the coming months.[2] From retailers to airlines to telecommunications companies, few sectors of the economy are immune. As a result, more and more businesses will face the prospect of one or more of their customers filing chapter 11...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends - Issue 18, 2020
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, August 2020

This 18th edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation, sees us return to what, even in these early days of the pandemic, must be considered as some of the hottest topics. Thus, we discuss new insurance coverage disputes from the owners of Cheers in Boston and the internationally known restaurateur Jose Andres in Washington, D.C...

Client Bulletin No. 29 (Updates on COVID-19 related PH Issuances): GCQ over Metro Manila Again Extended until August 15, 2020
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2020

This is a briefing on the issuances as of August 1, 2020 on the following matters in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic: A. General Community Quarantine (GCQ) over Metro Manila Again Extended until August 15, 2020 B. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Allows More Business Establishments to Operate During GCQ from August 1, 2020   A...

Federal Reserve Expands Main Street Lending Program to Include Nonprofit Organizations as Borrowers
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2020

The Federal Reserve ’s Main Street Lending Program has recently been expanded to add two potential loan options, which will enable nonprofit organizations such as educational institutions, social service organizations and hospitals to receive financial support in addition to the previously announced programs benefiting for-profit entities...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Main Street Lending Program and Other Federal Reserve Emergency Lending Facilities Extended to December 31, 2020
Buchalter, July 2020

On July 28, the Federal Reserve announced that many of its emergency lending facilities, including the Main Street Lending Program’s New Loan Facility, Priority Loan Facility, Expanded Loan Facility, Nonprofit Organization New Loan Facility and Nonprofit Organization Expanded Loan Facility, are being extended to December 31, 2020.  The facilities were previously scheduled to be available until on or about September 30, 2020...

California Issues New COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2020

On July 24, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued a new guidance document for all employers within California, entitled “COVID-19 Employer Playbook For a Safe Reopening...

Panama: The World of Turnkey Contracts, Partial Payment Accounts and Certificates of No Objection
Morgan & Morgan, July 2020

For a long time, we have heard in different social media, for various reasons, some more positive than others, information related to Turnkey Contracts and the State indebtedness resulting from the Partial Payment Accounts (in Spanish, “Cuentas de Pago Parcial”) and Certificates of No Objection (in Spanish, “Certificados de No Objeción”)...

Governor Reimposes Restrictions in Northern Michigan
Dykema, July 2020

On July 29, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order Nos. 2020-160 and 2020-161. Executive Order 2020-160 replaces the prior executive orders that address stay home, stay safe restrictions in Michigan. In general, this Order moves the State to a more uniform approach to business operations and restrictions...

Emergency Parental Leave is Published
Carey, July 2020

On Monday July 27th, Law No. 21,247 which establishes special benefits for some parents and children’s guardians (the “Law”) in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, was published on the Official Gazette. The main aspects regulated by the Law, are the following:   I. Preventive parental leave It consists in the granting of preventive leave for taking care of children whose parents were making use of the parental postnatal leave...

COVID-19 Related Healthcare Fraud and Anti-Kickback Enforcement Focuses on Laboratory Testing
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2020

While the U.S...

Construction Industry Arbitration Commission ("CIAC") Guidelines on the Conduct of On-Line or Virtual Proceedings for CIAC Cases
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, July 2020

This is a briefing on the CIAC Memorandum Circular No. 01-2020 dated June 10, 2020,1 a COVID-19 related issuance. A. Authority to Hold Virtual Proceedings B. No Change in the Deadline for the Issuance of Final Awards C. In-Person Proceedings D. Conduct of Virtual Proceedings ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ CIAC’s Memorandum Circular No...

Client Bulletin No. 28 (Updates on COVID-19 related PH Issuances): Recent IPOPHL, SEC, BSP Issuances
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, July 2020

This is a briefing on the issuances as of July 29, 2020 on the following matters in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic: A. Intellectual Property Office (IPOPHL) Further Extends until August 4 the Deadline for Filings and Payments Due for the Period of July 20-30, 2020 B. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Discourages Physical Filing of Mandatory Disclosure Form (MDF) which is Due on July 31, 2020 C...

Data Backup and Security Guidelines as Impact Mitigation Strategies in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic
AELEX, July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic hit the world in an unprecedented manner and, in just a few months, it has had such a profound impact on the world of work. As a result, physical office premises were shut down and many employees were forced to work from home with little or no security policy in place or a viable data backup and recovery plan...

IRS Provides Rules for W-2 Reporting of COVID Paid Leaves
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2020

Key Points Small employers (with fewer than 500 employees) and governmental employers who are required to provide employees with paid sick and expanded family leave related to COVID-19 are required to report the amounts paid on Form W-2. IRS guidance provides information about how to report paid leave on employees’ Forms W-2...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Lenders May Submit PPP Forgiveness Applications to SBA on August 10; SBA Issues New Procedural Notice with Guidance for Lender Forgiveness Review/Submission
Buchalter, July 2020

On July 23, SBA announced that lenders may begin submitting PPP loan forgiveness requests to SBA on August 10.  To assist lenders, SBA issued a Procedural Notice with new guidance regarding lenders’ reviews of forgiveness applications.  The Notice may be found here:  https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-07/5000-20038.pdf The Notice reaffirmed forgiveness guidance and rules previously issued...

Supreme Court Orders Cancellation of Automatic Sick Leave Certificates for Quarantined Employees
Fischer, July 2020

In March, due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) the Ministry of Health established that an employee required to quarantine at home in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines would automatically receive a sick leave certificate which could present to the employer and receive sick pay for the quarantine period...

Electronic Signatures in Chile - When you Can Use Them and When you Can't?
Carey, July 2020

The pandemic revealed a great need to remotely execute acts and contracts, avoiding the need to meet to sign the documents or appear before a notary. This increased the doubts about the regulation on electronic signatures, especially in order to understand under what circumstances they can be used and when not...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends - Issue 17, 2020
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, July 2020

This 17th edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation, discusses everything from insurance coverage disputes to statewide shutdown orders. Despite an uphill climb towards liability, businesses continue to challenge their insurers' denials of COVID-19-related claims. At the same time, they are looking to Congress for help against potentially ruinous liability claims while also trying to shift current COVID-19-related litigation to the federal courts...

The Department of Labor and Center for Disease Control Issue New Guidance Related to COVID-19
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, July 2020

As workplaces continue to reopen, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued additional guidance addressing various return to work issues and leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The new DOL guidance, summarized below, appears on the DOL’s FFCRA Questions and Answers page...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Main Street Lending Program Expanded to Include Nonprofit Organizations
Buchalter, July 2020

The Federal Reserve has announced that the Main Street Lending Program will now be available to non-profits such as educational institutions, hospitals, and social service organizations, and has issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the new Nonprofit Organization New Loan Facility and Nonprofit Organization Expanded Loan Facility...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Excusing Contractual Performance in Real Estate Agreements in the Age of COVID
Buchalter, July 2020

  Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, local municipalities and state governments throughout the country have implemented stay-at-home orders and mandated closures of businesses and restaurants to lower the spread of the disease. California, after having permitted much of the state to reopen businesses, has seen a recent spike in COVID-19 cases and on July 13th implemented a new statewide order to curb the increase, reimposing certain business closures...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Arizona Charter Schools Planned Re-Opening
Buchalter, July 2020

  On July 23, 2020, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and Arizona Department of Health Services Director, Dr. Cara Christ held a news conference to discuss certain executive orders of the Governor regarding re-opening of Arizona businesses and public district and charter schools in Arizona...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: UPDATE: San Francisco’s Emergency Ordinance on Cleaning Commercial Office Buildings and Hotels Signed by Mayor and Became Effective July 17, 2020
Buchalter, July 2020

  The San Francisco Emergency Ordinance on cleaning commercial office buildings larger than 50,000 square feet and tourist hotels was signed by the Mayor on July 17th, becoming effective immediately upon her signature. As noted in a prior Buchalter Client Alert, there are many problems with this Ordinance and, unfortunately, none of those problems were corrected before it was signed into law...

Alert to Product Liability Defense Counsel: United States Supreme Court Set to Again Address Specific Personal Jurisdiction
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

Companies subject to product liability lawsuits – and their counsel – know the importance of promptly examining whether the company is subject to general personal jurisdiction or specific personal jurisdiction of the forum court. A court with general personal jurisdiction over a defendant can hear any and all claims against that defendant. After the United States Supreme Court’s decisions in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct 746 (2014) and BSNF Railway Co. v...

FDA Releases Industry Guidance on Development and Licensure of COVID-19 Vaccines
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, July 2020

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued its Development and Licensure of Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19: Guidance for Industry on June 30, 2020.  This nonbinding guidance is intended to remain in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The guidance advises vaccine development and licensure following the standard trial progression but on an accelerated timeline...

HHS Commits to Release Reporting Requirements for Provider Relief Funds on August 17
Waller, July 2020

Since the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Provider Relief Funds (PRF) first started arriving in provider bank accounts on April 10, 2020, HHS has stated that it will issue additional guidance “soon” on mandatory reporting requirements on how use of funds must be reported. The PRF funds are among the funds Congress appropriated to reimburse eligible healthcare providers for healthcare-related expenses or lost revenues attributable to COVID-19...

Five Priorities for Enhancing Risk Culture in a COVID-19 World
MinterEllison, July 2020

As organisations start planning their post COVID-19 workforce arrangements, leaders need to consider how these new and amended work practices will help or hinder their efforts to strengthen their risk culture. While having a distributed workforce increases some challenges to improving risk culture, it also provides opportunities which need to be embraced. It is becoming increasingly clear that the post COVID-19 workplace will be very different to what it was before the pandemic...

Client Bulletin No. 27 (Updates on COVID-19 related PH Issuances): Recent Issuances by the IPOPHL and the BIR
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, July 2020

This is a briefing on the issuances as of July 22, 2020 on the following matters in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic: A. Intellectual Property Office (IPOPHL) Suspends Services at its Main Office from July 20 to 27, and Extends Deadlines B. BIR Amends Reportorial Requirements of Banks and Other Lenders that Granted a Grace Period on Loans that were due during the Enhanced Community Quarantine C. New Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Form for Related Party Transactions   A...

Important Changes to the CEWS announced: will you now be eligible, and what should you consider?
Lavery Lawyers, July 2020

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (the "CEWS") Is a key component of the Government of Canada's COVID-19 economic response plan. The purpose of the CEWS, adopted on April 11, 2020, is to help Canadians keep their jobs during the crisis and help companies maintain an employment relationship with their employees in order to recover more quickly when the economy returns to normal...

COVID-19: Exceptional Cases in which Population and Immigration Authority will Allow Foreigners to Enter Israel
Fischer, July 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, as of March 2020, Israel prohibited foreign nationals from any country from entering its borders, including citizens who held any kind of visa. Only foreign residents who could prove that their 'life centre' was in Israel could enter the country. In June 2020 the Population and Immigration Authority published a list of exceptional cases in which it will allow foreigners into the country...

Main Street Lending Program Now Open for Nonprofits
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2020

Key Points On July 17, 2020, the Federal Reserve announced two new loan options under the Main Street Lending Program to support nonprofit organizations: the Nonprofit Organization New Loan Facility ("NONLF") and the Nonprofit Organization Expanded Loan Facility ("NOELF")...

A Look at Insuring Distressed M&A Deals: The Current Landscape of R&W Insurance (Part 2)
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2020

Peter de Boisblanc, HUB International, also contributed to this article. The economic downturn engendered by the COVID-19 pandemic likely will lead to a significant increase in acquisitions of distressed targets. Representation and warranty (“R&W”) insurance policies as well as related insurance products can facilitate these transactions...

A Look at Insuring Distressed M&A Deals: The Current Landscape of R&W Insurance (Part 2)
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2020

The economic downturn engendered by the COVID-19 pandemic likely will lead to a significant increase in acquisitions of distressed targets. Representation and warranty (“R&W”) insurance policies as well as related insurance products can facilitate these transactions...

HK SFC Annual Report in the COVID-19 Era
Deacons, July 2020

On 24 June 2020, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published its latest Annual Report, covering the 12-month period to 31 March 2020. As in previous years, the report provides a useful summary of what the SFC has done over the past year particularly in terms of achieving its publicly stated goals and providing insight into its priorities moving forward...

Virginia Becomes First State to Enact COVID-19 Occupational Safety Requirements
Waller, July 2020

Virginia is now the first state in the nation to enact mandatory occupational safety standards regarding COVID-19. The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s health and safety board voted 9-2 on July 15 to adopt an “Emergency Temporary Standard” which requires employers to implement measures to protect employees from COVID-19...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends - Issue 16, 2020
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, July 2020

This 16th edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation, discusses claims ranging from insurance coverage disputes to prisoners’ rights. The top story this week, however, is undoubtedly a Michigan ruling that dismissed business interruption claims on the merits—a major early victory for insurers. Even so, it seems doubtful that this one ruling will slow down the flood of coverage disputes...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Bay Area Businesses Face Uncertainty Over Conflicts Between State and Local Reopening Guidelines
Buchalter, July 2020

On July 17, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that due to a rapid rise in new COVID-19 cases in the last month, and because San Francisco was listed on the State’s County Monitoring List (the “Monitoring List”) for three consecutive days, San Francisco was halting all reopening procedures indefinitely beginning on Monday, July 20...

Governor's Executive Order Extends Deadlines For FQHCs And DHCS In The Audit And Appeals Process During The COVID-19 State of Emergency
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2020

On April 22, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order N-55-20 pursuant to a provision of the Government Code that grants special powers to the Governor to suspend statutes during a state of emergency where the Governor determines and declares that strict compliance with the statute or regulation would prevent, hinder, or delay the mitigation of the effects of the emergency. (Gov. Code, §§ 8567 & 8571...

Top 10 Tips for Virtual Brown Act Meetings
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2020

In the Loop: With the Hanson Bridgett Government Group COVID-19 has changed the way California public agencies conduct their Brown Act meetings, creating new challenges and opportunities. Utilizing their experience serving as general counsel to a number of public agencies, Hanson Bridgett attorneys Claire Collins and Allison Schutte created their Top 10 list of recommendations on how to conduct virtual "Brown Act" Board Meetings to guide any public agency. 1...

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Invalidated: Does Your Company Have a Plan B?
Verrill, July 2020

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”) in Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems (Case C-311/18) The CJEU’s ruling voiced concern that the Privacy Shield does not adequately protect EU data subjects’ personal data from U.S...

COVID-19 Government Initiatives & Support in Asia
DFDL, July 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread throughout the world, governments and leading financial institutions across the South and Southeast region continue to issue various initiatives, stimulus measures and relief efforts within their respective countries in an attempt to shore up the hardest hit sectors and vulnerable groups directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic...

One Week Left for Eligible Dental Providers to Apply for Provider Relief Funds
Dykema, July 2020

Eligible dental providers may now apply for Provider Relief Funds, but the deadline to do so, July 24, 2020, is quickly approaching. On July 10, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced an additional $4 billion in relief payments to healthcare providers and, notably, opened its provider portal to dental providers...

Mandatory Mask Requirements in Michigan—Executive Order No. 2020-147
Dykema, July 2020

Executive Order No. 2020-147 sets forth new face covering requirements for all individuals in Michigan as well as new requirements for any business open to the public. When is face covering required under Executive Order No...

Virginia is the First State in the Nation to Approve COVID-19 Workplace Safety Standards
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, July 2020

Yesterday, Virginia approved temporary emergency workplace safety standards related to COVID-19, making it the first state in the nation to do so. While final language has yet to be approved, the standards are expected to go into effect in late July and will remain in effect for six months unless extended pursuant to state law. A current draft of the regulations is available here...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Federal Reserve Issues New Main Street Lending Program Guidance in Amended Frequently Asked Questions
Buchalter, July 2020

On July 15, 2020, the Federal Reserve published a number of changes to the Main Street Lending Program’s frequently asked questions, which FAQs were amended to provide further guidance on a number of issues. The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston MSLP web page has links to clean and redline versions of the new FAQs: https://www.bostonfed.org/supervision-and-regulation/supervision/special-facilities/main-street-lending-program/information-for-lenders/docs...

Medicare May Permanently Allow Some Home Health Visits to Occur via Telehealth but it Could Cost You
Waller, July 2020

The impacts of COVID-19 appear set to permanently expand telehealth and fundamentally transform how and where providers practice. Shortly after the start of the pandemic, CMS made major temporary federal policy changes in response to the pandemic, including expanding access to telehealth services for people with Medicare, such as home health visits, and reimbursement for additional services when furnished via telehealth...

Could Telehealth Expansion be an Area of Healthcare Reform with Bipartisan Support?
Waller, July 2020

The use of telehealth skyrocketed during the COVID-19 public health emergency, as many regulatory barriers restricting its use were temporarily removed at the federal and state level and by private payors. Providers and patients adapted to the changes and are now relying on these flexibilities to deliver and receive high quality virtual care. This rapid expansion of the use of telehealth has ignited the need for permanent telehealth reform...

Extension of Deadlines to Perform Transfer Pricing Obligations
Wardynski & Partners, July 2020

“Shield 4.0” extends the deadlines for all obligated entities to file transfer pricing information (TPR), declarations on preparation of local transfer pricing documentation, and enclosures of group transfer pricing documentation. The earlier regulations extended the deadlines only for selected taxpayers...

Simplified Restructuring Procedure: A New Tool for Businesses in Crisis
Wardynski & Partners, July 2020

On 24 June 2020, a new restructuring procedure entered into force, enabling businesses to carry out debt relief smoothly without undue judicial interference. Potential risks and doubts may arise on the part of creditors on how to counteract the negative effects of opening these proceedings...

Control of Certain Investments: New Protective Provisions
Wardynski & Partners, July 2020

On 19 June 2020, the Parliament adopted “Shield 4.0,” new law of great importance for M&A practice. Shield 4.0 amends the Act on Control of Certain Investments of 24 July 2015 and enters into force on 24 July 2020...

Shifting Pricing and Coverage: The Current Landscape of R&W Insurance (Part 1)
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2020

Peter de Boisblanc, HUB International, also contributed to this article. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the economy to a significant extent...

SEC Issues Additional Guidance on COVID-19 Disclosure Considerations
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2020

On June 23, 2020, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued CF Disclosure Guidance: Topic No...

Resolution No. 61/202 of Chilean Tax Authority Amends Instructions on Certificate No. 66 on Donations / Supreme Decree No. 1,043 which Contains New Tax Measures
Carey, July 2020

Resolution No. 61/202 of Chilean Tax Authority amends instructions on Certificate No. 66 on donations and expenses associated with the global outbreak of Covid-19 July 6, 2020 On June 17, the Internal Revenue Service issued the Resolution No. 61 through which it modified the Resolution No. 49, which creates the certificate that recipients must issue for the donations they receive in the context of the health crisis produced by Covid-19. According to Resolution No...

INAPI Makes Easier the Submission of Documents by Digital Means
Carey, July 2020

The National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI) recently issued Notice No. 524, which provides that it will be possible to enter simple (scanned) digital copies of powers of attorney, without requiring the original document or an electronic document with an advanced electronic signature, thus making it possible to continue the processing of applications for registration, renewals, recordals, among others, during the quarantine period produced by Covid-19...

Ministry of Energy Establishes Criteria for Requests of Unique Collective Permit Applicable to Power Generation Companies
Carey, July 2020

By means of Ordinary Resolution No. 675/2020 dated July 8th, 2020 (“Ordinary 675”), the Ministry of Energy established the criteria of the requests of Unique Collective Permits applicable to companies with power generation businesses in the context of the transit instructions issued by the sanitary authority due to the COVID-19 outbreak...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends, Issue 15
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, July 2020

This 15th edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation, showcases new and evolving trends. This week we note how COVID-19 has accelerated a pre-existing trend toward class action litigation. And we discuss specific trends involving workplace safety, mask requirements, shutdown orders, quarantine enforcement, and prisoners’ rights. These cases, and others like them, show no signs of cooling down as the summer heats up...

Legal Checklist: How to Make your Business Sustainable in the Face of New Challenges
ALRUD Law Firm, July 2020

The current crisis has challenged the strength of all companies. It has forced businesses to quickly address new issues that often were outside their agenda earlier. During this period, most of businesses have managed to temporarily adapt, or radically change their processes and strategies; establish a flawless remote operation; transform the pattern of cooperation with counterparties and partners; reallocate resources and learn to communicate with their employees under crisis...

EU Commission Approves Economic Stabilization Fund for Liquidity and Capital Support for the Real Economy
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, July 2020

By adopting the Act on the Establishment of the Economic Stabilization Fund of March 27, 2020, the German Parliament and the Federal Council established the Economic Stabilization Fund(“ESF”) as a special fund to stabilize the real economy in times of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ESF is intended to support German companies in the real economy suffering from the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing liquidity and capital support...

Michigan Small Business Restart Program Accepting Grant Applications Starting July 15
Dykema, July 2020

The State of Michigan has allocated $100 million of CARES Act funding to implement the Michigan Small Business Restart Program to provide grants to Michigan businesses directly impacted by COVID-19. The grants, up to $20,000 each, will be administered by 15 Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) covering all 83 counties in the state. Participating EDOs are listed below...

China Passes Controversial Hong Kong National Security Law
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2020

On June 30, the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China (the “NPC”) unanimously passed the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (the “Hong Kong National Security Law” or “Law”), which became effective at 23:00 Beijing time on the same day. The Law was first introduced on May 28, 2020 via a unanimous resolution of the NPC...

Airborne COVID-19: Is “Physical Loss” a Factual Question for the Experts?
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2020

Thousands of denied claims and hundreds of lawsuits pending around the country are testament to the fact that business interruption coverage for losses sustained during the COVID-19 pandemic depends on the existence of “physical loss or damage...

Startup Financing Strategy During COVID-19
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2020

In the VC community, especially for early stage investments, the valuation of a startup is strongly influenced by subjective factors, mainly how the investors view the business, market and management team of the startup. While there are no objective benchmarks for valuing early startups, the valuations of these companies are especially vulnerable to an uncertain economy. Valuation is a very important issue for startups...

Regulation on Specific Conditions of Safety and Health Applicable for Remote Work or Telework
Carey, July 2020

On July 3rd, 2020, Supreme Decree No. 18/2020 of the Ministry of Labor and Social Securitywas published,approving the regulation of Article 152 quater M of the Labor Code, establishing specific health and safety conditions at work applicable for employees rendering services in regimes of remote work or telework (hereinafter, the “Regulation”)...

TMT And Data Compliance & Cybersecurity: Personal Data Protection in the Age of Covid-19
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2020

With the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) since 18 March 2020, the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) as well as the Recovery Movement Control Order, the Government has issued a number of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic...

Deductibility of Expenses Incurred by a Business in its Restructuring or Retrenchment Exercise
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2020

Faced with the current Covid-19 pandemic and the consequential economic ramifications, it is inevitable that affected businesses are put under increasing financial strain. Affected businesses would at some point consider a restructuring of the business to manage the tide and stay afloat, with the last resort being liquidation for businesses operating in industries that are the most impacted by this pandemic...

A Look at Issues Faced by Employers as a Result of the Covid-19 Pandemic and Ensuing Movement Control Order
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2020

Introduction The Covid-19 global pandemic which has swept the globe and caused many countries to introduce various degrees of lock down measures has given rise to various issues and scenarios which an employer must deal with and manage. This is no different for employers in Malaysia where the Government has implemented the Movement Control Order (“MCO”) since 18 March 2020 which saw the economic activity brought to a halt...

Relying on the Doctrine of Frustration During a Pandemic
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2020

In this article, Aisyah Muhammad discusses whether a party to a contract can rely on the doctrine of frustration in the event of the non-performance of its contractual obligations during the Covid-19 pandemic. Introduction The emergence of the highly contagious Covid-19 virus has without a doubt caused major disruptions across various industries including transportation, retail, tourism and oil and gas...

Government Submits Bill Establishing Tax Measures Linked to the Emergency Plan / New instructions on the Forgiveness of Interest on Property Tax Debts
Carey, July 2020

Government submits bill establishing tax measures linked to the Emergency Plan for Revenue Protection and Economic and Employment Reactivation July 6, 2020 With the purpose of promoting the country's economic recovery, the last June 25 a bill with the new tax measures announced a few weeks ago by the government was introduced in the Congress...

Law No. 21,242 Establishes Economic Benefits for Independent Professionals
Carey, July 2020

On June 24, Law No. 21,242 was published, establishing a transitional benefit for certain independent professionals consisting in the possibility of obtaining cash benefits for 3 months, continuously or discontinued, within the next 6 months. This benefit must be subsequently returned to the Treasury in 3 annual installments of 20%, 40% and 40% of the amount received...

Public Financial Aid for Start-Ups in the Corona Crisis
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, July 2020

The German government launched an aid program to support start-ups and young growth companies in the corona crisis aimed at providing start-ups with liquidity quickly. One of the pillars of this program is the Corona Matching Facility (CMF), where KfW Capital and the European Investment Fund (EIF) are “matching” investments of private venture capital funds (VC funds). The aid is therefore linked to the investments of VC funds...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends, Issue 14
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, July 2020

This 14th edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation, showcases new and evolving trends. Employers are facing claims for both doing too much and too little in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shutdown litigation is increasingly focusing on alleged disparate treatment between businesses and protesters, as well as broadening to encompass challenges to mask requirements...

Of A$$holes, Art and Alternative Asset Classes
TSMP Law Corporation, July 2020

What lies in the new frontier of investment regulation? On May 26, the New York Times reported that the US Justice Department had dropped investigations into three US senators’ stock trades conducted shortly after they had been privately briefed on the novel coronavirus in January. The politicians had dumped millions of dollars of shares in Exxon Mobil, tech giants and real estate companies, some of which later lost value when markets plunged...

Emerging Opportunities — and Risks — with Telehealth in the Age of COVID-19
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

As is painfully obvious to even the most casual of observers, the COVID-19 public health emergency has been disruptive to all industries. And, the healthcare industry has been at the epicenter of this disruption. Nonetheless, not all disruption is negative. One bright spot for many healthcare practitioners during this public health crisis has been the emergence and normalization of telehealth...

Emerging opportunities - and Risks - with Telehealth in the Age of COVID-19
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, July 2020

As is painfully obvious to even the most casual of observers, the COVID-19 public health emergency has been disruptive to all industries. And, the healthcare industry has been at the epicenter of this disruption. Nonetheless, not all disruption is negative. One bright spot for many healthcare practitioners during this public health crisis has been the emergence and normalization of telehealth...

CORFO Eases Conditions of Subsidy Programs and Financial Support
Carey, July 2020

On June 30th, the following Resolutions issued by the Corporation for the Promotion of Production (“CORFO”, for its Spanish acronym), were published in the Official Gazette: Resolution Nº36. By means of this Resolution certain coverage programs were temporarily modified within the State of Constitutional Exception of Catastrophe due to public calamity...

New Extraordinary Powers are Given to Organizations Dependent of the Ministry of Public Health
Carey, July 2020

On July 2nd, the Ministry of Health published Decree No. 21 of 2020, amending Decree No. 4 of 2020, which declared sanitary alert in the country...

United States Congress Extends PPP Loan Application Deadline to August 8, 2020
Dykema, July 2020

On June 30, 2020, the Senate passed an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to keep the program operating until August 8, 2020. On July 1, 2020, the House also approved the extension for the program which was set to end on June 30. The President is expected to sign the extension shortly...

Nashville Bars Shuttered, Restaurants Reduced to 50 Percent Capacity and Bar Seating Closed
Waller, July 2020

Metro Nashville has issued clarifying guidance for re-entering revised Phase Two, which begins July 3, 2020. Citing the spike in cases reported after the Memorial Day holiday, Mayor Cooper intends to prevent a new outbreak from large crowds celebrating the Fourth of July in Nashville’s Lower Broad. Dr...

Bridging the COVID-19 Liquidity Gap: New Political Agreement regarding Danish State Guarantee Schemes
Plesner, July 2020

On 15 June 2020, a political agreement was reached between the Danish Government and a number of Danish political parties regarding gradual phase-out of certain existing COVID-19 aid packages which are to be replaced with a comprehensive economic recovery package designed to boost the Danish economy following the outbreak of COVID-19...

Bulgaria COVID-19 Tracker
Boyanov & Co., July 2020

Business in Bulgaria is experiencing a challenging legal environment in the context of rapidly changing emergency measures dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. We have prepared a summary of the key legal measures affecting business in the BULGARIA COVID-19 TRACKER. It will be updated daily, as necessary. Please check regularly for updates. If you have questions, please contact a member of our C19 Task Force...

Measures Taken by the National Customs Service Regarding Covid-19
Carey, July 2020

Regulation Considering the Covid-19 pandemic and Chile's declaration of a State of Disaster, the National Customs Service (Servicio Nacional de Aduanas, "SNA") has issued certain regulations to facilitate foreign and domestic trade operations electronically and to protect the health of all people involved in its operations. Below you will find a description of the regulations currently in force and effect: A. Circular Letter No...

Tax and Customs Matters During Movement Control Order ("MCO") and Conditional MCO Period
Shearn Delamore & Co., July 2020

The Inland Revenue Board (“IRB”) has published an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”) on tax matters arising during the MCO and CMCO period. For the updated FAQ (as at 10 June 2020), please refer to this link.  The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (“RMCD”) has also recently issued two updated announcements pertaining to payment of taxes due during the MCO and CMCO period. Find information here and here...

Companies Will Need to Embrace Change in Order to Emerge Less Scathed from the Shadow of COVID-19
Shoosmiths LLP, July 2020

How successfully a business emerges following this pandemic will depend to a great extent on how quickly it identifies and implements long term necessary changes. Nobody is yet clear what the post-Covid-19 world will look like. It is possible that things revert back to the way they were quicker than anyone imagines. That said, it is very difficult to imagine no lasting or consequential changes to the way we work or live...

Opportunities for U. S. Venture Capital Funds and Start-Up Companies Operating Under New FIRRMA Regulations During COVID-19
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has lasted for over four months, and there is no sign that the number of new cases will decrease soon, though many states, companies and service providers are proceeding with the re-opening of business. The unexpected downturn in the economy caused by the pandemic has adversely affected VC financing opportunities for startups...

EDPB Issues Statement on Restrictions on Data Subject Rights During COVID-19
A&L Goodbody LLP, July 2020

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has adopted a statement on restrictions on data subject rights in connection with the state of emergency in Member States. The EDPB emphasises that, despite the international crisis, the GDPR remains applicable and allows an efficient response to the pandemic, while still protecting fundamental rights and freedoms. The EDPB’s statement was made in response to a Hungarian government decree dated 4 May 2020...

PPP Loan Forgiveness and Review: Key Observations
Dykema, June 2020

PPP Loan Forgiveness IFR Revisions and Revised Application, Key Observations Part V Once again, the SBA is doling out guidance in small doses, solving some questions, creating new questions and leaving most questions still unanswered. On June 16, 2020, the SBA issued a revised PPP Loan Forgiveness Application, along wit hrelated instructions, and new PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508EZ, also with related instructions...

QIL+4 Abogados Introduces New Workplaces Manual: COVID-19
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, June 2020

This new Workplaces Manual covers all General Preventative Measures set for the by the following: Governmental Agreement 79-2020 Ministerial Agreement 146-2020 Presidential provisions in force Provisions of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance Guide to the identification of occupational hazards by Covid-19 and preventive measures in the workplace - IGSS Regulation of Occupational Health and Safety The Manual covers the specifics of all factors involved in halting

The COVID-19 Pandemic Triggers the Use of Electronic Commerce in Central America
Consortium Legal - El Salvador, June 2020

Confinement and strict measures of social distancing are now part of the reality of millions of people around the world. Given the uncertainty presented by the world panorama in the economic, political, social and cultural fields, the authorities must go one step further to try to mitigate the severe consequences that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused globally...

COVID-19: Recommended Employer Response to CDC’s Revised Guidance on High-Risk Employees
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

On June 25, 2020, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) broadened its guidance on who’s at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions and age. Under the new guidance, the CDC departs from previous guidance stating that only individuals over 65 years of age were at increased risk of COVID-19 due to age, and now states that risk from severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age...

Tennessee Extends Alcohol Carryout and Delivery August 29
Waller, June 2020

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has extended the executive order allowing drive-through, carryout and delivery of beer, wine and spirits for restaurants. Read Executive Order 50 here. Restaurants, limited-service restaurants and wine-only restaurants can continue to sell carryout and deliver alcoholic beverages and beer. There is no additional license or permission needed to deliver...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends, Issue 13
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, June 2020

This 13th edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation brings new developments in everything from constitutional law to tort liability. Shutdown cases show no signs of slowing down, and it seems probable that more will follow as some states reverse reopening plans in response to coronavirus outbreaks...

An Employer's Guide for Handling Vacation Issues in the Time of COVID-19
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, June 2020

Even in more traditional times, summer posed staffing issues for most employers, as employers juggled employee vacation requests while working to maintain a functional workplace. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in stay-at-home orders in most states which either limited the ability of some businesses to operate or resulted in businesses furloughing employees or having them work from home...

Bending COVID-19 Rules until they Break
Waller, June 2020

We are seeing significant upticks in state responses to violations of COVID-19 safety orders. Hours ago (June 26), Florida suspended all sales of alcohol at bars. The state broke the news via Twitter. Florida Gov...

Use of the Corona-Warn-App in the Workplace
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, June 2020

On June 16, 2020 the German government released its Corona-Warn-App. There are some key points employers should be aware of concerning the app: NO OBLIGATION FOR EMPLOYEES TO USE THE APP ON THEIR PERSONAL SMARTPHONES An employer may be thinking about instructing its employees to install and use the Corona-Warn-App on their own devices to reduce the infection risk among its employees. That is not permitted...

Synthetic W&I Solutions Post Covid-19
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2020

We are seeing an increase in the use of warranty and indemnity insurance (W&I) on transactions, which is a theme we expect to continue as buyers target companies that are in financial distress in the wake of Covid-19. W&I has become commonplace in the UK M&A market as a way to ‘bridge the gap’ between buyer and seller when allocating risk...

Latest Covid-19 Travel Advisory: More Expatriate Groups Permitted to Return to Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2020

Pursuant to the verbal announcement made by our Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob last week, the Government has further released written guidelines on the categories of expatriates who are permitted to return to Malaysia and the measures to be undertaken prior to and after entering Malaysia...

Philippine Legislation in the Pipeline: Can They "De-contract" the Economy?
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, June 2020

Analysts predict that the Philippine economy may contract by as high as 9% in the second quarter of 2020...

Coronavirus: Practical Guide to State Aid
PLMJ, June 2020

How can undertakings access state aid and under what conditions can the state grant this aid? Concept of state aid State aid is any economic or financial support granted by the state, or from state resources, that gives an undertaking a selective advantage which may affect trade between Member States. State aid is, in principle, prohibited. Therefore, it must be notified to the European Commission in order for it to decide whether it is compatible with the internal market...

COVID Program - RENT Before Starting (UPDATE 02)
Kocian Solc Balastik, June 2020

The state contribution for commercial leases to entrepreneurs with forcibly closed establishments will be launched on June 26, 2020 at 9 AM. If the entrepreneur has negotiated a 30% discount on the rent from his landlord, he will be able to apply for state support in the amount of 50% up to a ceiling of CZK 10 million for the period from April to June...

Mining Safety Guide on Contingency Plans for Staff Reduction, Production Detentions or Slowdown of Operations
Carey, June 2020

Due to the reduction to the minimum necessary staff that works in mining operations and, consequently, to the reduction of their capacity to react in the event of incidents or operational accidents,a guide for preparing contingency plans with measures to prevent these risks was approved. (Guide: Exempt Resolution No...

What Can Member States do to Financially Support their Undertakings Under EU State Aid Rules?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, June 2020

The Covid-19 outbreak is not only a huge challenge for health care, but also has enormous consequences for the economy. Different sectors (such as the hospitality, tourism and transport sectors and many others) will not be able to overcome the difficult times that we are currently facing without public support. Many Member States have already adopted exceptional aid measures and many more will follow, but public support for undertakings must still comply with the EU State aid rules...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: CFPB's Mortgage Servicing COVID-19 Interim Final Rule Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2020

In a significant move for mortgage servicers and mortgage loan borrowers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CFPB issued an interim final rule this week that will, among other things, enable servicers to offer a payment deferral option...

Executive Order Suspends Entry of Certain Visa Categories due to Coronavirus Outbreak
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

Effective June 24, 2020, a new executive order from President Donald Trump will go into effect, limiting the entry of certain categories of foreign nationals to the U.S. through December 31, 2020 ostensibly to protect the U.S. labor market as it recovers from COVID-19. The order focuses on suspending and limiting entry of foreign nationals who are currently outside of the U.S...

US Trademark Office Waives/Refunds Fees for Reviving Applications and Registrations Abandoned Due to COVID-19
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on countless businesses around the United States, including breweries. During this time, its understandable many businesses have allowed their trademark deadlines to pass without action due to lack of funds. In light of these hardships, the US Trademark Office has announced that if a business allowed a deadline to pass due to COVID-19, it will waive/refund any fees to Petition to Revive the abandoned application or registration...

10 Quick-and-Key Questions on a Safe Return to Work with Covid-19
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, June 2020

With the exit from the lockdown now in full force, more companies are bringing their staff back to their work premises. We have listed 10 quick-but-key questions that every business manager or HR specialist must deal with during this restart. To read the full Q&A, CLICK HERE...

Health Emergency - BCRA Communication "A" 7048: Adjustments to the National Payment System
Beccar Varela, June 2020

Report of the Department of Banks and Financial Institutions Health Emergency - BCRA Communication “A” 7048: adjustments to the national payment system. Yesterday, the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic (BCRA) issued Communication "A" 7048 (the " Communication "), through which certain adjustments were established on the national payment system. The Communication was issued in accordance with the provisions of Decree No...

Hong Kong SFC Licensing and Compliance Hints: Embracing Change and the New (Covid-19) Norm
Deacons, June 2020

Five months into its Covid-19 pandemic period, Hong Kong seems to have settled into a new “normal” mode of operating, while many other regions still face devastating challenges and live in fear of a “second peak”.   Remote regulatory inspections The SFC is busy again conducting routine inspections, even though they are not actually “knocking at your door” this time round...

Employees’ Data Protection Issues during the Removal of Restrictions caused by Coronavirus Infection
ALRUD Law Firm, June 2020

Under the Decree of the Moscow Mayor No. 68-UM dated June 8, 2020 (available only in Russian here), a phased removal of restrictions caused by the spread of coronavirus infection began from June 9. This includes the return to work of a large number of organizations. Starting from June 16, 2020 organizations and in-dividual entrepreneurs carrying out operations with real estate, activities in the area of rent, leas-ing, law, accounting, etc. are able to resume work...

Ohio Treasurer’s COVID-19 Community Response Initiative
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

In response to the financial impact of COVID-19 on local governments within the State of Ohio (State), the Ohio Office of the Treasurer has introduced the COVID-19 Response Initiative (Initiative). The purpose of the Initiative is to provide liquidity to local governments by accelerating fiscal year cash flows and easing revenue shortfalls as a result of COVID-19...

IRS Issues CARES Act Guidance for Retirement Plans
Hanson Bridgett LLP, June 2020

Key Points IRS guidance expands the definition of “qualified individual” for receiving a tax-favored coronavirus-related distribution (“CRD”) from a retirement plan and other plan changes under the CARES Act. The guidance confirms that plan changes under the CARES Act are optional, including the loan repayment delay, and provides a safe harbor method for implementing the loan repayment delay...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends, Issue 12
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, June 2020

This 12th edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation brings new developments in labor and employment cases, consumer protection cases, and civil rights litigation. Price gouging and fraud for personal protective equipment (particularly N95 masks) remain major focuses, with manufacturers, retailers, and governments all taking action...

Law N°21,240 that Modifies the Criminal Code and Law 20.393, to Sanction the Infringement of Isolation or Other Preventive Measures Issued by Sanitary Authorities, in the Context of a Pandemic or Epidemic
Carey, June 2020

On June 20th., it was published Law N°21.240, bill which was approved last Wednesday 17th by the Congress. The New Law increases sanctions for the infringement of quarantines and sets forth responsibility for Employees and Legal Entities. Article 318 of the Criminal Code punishes anyone who “jeopardizes public health by the infringement of hygienic and sanitary norms properly published by the authority, in the context of a catastrophe, pandemic or contagion...

Presidential Proclamation Extends Ban on Entry of Immigrants; Adds H-1B, L-1 and J-1 Visa Holders
Dykema, June 2020

Following up on Dykema’s alert from June 18, 2020, President Trump signed a Proclamation that extends his April 22, 2020, 60-day ban on immigrant workers entering the United States until December 31, 2020. In addition, it also added those with H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and J-1 visas and any foreign national accompanying them to this ban. The Proclamation states this was done to address, in part, high unemployment levels due to the coronavirus pandemic...

The Civil Aviation Authority, the National Immigration Authority and the Ministry of Labor Extend the Measures Taken as a Result of the State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Morgan & Morgan, June 2020

Civil Aviation Authority: All international flightsshall remain suspended untilJuly 22, 2020. National Immigration Authority: All identifications issued by the National Immigration Authoritythat weredue to expirebetween March 13 and July 31, 2020,willremain validuntilOctober 31, 2020,without incurring in fines or surcharges...

New NASAA Guidance on FPRs Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2020

On June 10, 2020, the NASAA Franchise and Business Opportunity Project Group (“NASAA Franchise Project Group”) issued a statement on the importance of accurately disclosing financial performance representations amidst the worldwide impact of COVID-19...

Contracts and Force Majeure During a Pandemic (IBLJ)
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, June 2020

Contracts and force majeure during a pandemic was published recently in the Indian Business Law Journal authored by Chandrasekhar Tampi, senior partner and Ankur Khandelwal, partner, Kochhar & Co. Overview- The spread of COVID-19 has raised multiple questions with respect to performance of commercial contracts, across the globe. While some contracts have witnessed the erosion of their foundation, others have been rendered difficult, even possible, to be performed...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Financial Accommodations for Airport Tenants in Response to COVID-19
Buchalter, June 2020

Airport sponsors and their legal counsel have been forced by the COVID-19 pandemic to exercise judgment and make tough decisions regarding the financial accommodations they will offer their commercial aeronautical tenants to help them weather the current storm...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Treasury Issues New PPP Interim Final Rule, and Revised Long Form and New Short Form EZ Forgiveness Application and Instructions
Buchalter, June 2020

To implement the changes to the PPP program contained in the recently enacted PPP Flexibility Act, Treasury has issued a new Interim Final Rule (IFR).  It has also issued a revised forgiveness application form, worksheet and instructions, and a new expedited (EZ) forgiveness application form and instructions that can be used by certain borrowers.  Links to those documents can be found below...

COVID-19 in Latvia: FAQs by Taxpayers
COBALT, June 2020

Does the State plan to keep special support measures in the field of taxation for taxpayers after the end of emergency situation? Yes, on 10 June 2020 the Law on Overcoming the Consequences of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection came into force, by which, inter alia, the following measures are maintained...

5 Ways Healthcare REIT Sector will Change because of COVID-19
Waller, June 2020

Amid the unprecedented changes wracking the business world in 2020, one certainty remains: many industries will look very different in future years as strategic responses to COVID-19 gain traction and become permanent. In the healthcare REIT sector, we are beginning to see trends that may shape industry norms long after the dust has settled from the chaos of 2020. 1...

New Job-Creating Wage Subsidy Helps Companies Rebuild in the Midst of the Pandemic-Caused Economic Crisis
Szecskay Attorneys at Law, June 2020

In its notice published on May 18, 2020, the National Employment Service (Nemzeti Foglalkoztatási Szolgálat) laid down the fundamental criteria that must be met by an applicant to be eligible for the new EU-supported wage subsidy intended to help create new jobs in Hungary in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is an enormous difference between the Kurzarbeitwage subsidy and this job-creating wage subsidy...

Negotiating VC Term Sheets in a Recession
Hanson Bridgett LLP, June 2020

Key Points Prior recessions saw increased instances of investor-favorable terms. Founders need to weigh the benefit of receiving financing now vs. the potential chilling effect on future rounds of equity investment. Founders strategizing how to raise capital in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, can look to the last Great Recession to understand investor-favorable deal terms that may be prime to make a comeback...

Labor Update: COVID-19 Preventative Measures for Workplaces
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, June 2020

The Guide for the Identification of Labor Risks by Covid-19 and Preventive Measures in Workplaces was published by the Guatemalan Social Security Institute...

FDA Issues Guidance on IRB Review of Non-Emergency Individual Patient Expanded Access Requests for Investigational Drugs and Biological Products to Treat COVID-19
Verrill, June 2020

Prompted by a substantial increase in requests for individual patient access to investigational drugs and biologics to treat COVID-19, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued guidance on June 2, 2020 that outlines key factors and procedures that Institutional Review Boards (“IRBs”) should consider when reviewing such non-emergency requests...

English Court Confirms that an Injunction to Restrain Adjudication will Rarely be Granted
Deacons, June 2020

In the recent case of MillChris Developments Ltd v Fiona Selski Waters [2020] 4 WLUK 45, before England’s Technology and Construction Court, a party to an adjudication applied for an injunction to prohibit the adjudication continuing on the grounds that due to COVID-19 it had insufficient time to comply with the adjudicator’s directions and would be unable to attend a site visit. The Court declined to make the injunction and ordered that the adjudication proceed...

Possible Presidential Proclamation to Limit Entry of H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and J-1 Visa Holders
Dykema, June 2020

Several reports, including one by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, indicate President Trump may issue a Proclamation limiting or prohibiting the entry into the United States of foreign nationals holding H-1B, H-2B, L-1 and J-1 visas. H-1Bs are used to employ foreign nationals in specialty occupations (those positions normally requiring at least a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent for entry into the field). H-2Bs are for temporary, non-agricultural workers...

China Alert: China's Relaxed Financial Sector May Aid Foreign Investors
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2020

While the world contends with the COVID-19 crisis and its economic and financial impact, China is quietly opening its doors to its financial sector, inviting more foreign financial institutions, banks, insurance providers and other financial service companies to set up shop in China. On March 27, the Chinese government granted approval for both The Goldman Sachs Group Inc...

OSHA Reminds Employers to Continue Assessing Employee Safety Regarding COVID-19 Hazards, While Also Not Neglecting Common Workplace Hazards
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2020

As employers continue to implement and maintain the current health and safety guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, they should also be mindful not to forget their other safety obligations. On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a News Release specifically reminding employers that workers need to be protected from both coronavirus and common workplace hazards...

Coronavirus: Changes to the Rules on Public Moratoriums on Financing
PLMJ, June 2020

Analysis of the changes to the special legal rules onthe credit and financing moratorium. Through Decree-Law 26/2020 of 16 June (“DL 26/2020”), the Government has approved, a set of amendments to the special rules onthe moratorium on financing approved by Decree-Law 10-J/2020 of26March...

10 Questions about the Impact of COVID-19 on Public Private Partnerships in Peru (PPP)
Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, June 2020

Is the operation of PPP projects suspended? No. The State of National Emergency (in force from March 15 to June 30, 2020) has not affected the operation of PPP projects related to the provision of public and/or essential goods and services. Currently, it is also permitted to perform activities included in Phases 1 and 2 of the "Economic Reactivation Plan"(“Plan”) approved by the Central Government. See Exhibit I...

Restaurant Chain Seeks to Recover COVID-19 Losses Under Food Contamination Theory
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, June 2020

 A group of Las Vegas-based restaurants recently filed a class action lawsuit to recover business interruption damages against their insurer. The Egg Works chain alleged that U.S. Specialty wrongly denied their claims for financial losses stemming from the Nevada governor’s closure of non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor’s orders limited the restaurants to takeout and delivery service only...

Agricultural and Livestock Service Issues Regulations to Adapt the Availability of its Services Regarding the Program of Exports of Origin During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Carey, June 2020

Considering the Covid-19 pandemic, the Agriculture and Livestock Service (Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero, "SAG") issued the Exempt Resolution No. 3,439, dated May 19, 2020 to update the Program of Exports of Origin. (View update here.) This Resolution was published in the Official Gazette on June 10, 2020...

New Instructions for Movement Permits for Essential Workers
Carey, June 2020

According to the announcements of the authority in recent days, the new instructions for movement permits (hereinafter “Instructions”) were published on June 12, which will be effective as of Monday, June 15 at 05:00 am. The main modifications introduced by this new version of the instructions are the following: 1. Types of collective permits...

Introducing the Arendt Insights Mobile App: Instant Access to the Legal Developments Impacting Business in Luxembourg.
Arendt & Medernach, June 2020

“At a time when the flow of information is always expanding, this app is a smart alternative for users to stay informed about these topics without a flood of emails.”(Jean-Marc Ueberecken, Managing Partner). The CoVid-19 crisis as a trigger Arendt Insights is the only app dedicated to Covid-19 crisis management in Luxembourg.   The first version of the app has been designed to give insight from Arendt experts, using the Covid-19 Solutions platform...

Real Time COVID-19 Bulletin - Week of June 15, 2020
Brigard Urrutia, June 2020

Bogotá DC Mayor's Office is preparing a package of new measures for the city The Bogota City Hall has advanced a series of new measures in order to continue fighting the expansion of COVID-19. Particularly, the orange alert has been declared in the hospital system of Intensive Care Units, with which, the District Health Secretariat will give guidelines on patient care and will manage their referral to ICUs...

Myanmar Tax Update: Additional COVID-19 Tax Relief for Businesses in Myanmar
DFDL, June 2020

The Ministry of Planning, Finance, and Industry (“MOPFI”) issued Notification No 65/2020 (“Notification 65”) which outlines additional forms of tax relief that can be availed by businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Myanmar...

Impact of Medical Device Regualtions (MDR) Postponement on Swiss Medtech Industry
Walder Wyss Ltd., June 2020

  MDR postponement On 17 April 2020 the European Parliament decided to postpone the transition timeline to implement the EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR), which was set to expire on 26 May 2020, until 26 May 2021. The EU MDR postponement was published in the Official Journal of the European Union and entered into force on 24 April 2020...

FAQs: Employment Ministry's and DPA's New Positions on Checking Employees' Temperatures
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, June 2020

The controversial issue of whether employers can check their employees' temperatures has been much debated. Both the Employment Ministry and the Data Protection Authority (DPA) have recently changed their positions in this respect...

Will Metro Nashville Beer Board Enforce Health Violations for COVID?
Waller, June 2020

Folks are all abuzz about the June 18, 2020 “Emergency Meeting” of the Metro Nashville Beer Board. The Beer Board has cited the following: Moxy Downtown Kid Rock’s Broadway Brewhouse Downtown Nudie’s Click for a copy of the notice of the meeting...

Did the PPP Create Class Action Liability for Banks?
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

As seen in Bank Director The federal government has a history of assisting businesses when a crisis occurs, but one of its latest interventions may have created risk for bank partners providing aid...

Resumption of Mergers and Acquisitions: What May Change After the Crisis
Lavery Lawyers, June 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has significantly slowed economic activity in all respects. The area of corporate mergers and acquisitions is no exception, and the level of activity, which was high before the crisis, has dropped significantly because of it. It is difficult to predict when and at what pace such activity will resume, but we expect that, like many other sectors of the economy, this market will be different from what it was before the crisis...

Down Round Financing
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2020

Although the data for San Francisco Bay Area remains encouraging for the first quarter of 2020*, given the economic instability brought by COVID-19, we might see more down rounds going forward. Down rounds are financings where the company is valued less than in a previous round. In practical terms this means that the new investors are buying shares of the company at a lesser price than the previous investors...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: San Francisco Continues “Shelter in Place” Order with Limited Expansion of Essential Business Operations
Buchalter, June 2020

Since the beginning of the shelter-in-place period on March 16, most office tenants in San Francisco have been deemed non-essential and ordered not to open for business except for the conduct of limited “minimum basic operations...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Federal Reserve’s Main Street Loan Program is Officially Launched; Buchalter Announces Main Street Lending Team
Buchalter, June 2020

The Federal Reserve's Main Street Lending Program (the “MSLP”), which is designed to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, was officially launched today, Monday, June 15th. As a result, the MSLP is now open and ready for registration by lenders looking to participate in the program...

Flexible Furlough - How it Works in Practice
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2020

Following the Chancellor’s announcement on 29 May 2020 regarding further changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, we now have more detailed guidance about how the new flexibility under the scheme will work from 1 July. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Flexibility As we know, from 1 July 2020, employers will be able to bring furloughed workers back to work on a part time basis if appropriate while still being able to claim under the CJRS for hours not worked...

COVID-19: Main Amendments made by the Conversion Law to the Liquidity Decree with Respect to the Measures Aimed at Ensuring the Going Concern of Companies
Gianni & Origoni, June 2020

1. Introduction Pursuant to Law no. 40 of 5 June 2020, published in the Official Gazzette no. 143 of 6 June 2020 (the “Conversion Law”), Law Decree no. 23 of 8 April 2020 (the “Liquidity Decree”) was converted into law with amendments. Below is a summary of the key amendments made to Chapter II (Urgent Provisions to Ensure Going Concern) by the Conversion Law. 2...

U.S. Supreme Court Makes Pride Month History by Holding That Title VII Bars Job Discrimination Against LGBT+ Workers
Dykema, June 2020

Unexpectedly siding with the liberal wing of the Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch penned a 6-3 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, holding that Title VII’s prohibition on sex-based discrimination also covers sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. The Court’s decision dealt a historic victory for proponents of expanding gay and trans protections for workers under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964...

The FCC Funds the COVID-19 Telehealth Program
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, June 2020

  The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) established the COVID-19 Telehealth Program (the “Telehealth Program”) on April 2, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Telehealth Program provides $200 million in funding, appropriated by Congress as part of the CARES Act,[1] to assist certain non-profit and public healthcare providers in making telehealth services available to patients who cannot be seen in person...

CARES Act Questions for the Technology Industry (Updated 06/15/2020)
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, June 2020

Congress recently passed the economic stimulus package referred to as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (“PPPHCE Act”), and the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (“PPP Flexibility Act”).  Ttogether, the CARES Act1, PPPHCE Act, and PPP Flexibility Act are called the “CARES Act”...

Aviation in Southeast Asia Beyond the Horizon - Cambodia 10 Key Q&As
DFDL, June 2020

For the aviation sector, the first half of 2020 has sadly been defined by the many challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in operational and economic disruption across the globe. Now six months in, the industry is taking stock, adapting strategies and mapping out future plans for business post Covid-19...

Pennies from Heaven for Tennessee Small Business
Waller, June 2020

We are pleased to share the following summary about the Tennessee Business Relief Program. Key takeaways are: The money does not have to be paid back Revenue hopes to start disbursing in early July Unlike PPP and other relief programs, there is no application. A huge shout-out for the excellent summary to Jim Schmidt and Sharon Michie from the Tennessee’s Brewer’s Guild...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends, Issue 11
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, June 2020

This 11th edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation, identifies news reports placing the number of COVID-19 filings at around 2,700, with insurance coverage disputes former the single largest category. And so unsurprisingly, one of the matters we report this week is the dispute over whether those insurance coverage disputes should be consolidated into multi-district litigation...

No Retroactive Suspension of the Notice Period in the Event Of 'Corona' Temporary Unemployment
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, June 2020

  Up until now, there has been no suspension of a notice period served upon an employee who has been made temporarily unemployed under the ‘corona’ regime. Such a notice period started during the corona temporary unemployment and continued to run during this period. Given, as a consequence, employers would be able to dismiss employees 'cheaply', a draft bill was submitted in Parliament to have the notice period suspended in the event of corona temporary unemployment...

FDA Issues Temporary Guidance on Compliance with PDMA for Distribution of Drug Samples During COVID-19
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance for the health care industry, titled “Temporary Policy on Prescription Drug Marketing Act Requirements for Distribution of Drug Samples During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency...

Current Coronavirus Travel Restrictions in Brazil
Veirano Advogados, June 2020

Since March 2020, travel restrictions apply to foreign nationals entering Brazil. At present, Ordinance No. 255, valid until 21 June 2020, provides for several exceptions in addition to that for born and naturalised Brazilians...

SyCipLaw's Doing Business in the Philippines: A General Guide (2020 Update)
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, June 2020

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s (SyCipLaw) publication about the general guidelines in doing business in the Philippines has been updated. It aims to showcase the Philippines as an attractive venue for business ventures, to guide the businessmen and lawyers alike in their business decision making, and to help investors restart the Philippine economy in connection with the lifting of certain COVID-19-related quarantine restrictions...

Changes to the Process for Approving Year End Accounts
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2020

In light of COVID-19 we review the steps a company’s board of directors may now take to adapt the process for approving year end accounts. Preparing and filing accounts are amongst the operational challenges facing companies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Practical difficulties include physically preparing the accounts and conduct of the audit, as well as the accounts approval process and subsequent sign-off by directors...

How to Carry out an Individual Redundancy Consultation
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2020

With COVID-19 taking its toll on some businesses, employees may find themselves placed at risk of redundancy. This article looks at the practical steps an employer should take when carrying out an individual redundancy consultation. Individual consultation is fundamental to the fairness of any dismissal for redundancy...

FDA Announces New Updates to its Guidance on Conducting Clinical Trials During COVID-19 and Notes Availability of its COVID MyStudies App
Verrill, June 2020

On June 3, 2020, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) again updated its guidance on the “Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency” with new information on the use of electronic signatures on clinical trial records and a reference to FDA’s COVID MyStudies App as an option for obtaining electronic informed consent. This follows a prior update released by FDA on May 14, 2020, also described below...

Federal Council Moves Forward in Protection against Cyber Risks
Walder Wyss Ltd., June 2020

On 27 May 2020 the Federal Council adopted the Ordinance on Protecting against Cyber Risks (OPCy, available in French and German), which is set to enter into force on 1 July 2020. This move is the next step in a series of measures taken by the Federal Council to adopt a new organisational structure and implement a national strategy to protect Switzerland against cyber risks (NCS, available in German, French, Italian and English)...

FDA Announces Updates to Guidance on Conducting Clinical Trials During COVID-19 and Notes Availability of its COVID MyStudies App
Verrill, June 2020

On June 3, 2020, the US Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) again updated its guidance on the “Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency”. The update contains new information on the use of electronic signatures on clinical trial records and a reference to FDA’s COVID MyStudies App as an option for obtaining electronic informed consent. (See guidance here...

Does a Property Insurance Policy Still Provide Coverage if a Business does not Reopen after the COVID-19 Stay At Home Orders are lifted?
Verrill, June 2020

Most property insurance policies in today’s market include a provision that causes coverage to lapse if the property is vacant (as defined by the policy) for a period in excess of 30 days. Fortunately, insurers have generally not enforced this limitation while businesses were under the COVID-19 orders that precluded them from being open to the public. As a result, in most situations, the property policies continued to provide coverage even if the buildings were arguably vacant...

OSHA Guidance Instructs Employers Regarding Masks in Workplace
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

On June 10, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released new guidance, in the form of frequently asked questions and answers, regarding the use of masks in the workplace.[1] The new guidance serves to help employers ensure employees know how to properly wear masks and which type of mask is appropriate. OSHA explains the difference between cloth face coverings, surgical masks, and respirators...

Federal Reserve Continues to Revise Main Street Lending Program
Hanson Bridgett LLP, June 2020

Key Point The Federal Reserve has further revised the terms for the upcoming Main Street Lending Program in order to expand access to the program's three loan facilities The Federal Reserve announced on June 8, 2020, that it has revised key terms for its upcoming Main Street Lending Program to support small and medium-sized businesses, consisting of three loan facilities: the Main Street New Loan Facility (MSNLF), the Main Street Priority Loan Facility (MSPLF), and the Main Stree

COVID Relief for Qualified Opportunity Funds
Hanson Bridgett LLP, June 2020

Key Points IRS releases new COVID-19 relief for Qualified Opportunity Funds Taxpayers granted significant postponement of various timing requirements to ensure compliance with IRC section 1400Z-2 The IRS released Notice 2020-39 on June 4, 2020, providing significant relief for investors in qualified opportunity funds (QOFs)...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: Small Business Bankruptcy Strategies Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2020

The economic turmoil stemming from the outbreak of COVID-19 has forced small business owners to take drastic measures to save their companies. Unfortunately, government subsidized loans, loan deferrals, and temporary rent relief may not be enough to save all small businesses. Bankruptcy should never be the first choice for a business in financial distress, but it may be the best choice for all interested parties...

CARES Act Questions for the Technology Industry (Updated 6/9/2020)
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, June 2020

Congress recently passed the economic stimulus package referred to as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act1”), the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (“PPPHCE Act”), and the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (“PPP Flexibility Act”). Together, the CARES Act1, PPPHCE Act, and PPP Flexibility Act are called the “CARES Act”...

Reopening the Retail Sector - Competition Law Recommendations for Suppliers
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2020

  As non-essential retail stores get set to re-open, we share below some key recommendations for suppliers to help minimise competition law risk over the coming weeks and months. Current market conditions are tempting some people to reach out to their counterparts at competitors – but any competitor contact needs to be managed carefully from a competition law perspective...

Proposed Legislation Would Create New Protections for Michigan Residential Borrowers and Tenants During States of Emergency
Dykema, June 2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and its resulting adverse effects on the income levels of Michigan residents, a package of bills (2020 SB 912 through 2020 SB 917) was introduced earlier this month to provide additional protections for residential tenants and owner-occupants during a declared state of emergency...

IRS Provides Relief for Projects Eligible for Investment Tax Credit and Production Tax Credit
Dykema, June 2020

On May 27, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2020-41 (“Notice”) providing COVID-19 relief for businesses seeking to qualify for the production tax credit for renewable energy facilities under Section 45 (“PTC”) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and investment tax credit for energy property under Section 48 (“ITC”) of the Code...

Challenges for Insurers from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Wardynski & Partners, June 2020

The unstable economic situation connected with the COVID-19 pandemic is also impacting the insurance industry. Dependent on global phenomena and trends, the insurance market will soon have to face anew economic reality, develop appropriate solutions for clients, and prepare to defend against claims...

Cross-Border Transactions in Times of Pestilence
Wardynski & Partners, June 2020

The difficulties in international transport caused by the pandemic may have a major impact on VAT settlements of Polish exporters. These complications may carry over to the possibility of applying the 0% VAT rate, thus affecting taxpayers’ cash flows. Restrictions caused by the state of epidemic may affect the possibility for businesses to apply the 0% VAT rate...

Discontinuation of Projects due to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Tax Implications
Wardynski & Partners, June 2020

One of the consequences of the pandemic and the resulting economic crisis may be the need for some taxpayers to discontinue projects...

PLN 100 Billion in BGK Guarantees to Support Loans
Wardynski & Partners, June 2020

Businesses affected by COVID-19 are frantically seeking help. Direct forms of assistance, such as the financial shield and standstill pay, are extremely popular. Meanwhile, another instrument of the Anti-Crisis Shield has begun operating recently, i.e. loan repayment guarantees granted by Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego to medium-sized and large enterprises from the Liquidity Guarantee Fund...

Tech Versus Virus: Remote Diagnostics
Wardynski & Partners, June 2020

This time we address solutions from the front lines: devices for remote diagnostics which can improve effective detection of the coronavirus and also unburden the health service in other areas. These solutions can also serve as aproving ground for the regulatory approach to oversight of algorithms. The immediate inspiration for writing this text was asolution from the company StethoMe presented at the DemoDay organised by the MIT Enterprise Forum CEE...

COVID-19, Shipping and Ports: EU Shipping Law Aspects
A&L Goodbody LLP, June 2020

A&L Goodbody's Dr Vincent Power writes why the COVID-19/Coronavirus crisis demonstrates why an international convention is needed to deal with various aspects of shipping (including the repatriation of crew and passengers) in the event of another pandemic or epidemic. Go to publication For more information on this topic please contact Dr Vincent Power, Partner or any member of A&L Goodbody's EU, Competition & Procurement team...

Do We Need a Green Recovery from COVID-19?
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2020

Incorporating climate reporting into new, post-COVID-19, strategies will not only help achieve net zero targets but early adopters will be at the forefront of gaining valuable expertise, market resilience and better returns. There has been much discussion about the economic model for the global effects of COVID-19 and for our transition out the other side...

Re-Opening Dealer Networks – Five Competition Law ‘Watch Outs’
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2020

As dealer networks in the automotive sector re-open for business following the COVID-19 lockdown, we share below our main competition law watch outs for suppliers over the coming weeks and months. We know that current market conditions are tempting some people to reach out to their competitors – any competitor contact needs to be managed carefully from a competition law perspective...

Embracing the Change in Psychology of Working from Home
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2020

As the saying goes “when the wind blows, some people build walls, while others build windmills". We know that we’re facing a crisis unlike any other, but what’s been illustrated clearly is that a lot of our old assumptions on how we work can be challenged. We can be working smarter, faster, better. We want to emerge from lockdown with something positive to show for it: a new normal better than the old one. We need a new how...

More Flexibility for PPP Loans Under New Legislation
Hanson Bridgett LLP, June 2020

Key Points New legislation allows longer 24-week period for payroll costs that will be forgiven under Paycheck Protection Program loans Maximum forgiveness of loan can be achieved if 60% of the proceeds are used on payroll costs New broader safe harbor to avoid FTE-based reduction in forgiveness amount New legislation signed into effect on June 5, 2020, received bi-partisan support to address complaints about the current Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") loans for small busines

Weekly Report: COVID-19 in Central America (May 30 - June 5)
Consortium Legal - El Salvador, June 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...

Checklist: Reopening of Business after Lifting Restrictions
ALRUD Law Firm, June 2020

ALRUD’s Labor experts have prepared the material that is useful for each employer in the current situation: Checklist: Reopening of business after lifting restrictions. The checklist includes the main steps that must be taken to return the company and employees usual work activities after lifting the restrictions. Most interesting for company managers, HR directors, Compliance officers, heads of legal departments...

Cancelled Events: Ticket Refunds?
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, June 2020

In the past months, many events including concerts, sports competitions, festivals, plays and musicals, have been cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and the related measures taken by the Belgian government. Although the latest government announcements indicate that some events will be allowed again as of 1st July 2020, other cancellation or postponement decisions could happen in the coming weeks...

COVID-19 Extensions Set to Expire July 1, 2020 for Patents; Trademark Extensions Ended May 31
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, June 2020

On May 27, 2020, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a further extension of certain deadlines that were about to expire on May 31. The latest order provides until July 1, 2020 for certain actions delayed due to COVID-19. For small and micro entities only, filings that would have been accepted if filed by June 1, 2020, will now be deemed timely if filed by July 1, 2020...

HHS Portal Opens for Dentists to Request COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds
Waller, June 2020

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced how dentists who bill Medicaid can now access a $15 billion Provider Relief Fund allocated by the CARES Act to cover COVID-related expenses and losses...

The New Insurance Landscape in the Face of COVID-19
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, June 2020

Business interruption (BI) insurance policyholders across the globe have raised concerns around their insurers’ responses to their claims for business interruption losses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. With many countries in lockdown, many businesses have been significantly affected. Those business have typically found that their claims for lost revenue/profit have been declined. Many BI policies contain specific exclusions for loss arising from pandemics such as COVID-19...

Government Releases Commercial Rent Relief Package
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, June 2020

You may well have seen announcements in the media last week around a Government ‘rent relief package’ for commercial tenancies affected by COVID-19, which involves an implied rent relief clause to be incorporated into ‘qualifying’ leases, and a compulsory arbitration scheme that will apply where parties are unable to agree a fair abatement of rent...

Managing Employees’ Return to the Workplace
Lawson Lundell LLP, June 2020

In our earlier two blog posts, Returning the Workplace to Safe Operation: Part 1, Part 2, we addressed the occupational health and safety issues surrounding returning the workplace to safe operation. This blog post addresses the employment issues related to managing the return of employees to the workplace from temporary layoff or working from home...

PPP Loan Forgiveness and Review: Key Observations
Dykema, June 2020

PPP Loan Forgiveness Expansion: Key Observations Part III On June 5, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (the “Act”) was signed into law by the President. It provides for a number of liberalizations of the terms of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”)...

COVID-19: Support for Agriculture and Agri-Food Businesses in Quebec and Canada
Lavery Lawyers, June 2020

It goes without saying that the economic upheavals caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are posing countless challenges for all companies, whether or not they are pursuing their activities within the limits imposed by the governments of Canada and Quebec. Food producers such as agricultural and food processing businesses, considered by the Quebec government to be essential services, are not exempt from this harsh reality...

Buchalter Covid-19 Client Alert: Federal Reserve Expands Main Street Lending Program; Reduces Some Minimum Loan Amounts, Raises Maximum Loan Amounts, Extends Loan Term
Buchalter, June 2020

On June 8, the Federal Reserve announced a number of changes to the Main Street Lending Program (“MSLP”), involving all three facilities, the Main Street New Loan Facility (“MSNLF”), the Main Street Priority Loan Facility (“MSPLF”), and the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility (“MSELF”)...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: PPP Flexibility Act is Enacted
Buchalter, June 2020

On June 5, the President signed the PPP Flexibility Act. As first described in Buchalter’s previous ALERT, this new law creates the following adjustments to PPP requirements: For loans entered into on or after the date the Act became law, the minimum repayment period is to be extended from 2 years to 5 years.  For loans prior to that date, the borrower and lender may agree to extend the loan term to 5 years...

Legal Impacts of Covid-19 (Version 2)
Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, June 2020

The purpose of this special report (the “Report”) is to inform the legal considerations and initial impacts that may affect the operation of a business as a result of the state of emergency for fourteen (14) days from March 16, 2020 (the “State of Emergency”) declared through Supreme Decree No...

President Signs Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2020

On June 5, 2020, President Trump signed H.R.7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (the “PPPFA”). The PPPFA modifies the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) to provide additional flexibility to borrowers in using PPP loan proceeds and obtaining forgiveness for their loans by the Small Business Administration (the “SBA”)...

Notice 2020-39: IRS Provides Relief to Qualified Opportunity Funds and Investors Related to COVID-19 Pandemic
Dykema, June 2020

The Novogradac Opportunity Zones Working Group (the “Novogradac Group”) recently wrote to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (the “Commissioner”) and the Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy of the Department of the Treasury...

Law No. 21,232 that Amends Law No. 21,227, Which Authorizes Access to the Benefits of the Unemployment Insurance under Law No. 19,728 in Exceptional Circumstances, in the Matters it Indicates
Carey, June 2020

On April 6, 2020, Law No. 21,227 entered into effect, authorizing access to the benefits of the unemployment insurance in the context of the sanitary crisis caused by Covid-19 (hereinafter, the “Law on Employment Protection” or “LEP”). In order to improve the practical application and implementation of the aforementioned act, on June 1, 2020, Law No...

COVID-19 Business Support Measures
Shoosmiths LLP, June 2020

COVID-19 is having a significant impact on businesses and the economy. Responding to this, the UK Government has unveiled new measures, alongside existing funding initiatives, to help businesses navigate this challenging time. We are regularly updating our COVID-19 business support measures guide as new guidance is published. This guide is designed to summarise these support measures and help you identify which are applicable to your business...

Managing Employees’ Return to the Workplace
Lawson Lundell LLP, June 2020

In our earlier two blog posts, Returning the Workplace to Safe Operation: Part 1, Part 2, we addressed the occupational health and safety issues surrounding returning the workplace to safe operation. This blog post addresses the employment issues related to managing the return of employees to the workplace from temporary layoff or working from home...

The Hungarian Trust: A Transparent Solution for the Legal Protection of Assets and Succession Planning in Family Businesses
Szecskay Attorneys at Law, June 2020

The most general reason for setting up a trust is to ensure the effective and professional legal protection of assets. Contrary to a private foundation, there is no legal requirement to set forth a specific objective for the trust...

UPDATED OSHA Considerations for Recording COVID-19 Illnesses
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, June 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. OSHA has issued several guidelines that, while not the rule of law, do offer guidance on addressing COVID-19 issues, including recordkeeping and 300 log reporting obligations.   On April 10, OSHA issued guidance that appeared to limit what cases would be required to be reported on OSHA 300 logs...

COVID-19 and Unprecedented: Litigation Insights - Issue 10, 2020
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, June 2020

This tenth edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation, finds us reporting fewer shutdown-related cases than in previous weeks, suggesting that these cases are winding down as the country opens back up. By contrast, our prediction that workers' compensation and personal injury cases would begin to pick up with reopening appears to have borne out, with this week bringing the first reported “household exposure” claim...

Labor Update New Procedure for Authorization and Registration of Furloughs
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, June 2020

On May 23, 2020, the notice related to the Employment Protection Fund was jointly published by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare and the Ministry of Economy, through which a new electronic procedure was implemented for the registration, control and authorization of total suspensions (individual or collective) of employment contracts...

Ministerial Agreement 146-2020: National Strategy for Control of Epidemic of SARS COV-2 and Conditioned of Confinement
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, June 2020

The Ministry of Public Health has published changes in the strategy to be followed for the eventual de-escalation of the confinement measures to be followed, repealing agreement 144-2020...

Top Ten Questions and Answers: Workforce Restructuring in Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam
DFDL, June 2020

Earlier this month, the DFDL Employment & Labour Team organized a well-attended webinar on Workforce Restructuring in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam. Our experts shared their insights with the audience on ways to minimize COVID-19 related labour challenges in compliance with local law as well as practical steps and considerations when implementing options available to employers to cut down labor costs in each jurisdiction...

Coal Earnings Set to Plunge 50% in North America, Moody's Says
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, June 2020

  "Earnings for North American coal miners may plunge by more than half this year as the coronavirus pandemic makes a weak market even worse, according to Moody’s Investors Service."   Why this is important: The COVID-19 outbreak continues to wreak havoc with U.S. coal companies as the outbreak has exacerbated an already weak coal market. Moody’s Investors Service has just announced it expects U.S. coal production to drop 25 percent this year...

New Law Provides Significant Reforms Flexibility for PPP Borrowers
Waller, June 2020

On June 5, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (the “Act”) into law, providing several important modifications to the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) that PPP borrowers should know about...

OSHA Issues New Guidance Ramping up Enforcement Related to COVID-19
Waller, June 2020

On the heels of growing pressure and mounting criticism from Congress and labor unions that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was not doing enough to protect workers, OSHA issued new guidance expanding employers’ reporting requirements related to COVID illnesses...

Securities Regulators Demand Fair Disclosure of Consequences of the COVID-19-Pandemic from Issuers
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, June 2020

Issuers need to make transparent the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their companies. The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) emphasized the importance and obligation of timely and transparent disclosure of “high-quality information” in a recent statement issued on May 29, 2020. It recalled the corresponding obligation for issuers to report on important matters and encourages companies to comply with their disclosure obligations...

The Virtual General Meeting 2020: Selected Tips for Use in Practice
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, June 2020

On March 28, 2020, the Act on Measures in Corporate, Cooperative, Association, Foundation, and Home Ownership Law to Combat the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic (COVID-19 Act) entered into effect. Among other things, the COVID-19 Act provides for substantial facilitations for stock corporations to hold general meetings. The most important innovation for use in practice is the possibility of holding general meetings entirely virtually, i.e...

Extension in the Suspension of Deadlines in the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property Until Further Notice
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., June 2020

Following the agenda established within the Federal Government's Gradual Plan towards a New Normalization, the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (MIIP) has published an agreement by means of which it extends the suspension of terms and deadlines with respect to all processes and procedures carried out before said Institute, as of March 24, 2020 and until the expected conditions for the restarting of activities of the MIIP are materialized...

Commission for the Financial Market Pronounces Regarding the Scope of the Application and Effects of the New Article 30 of Law No. 21,227 - Covid Unemployment Insurance Law
Carey, June 2020

The Commission for the Financial Market (“ CMF ”), on May 28, 2020, has issued the Official Letter No. 22,260 (the “ Official Letter ”) in response to the pronouncement request sent by the Treasury Minister of the Chilean Government, Mr Ignacio Briones Rojas, to clarify the scope of the enforcement and the effects of the new article 30 of Law No. 21,227, which empowers the access to the unemployment insurance benefits provided in Law No...

Tax Deferral of Employer’s Portion of Social Security Taxes Under Section 2302 of the CARES Act Now Available for PPP Borrowers Without Exception
Dykema, June 2020

Pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, which was enacted into law on June 5, 2020, taxpayers who take out a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) of the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), all or a portion of which is subsequently forgiven, may now also take advantage of the tax deferral of the employer’s portion of the Social Security taxes under Section 2302 of the CARES Act...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: CFPB Issues Proposed Rule, FAQs and Revised CHARM Booklet for Transition from LIBOR
Buchalter, June 2020

On June 4, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took steps to provide rules and guidance for the upcoming transition away from LIBOR for adjustable rate loans.  The CFPB issued the following: A revised version of the CHARM booklet that is to be given to certain ARM loan mortgage loan applicants within three days of application...

COVID-19: Reopening of the National Immigration Authority and the Labor Immigration Department of the Ministry of Labor
Morgan & Morgan, June 2020

Updated on June 1, 2020 National Immigration Authority: Residence Permitsare valid until June 7, 2020. This measure is in place since March 13. The suspension of administrative processesanduser service will belifted from June 8. In-person user service will be restored gradually and progressively: Between June 8 and June 12, only attorneys will be allowed to visit, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m...

EPA Warns Against Potentially False and Misleading COVID-19 Disinfectant Claims
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, June 2020

A consumer advisory issued on June 1, 2020 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clarifies which hard-surface disinfectant products may legally make claims regarding expected efficacy against the COVID-19 virus. The advisory, titled “What You Need to Know Regarding Products Making Claims to Kill the Coronavirus Causing COVID-19,” also warns retailers of potential enforcement actions if they sell non-compliant products...

COVID-19: A Practical Guide to Business Interruption Insurance Claims
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, June 2020

  Do I have a COVID-19 business interruption claim? Particularly if you operate in the leisure, retail or hospitality sectors, your business has likely suffered significant financial losses from the disruption caused by COVID-19. In trying to alleviate the impact of those losses, you might have identified that your business’s insurance policy offered cover for ‘business interruption’ (or ‘BI’)...

Social Package II (Changes to Short-Time Working Benefit)
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, June 2020

In the context of the Corona crisis the German Federal Government has demonstrated that it is capable of acting quickly and pragmatically. The conditions for payment of short-time working benefit had already been adapted to the corona situation through past measures, and on May 14, 2020 the German parliament approved further changes through the Social Package II. The changes of relevance to employment law are set out briefly below...

CEQA Reform in the COVID Era? The California Senate Housing Production Package Moves Forward
Hanson Bridgett LLP, June 2020

Key Points A five bill, California Senate housing package heads to Appropriations after unanimously passing key committee votes last week. CEQA streamlining, increasing density, and affordable housing remain top priorities, including one bill seeking to incentivize commercial use conversion to residential use...

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund – Part 2
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

As an update to our April 24 alert, the United States Health and Human Services Department (“HHS”) has continued to provide a string of updates over the past month regarding the funds allocated to provide financial relief for eligible health care providers by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act...

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing for Ohio Nursing Homes
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

On May 26, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the formation of new Congregate Care Unified Response Teams to test residents and staff members in Ohio's nursing homes. Ohio Department of Health (“ODH”) Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, subsequently issued a Director’s Order on May 27, 2020 requiring all nursing homes to cooperate with this testing...

CMS Announces Enhanced Surveys for Nursing Homes to be Completed by July 31, 2020
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on March 13, 2020 enhanced penalties for infection control survey non-compliance amid the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] On June 1, 2020, CMS announced significant changes related to nursing home surveys. The new changes require states to complete 100 percent of their Focused Infection Control nursing home surveys by July 31, 2020...

Ohio House Passes Bill to Protect Health Care Providers from Civil Liability and Professional Disciplinary Actions
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

The Ohio House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly in favor of House Bill 606, known as the “Good Samaritan Expansion Bill.” The bill grants temporary immunity from civil liability and professional disciplinary actions to a wide range of health care providers for injury, death, or damages arising from health care services rendered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic...

Congress Passes Bill Providing More Flexibility to PPP
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

Congress passed legislation amending the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) in hopes of making the program more useful to small businesses. Prior to the amendment, the PPP required loan proceeds to be spent during an eight-week covered period for a loan to be eligible for forgiveness. Additionally, 75 percent of the proceeds had to be used on payroll costs, so only 25 percent could be spent on certain eligible non-payroll expenses (e.g...

ODH Permits All Ohio Surgeries to Resume
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

On June 2, 2020, Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, issued a new comprehensive order permitting all surgeries to resume, effective immediately ( Surgery Resumption Order). The Surgery Resumption Order is available here. We have previously written about the March 17, 2020 ODH order that cancelled all non-essential or elective surgeries and procedures that use personal protective equipment (PPE)...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: The Changing Face of Litigation and Trials Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, June 2020

As clients and counsel wrestle with the changing dynamics within litigation and trial work, Bradley has assembled trial lawyers with experience from hundreds of trials and a jury consultant of national standing to present on what is happening in courts across the country and how it is impacting the judicial system as we know it...

Government of Guatemala Issues National Strategy Plan to Reopen Activities in the Country
BLP, June 2020

The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance recently published Ministerial Agreement 144-2020 that contains the national strategy for controlling the epidemic COVID-19 and confinement conditions...

Return-to-Work Checklist for Health Care Employers Reopening Their Businesses
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

The following are general considerations for health care employers who are strategizing their employees’ return to work. Note that each employer and health care environment is different and will need a specifically tailored plan. Further, there is a wealth of detailed guidance regarding various aspects of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, including detailed guidance regarding proper PPE and patient treatment...

Nursing Homes Beware: Government Enforcement Is On The Rise
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

Federal and state government enforcers have been turning their focus to nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and other long-term care facilities. While this enforcement priority is not tied specifically to the COVID-19 pandemic, facilities can expect additional scrutiny as they are considered “ground zero” for infections...

Nursing Home Safety Amid COVID-19: CMS Publishes Infection Control Guidance and Toolkit
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, June 2020

As states are beginning to open back up amid the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are still at the highest risk of infection and should continue to be cautious. One-third of all COVID-19 deaths are attributed to long-term care residents and workers.[1] Facilities need to take steps to manage the spread of the disease and protect their residents and staff as states begin to allow more flexibility around long-term care quarantine practices...

First Group of COVID-19 Cases Filed in California Federal and State Courts Includes Class and Individual Claims Brought On A Variety of Grounds
Hanson Bridgett LLP, June 2020

Key Points As the State begins to open back up, COVID-19 employment related litigation also begins. Several trends have emerged. On an individual and class-wide basis, Plaintiffs cite disability discrimination, emotional distress, retaliation, reimbursement, public nuisance and WARN Act claims, among others...

Covid Programme - Commercial Rent Relief
Kocian Solc Balastik, June 2020

The state contribution for commercial rents to entrepreneurs with forcibly closed establishments is gaining more concrete outlines. If an entrepreneur negotiates a 30% discount on rent from his landlord, he will be able to apply for state support in the amount of 50% up to a ceiling of CZK 10 million for the period from April to June. However, the program has yet to be notified to the European Commission before it can be launched...

“Antivirus Programme” - An Instrument of Financial Assistance for Employers - New Forms of Support and Extended Deadlines (Update 03)
Kocian Solc Balastik, June 2020

Category B has been extended until the end of August 2020 and the government has approved a new form of support – Category C!   Are you considering how to maintain employment of your employees and minimize economic losses? Take a look at what financial instruments the state has prepared for entrepreneurs whose employees have been affected, directly or indirectly, by government measures taken to combat coronavirus...

Covid III Loan Programme for SMEs and Self Employed Entrepreneurs
Kocian Solc Balastik, June 2020

Covid III is starting and you need to act fast! At its meeting on 18 May 2020, the Government approved by Resolution No. 553 the Covid III guarantee program for self-employed persons and companies employing up to 500 employees. Immediately afterwards, the websites of Ceskomoravská zárucní a rozvojová banka, a.s. ("CMZRB") published the conditions of the program...

Lex Voucher for Culture - An Alternative to Refunds for Cancelled Cultural Events
Kocian Solc Balastik, June 2020

On 19 May 2020, an Act On certain measures to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus epidemic known as SARS CoV-2 on cultural events (Act No 247/2020 Coll, the “Act” ), entered into force. Not only for the field of tourism, but also for the field of culture, the possibility of the organizer to issue a voucher for a cultural event instead of refunding the entrance ticket fee was introduced...

Mexico: Federal Technical Guidelines Regarding Strategy for Reopening of Activities
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2020

The technical guidelines described below are a follow up to the order establishing the strategy for the reopening and return to social, educational, and economic activities published on May 14, 2020, which was subsequently amended (the “Order”). Our alert on the Order and its amendment can be found here and here...

Executive Order No 2020-110: Three Things to Remember as When Planning to Reopen
Dykema, June 2020

With Executive Order No. 2020-110, Governor Whitmer has lifted the stay-at-home order and allowed most businesses in Michigan to reopen—at least to some extent. There are still several sectors that are ordered to stay closed to the public, including non-essential personal care services (hair, nail, massage, etc.), and the Executive Order contains several other restrictions imposed on specific industries...

Quick Reference Guide State Level Shelter-in-Place Orders and Essential Services Provisions
Dykema, June 2020

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is affecting companies across the nation and around the world in a variety of ways. Dykema is closely monitoring the legal ramifications of the crisis and evaluating the potential impact to businesses in a wide variety of industries. This Quick Reference Guide is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice...

Energy Regulatory Commission, Extension of the Suspension for Terms and Proceedings
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., June 2020

On May 29th, 2020 the Energy Regulatory Commission (“ CRE ”) published in the Federal Official Gazette an administrative resolution declaring the extension of the suspension of all terms and proceedings before such authority from June 01st, 2020 until the sanitary authorities determine that there are no epidemiologic risks related to the gradual, careful and organized opening of the federal public administration activities...

COVID-19 Anti-Epidemic Fund: Tax Exemption on Government Subsidies
Deacons, June 2020

In light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Government of Hong Kong has taken historic measures to restore confidence and liquidity to the economy. Such measures have taken the form of direct subsidies for both employers and employees, individuals and bodies corporate. A salient issue to consider was, however, whether such subsidies would be chargeable to tax...

External Circular No. 019 -2020 of the UPME
Brigard Urrutia, June 2020

Regarding its functions, the UPME has been monitoring the demand for electrical energy and natural gas on a daily basis, in order to identify the impact of the measures taken to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the consumption of these energies. The following conclusions have been reached from this monitoring: Energy demand fell in April by 16.92% compared to the average scenario projected by the UPME and by 11.10% so far in May...

Real Time COVID-19 Bulletin - Week of June 1, 2020
Brigard Urrutia, June 2020

Bogota, Cali and Cartagena will maintain the isolation measures for a while longer.Find out here about the latest decisions incorporated by the mayors of Bogotá, Cali and Cartagena on the conditions under which they decide to extend all mandatory preventive isolation measures, Bogotá and Cali until June 15, 2020 and Cartagena for another month...

Coronavirus: Impact of the Exceptional and Temporary Measures on Enforcement Proceedings
PLMJ, June 2020

Following the World Health Organization’s announcement of a public health emergency caused by COVID-19 and its declaration ofan international pandemic, the President of the Republic declared a state of emergency on 18 March and this lasted until 2 May. On 30April, theGovernment declared a situation of calamity and this was renewed on 15May and 29 May...

Additional Measures for Entrepreneurs and Businesses Disproportionately Affected by COVID-19
Lawson Lundell LLP, June 2020

Since the start of the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, the federal and provincial governments have announced various programs and subsidies to help Canadian businesses survive in light of the challenges posed by necessary social distancing measures, as discussed in our previous blog post here...

Cambodia Update: Additional Measures to Further Support Private Sector & Workers Affected by COVID-19 Outbreak & to Revive the Post-COVID-19 Economy
DFDL, June 2020

On 26 May 2020, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) issued a press release and rolled out round 4 of measures aimed at mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on the businesses and workers in Cambodia. These latest measures consist of a combination of new measures and extension of those measures already in place...

Recent Measures Implemented in Abu Dhabi in Response to COVID-19
Afridi & Angell, June 2020

On 30 May 2020, the Abu Dhabi Media Office posted through Twitter that the Department of Government Support has eased restrictions on some activities and issued a set of guidelines for working from and visiting government entities in Abu Dhabi. The guidelines below come into effect from today, 1 June 2020, and are limited to individuals between the ages of 12 and 60...

Cram Down Financings in the Era of Covid-19
Afridi & Angell, June 2020

We are in unprecedented times. The Covid-19 pandemic has swept the globe like a tsunami and it continues to wreak havoc on countries, people and economies. The effects of the pandemic are evident now. For example, the US unemployment rate is presently at 14.7%. In the peak of the financial crisis of 2008, the unemployment rate was 10%...

National Mining Agency Changes Rules Regarding Suspension of Procedural and Material Deadlines
Veirano Advogados, June 2020

On June 2, 2020, Resolution No. 36 was published in the Official Gazette, by means of which the National Mining Agency ("ANM") has changed Resolution No. 28/2020, which suspended the deadlines of certain procedural and material acts under its competence, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic...

Changing PPP Guidance Reinforces Need for Strong Compliance
Dykema, June 2020

Through the recently issued Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and Interim Final Rule on Loan Forgiveness, the Small Business Association (SBA) has once again demonstrated that the contours and requirements of the PPP program are constantly evolving. The SBA’s recent Interim Final Rule on SBA Loan Review Procedures provides some insights on how the SBA will enforce PPP qualification and forgiveness requirements...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Cal/OSHA Issues Interim General Guidelines on Protecting Workers from COVID-19 and Guidance Regarding COVID-19 Recording and Reporting Requirements
Buchalter, June 2020

As California continues to move through Stage 2 of its Resilience Roadmap, “Lower-risk workplaces,” where retail (curbside and delivery only), related logistics and manufacturing, office workplaces, limited personal services, outdoor museums, childcare, and essential businesses can now open with modifications, California employers should continue to be vigilant in assessing and complying with up to date health and safety guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Admini

Cal/OSHA Issues Interim General Guidelines on Protecting Workers from COVID-19 and Guidance Regarding COVID-19 Recording and Reporting Requirements
Buchalter, June 2020

As California continues to move through Stage 2 of its Resilience Roadmap, “Lower-risk workplaces,” where retail (curbside and delivery only), related logistics and manufacturing, office workplaces, limited personal services, outdoor museums, childcare, and essential businesses can now open with modifications...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: San Francisco Announces Plan for Phased Reopening
Buchalter, June 2020

On Thursday, May 28, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a preliminary timetable for the reopening of San Francisco businesses, restaurants, and offices. The multi-phased plan, which can be found here (“Order”), is designed to comply with the timeline and guidelines previously announced by Governor Gavin Newsom...

Post Eid al Fitr Reopening Guidelines and Easing of Movement Restrictions
Afridi & Angell, May 2020

On 26 May 2020, Dubai Economy published the “Post Eid al Fitr” reopening Guidelines which took effect from Wednesday 27 May 2020 and include updates to the protocols for the wholesale and retail trade including salons and barbershops as well as valet parking. The Guidelines also provide tailored reopening protocols for cinemas, kids salons, auction houses, outsourced government service centres, and various entertainment sectors...

Covid-19: Specific Technical Guidelines for The Reopening of Economic Activities in the New Normality have been Issued
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., May 2020

The Ministry of Health, jointly with the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare and the Mexican Institute of Social Security (“IMSS”), recently published specific technical guidelines for companies and work centers to resume activities...

COVID-19: Specific Technical Guidelines for the Reopening of Economic Activities in the New Normality have been Issued
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., May 2020

The Federation's Official Gazette of May 29, 2020, the Ministry of Health, jointly with the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare and the Mexican Institute of Social Security (“IMSS”), published  specific technical guidelines...

Metro Manila under GCQ from June 1; Courts Nationwide Resume Full Operations on June 1
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, May 2020

Metro Manila, Regions II, III, and IV-A, and the provinces of Pangasinan and Albay (which are currently under [MECQ]) will be placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from June 1. This is based on the announcement made on May 28, 2020 by the President. Many other areas of the country which are now under GCQ will transition to Modified General Community Quarantine starting June 1...

Overseas Investment: Covid-19 - What Kind of State Are You In?
Shoosmiths LLP, May 2020

States’ responses to the global pandemic may, however well-intended, harm the interests of inward investors. Under international public law, those investors have rights and so a spate of investor-State arbitral claims may well be a legacy of the pandemic. Across the world, governments have responded to Covid-19 by introducing emergency measures, which have inhibited social interaction and hampered economic activity...

New York City Enacts Law Affecting Enforceability of Certain Commercial Lease Guaranties for COVID-Affected Businesses
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

On May 26, 2020, the Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, signed a broad COVID-19 relief package into law, to supplement existing federal and state relief measures. The new legislation included several amendments to the Administrative Code of the City of New York (the “Code”) that affect commercial landlords and tenants, including N.Y.C. Council Int. No. 1932-A (“Local Law 1932-A”)...

Natural Products and Pharmaceutical Innovations: What are the Patent Options?
Lavery Lawyers, May 2020

Natural products play an important role in pharmaceutical innovation. They are active components in many medicines. For example, nearly half of the small molecules used to treat cancer are natural products or directly derived from natural products.1 They are also components of vaccines. The pharmaceutical industry is constantly seeking access to natural products and the traditional knowledge associated with them...

COVID-19 and E-Commerce are Changing Retailers' Real Estate Footprints
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven a large shift toward online retail transactions. In April of 2020, nonstore sales, mostly conducted through e-commerce, increased by nearly 30 percent while overall retail sales in the US are down 16 percent year over year, according to the Department of Commerce. The recent flood of e-commerce has left unprepared retailers struggling to fulfill orders, as they currently lack the requisite warehouse space and other supply chain capabilities...

Judicial Council Revises Its Deadline for Tolling Civil Statutes of Limitations, Including for CEQA Actions
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

Key Points The Judicial Council amended Emergency Rule 9 to provide dates certain for tolling the statutes of limitations for civil actions, which are currently tolled due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. Pursuant to the amended Emergency Rule 9, the statutes of limitations applicable to CEQA actions are tolled from April 6, 2020, until August 3, 2020...

The Impact of the New SEC Amendments on REITs Real Estate Operations and Triple Net Leases
Waller, May 2020

While the SEC’s amendments described in our prior blog post (locatedhere) provide relief to companies in a number of industries – including oil and gas, foreign private issuers, business development companies, and investment funds – we’re taking a closer look at the impact the amendments will have REITs and other real estate companies...

Virginia Issues Executive Order Regarding Face Masks During COVID-19
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

Effective at noon today, May 29, 2020, Virginia Governor Northam's Executive Order 63 went into effect, requiring face coverings to be worn in certain circumstances. Specifically, a face covering is required for individuals aged ten and older when "entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time inside" the following categories of businesses:   All retail. Food and beverage, but only when reopened for indoor dining. Personal care/grooming - i.e...

Switching to E-commerce: Legal Checklist
ALRUD Law Firm, May 2020

The global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus infection has led to significant changes in the Russian retail trade. This pandemic has forced millions of people to stay at home, avoid public places and, of course, buy less. To adapt to the new features of consumer behaviour, retailers need to promptly respond, adapt, or dramatically change their business processes and strategies...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: PPP Flexibility Act Passes House, Likely Vote in Senate Next Week
Buchalter, May 2020

By a near-unanimous 417-1 vote, the House has passed the PPP Flexibility Act, which if enacted would, among other things,  extend the time to utilize Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan proceeds and obtain forgiveness, allow more time to rehire employees, and allow more of the proceeds to be used for other forgivable costs besides payroll costs.  The Senate will now consider the bill and may vote on it next week.  A copy of the bill may be found here:  https://docs...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: ARCC Discusses Expected Time Periods for Discontinuance of LIBOR in Mortgage Originations
Buchalter, May 2020

On May 27, the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARCC) published recommendations for the transition from LIBOR in different financial transactions, including residential mortgage transactions...

A Guide to Contract Work During the Crisis
ALRUD Law Firm, May 2020

In times of the ongoing crisis, associated with the spread of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), and the introduction of epidemiological requirements and restrictions, many businesses have faced difficulties with contractual performance, including the failure in supply, cancellation of scheduled events and often cutbacks in profits and the impossibility to perform monetary obligations...

How to Identify and React to Fraud in the COVID-19 Era
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

As we have learned through our ghosts of recessions past, the vast majority of those who become unable to pay their debts in economic downturns are honest, but unfortunate, debtors. That said, we also have learned that an appreciable number of debtors start taking drastic measures to preserve their assets and associated lifestyles during these times, sometimes engaging in a shell game designed to conceal or otherwise understate their assets when creditors start knocking on their door...

Subchapter V and the Single Asset Real Estate Debtor in a COVID-19 World
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

Over a year ago, Congress amended the Bankruptcy Code to create Subchapter V, with the intent of encouraging small businesses (defined as those with less than $2,725,625.00 in debt) to file reorganization plans more often by saving certain costs of a routine Chapter 11. Congress then passed the CARES Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, raising the debt limit to $7,500,000.00...

Top 10 Bankruptcy Truths for Creditors to Know
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

Much of the bankruptcy chatter arising from the pandemic world in which we find ourselves is now focusing on the cascade of new bankruptcy cases that are predicted to arrive soon. We have already seen the effects of closed stores and no foot traffic on some of the big names in retail (J.C. Penney, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Pier 1, etc.), but many consumer cases are sure to follow, the result of the staggering number of layoffs and lost jobs that the pandemic has caused...

For Hospitals, COVID-19 Forces a Look into the Future
Waller, May 2020

Hospitals and health systems are on the frontlines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. But, behind the scenes, they are grappling to sustain operations and finances significantly impacted by the state of the economy. In the latest version of our PointbyPoint podcast, Waller’s Ken Marlow and Eb LeMaster, managing director at Ponder, discuss the various factors impacting hospitals and health systems today...

Do You Have a Cough? What Can I Ask Customers and How Do I Protect Their Privacy?
Lawson Lundell LLP, May 2020

As businesses begin to reopen, many organizations will examine ways to protect their workers and attract returning customers. Various mechanisms to screen customers for COVID-19 risks will become more common. Examples include providing customers with questionnaires regarding their travel history, exposure to others, and symptoms, or temperature scanning before entry. Organizations will be permitted to screen individuals in a reasonable manner, depending on the circumstances...

Foreign Investment Review - A Warning in the Time of COVID-19
Lawson Lundell LLP, May 2020

The Canadian government, concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on corporate valuations, has issued guidance that it will pay particular attention to foreign direct investments of any value (meaning, even investments that are not subject to review under the Investment Canada Act (the “ICA”)).  The government’s announcement does not amend the ICA, nor any thresholds for review...

Removal Ruling Raises Questions about Where COVID-19-Related Business Interruption Claims Should be Heard
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2020

Business interruption insurance claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic have raised numerous questions for practitioners, businesses, and insurers...

Weekly Report: COVID-19 in Central America (May 16 - 22)
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...

Insurance Recovery During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Navigating Your Policy's Microbe and Pollution Exclusions
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

As corporate policyholders continue to submit claims to their insurers for business interruption and related losses sustained from the COVID-19 pandemic, insurers appear to be denying such claims routinely where the policies at issue contain exclusionary language specific to viruses — whether in stand-alone virus exclusions or other types of exclusions...

MME Memorandum on Safety and Health Measures at Work
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

As a complement to the Ministry of Health and Social Protection guide for the reduction of the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the Energy and mining industry, the Ministry of Mines and Energy (“MME”) together with the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Health and Social Protection issued Joint Memorandum 01 of 2020 (the “Memorandum”)...

Definitive Suspension Against the Resolution to Guarantee the Efficiency, Quality, Continuity and Safety of the Electric National System
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., May 2020

On May 25th, 2020, as per publicly available information, an administrative court in Mexico issued definitive suspensions against the resolution published on April 29th, 2020 by the National Center of Energy Control (“CENACE”) to guarantee the efficiency, quality, continuity and safety of the National Electric System, as part of the constitutional appeals filed by companies involved in renewable energy projects from wind and photovoltaic projects...

PPP Loan Forgiveness and Review: Key Observations - Part II
Dykema, May 2020

The SBA issued anInterim Final Rule(“IFR”) regarding PPP loan forgiveness on May 22, 2020, to supplement thePPP Loan Forgiveness Applicationand instructions issued one week earlier. While the new IFR did not provide a great deal of new guidance, below is a list of our key observations, which supplements our prior observations on the application itself, which are repeated at the end of this Alert...

Circular No. 32 Issued by the Chilean IRS: Tax Treatment of Expenses Incurred due to Covid-19
Carey, May 2020

On April 29, 2020, the Chilean IRS issued instructions regarding the tax treatment of expenses incurred in connection with the health emergency caused by Covid-19. Additionally, the Tax Authority refers to the general requirements for all expenses and the tax treatment of some donations. I. Regarding the general requirements on deduction of expenses In accordance with Article 31 of the Income Tax Law, recently amended by Law No...

Modification of Decree Nº 466, of 1984, of the Ministry of Health, Which Approves the Regulation in the Matter of Electronic Commerce of Medicines
Carey, May 2020

On May 7, 2020, the amendment to Decree No. 466 was published in the Official Gazette, which approves the Regulation of Pharmacies, Drugstores and other pharmaceutical establishments, regarding the sale of medicines through electronic means. Particularly, article 8 of said Decree is modified, in order to allow the electronic sale of medicines in pharmacies, incorporating the following sentence: "Pharmacies may dispense medicines through electronic means...

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. Resolutions No 672/2020 , No 725/2020 and No 805/2020 - that incorporate new measures to those indicated in Resolution No. 565 dated March 16, 2020 which authorized the adoption of certain measures in salmon farming centers in the context of COVID-19...

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...

Unique Estate Planning Opportunities Amid COVID-19 Due to Depressed Markets and Historically Low Interest Rates
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

The historically low interest rates recently announced by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the depressed value of certain assets offer opportunities for estate planning techniques that can reduce the cost of transferring wealth to younger generations. The federal estate and gift tax exemption for 2020 is $11,580,000 per person ($23,160,000 for a married couple)...

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...

Continuing Disclosure Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting unique challenges and causing operational and financial disruptions for many governmental issuers and other borrowers (obligated persons), who are subject to the continuing disclosure requirements of Rule 15c2-12 of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). One of these challenges is the determination of whether and what to disclose to bondholders under existing continuing disclosure undertakings or in the context of voluntary disclosure...

Companies Can Bank On Continued U.S. EPA Enforcement Against Unregistered Pesticide Products
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

Key Points U.S. EPA is continuing to regulate and prevent sham COVID-19 products and devices from entering the market under FIFRA. EPA's distinction in regulating pesticide substances versus pesticide devices can cause confusion, but can be addressed if companies take proactive steps to ensure their product's compliance with the requisite legal framework, and self-report when in doubt. As noted in our prior alerts, available here and here, U.S...

Companies Can Bank On Continued U.S. EPA Enforcement Against Unregistered Pesticide Products
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

Key Points U.S. EPA is continuing to regulate and prevent sham COVID-19 products and devices from entering the market under FIFRA. EPA's distinction in regulating pesticide substances versus pesticide devices can cause confusion, but can be addressed if companies take proactive steps to ensure their product's compliance with the requisite legal framework, and self-report when in doubt. As noted in our prior alerts, available here and here, U.S...

Companies Can Bank On Continued U.S. EPA Enforcement Against Unregistered Pesticide Products
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

As noted in our prior alerts, the US EPA has made it a priority during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to target sham pesticides and products falsely claiming to prevent infection from COVID-19, using its authority under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (“FIFRA”).1 (The prior alerts are available here and here.) Notably, and in addition to regulating pesticide substances, e.g...

Companies Can Bank On Continued U.S. EPA Enforcement Against Unregistered Pesticide Products
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

Key Points: U.S. EPA is continuing to regulate and prevent sham COVID-19 products and devices from entering the market under FIFRA. EPA's distinction in regulating pesticide substances versus pesticide devices can cause confusion, but can be addressed if companies take proactive steps to ensure their product's compliance with the requisite legal framework, and self-report when in doubt. As noted in our prior alerts, available here and here, U.S...

Healthcare Providers: Corona Hub, All Legal Information Collected for You
Van Doorne N.V., May 2020

The coronavirus creates a situation for the world, for the Netherlands and for the Dutch health care that most of us have never experienced before. As the healthcare & life sciences market group, we are confronted with this event in various ways. In our business and private lives, but also mainly because we see what the impact is for our clients. We are very looking for the best way to deal with this...

Pharmaceutical Industry: It is Time to Check the Structure of Doing Business in Russia
ALRUD Law Firm, May 2020

In the context of COVID-19 pandemic, the field (on-site) tax audits in Russia are currently postponed, but once all restrictions are lifted, the tax authorities can start auditing Russian companies and replenishing the National Budget by redoubling their efforts. The pharmaceutical industry could be in the focus of the tax authorities and, above all, they could start with auditing of the contractual structures used for organizing clinical trials and promotion of pharmaceutical products...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: OCC’s CRA Final Rule
Buchalter, May 2020

On May 20, 2020, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued as new final rule updating various aspects of the requirements of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).  The rule is effective on October 1, 2020. Banks regulated by the OCC must comply with the final amendments by October 1, 2020, January 1, 2023, or January 1, 2024, as applicable...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Treasury Issues New Interim Final Rule Re PPP Loan Forgiveness
Buchalter, May 2020

On May 22, Treasury issued a new Interim Final Rule (“IFR”) regarding Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Payroll Protection Program (”PPP”) loan forgiveness. Much of the IFR repeats information previously published by Treasury and SBA in the loan forgiveness form application and accompanying instructions. See March 19, 2020 Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Treasury Issues Application for SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Mitigating Exposure to Employee COVID-19 Illness Claims
Buchalter, May 2020

As more workers begin to return to the workplace, it is expected that there will be an increase in the number of lawsuits related to employee contraction of the virus in the workplace. While the general rule in most states is that the workers’ compensation system provides the exclusive remedy for work-related injuries and illnesses, claimants and their attorneys are eyeing exceptions to the workers’ compensation system in order to maximize their potential recovery...

Government Measures in Employment Sector in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Indonesia
Makarim & Taira S., May 2020

The Indonesian Ministry of Manpower (“MOM”) and some other Ministries have issued a number of regulations and policies or guidelines to manage and control the impact of the spread of COVID-19 in the Indonesian employment sector. Please find below a summary of the government measures:  I. Employers are encouraged to prepare plans to take preventive measures against the further spread of COVID-19 and to maintain the continuity of their businesses...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends, Issue 8
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

This eighth edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19-related litigation, follows what we hope was a restful and meaningful Memorial Day weekend. For the third week in a row, shutdown challenges, workers' compensation claims, and wrongful death lawsuits have dominated the news cycle. But, we are also seeing a continuation in refund claims and an uptick in fraud claims involving everything from alleged misuse of sick days to corporate press releases...

FERC Publishes 2020 Summer Energy Market and Reliability Assessment
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

On May 21, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Offices of Energy Policy and Innovation and Electric Reliability jointly published and released their 2020 Summer Energy Market and Reliability Assessment. The report provides an overview of key market events and data for the nation’s ISOs/RTOs as well as a discussion on reliability in the various power regions for summer 2020. The report includes the following key items that are summarized below...

Enforcement of Foreign Awards
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, May 2020

HAS SUPREME COURT TAKEN A STEP BACK IN ITS RECENT JUDGMENT IN “NAFED VS. ALIMENTA S.A.”? The Supreme Court on April 22, 2020 declared a foreign award unenforceable on the ground that one of the provisions of the Agreement in question was hit by Section 32 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872 and thus violative of public policy of India. Brief Background: NAFED and Alimenta S.A...

Return To Work Guide: An Employer’s Post-Pandemic Handbook
Dykema, May 2020

As many states and municipalities begin lifting stay at home orders and implementing steps for a phased reopening of businesses, employers should be developing a written “game plan” to minimize the risks of transitioning from a COVID-19 complete or partial shutdown to resumption of business as usual, or business in the post-Pandemic workplace...

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application: Key Observations
Dykema, May 2020

The SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Department of Treasury, issued the Paycheck Protection Program Loan ForgivenessApplicationand related instructions on May 15, 2020. While the application and instructions answer many of our questions about PPP loan forgiveness, it leaves many others open. Treasury has promised that the SBA also will soon issue regulations and guidance that we hope will address these questions...

COVID-19: Additional, Exceptional and Temporary Measures Adopted by the Superintendency of Banks of Panama and the Panama Banking Association.
Morgan & Morgan, May 2020

Rule 2-2020, as amended by Rule 3-2020 of the Superintendency of Banks of Panama (hereinafter, “SBP,” for its initials in Spanish). On March 16, 2020, the SBP issued Rule 2-2020, which was subsequently amended by Rule 3-2020 (here in after referred to as “Rule 2-2020") and "establishes additional, exceptional and temporary measures for compliance with the provisions contained in Rule 4-2013 on credit risk".”...

“Opening Up”: Don’t Forget About Resident Rights as you Reopen
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

The curve has flattened, and all fifty states are at least partially reopened. This raises a number of questions about how your facility should proceed with reopening while continuing to protect not only your residents' health, but also their rights. Both failing to meet recommended guidelines and exceeding the guidelines can leave your facility vulnerable for future governmental action and lawsuits...

SEC Reportedly Investigating Public Company Recipients of PPP Funds
Waller, May 2020

According to several sources, we understand that the SEC is reportedly investigating public companies that received funds under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Established under the CARES Act in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the PPP provided funding to eligible companies for payroll and other eligible costs, but the SEC is now reportedly investigating some of those very recipients and using their public disclosures to assess eligibility and need...

Economic Downturn and COVID-19 Leaves Some Hospitals Fiscally Vulnerable
Waller, May 2020

As the nation’s healthcare industry grapples with the impact of the first wave of COVID-19, many hospitals are facing fiscal pressure. This is particularly true for providers who fall into the following categories: Providers who are or were partially overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, experienced shortages of PPE and significant staff stress, all of which tested systems and leadership like never before...

Looking Ahead: Commercial Real Estate - COVID-19's Impact on the Market in 2020 and Beyond Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

Please join Bradley, Graham & Co., and the Peoples Bank of Alabama for a live webinar addressing key questions our clients are asking about navigating the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Commercial Real Estate and Lending market in 2020 and beyond...

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...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: Looking Ahead - Commercial Real Estate: COVID-19’s Impact on the Market in 2020 and Beyond Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

Please join Bradley, Graham & Co., and the Peoples Bank of Alabama for a live webinar addressing key questions our clients are asking about navigating the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Commercial Real Estate and Lending market in 2020 and beyond...

Juggling the Costs of Reopening and Litigation: Try Mediation
Verrill, May 2020

State governments are creating paths to restart their economies. Businesses desperately want to start generating income and put the COVID-19 crisis behind them...

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...

Provisional Suspension Against the Resolution to Guarantee the Efficiency, Quality, Continuity and Safety of the Electric National System
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., May 2020

On May 2020 the National Center of Energy Control (“CENACE”) instructed some of its operational offices throughout México the suspension of the measures included in its resolution dated April 29th, 2020 issued to guarantee the efficiency, reliability, quality, continuity and safety of the Electrical National System due to the pandemic disease COVID-19 (the “Resolution”)...

Covid-19: Decree Law No. 33 of 16 May 2020 and PMD of 17 May 2020
Gianni & Origoni, May 2020

After the start of Phase 2 (which began on 4 May 2020) the Italian government adopted on 16 May Law Decree no. 33 concerning, inter alia, "Further urgent measures to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak" (the "DL 16 May 2020"). Moreover, on 17 May 2020, in implementation of the aforementioned DL 16 May 2020, the Prime Minister issued a new decree with specific implementing provisions (the "PMD 17 May 2020")...

The 'Next Normal': Climate Change Risk Governance in a Pandemic Age - Part 1
MinterEllison, May 2020

While immediate pandemic pressures may moderate short-term corporate progress on climate risk assessment and disclosure, there is little to suggest that regulatory and investor expectations have significantly diminished in 2020. Corporates may face increasing investor pressure to make a 'Paris-aligned' business strategy a central pillar of their corporate rebuilding and recovery plans, with a measurable pathway to net zero emissions...

COVID-19 and OSHA: Why Employers May See More Inspection Activity and More Injuries and Illnesses Being Recorded as Work-Related
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

On May 19, 2020, OSHA issued two revised enforcement policies with respect to in-person workplace inspections, and an employer’s obligation to record occupational injuries and illnesses, specifically cases of COVID-19. As phased re-openings of businesses are occurring throughout the United States, OSHA explained that it revised its policies to ensure that employers are protecting the health and safety of their workers...

State Attorneys General Are Focusing on Price Gouging Laws and You Should Too
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

State Attorneys General across the nation are warning consumers about price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic and offering easy online tools to report violations. Consumers have gotten the message. Texans, for example, have sent over 10,000 complaints of price gouging to the state AG’s office during the pandemic.1 Price gouging laws have been enacted by nearly 75 percent of states...

Revised Measures in Response to COVID-19: Sterilisation and Opening Timings and an Updated List of Violations and Fines
Afridi & Angell, May 2020

On 18 May 2020, the UAE government announced the following timings with effect from today, 20 May 2020: the National Disinfection Programme will take place between 08:00pm (not 10:00pm) to 06:00am the following day. working hours of butchers, mills and cafes will be from 06:00am to 08:00pm. commercial centres and malls will be open from 09:00am to 07:00pm (with new opening hours to be announced after the upcoming Eid...

Still Time to Appeal: Executive Order and Bills Aim to Extend Property Tax Assessment Appeal Dates in Michigan and Provide Additional Tax Relief in Illinois
Dykema, May 2020

The 2020 appeal season is moving and changing quickly, so be sure to not miss any filing deadlines. The deadline for filing petitions with the Michigan Tax Tribunal is set by statute as May 31. On May 14, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-87 (the “Order”), to extend the deadline to protest 2020 property tax assessments to grant some amount of relief to individuals and businesses amid the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis...

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...

Managing Your Tax Affairs in Myanmar During the COVID-19 Crisis - Top 10 Questions Answers
DFDL, May 2020

Earlier this month, the DFDL Myanmar Tax Team organized a well-attended webinar ‘How to Manage Your Tax affairs in Myanmar During the COVID-19 Crisis’. Jack Sheehan (Partner & Head of the Regional Tax Practice), Diberjohn Balinas (Senior Tax Manager) and Nay Nay Eaint (Tax Manager) shared their insights on how to deal with important tax-related matters during the COVID-19 pandemic and the kinds of tax relief that affected businesses may claim...

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...

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...

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...

Employers May Be Able To Take Advantage Of New Department of Labor Rule To Qualify for OT Exemption
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2020

Effective Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the Department of Labor issued a new rule to provide greater simplicity and flexibility to retail and service-industry employers. The rule relaxes the regulatory framework underpinning Section 7(i) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, also known as the “retail service exemption...

FAQ: Employers Should Plan for Reopening
Waller, May 2020

Waller has created this FAQ to assist employers prepare to reopen their doors and return to “normal” operations. It is critical that businesses develop a reopening plan and communicate new expectations before employees return. There are many issues for businesses to consider when making a plan to reopen. Included below in FAQ format are questions/recommendations to consider in formulating a reopening plan that makes sense for your business...

The Commission Introduces Derogations from the Competition Rules and Adopts Measures aimed at Supporting the Agri-Food Sector
Delphi, May 2020

On 4 May 2020, the Commission published the latest package of exceptional measures (announced on 22 April) to support the agricultural and food sectors that have been hit hardest by the crisis. The package of measures adopted by the Commission includes temporary derogations from EU competition rules for milk, flowers and potatoes, support for private storage of dairy and meat products and flexibility in the application of market support programs...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Extension of San Francisco Commercial Tenant Eviction Moratorium and Impact of Proposed California Senate Bill 939
Buchalter, May 2020

On May 14, 2020, San Francisco Mayor London Breed issued a second extension of the City’s commercial eviction moratorium and rent deferral program for small businesses with less than $25 Million in 2019 gross receipts. The extension grants rent relief for rent due and payable through June 16, 2020. On April 15, 2020, Mayor Breed previously extended the original order through May 17, 2020...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Treasury Issues Application for SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness
Buchalter, May 2020

The Treasury Department has issued a form application to be used for SBA Payroll Protection Program (PPP) borrowers to seek loan forgiveness, along with instructions for completing the form and an accompanying worksheet.  The application form, instructions and worksheet may be located by clicking on this link: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/3245-0407-SBA-Form-3508-PPP-Forgiveness-Application...

Establishing an Economic Stabilization Fund for the Real Economy
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, May 2020

By adopting the Act on the Establishment of the Economic Stabilization Fund of March 27, 2020, the German Parliament and the Federal Council established the Economic Stabilization Fund (“ESF”) as a special fund to stabilize the real economy in times of the COVID-19 pandemic...

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...

Should You Adjust Your Plans Based on the New PPP Forgiveness Guidance?
Verrill, May 2020

Your inbox is likely flooded with news about the forgiveness guidance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) that came in the form of instructions on how to fill out the application. These instructions provided much needed guidance and a few unexpected surprises. By now, you might be approaching the half-way point of the eight-week covered period...

How to Celebrate Valid Agreements and Contracts in Social Isolation?
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, May 2020

At QIL + 4, prevention is key and our clients’ and team’s health the most important thing. Under the new measures implemented by the Guatemalan Government, we have analyzed the legal alternatives available for signing commercial and civil agreements virtually...

WFH Guidance from the HK SFC to Manage Cybersecurity Risks
Deacons, May 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been forced to work from home and this has created new opportunities and very fertile ground for the emergence of cyber threats. Accordingly, on 29 April 2020, the Intermediaries Supervision Department of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a circular (Circular) containing examples of controls and procedures firms can put in place to manage their cybersecurity risks...

Employer Considerations for Employee Return to Work
Dykema, May 2020

Dykema’s Labor & Employment Practice Group created a Q&A overview addressing best practices for employers to consider when businesses return to work. The document discusses frequently asked questions concerning employer recalls, pay and benefits, medical documentation, personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, and more...

New Guarantee Facility, Extension of ERTE Temporary Layoff Procedures, Effects of the Crisis on Transfer Pricing, Return to Judicial Activity and 'Shields' for Businesses
Garrigues, May 2020

Garrigues analyzes the most important new legislation that companies need to be aware of in the coming days in the various areas of business law...

Deferrals of Repayments of Loans and other Credit Instruments
Cechova & Partners, May 2020

COVID-19 Although the first big wave of requests for repayment deferrals of banking and non-banking loans may seem to be over, a further one is likely just to come once some debtors realise the actual effects of COVID-19 crisis on their economic situation and the pandemic time frame for filing the requests for repayment deferrals will start approaching its end...

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

Mexico: Amendment to the Federal Strategy for Reopening of Activities
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

The order described below is a follow-up to the order establishing the strategy for the reopening and return to social, educational, and economic activities, including additional industries to those considered essential, published on May 14, 2020 (the “Order”). (Our alert on the Order can be found here...

Three Tips for Healthcare Providers in Recovering Business Interruption Loss from the Public Health Crisis
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

Much of the media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two months has focused on the loss of business sustained by restaurants, hotels and retail. Little attention has been paid to healthcare providers—at least those who are not valiantly staffing emergency rooms and intensive care units treating those patients stricken by the coronavirus...

Shut-In and Cessation of Production: Current Considerations for Oil & Gas Producers
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

With the recent significant decline in commodity prices, and physical transportation and storage curtailments, due in large part to reduced demand related to the COVID-19 pandemic, producers are evaluating many of their producing oil and gas wells to determine whether some level of reduced production is appropriate...

Michigan’s New COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules: Enforcement of Regulatory Compliance May Increase – Is Your Business Compliant?
Dykema, May 2020

As more and more of Michigan’s economy is being reopened, Governor Whitmer set forth required workplace safeguards in a separate and standalone executive order. Executive Order No...

USCIS Proposes 10% Surcharge on Filing Fees
Dykema, May 2020

The USCIS on Friday, May 15, sent a request to Congress for $1.2 billion in emergency funding, proposing to pay it back with a 10% surcharge on application filing fees. The immigration service is entirely funded by these filing fees and has seen a significant drop in applications due to the coronavirus pandemic. It said in the statement it expects a 61% drop in revenue through the end of the fiscal year...

COVID-19: Technical Guidelines for Sanitary Safety in the Workplace have been Issued
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., May 2020

In accordance with the publications by the Ministry of Health on May 14 and 15, 2020, the morning of Monday 18, the technical guidelines for health safety in the workplace were published so that micro, small and medium-sized companies can restart activities without compromising the health of its employees...

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...

The True Cost of Coronavirus
TSMP Law Corporation, May 2020

Is Coronavirus the Great Leveller? When the novel coronavirus first started spreading like wildfire, people called it the “great leveller”. No respecter of status or economic background, Covid-19 affected people at all strata, from housemaids to Hollywood royalty; peons to prime ministers. Tom Hanks, Boris Johnson and an aide to US Vice President Mike Pence all contracted it...

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...

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...

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...

Enforcement in the COVID-19 Era: The Government’s Likely Playbook
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

With much fanfare, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has rolled out a series of headlines detailing its enforcement efforts in the wake of COVID-19. At the end of March, the government announced a kickback case against a marketer who allegedly steered patients towards COVID-19 and genetic cancer testing...

How Captives Can Help Fill Pandemic Coverage Gaps
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

An increasing number of captives have been looking at writing business interruption coverage for their owners. They should tread carefully, as doing so without following the correct procedures could have adverse tax implications. The outbreak of COVID-19 has caught many businesses off guard and in need of cash. Some hope their business interruption insurance policies will provide coverage for a loss of income suffered from a slowdown or suspension of operations...

COVID-19: Modifications to the Strategy for the Reopening of Social, Education Aad Economic Activities
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., May 2020

In today's Federation's Official Gazette (May 15th, 2020), the Ministry of Health issued modifications to the publication dated May 14th, 2020 in relation to the strategy for the reopening of social, education and economic activities in Mexico. Modifications are related to the activities that were added to the list of essential activities, namely those in the mining, construction and manufacturing in the transportation industries...

COVID-19: Creation of the Health Committee and the Safety Plan for the Return to Business Activities
Morgan & Morgan, May 2020

In planning for the post-quarantine return to business activities, the Ministry of Labor (MITRADEL, for its initials in Spanish) based on Executive Decree No. 78 of March 16, 2020, has required business to create Special Committees on Health and Hygiene for the Prevention and Care of COVID-19. These committees must include representatives for both management and labor...

Mexico: CENACE Publishes an Order to Suspend Pre-Commissioning Tests of Wind and Solar Power Plants
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

Within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Center for Energy Control (“CENACE”) notified users of the Market Information System of its “Order to guarantee the efficiency, quality, reliability, continuity and security of the National Electric System, motivated by the recognition of the epidemic of the illness caused by the SARS-CoV2 virus (COVID-19),” (the “Order”), via the Public Area of the Market Information System of its official web

DMCC Employment Guidelines during the COVID-19 Precautionary Measures Period
Afridi & Angell, May 2020

The DMCC Authority recently passed DMCC Guidelines 1 of 2020 (DMCC Guidelines) setting out what actions DMCC employers can take with respect to their employees during the COVID-19 Precautionary Measures Period. DMCC entities can: • Request employees to work remotely and implement means to monitor them (without infringing their privacy). Working remotely does not however apply to key employees working in Vital Industries...

Compensation Bonus for Certain Shareholders in Limited Liability Companies - Covid-19
Kocian Solc Balastik, May 2020

On Monday, 4 May 2020, the government submitted an amendment to the Compensation Bonus Act to the Chamber of Deputies. The amendment should support, in addition to self-employed individuals (sole proprietors), certain shareholders in limited liability companies. This article provides details on the requirements, forms of application, and the amount of compensation...

Czech Government Approves the Abolition of Real Estate Acquisition Tax UPDATE
Kocian Solc Balastik, May 2020

At its meeting on April 30, 2020, the government approved the abolition of the 4% real estate acquisition tax and related changes in the Income Tax Act. The content of the proposal of the Ministry of Finance is described below. However, there are likely to be some adjustments to this wording as a result of the coalition agreement. According to the media, the change should concern the maintenance of the tax deduction of interest on real estate acquired until the end of 2021...

Update: Current Business Trips to the Czech Republic during Covid-19 - Under what Conditions?
Kocian Solc Balastik, May 2020

The government has started to announce the dismantling of certain Covid19 measures and from Monday, April 27, 2020, it now allows business trips for foreigners to the Czech Republic, in respect of which business people were mounting pressure therefore. However, it set out a number of conditions and rules, which are further modified. The original Government Crisis Measure No. 443 was repealed on 1 May 2020 and replaced by Government Crisis Measure No. 495...

European Commission Guidelines on Mobile Applications to Combat COVID-19
Kocian Solc Balastik, May 2020

The European Commission recently issued guidelines on mobile applications supporting the fight against COVID-19 in relation to data protection. Mobile applications commonly installed on smartphones can act as a support mechanism for health authorities at the national and EU level in monitoring and managing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and are particularly important in easing measures to reduce the spread of the disease...

Covid-19 Measures:Price Moratorium on Rent from Apartments - Rents Cannot be Increased!
Kocian Solc Balastik, May 2020

Price moratorium on rent from apartments - rents cannot be increased! On 24 April 2020, a moratorium on rental prices of apartments, issued by the Ministry of Finance (“MF”) came into force, which was adopted in the form of Government Decree No. 202/2020 Coll. This is a protective measure for tenants, which stipulates that the rent for an apartment cannot be increased for a limited period of time. This price moratorium is related also to Act No. 209/2020 Coll...

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...

A New Big Guarantee Scheme for SMEs and Large Enterprises
Cechova & Partners, May 2020

A new BIG GUARANTEE SCHEME was introduced in Slovakia in a form of (i) guarantees for bank loansand (ii) remissions of guarantee premiums as per new Temporary Framework for State aid recently adopted by the European Commission to support the economy in COVID-19 outbreak and via adoption of an amendment (the “Amendment”) to Act No. 67/2020 Coll...

COVID 19 Resource - Direct Tax - Update
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, May 2020

The key Direct tax changes as announced by the Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt...

Impact of Covid-19 on the Rental Housing Market and Latest Trends
Ellex Klavins, May 2020

In order to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Latvia the emergency situation is extended until 9 June 2020. Until then restrictive measures established by the Government that have serious impact on all sectors of the national economy shall be in effect. The rental housing market is no exception and has encountered a sharp drop in rent and significant changes to the situation on the lease market...

CARES Act and Multifamily Housing
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). The CARES Act, among other things, aims to provide relief to tenants and borrowers who participate in HUD’s housing programs. This alert highlights those provisions that address such multifamily housing...

Mexico: Federal Strategy for Reopening of Activities
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

The order described below is a follow-up to the order published on April 21, 2020 (the “Order”), that extended the immediate suspension of all non-essential activities in the public, private, and social sectors until May 30, 2020. (Our alert on the Order can be found here)...

Metro Manila will be Under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) from May 16 to May 31
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, May 2020

This is a briefing on the issuances of the Philippine government as of May 13, 2020 about the imposition of a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) over Metro Manila and other high-risk areas in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic...

COVID-19: Strategy for The Reopening of Social, Education and Economic Activities In Mexico
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., May 2020

In the morning edition of the Federation’s Official Gazette of May 14, 2020, the Ministry of Health issued a resolution to establish the strategy for the reopening of social, educational and economic activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as a regional process to assess the epidemiological risk in each state based on a colored “traffic light” system, which will be in effect until the day the sanitary emergency is declared terminated...

COVID-19 Anti-Epidemic Fund: Government Announces Implementation Details of the Employment Support Scheme
Deacons, May 2020

On 8 April 2020, the Government announced a HK$137 billion package of anti-epidemic measures to be rolled out, including the Employment Support Scheme (ESS) with a proposed budget of HK$81 billion. The ESS aims to provide financial subsidies to employers in two tranches against their undertaking to spend all the wage subsidies on paying wages to their employees and keep them in employment during the COVID-19 epidemic...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: Bankruptcy Servicing Best Practices in the Time of Coronavirus Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

Join our Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights team and special guests Karlene Archer from Karlene Archer Law and Andrea Cobery, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at U.S. Bank, for a discussion of bankruptcy servicing best practices in the time of the coronavirus. We will offer legal insights and practical guidance related to providing notice of forbearance plans in bankruptcy courts...

The PPP Litigation Wave Is Coming: Anticipated "Qui Tam" Lawsuits Under the False Claims Act
Verrill, May 2020

Many businesses and other borrowers, such as nonprofit organizations, that received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans are now several weeks into disbursing their PPP loans for payroll, mortgage or lease payments, and utility payments. Businesses submitted applications to obtain their PPP loans in which a representative of the business made a number of certifications, including a certification that the loan was “necessary to support ongoing operations...

COVID-19 Update: New Critical Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

On May 13, 2020, the Small Business Administration ("SBA") issued FAQ # 46 dealing with its plan to review certain PPP loans (in response to COVID-19) to determine if the “necessity” certification was made in good faith by the borrower at the time of application...

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing: Is Your Skilled Nursing Facility Prepared?
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many states now are requiring mandatory testing of residents and employees of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, including West Virginia, South Carolina, and Florida. Other states, such as Pennsylvania, are proposing legislation requiring mandatory testing. President Trump also has indicated that the federal government may require mandatory testing of all nursing home residents and employees nationwide...

Immigration Alert: USCIS Announces Temporary Policy Changes for J-1 Waiver Physicians during the COVID-19 National Emergency
Waller, May 2020

In light of the COVID-19 National Health Emergency, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced temporary policies related to H-1B-sponsored physicians who are completing their three-year J-1 waiver service commitment requirements. The temporary policies relate to full-time work requirements and the ability of J-1 waiver-approved physicians to provide telehealth services...

Returning the Workplace to Safe Operation
Lawson Lundell LLP, May 2020

This is the first in a two part series on 'Returning the Workplace to Safe Operation. Part two will be posted on Tuesday, May 19.  Part 1: New occupational health and safety requirements to ensure your workplace is safe from the spread or introduction of COVID-19 Canadian provinces and territories are now beginning the gradual process of reopening the economy in the wake of COVID-19. In B.C., on May 6, 2020, the Provincial Government announced its four phase Restart Plan...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Permissible Uses of CARES Act Grant Funds by Airport Sponsors
Buchalter, May 2020

If there is anything to be learned from the FAA’s distribution of the $10 billion in funds allocated to airports in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, it is that allocating billions of dollars in just a few weeks is more difficult than it sounds. On March 27, 2020, the CARES Act was signed into law as Public Law No. 116-136...

USPTO Further Extends Certain Deadlines in Response to COVID-19
Waller, May 2020

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a news brief in connection with a further extension of the relief provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The USPTO has offered patent and trademark applicants and owners an additional thirty (30) days in which to file certain documents and pay certain fees, extending the deadline set by the original notices to June 1st...

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

Key Points: New CDPH mandate requires action by skilled nursing facilities within 21 calendar days of issuance of All Facilities Letter. CDPH to conduct onsite visits to skilled nursing facilities every 6 to 8 weeks to verify compliance with facility's approved COVID-19 Mitigation Plan. New Mitigation Plan requirement is in addition to any local requirements for COVID-19 planning...

SBA Issues New Guidance on Certification of Necessity Safe Harbor
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

On May 13, 2020, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued an update to the Frequently Asked Questions document (“FAQs”) relating to its Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), originally published on April 2, 2020 and updated regularly thereafter, providing additional guidance on the PPP Certification of Necessity Safe Harbor...

Is the Future of the European Green Deal Threatened by the COVID-19 Pandemic? Focus on the National Energy Sector
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, May 2020

In their attempt to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus pandemic of COVID-19 caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, governments throughout the European Union have imposed unparalleled measures with a strong impact on travel and economic activity. As the rate of new coronavirus infections started dropping across the European Union, governments and EU officials are looking for lockdown exit strategies and methods for boosting the currently stagnant economy...

Impact of COVID-19 on Holding the General Shareholders Meetings: New Temporary Measures for Non-Listed Companies Only
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, May 2020

The long-awaited government enactment on the holding of the general meeting of shareholders in the context of COVID-19 outbreak was finally passed in the form of the Government Emergency Ordinance No. 62/2020 that entered into force on May 8 (Ordinance 62)...

This Pandemic will not Reverse Globalisation, but it will Threaten the Transnational Rule of Law
Wardynski & Partners, May 2020

It is a common concern among commentators on international relations that the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to deglobalisation. Indeed, the havoc wrought by the pandemic in the global economy raises some unsettling questions about the fragility of global supply chains, especially in critical industries, and about the interdependency of national economies. It is nudging sentiment towards reshoring, promoting domestic production and protectionism...

Witness Testimony in Times of Pandemic
Wardynski & Partners, May 2020

In March, the European Commission recommended that member states introduce temporary restrictions on travel to the European Union (through 15 May 2020). The vast majority of European countries coordinate border control measures at the EU level. States are again fencing their territories, suspending the free movement of persons also between regions...

New "Fee" from Media Streaming Giants: Support for Polish Cinema or a Hidden Digital Tax?
Wardynski & Partners, May 2020

On 28 April 2020 a government bill including the proposed “Anti-Crisis Shield 3.0” was filed with the parliament. One of the proposals is to amend the Film Act to require providers of on-demand audiovisual media services to make quarterly payments to the Polish Film Institute equal to 1.5% of their revenue from fees for delivering content or for transmission of commercial messages, whichever figure is higher in agiven payment period...

Protection of Investments during the Pandemic
Wardynski & Partners, May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is paralysing the global economy, but it is not the virus itself preventing businesses from operating. States seeking to protect their citizens against danger are introducing unprecedented limitations on civil rights and freedoms, rendering operations in some sectors of the economy impossible. In other sectors, business has become more burdensome, costly or risky...

Getting Ready for Dawn Raids
Wardynski & Partners, May 2020

It is September 2020—hopefully a post-pandemic world. Your company has successfully weathered the storms of crisis, and social and economic life is slowly recovering its previous pace. Most people work at the office again, and you are on your way there. Before arriving at 9 am, you usually stop by the corner coffee place to have a morning espresso and browse the daily news. But at 8:15 am you get a call from the office...

Will the Right to Privacy be an Indirect Victim of COVID-19?
Wardynski & Partners, May 2020

The law is one of the main instruments of social impact, which is particularly evident in the midst of aglobal health crisis, when the situation and applicable regulations are changing every day. New statutes and regulations are key to maintaining the delicate balance between order and chaos, public and private interests, and the common good and individual rights...

EU Constitutional Order Forged before our Very Eyes
Wardynski & Partners, May 2020

On 5 May 2020 the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht or BVerfG) issued amuch-noted ruling in a case involving the Public Sector Asset Purchase Programme of the European Central Bank. The judgment has caused agreat stir, as the BVerfG expressly refused to comply with aruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union...

Merger Control Regime Alert - May 2020
Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, May 2020

Peruvian Government delays Merger Control Regime. On May 11, 2020, the Peruvian Government enacted Legislative Decree No. 1510 (“Legislative Decree”) which delays the entry into force of the new merger control regime approved by Urgent Decree Nº 013-2019 (“Urgent Decree”) until March 1, 2021 and the approval of the Urgent Decree’s regulations, originally expected by May, 2020, until November, 2020...

COVID-19 and Antitrust: The Measures Adopted by the Italian Competition Authority
Gianni & Origoni, May 2020

1. Introduction The crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has called for unprecedented measures also in relation to the enforcement of competition law. At the national level, the Italian Competition Authority (Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato – “ICA”) has put in place several initiatives to support undertakings and protect consumers during the current emergency.   2...

New EU Rules to Protect Strategic Companies
Gianni & Origoni, May 2020

“We continue to work closely with Member States to ensure that European businesses have access to urgently needed liquidity”, said the vice-president of the European Commission (“Commission”) Margrethe Vestager in connection with the amendment to the Temporary Framework on State aid adopted on 8 May 2020...

Relief for Employee Benefit Plan Fiduciaries Due to COVID-19
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a "Relief Notice," providing ERISA plan fiduciaries additional time to furnish required notices and disclosures to participants and beneficiaries. For governmental plans that are not subject to ERISA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will extend similar timeframes otherwise applicable under the Public Health Service Act...

COVID-19 Shutdown Showdown in Pennsylvania
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

Lawmakers and citizens across the country are engaged in disputes over the breadth and duration of shutdown orders intended to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Pennsylvania was the first state, however, to have a case reach the U.S. Supreme Court where, despite a setback for the petitioners when their application for stay was denied, it remains pending. And, Pennsylvania may have the distinction of the most contentious dispute, as well...

COVID-19: Practical Steps for Protecting Privacy while Contact Tracing
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, May 2020

The need to protect privacy while enabling contact tracing for COVID-19 cases is top of mind as more New Zealand businesses prepare to reopen their doors under Alert Level 2. While the basic requirements for contract tracing registers seem simple enough to follow, there are some practical steps businesses should take to ensure compliance with current privacy law...

FMA Level 2 Guidelines
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, May 2020

The Government has announced that New Zealand will be moving to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 at 11:59pm on 13 May 2020. While it is still not business as usual, Alert Level 2 will see an increase in business activity. The key, however, is to reduce the risk of transmission. In response, the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has published guidelines (supported by WorkSafe) on how financial service businesses and staff should operate under Level 2...

Facilitations for Circular Resolutions in the Gmbh by the Covid Mitigation Act - Overview and Open Questions
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, May 2020

The Act to Mitigate the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Civil, Insolvency and Criminal Procedure Law (“COVID-19 Act”) provides for the option of online general meetings (“virtual general meetings”) for AGs [stock corporations], which numerous small and large stock corporations, including DAX-listed corporations, are already frequently using...

Quick Guide on How the Restart Office Work in Light of the Threat of the Coronavirus
Szecskay Attorneys at Law, May 2020

This is a brief summary of the most important issues employers should consider before deciding on the restart of the office work, taking the current pandemic into account. When deciding on getting back to office work, a gradual and proportionate approach is highly recommended, and employers should be prepared for a possible second wave of the pandemic as much as possible.  Organization of work 1...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends - Issue 6
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

This sixth edition of Unprecedented, our weekly update on COVID-19 litigation, sees us reporting on many of the same types of cases. Consumers continue to seek refunds for goods and services that have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with colleges and universities being a particular target. Consumers also have targeted retailers for alleged price-gouging behavior...

Employee Benefit Plan Deadlines Extended Due to COVID-19
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

Key Points: Several key deadlines for employee benefit plan participants are being extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic under guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and IRS. The deadline extensions could impose significant administrative burdens on plans and plan sponsors. The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued new guidance extending key deadlines for participants in private sector plans subject to ERISA. For governmental health plans, the U.S...

Ohio House Bill 197 Passed: What This Means for Workers’ Compensation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2020

Effective March 27, 2020, the Ohio Legislature passed House Bill 197 as a direct response to Governor Mike DeWine’s executive order earlier that month. How has HB 197 changed Ohio workers’ compensation? Two main ways: permitting public meetings and “tolling” deadlines. PUBLIC MEETINGS Section 12 of HB 197 permits government agencies to convene via video conference through Dec. 1, 2020 (unless the COVID-19 emergency ends prior to that date)...

Hong Kong: Trademark Practice - Small Changes, Big Differences
Deacons, May 2020

Significant changes are expected to be introduced to the trademark law of Hong Kong to cater for the examination, acceptance and administration of the International Registration of marks under the Madrid System which is tentatively scheduled for launch in 2022/23. The Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department (IPD) is revamping the trademark law to align with international practices, after holding several industry consultations to gather opinions and recommendations...

Legal Feasibility of Electronic Signatures in the Republic of Panama
Morgan & Morgan, May 2020

Given the state of emergency declared by the Panamanian Government as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, the stay at home orders issued by the health authorities and the social distancing that is essential to control the outbreak, the technological tools available for companies to operate remotely are vital...

An Examination of the Measures to Mitigate the Impact of Covid-19 on Taxpayers in Nigeria
AELEX, May 2020

As Covid-19 continues to impact all aspects of our lives, taxpayers are rightly seeking emergency tax measures to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on their businesses. We examine below the measures that have been introduced to mitigate the impact on taxpayers...

Is Your Business Ready to Reopen? Five Regulatory Items You Should Consider as Your Business Reopens in Michigan
Dykema, May 2020

Phased reopening of the economy is beginning all over the country. Unfortunately, there is no consistent or uniform way in which reopening is being handled. Every business should closely review not only state-level restrictions as they reopen but also local-level restrictions and federal guidance as well. Compliance with these requirements is not only important from a regulatory standpoint but also may help limit liability...

Powerful Business Response to Global Health Challenge
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, May 2020

Humanity needs from each of us unprecedented contributions to support and enhance healthcare systems’ response to the coronavirus threat. Money, good citizenship values, personal time, individual limitations and privations and brain waves, in any proportion, never amount for too much. Equally urgently needed is to contain irreversible disruptions in businesses and, thus, to protect communities and employees from shortages in food, health and education resources...

SIH Anti-Corona Guarantee
Cechova & Partners, May 2020

Slovak Investment Holding, a.s. (“SIH”) has launched the SIH Anti-Corona Guarantee as a new financial instrument employing European Structural and Investment Funds to help small and medium-sized enterprises (the “SMEs“) in Slovakia to overcome the financial difficulties and liquidity problems caused by the COVID-19 crisis and to help preserve employment and retain jobs...

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...

Amendments to the Operating License Framework Act and the General Administrative Procedure Act are approved
Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, May 2020

Amendments to the Operating License Framework Act and the General Administrative Procedure Act are approved Today, May 10, Legislative Decree No. 1497 has been published, a standard that approves measures to promote and facilitate regulatory conditions that contribute to reduce the impact on the economy due to the health emergency caused by COVID-19, for which the Operating License Framework Act and the General Administrative Procedure Act have been amended accordingly...

Financial Relief for Media and Telecom Players
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, May 2020

As a result of the evolution of the international epidemiological situation determined by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and considering the state of emergency declared by Decree no. 195/2020 on the establishment of the state of emergency on the territory of Romania, as well as its extension by Decree no. 240/2020 regarding the extension of the state of emergency on the territory of Romania, the Romanian Government recently issued the Emergency Ordinance no...

If the Economic Relief Measures Implemented by the Romanian State do not Suffice, What to do Next?
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, May 2020

Same as most of the states where SARS-CoV-2 crisis emerged, Romania has adopted a quite extensive package of measures meant to sustain the shaken economy pending the cease of the emergency state. In this context, the Romanian Government regulated and is still implementing certain specific measures for easing the economic burden on companies during the state of emergency...

Is There a Law in China Similar to the US Defense Production Act?
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

Although there is no law or regulation in the People’s Republic of China that explicitly parallels the US Defense Production Act of 1950 (“DPA”), as an economy with many remaining elements of state control, there are ample administrative measures, regulations and judicial precedents in China allowing the government to overrule outstanding production plans and contracts by mandating, controlling, allocating and prioritizing production of critical supplies...

The Impact of COVID-19 on Media and Entertainment Industry Transactions
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

As recently reported in the Los Angeles Times, the media and entertainment industry has been significantly impacted by the new normal presented as a result of COVID-19.1 Production studios, live theaters, cinemas, concert venues, and other media and entertainment companies are considering all of the ramifications of reopening business operations. The industry must also address long-term implications of COVID-19 for business growth through new business models and processes...

The Best Offense is a Good Defense - Considering a Rights Plan in Light of COVID-19
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

Boards of directors of public companies have a lot on their minds today as they navigate the unprecedented circumstances resulting from the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic—from precipitous drops in revenues as businesses are shuttered, to supply chain disruption, to difficulties in making debt payments, to labor challenges, among many others...

Checklist Part II: OSHA and Safety Issues Regarding COVID-19 When Returning to Work
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

As more employers re-open or are in the process of re-opening for business, they are following the current guidance for preventing the spread of coronavirus infection in the workplace by, among others, ensuring good hygiene practices, requiring social distancing, and screening employees for the COVID-19 illness...

IRS Updates Guidance on Employee Retention Credits – What Employers Need To Know
Dykema, May 2020

On April 29, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued updated guidance in the form of 94 Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) in connection with the employee retention credits (“ERC” or “credits”) which are available to eligible employers pursuant to Section 2301 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Recovery Act, Pub. L. No. 116-136 (“CARES Act”)...

Bringing Employees Back to Work Post-COVID-19: What Is Michigan’s Work Share Program and Should Employers Take Advantage of It?
Dykema, May 2020

As Michigan employers begin to think about how many employees to bring back to work, one option to consider is Michigan’s Work Share program, whereby total work hours are spread across a large group of employees as opposed to having fewer employees return to work on a full-time basis...

National Hydrocarbons Commission Extension of the Suspension for Terms and Proceedings
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., May 2020

On May 06, 2020 the National Hydrocarbons Commission (“CNH) published in the Federal Official Gazette an administrative resolution declaring the extension of the suspension of all terms and proceedings before such authority until May 31, 2020. The above determination was made considering the sanitary emergency that Mexico and the world is facing in connection with the disease known as coronavirus or COVID-19...

Resolution to Guarantee the Efficiency, Quality, Continuity and Safety of the Electric National System
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., May 2020

On April 29, 2020, the National Center of Energy Control (“CENACE”) released an administrative resolution (the “Resolution”) to guarantee the efficiency, reliability, quality, continuity and safety of the Electric National System due to the pandemic disease COVID-19...

CMS-Mandated COVID-19 Reporting Requirements and Enforcement Actions Coming for Skilled Nursing
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

Key Points Facilities will have until the week ending June 7, 2020 to report specific COVID-19 data to the CDC or face the assessment of deficiencies and CMPs. Facilities are now required to notify residents, their representatives, and families when the facility has a confirmed COVID-19 infection or 3 instances of new onset respiratory symptoms within 72 hours...

Tips For Applying COVID-19 Stark Law Waivers
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

Among the many extraordinary measures taken by the federal government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is the issuance of blanket waivers of certain provisions of the federal self-referral prohibition commonly known as the Stark Law. The waivers loosen significant restrictions on physician financial relationships in an effort to provide health care providers with greater flexibility to meet the challenges of the pandemic...

Tips For Applying COVID - 19 Stark Law Waivers
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

Among the many extraordinary measures taken by the federal government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is the issuance of blanket waivers of certain provisions of the federal self-referral prohibition commonly known as the Stark Law. The waivers loosen significant restrictions on physician financial relationships in an effort to provide health care providers with greater flexibility to meet the challenges of the pandemic...

COVID-19 Update: IRS and DOL Extend COBRA and Other Benefit Plan Deadlines During the Pandemic Outbreak Period
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, May 2020

On April 28, 2020, the Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of the Treasury (the “Agencies”) signed a joint notification of relief, which was published in the Federal Register on May 4, 2020 (the “Notice”)...

COVID-19: Employment Law in Japan - Some Key Questions
Atsumi & Sakai, May 2020

The sudden onset of the Covid-19 emergency has caused significant disruption across swathes of the Japanese economy and raised novel and urgent questions for employers as they seek to handle the challenges they face, whilst balancing the protection of their business and their obligations to their workers. This memorandum briefly addresses a number of key employment law issues and questions...

COVID 19: Force Majeure in Japan - Some Key Questions
Atsumi & Sakai, May 2020

The sudden onset of the Covid-19 emergency has caused significant disruption across swathes of the Japanese economy and raised novel and urgent questions for businesses as they seek to handle the challenges they face, whilst balancing the protection of their businesses and their obligations to their customers, suppliers, and banks, etc. This memorandum briefly addresses a number of key issues and questions relating to force majeure under Japanese law...

Minimizing Legal Risks under COVID-19 - ALRUD’s Practical Guidance
ALRUD Law Firm, May 2020

The global spread of COVID-19 coronavirus infection has led to significant changes in social, political and economic processes in Russia and around the world. Government authorities are responding and introducing measures to combat the spread of coronavirus infection to ensure sustainable economic development and support to citizens in the face of the pandemic...

Due to the COVID-19 Crisis, The European Commission has Adopted Temporary Derogations from Certain Competition Rules in the Dairy, Flower, and Potato Sectors
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, May 2020

 On 30 April 2020, the European Commission adopted three implementing regulations allowing temporary derogations from the strict cartel prohibition provided for by EU competition law in three specific agricultural sectors: dairy, potato and live plants and flowers. The latter sector is said to broadly cover “live trees and other plants, bulbs, roots and the like, cut flowers and ornamental foliage”...

COVID-19 Outbreak: Aid Measures in the Cultural Sector
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, May 2020

To limit the spread of Covid-19, all indoor and outdoor private and public cultural, festive, recreational, leisure and sport activities /events are prohibited until at least 10 May 2020 (included). Sport activities without physical contact and with a maximum of three persons are already allowed from 4 May 2020. Museums might be allowed to re-open from 18 May 2020 under strict conditions...

British Columbia Employers Announces Temporary Ability to Extend COVID-19 Related Layoffs
Lawson Lundell LLP, May 2020

On May 4, 2020, the B.C. government passed an Order in Council to add a new provision to the BC Employment Standards Regulation (the “Regulation”) during the current provincial state of emergency. Temporary layoffs related to COVID-19 can now last up to 16 weeks in a 20 consecutive week period without triggering termination of employment. This is the second change to B.C. employment standards legislation since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic...

Potential Liabilities for Directors in Insolvency: Considerations for Directors of Companies Facing COVID-19 Induced Insolvency
Lawson Lundell LLP, May 2020

The global pandemic of the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has caused unprecedented disruption to global supply chains and consumer demand and resulted in government-mandated restrictions to almost all businesses. Many companies, small and large, are facing insolvency and forced to make rapid decisions about what steps that they should take. Directors of companies have certain obligations under both common law and the laws of Canada and the provinces...

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...

The U.S. Supreme Court Sides with PA on the Shutdown Showdown—for Now
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

On referral from Justice Alito to the full court, the Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday denied an application to halt the enforcement of Pennsylvania Governor Wolf’s shutdown order...

Time for a Check-Up: Are Your Arbitration Agreements and Admissions Procedures Up to Date for Your Skilled Nursing Facilities?
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

During this turbulent period, now is the time to evaluate your facility's admission procedures and paperwork, especially your arbitration agreement. You want to make sure that in the event of litigation they will withstand strict scrutiny by the court. Failure to do so may have dire consequences that will leave your facility vulnerable.   If your admission procedures and paperwork are not sufficiently robust, a court will not enforce your facility's arbitration agreement...

EEOC Delays EEO-1 Filing Obligations Due to COVID-19
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is delaying data collection for their annual EEO-1 Report filing. The EEO-1 Employer Information Report, is a survey that is required annually for larger employers and government contractors. The survey collects employment data organized by race, ethnicity, gender, and job category...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: What Now? Auto Repossessions and Collections After the Quarantine Ends Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

Now that it appears the COVID-19 quarantine may be on the verge of ending, there are issues to consider before re-starting collection operations. When is too soon? Are there any special notices that could or should be sent? What about voluntary surrender of collateral during shelter in place? We will address these issues as well as lien priority and credit reporting...

Businesses Beware: PPP and Payroll Tax Incentives Often Don’t Play Well Together
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

The landmark CARES Act provides many Alabama employers with several options to increase liquidity and cash flow during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. And only nine 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 self-employed individuals...

Semarnat Publishes Accords by Means of which it Extends the Suspension of Terms for Purposes of Acts and Administrative Procedures due to the Pandemic
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., May 2020

In April 2020, SEMARNAT published the Accord by means of which the public is made aware of the days that will be considered as non-business days for purposes of the acts and administrative procedures...

COVID-19: Measures Related to Leases and Evictions
Morgan & Morgan, May 2020

Through Executive Decree No. 145 of 1 May 2020 (the “Executive Decree”), enacted in Official Gazette 29,015 of the same date, the Panamanian Government established certain measures related to lease agreements and eviction procedures...

COVID-19: Privacy Considerations of Contact Tracing Apps
Shoosmiths LLP, May 2020

Governments are turning toward the use of data driven solutions as part of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which raises numerous privacy concerns. Contact tracing technology seeks to inform and notify individuals that have been in contact with a person infected with COVID-19, enabling such individuals to self-quarantine, receive testing and, if required, obtain follow-up treatment...

Automotive Manufacturing Workers Allowed to Resume Work Next Week in Michigan
Dykema, May 2020

Michigan Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-77 today, permitting manufacturing workers to resume work as part of the MI Safe Start Plan. Manufacturing workers, including workers in the automotive industry, are allowed to resume work on May 11, 2020, one week ahead of the planned restart date of certain Michigan automakers. See Executive Order No. 2020-77, Section 10(k)...

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Not Impacted by Employees Who Won’t Return to Work, If Properly Documented
Dykema, May 2020

As borrowers use their loan proceeds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to continue or restore payroll and call back laid-off employees, they may encounter reluctance or refusal by employees to return to work, which could impede borrower’s ability to obtain full forgiveness on their PPP loan...

Dykema Real Estate and Tax Alert: 2020 Tax Appeal Season Is Upon Us, and Deadlines Are Quickly Approaching
Dykema, May 2020

Deadline to File Appeal With the Michigan Tax Tribunal Is Quickly Approaching The deadline for filing petitions for new 2020 tax appeals with the Michigan Tax Tribunal is May 31, 2020...

Understanding the COVID-19 'JobKeeper Payments'
MinterEllison, May 2020

Many employers have been considering workforce changes to address the economic downturn and cash flow issues caused by COVID-19. Yesterday's announcement by the Federal Government about wage subsidies (known as 'JobKeeper Payments') has been welcomed by employers and unions, and should be closely considered by employers before implementing any changes. It has been reported that 8,000 businesses lodged an application for the subsidy in the 50 minutes that followed the announcement...

New Measures Implemented by the UAE Authorities in Response to COVID-19 [7 May 2020]
Afridi & Angell, May 2020

Below is a summary of key new measures that have been implemented by various UAE authorities since 30 April 2020 and the time of this inBrief, 12:00 noon on Thursday, 7 May 2020.   I. Economic Relief Measures A...

Coronavirus: Measures for the Tourism Sector
PLMJ, May 2020

A state of emergency was declared in Portugal by Decree of the President of the Republic 14-A/2020 of 18 March and this was renewed by Decree of the President of the Republic 20-A/2020 of 17 April. Following this declaration, exceptional and temporary measures have been adopted in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic...

Coronavirus: Startups Relief Measures
PLMJ, May 2020

Startups relief measures and measures to strengthen the position ofPortugal as a leading international technological hub.On 21 April, the Ministry of Economy and Digital Transition announced a set of relief measures specifically addressed to Portugal’s more than 2500 startups, to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the national entrepreneurial ecosystem...

Coronavirus: Exceptional Measures Applicable to Social Economy Entities
PLMJ, May 2020

In the context of the Covid-19 legislative process, entities representing the social economy or what is often known as the third sector have already benefited from some consideration by the legislature. Certain legal arrangements have been drawn up to identify the needs and protect against the weaknesses of this charitable / socially supportive economic cluster...

Coronavirus: CMVM - Time Limits for Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Reports
PLMJ, May 2020

On 5 March, the CMVM published Regulation 2/2020 on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing, to provide the regulations under Law 83/2017 of 18 August. The CMVM did this as the sector regulator responsible for supervising financial entities including investment companies, investment fund management companies, venturecapital companies, and securitisation companies...

Could Retention of PPP Loan Funds Create False Claims Act Liability?
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) is intended to provide nearly $700 billion of economic relief to small businesses adversely affected by COVID-19...

Federal Reserve Board Announces Revised Terms for the Main Street Lending Program
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

On April 9, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Board”) announced the establishment of the Main Street Lending Program (“Main Street Loan Program”), an up to $600 billion lending program for mid-size businesses...

Report of the Department of Environmental Law: Valid Certificates, Presentations, Extension of Attention to the Public
Beccar Varela, May 2020

The President of the Environmental Protection Agency of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (“APrA”), through resolution No 106/2020. ordered (i) To extend, for a period of ninety consecutive days, the validity of the certificates and the corresponding presentations to the administrative processes, whose maturities operate between March 16 and May 31, 2020...

Federal Reserve Updates and Expands Loan Options of Main Street Lending Program
Dykema, May 2020

On April 30, 2020, in response to public input, the Federal Reserve Board announced it is expanding the loan options available to businesses under the Main Street Lending Program and published a related FAQ...

COVID-19: Measures Adopted by the SMV Regarding Regulated Entities
Morgan & Morgan, May 2020

Panama, May 4, 2020. The Superintendence of the Securities Market (the “SMV”) has implemented measures that allow its regulated entities to continue with their financial activities that, in accordance to the Executive Decree No° 507 of 24 March 2020, are exempted from the measures adopted by the Executive Branch for the COVID-19 pandemic. Remote Working In accordance to General Resolution SMV No...

COVID-19: Measures Taken by the SMV, BVP and Latinclear Regarding Service to the Public and Presentation and Process of Filings
Morgan & Morgan, May 2020

Superintendence of the Securities Market The Superintendence of the Securities Market (the “SMV”) has established the following measures for working hours and presentation and process of filings before such entity as part of the governmental effort to avoid the spread of COVID-19:[1] Maintain the special working hours of the SMV from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. until there is a new announcement by the SMV...

IRS Issues Guidance on Telephonic Public Hearings for Qualified Private Activity Bonds
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2020

In light of the restrictions on gatherings imposed in many states due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS has issued Revenue Procedure 2020-21, which will temporarily allow public hearings to be held by teleconference. For the purposes of IRS rules, teleconference hearings will be permitted in all jurisdictions, regardless of any state or local orders or guidance on public gatherings...

Dinsmore Earns Temporary Case Closure for Client Facing COVID-19 Financial Burden
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2020

Many clients who are engaged in litigation may also now be facing the added burden of decreased cash flow due to the economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. While courts around the country may view the situation differently, Dinsmore attorneys were recently able to help a corporate client obtain an early, administrative closure of their case due to the economic crisis they are experiencing at this time...

Return to Work: Top 5 Employer Policies for Employees Using Their Own Devices
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2020

As some businesses are reopening while COVID-19 plateaus, many employees are splitting time between working from home and working in the office. Those same employees are often using their own devices (phones, tablets, laptops etc.) in both places. The use of personal devices in a work setting can increase risk of a data breach...

Cross-Border Tax-Related COVID-19 Relief
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, May 2020

On April 21, 2020, the IRS released a much-awaited package of guidance in the cross-border tax space that provides relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance relates to (1) day-counting for both tax residency purposes and certain treaty positions, (2) the ability of taxpayers to claim the foreign-earned income exclusion, and (3) carrying on a U.S. trade or business...

U.S. PTO COVID-19 Update: Patent Office Extensions Through May 31, 2020
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

The Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on April 28, 2020 signed a Notice of Extended Waiver for certain deadlines associated with patent-related filings, if the missed deadline resulted from situations relating to COVID-19. Due dates between March 27 and May 31, 2020 are extended until June 1, 2020...

More Guidance about PPP Loans
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

On May 5, 2020, the Small Business Administration extended the time in which certain borrowers of Paycheck Protection Program loans may take advantage of the certification safe harbor SBA announced on April 24, 2020.  The SBA also issued guidance on applying the affiliation rules to businesses with U.S. and foreign affiliates...

Depositions in the COVID-19 Era
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

COVID-19 has caused a swift and unprecedented change to many social institutions in the United States (and worldwide). As a result, lawyers have been compelled to adopt new practices and policies to face the challenges of this time. No discipline has been changed quite as much, however, as that of the litigator. COVID-19, for example, has changed the way depositions will look for the immediate future...

U.S. PTO COVID-19 Update: Trademark Office Extensions Through May 31, 2020
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

The Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on April 28, 2020 signed a Notice of Extended Waiver for certain deadlines associated with trademark-related filings, if the missed deadline resulted from situations relating to COVID-19. Due dates between March 27 and May 31, 2020 are extended until June 1, 2020...

An Alternative to CARES Act Relief SEC Issues Temporary Crowdfunding Rules Amendment
Waller, May 2020

On May 4, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a temporary final rule amending certain rules that apply to securities offerings initiated under Regulation Crowdfunding between May 4, 2020 and August 31, 2020...

Tennessee Restaurants Reopening: What Can We Do Besides Eat
Waller, May 2020

Restaurants and other establishments that serve a menu of food were allowed to open in Tennessee beginning April 27. Memphis and Nashville remain closed. We have been fielding questions about what else customers are allowed to do besides eat, including playing cornhole or ping-pong or being entertained by a live comedian...

COVID-19 Return-to-Work Legal and Business Guidance: Development of a Customized "Playbook"
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

Our COVID-19 Task Force stands ready to assist with developing your customized "playbook" for helping your business return to the new normal.   Below are a few recent articles Spilman has published, along with a link to a recent webinar...

Pennsylvania Update: Guidance Issued for Businesses as 24 Counties Move to the Yellow Phase of the Reopening Plan
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

Governor Wolf has selected 24 counties for movement from the red phase to the yellow phase of the reopening plan. Once a business is permitted to open in-person operations, they must comply with certain requirements that are set forth in a guidance document available here.   The Guidance references certain orders and documents issued by the PA Department of Health, PA Department of State and Governor's Office...

Bay Area Counties Issue New Orders Permitting Construction to Resume with Conditions
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

Key Points:  Bay Area counties issued new Shelter Orders on April 29, 2020 allowing all construction to resume. The new Shelter Orders include detailed Construction Safety Protocols that construction jobsites must comply with. There is one Construction Safety Protocol for “small” construction projects, and a more rigorous Construction Safety Protocol for “large” construction projects...

Healthcare Fraud Enforcement in the Era of COVID-19
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, May 2020

In the midst of a global pandemic, much attention and praise are rightfully being showered on healthcare and pharmaceutical providers. While the world watches with awe at the sacrifices that pharmaceutical and healthcare providers are making during this difficult time, government prosecutors too are watching—albeit for a different reason...

COVID-19: Update on Immigration and Labor Immigration
Morgan & Morgan, May 2020

The National Immigration Authority and the Ministry of Labor extend the measures taken as a result of the State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Residence permits are extended up to May 15th. This extension is in force since March 13th. Reference is made to all permits and tourist stays that expire within the aforementioned period and will not give rise to fines due to expiration...

Online Dispute Resolution Scheme (ODR)
Deacons, May 2020

As part of its unprecedented relief package to alleviate the impact of COVID-19, the Hong Kong Government is launching the Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Scheme (Scheme)...

Guide on the Extraordinary Measures for the Restriction of the Proliferation of COVID-19 to Businesses and Labour Relations in Cyprus
Chrysostomides Advocates and Legal Consultants, May 2020

Fiscal Support Schemes Full suspension of operations Companies the operations of which were mandatorily suspended, pursuant to the pertinent Decisions of the Council of Ministers and decrees of the Minister of Health, includinginter aliashopping centres, department stores, cafes, coffeehouses, bars and all catering businesses (excluding delivery services), entertainment venues, cinemas, theatres, performance venues, libraries, museums, archaeological and historical sites, bookies, cas

COVID-19: The European Commission issues Guidance on the use of the FDI Screening Regulation
Chrysostomides Advocates and Legal Consultants, May 2020

The Commission has for some time now been focusing on acquisitions of EU companies active in critical industries, especially those that are State-owned, by non-EU companies. In order to control them, it has adopted a foreign direct investment (“FDI”) screening coordination mechanism by virtue of Regulation (EU) 2019/452 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2019 (“FDI Screening Regulation”)...

Cyprus: Rent Control Law and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Chrysostomides Advocates and Legal Consultants, May 2020

The property rental sector and the relation between Landlords and Tenants could not remain unaffected by the current Covid-19 pandemic, and there is a need to protect Tenants from eviction proceedings due to their inability to pay rent during the pandemic and the period during which emergency lockdown measures are imposed by the Government of Cyprus. Within the framework of this reasoning, the Rent Control Law (Temporary Provisions) of 2020 was entered into force...

Promotion of Technologies to Ease Interaction with Public Entities
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

Promotion of technologies to ease interaction with public entities Government establishes general guidelines for use of digital citizen services, in order to facilitate citizen interaction with public entities. The Ministry of ICT issued Decree 620 of 2020 to establish general guidelines that private (when performing administrative functions) and public entities must follow in the use and operation of digital citizen services...

Protocols for the Reactivation of the Construction Sector
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection was given the authority to determine and issue biosecurity protocols to mitigate, control, prevent the spread and properly manage the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. It is necessary to emphasize that all companies that reactivate their work must establish timely channels of communication between the employer and the worker to notify suspicious cases...

COVID-19 and its Impact on the Shipping Industry
Chrysostomides Advocates and Legal Consultants, May 2020

International trade and shipping play a key role in the transportation of essential supplies, foods and other necessities, a role which becomes even more significant during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, the lockdowns and restrictions on entry imposed by many countries are causing a severe disruption to the industry while reduced manufacturing activity greatly affects shipment volumes and traffic...

Expenses Paid by PPP Loan, Which Is Subsequently Forgiven, Are Not Deductible
Dykema, May 2020

On April 30, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2020-32, 2020-21 I.R.B. 1, providing guidance on the deductibility of certain expenses incurred pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, Pub. L. No. 116-135 (“CARES Act”)...

Financial Market Commission Issues Regulation Regarding the Treatment of Provisions and Information Requirements for Covid-19 Loans
Carey, May 2020

These provisions will apply until October 31th, 2021. The Financial Market Commission (CMF) reports that its Council approved on April 30th, 2020 a regulation (Circular No. 2,252), containing provisions for banks with regard to Covid-19 loans from the Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-Sized Companies (FOGAPE)...

Subsecretary of Fishing and Aquaculture Extends Plantation Terms and Provides Recommendations to Operate
Carey, May 2020

In the context of COVID-19, the Undersecretary of Fishing and Aquaculture (Subpesca) issued Resolution No. 1068 (Res. 1068), which provides the extension in a month, of the terms for sanitary rests and harvest regulated in articles 23 Ñ and 23 R of Supreme Decree No. 319/2001, Sanitary Regulation for Aquaculture, in all farming centers. Recommendations In addition, by means of Res...

New Temporary Measures Implemented by the National Institute of Industrial Property (CLPTO) due to National Pandemic Contingency for COVID-19
Carey, May 2020

On April 30, 2020, the CLPTO announced the temporary application of new measures issued in relation to deadlines, procedures and legal requirements in administrative and contentious processes, with the aim of facilitating the compliance of legal obligations by applicants and users. Previously, the CLPTO had granted ex officio, through the Exempt Resolution No...

Mining Secretariat Resolution No. 15/2020 – Authorization of Remote Filings, of the Electronic Document Management System Regarding the Tax Breaks Provided by the Mining Investment Law on the Import of Equipment and Supplies for Mining
Beccar Varela, May 2020

The purpose of Resolution No. 15/2020 is to implement the remote filing related to the tax break provided by the Mining Investment Law No. 24.196 (“LIM”) regarding the import of equipment and supplies for mining. It is necessary to bear in mind that Resolutions No...

Easing of Restrictions on Michigan Construction Industry to Go Into Effect on May 7, 2020
Dykema, May 2020

The fight against COVID-19 has had a serious impact on businesses across the nation, and the construction industry is no exception. May 1, 2020, marked a step toward a new normal as Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-70 easing restrictions on construction projects. The Governor’s office also issued a press release explaining how the Order applies to work on construction projects...

Addendum No. 11 of the PPAA
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

Despite the fact that the fall in oil prices and the health crisis caused by COVID-19 have severely hit the hydrocarbon industry worldwide, the National Hydrocarbon Agency ("ANH") published on April 28, 2020 the Addendum No 11 through which it modified the schedule of the Permanent Area Allocation Process (“PPAA”), thus ratifying the interest of the National Government in this industry...

Biosecurity protocol for building construction
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection issued Resolution 682 adopting the biosecurity protocol for the control and management of COVID-19 in the building construction sector. This protocol is complementary to the general biosecurity protocol adopted through Resolution 666 of 2020 and to other measures implemented by each company. This biosecurity protocol includes the following measures: 1. General biosecurity measures 2. Additional measures 2.1...

COVID-19: Publication of Royal Decree-Law Mapping Steps to be Followed in Justice System Procedures
Garrigues, May 2020

We analyze Royal Decree-Law 16/2020, of April 28, 2020, published in the April 29 edition of the Official State Gazette (BOE), adopting procedural and organizational measures to confront COVID-19 (RDL 16/2020). And entering into force on April 30, 2020 (the day after its publication in the Official State Gazette)...

Package Travel Directive – COVID-19 Adjustments Strongly Needed
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, May 2020

COVID-19 hit worldwide tourism at unprecedented level...

Reopening Of Courts In GCQ Areas; Bayanihan Act IRRs
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, May 2020

This is a briefing on the following issuances as of May 4, 2020 in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic:A. Courts in Areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to Reopen on May 4, 2020B. Reduced Bail and Release on Recognizance for Indigent DetaineesC. Bayanihan Act IRRs and Other IssuancesA. Courts in Areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to Reopen on May 4, 2020Supreme CourtAdministrative Circular No...

IRS Regulations Are at Odds with CARES Act Regarding Taxability of Paycheck Protection Loans
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, May 2020

The IRS has issued Notice 2020-32 addressing the ability to deduct expenses paid with proceeds of Paycheck Protection Program loans. Under Section 1102 of the CARES Act, qualifying businesses are eligible for Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection loans of up to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll, calculated as defined in the Act...

A Role for Water Treatment Systems in Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

Key Points Monitoring the movement of the COVID-19 virus in untreated wastewater may provide useful information in tracking the spread of the disease. Current methods for treating wastewater supplies appear to be sufficient to protect against further spread of COVID-19. In the absence of widespread testing and contact tracing, could untreated wastewater hold the key to tracking the spread of COVID-19? Increasingly, the answer appears promising...

EEOC Issues Guidance on the Permissibility of Mandatory COVID-19 Testing in the Workplace
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, May 2020

On April 23, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued new guidance clarifying that employers may conduct mandatory testing of employees for COVID-19 before they enter the workplace so long as the testing is “job related and consistent with business necessity...

Sustainable Capitalism
TSMP Law Corporation, May 2020

Covid-19 is upending capitalism as we know it. Amid the pandemic, how can businesses rewrite their rule books so as to emerge stronger? Americans have allegedly outbid the French for masks “right on the tarmac” just as the goods were to be flown off to their destination. From Amazon to Rakuten to Carousell, traders exploited fears by price-gouging on masks and hand sanitisers...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends: Issue 5
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

Our updates about “The REAL Trending Litigation Topics Regarding COVID-19” are now called Unprecedented to reflect the development and adaption of legal theories to address the unprecedented impact from COVID-19. Although the name is new, Unprecedented will continue to bring you the most up-to-date trends in COVID-19 litigation each week. With the first full month of government-imposed shutdowns behind them, some parts of the country are starting to gradually reopen...

24 Pennsylvania Counties Selected to Start the Reopening Process on May 8
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

Governor Wolf announced that 24 Pennsylvania counties will move from the red phase to the yellow phase of the reopening plan beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 8. The 24 counties announced today are: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango and Warren...

The Department of Justice Weighs in on State Shutdown Orders
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

On Wednesday, April 27, 2020, Attorney General Bill Barr issued a memorandum “directing each of our United States Attorneys to also be on the lookout for state and local directives that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.” Attorney General Barr specifically called out “discrimination against religious institutions and religious believers...

Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Trends for April 24-May 3, 2020
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

Our updates about “The REAL Trending Litigation Topics Regarding COVID-19” are now called Unprecedented to reflect the development and adaption of legal theories to address the unprecedented impact from COVID-19. Although the name is new, Unprecedented will continue to bring you the most up-to-date trends in COVID-19 litigation each week. With the first full month of government-imposed shutdowns behind them, some parts of the country are starting to gradually reopen...

Review Periods for Merger Control to be Temporarily Extended
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, May 2020

On May 29, 2020, the “Act to Mitigate the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Competition Law” entered into force. It includes provisions for a one-off extension of the examination periods of the Federal Cartel Office in the context of merger control. This applies exclusively to the examination periods for merger control notifications received by the Federal Cartel Office between March 1 and May 31, 2020...

Drafting Contractual Force Majeure And Corona Clauses for the Post-Pandemic Period
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic distinctly reminds us that during their term, contracts may be exposed to influences beyond the parties’ control, which may unforeseeably complicate their performance or make it impossible. Examples include civil wars, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or pirate attacks on cargo ships...

New Employment Standards Leaves for COVID-19 & Their Impact on Pension & Benefit Plans
Lawson Lundell LLP, May 2020

In response to COVID-19, the federal government and the provinces have introduced various measures to mitigate the financial impact across the country. One of these measures is the introduction of a new type of type of unpaid, job-protected leave related to COVID-19. As of the date of this bulletin, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and the federal government have introduced these new leaves...

COVID-19 Contact Tracing - Will a Contact Tracing App Replace the Need for a Register?
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, May 2020

With the country now in Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 2 on the horizon, many businesses will be gearing up to welcome their customers physically back onto their premises in some way. At the same time, the Government has foreshadowed a continued focus on contact tracing for the foreseeable future...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: New Guidance on Main Street Loan Program for Small and Medium Sized Businesses
Buchalter, May 2020

The Federal Reserve has published more detailed information about the soon to be launched Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) designed 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...

ACA International v. Healey - Will Massachusetts' Debt Collection Freeze Hold Up To Constitutional Heat?
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

A number of states have issued executive orders or other emergency declarations to provide relief from certain debt collection practices in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Such measures include ceasing new wage attachments and vehicle repossessions, etc. None have been as comprehensive as the regulation issued by Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, on March 26, 2020...

COVID-19 WATCH LIST – Senators Warren and Brown Propose Pausing All Debt Payments
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) have released a proposal calling on Congress to provide additional protections for consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their proposal notes that an unprecedented 22,000,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits in the past four weeks. Millions of them received or will receive a $1,200 stimulus check the senators argue will not cover one month of basic expenses...

Freddie Mac and COVID-19
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

Freddie Mac has taken a series of steps to assist its borrowers, sellers, and servicers during these unprecedented times, and should help Freddie Mac continue its goal to “keep mortgage money flowing, support the stability of the housing market, and promote housing affordability.”   Freddie Mac announces avenues of assistance to borrowers affected by COVID-19, and that borrowers in forbearance will not be required to repay in a single lump sum...

ECQ and GCQ Guidelines; Further Extension of Deadlines for Tax Payments
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, May 2020

This is a briefing on the following issuances as of May 3, 2020 in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic: A. Guidelines for Areas Under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and General Community Quarantine (GCQ) B. Extensions of Deadlines to Pay National and Local Taxes C. Extension of Deadlines for Filings with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) A. Guidelines for Areas Under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and General Community Quarantine (GCQ) 1...

New Measures Implemented by the UAE Authorities in Response to COVID-19 [1 May 2020]
Afridi & Angell, May 2020

Below is a summary of key new measures that have been implemented by various UAE authorities since 25 April 2020 and the time of this inBrief, 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, 30 April 2020.I. Economic Relief MeasuresA. Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) announces further incentives to support businessesOn 29 April 2020 the ADGM Registration Authority enacted incentives for new businesses, aimed at supporting the establishment of their operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic...

Looking for an Alternative to the PPP? Taking a Second Look at the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (“EIDL”) program is an existing loan facility offered by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) under Section 7(b) of the Small Business Administration Act of 1953. The purpose of the EIDL program is to extend low-interest credit to small businesses that are impacted by disasters...

SBA Releases Paycheck Protection Program Guidance on Capping Loan Amounts for Corporate Groups and Provides Additional Clarity on Loan Eligibility and Forgiveness
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2020

On April 29 and April 30, 2020, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) provided additional guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) through the issuance of a new PPP Interim Final Rule (the “Corporate Group Rule”), which supplements the first PPP Interim Final Rule, published on April 2, 2020, and the subsequent interim final rules issued since that date, as well as issuing updates to the Frequently Asked Questions&nbs

CDC, OSHA Release Workplace Safety Guidance for Meat Processing Employers
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, May 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Occupational Safety and Health Administration collaborated to release new guidance for employers in the meat processing industry on April 26...

Modified Net Operating Loss Rules — Taxpayer Considerations
Dykema, May 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of March 27, 2020, (“CARES Act”) amended Section 172 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”) with respect to net operating losses (“NOL”) arising in 2018, 2019 and 2020 by restoring some of the favorable provisions applicable to NOLs prior to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“TCJA”)...

Communication from the Agency for Access to Public Information on "Protection of Personal Data and Geolocation"
Beccar Varela, May 2020

  On April 29, 2020, the Agency for Access to Public Information (the “AAIP”, by its Spanish acronym) issued a statement through its website informing how personal data should be processed in the use of geolocation tools, especially in the context of the health emergency due to the COVID-19. In this connection, the AAIP communicates that the Personal Data Protection Law No...

Report of the Department of Privacy and Protection of Personal Data - Communication from the Agency for Access to Public Information on "Protection of Personal Data and Geolocation"
Beccar Varela, May 2020

On April 29, the Agency for Access to Public Information (the "AAIP") issued a statement through its website informing how personal data should be treated for the use of geolocation tools, especially before the health emergency caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19) In this sense, the AAIP communicates that Law No...

Pennsylvania’s Shutdown Order is Subject to More Scrutiny
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2020

Although government shutdown orders are being challenged across the country, the one issued by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf appears to be receiving particular attention...

All Roads Lead to Somewhere New: Taxpayers Get One Free Shot at Changing Qualified Improvement Property Depreciation Method
Waller, May 2020

On April 17th, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2020-25 to provide taxpayers guidance on implementing the changes to depreciation of qualified improvement property (QIP). As discussed in Waller’s prior blog post, the CARES Act provided a technical correction for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which precluded QIP from receiving 100% bonus depreciation under even though it was previously eligible for 50% bonus depreciation...

WorkSafeBC Moves to Make it Easier for Workers to Receive Workers’ Compensation for COVID-19 Illness Claims
Lawson Lundell LLP, May 2020

On April 30, 2020, WorkSafeBC announced it is moving forward with adding COVID-19 to the list of diseases for which there is a presumption of it being work-related. Employers will now have to rebut the presumption that a worker caught COVID-19 at work to have the claim denied. Addition to the list typically takes between 18-24 months, but WorkSafeBC is hoping to expedite and complete the process in 6 months...

No Deduction for You
Hanson Bridgett LLP, May 2020

Key Points The IRS recently issued guidance (Notice 2020-32) regarding the deductibility of expenses incurred in a taxpayer’s trade or business when the taxpayer receives a PPP loan under the CARES Act. Section 1106 of the CARES Act provides that PPP loans may be forgiven without causing the borrower to incur cancellation of debt income...

Paycheck Protection Program Disclosure Requirements: UPDATE
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2020

On April 27, 2020 the SEC updated its Division of Investment Management Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response FAQ and addressed a question pertinent to our article dated April 17, 2020. Question II...

New Bay Area Shelter-in-Place Orders Allow for the Resumption of Environmental Site Remediation and Agricultural Operations
Hanson Bridgett LLP, April 2020

The Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara, and the City of Berkeley have jointly issued new Shelter-in-Place orders superseding their existing March 31, 2020 Shelter-in-Place orders...

Voucher Instead of Refund: Federal Government Adopts Draft Bill for an Amendment in Event Contract Law
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2020

On April 8, 2020, the federal government adopted draft wording presented by the Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection for a draft bill to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in event contract law in order to protect organizers of recreational events and operators of recreational facilities from considerable outflows of liquidity...

Alert Level 3: Big Change for Some Commercial Tenancies, Very Little Change for Others
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, April 2020

Alert Level 3 began at 11.59pm on 27 April 2020, with the implementation of the Health Act (COVID-19 Alert level 3) Order 2020 (theLevel 3 Order). For some people and businesses this change provides welcome relief to revive business operations (albeit with some modifications), but for others very little has changed...

Summary of Employment Related Measures by the Hungarian Government during the Pandemic
Szecskay Attorneys at Law, April 2020

In Hungary, the Government hasintroduced multiple measures – besides the ongoing curfew restrictions – aimed at helping companies navigate through these hard times. Hédi Bozsonyik, Head of our Employment Law practice, has summarized the most important facts.   1. General employment law related measures a.) The employer has more flexibility in modifying the work schedule even after it was communicated with the employees; b...

Operation of Chilean Courts of Law Due to COVID-19
Carey, April 2020

Due to the health emergency triggered by COVID-19, various measures that affect the normal operation of the courts of law, have been decreed and adopted by each of the Courts: The Chilean Supreme Court has issued various instructions, all of which may be checked at https://www.pjud.cl/noticias-emergencia-sanitaria, underscoring, among others: Favoring teleworking for judges, court officials and attorneys-at-law. Suspending customer service...

New Version of I-9 Required as of May 1, 2020
Dykema, April 2020

Dykema would like to remind U.S. employers that they must use the October 21, 2019, version of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form beginning May 1, 2020. Since January 31, 2020, employers were allowed to use either the July 17, 2017, or October 21, 2019, version of the form. These dates are indicated in mm/dd/yy format in its bottom left corner. The Form I-9 is used to confirm the identity and employment authorization of people hired as employees by U.S. employers...

New Biosecurity Protocols for Specific Industries
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection issued Resolutions 677, 679 and 681 adopting the biosecurity protocols for the control and management of COVID-19 risk in the transportation, transportation infrastructure and games of luck and chance sectors. These protocols are complementary to the general biosecurity protocol adopted through Resolution 666 of 2020 and to other measures implemented by corresponding companies...

External Circular No. 100-00008 of the Superintendence of Corporations
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The new deadlines for the submission of financial statements are as follows: 1...

COVID-19: Prime Minister Decree dated 26 April 2020 - The Start of Phase 2
Gianni & Origoni, April 2020

As the contagion rate and death toll caused by the Covid-19 emergency (“Covid-19”) continues to decrease, on 26 April 2020 the Prime Minister announced in a press conference the measures adopted to ease the lockdown during the so-called “phase 2”. The new measures are reflected in the Prime Minister Decree dated 26 April 20201 (the “26 April 2020 Decree”)...

COVID-19: Impact of Closures, Delays, and Executive Order on Diversity Visa Program
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2020

Since 1990, the United States has granted up to 50,000 green cards each year to immigrants selected through the “Diversity Visa Lottery.” Recently, the US Department of State announced delays in processing these cases due to COVID-19...

Foreign Investments from Third Countries. A Change in the European Optics?
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, April 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic situation has emerged as more than just a healthcare crisis. Accordingly, the focus is to address and anticipate at the same time the economic and social implications which are still at an early stage. What we are rapidly starting to acknowledge is that the circumstances created by the pandemic have revealed legislative gaps and vulnerabilities, which need to be addressed in order to avoid further negative impacts to the extent possible...

Coronavirus: Measures for Manufacturers and Wholesale Distributors of Medicines
PLMJ, April 2020

INFARMED and the DGS have published a set of guidelines for manufacturers and wholesale distributors of medicinal products for human use. The aim of these guidelines is to ensure supply to the domestic market and, at the same time, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and protect the employees of these operators...

Coronavirus: Exceptional Regime for MDs and PPE
PLMJ, April 2020

The rapid spread of the new Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the Covid-19 pandemic have led to a very significant increase in demand for medical devices (MDs) and personal protective equipment (PPE), and there was insufficient supply to meet existing needs during the state of emergency and the period that will immediately follow it...

Coronavirus: Amendment to the Exceptional and Temporary Measures with an Impact on Civil Procedure
PLMJ, April 2020

The international public health emergency due to the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to the urgent and succession introduction of a range of legislative measures. These measures are an exceptional and temporary response to the pandemic in Portugal and they include the declaration of a state of emergency across the whole country that has already been extended twice...

Protection against Bankruptcy for Businesses in Slovakia during Corona Crisis
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

The Government of the Slovak Republic approved on 14 April 2020 the draft bill amending Act No. 62/2020 Coll. on certain emergency measures in relation to the spread of dangerous contagious human disease COVID-19 and in the justice, and amendments to certain laws.The bill was passed by the Slovak Parliament on 22 April 2020 and has been published in the Collection of Laws on 25 April 2020.The below regulation on temporary protection of businesses came into force since 12 May 2020...

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...

Odds and Ends Regarding the Paycheck Protection Program
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2020

The stresses of the Paycheck Protection Program (the “Triple P”) cannot be understated or, frankly, contemplated by those who are operating outside the trenches. In light of the challenges for a lender to just obtain the required documentation and work applications through the system amid the constant rule changes, it is easy to lose track of some important issues that have not made headline news for the Triple P...

SERNAC's New Interpretative Circular on Safeguarding the Health of Consumers and Alternative Measures for Compliance, Suspension and Extinction of Benefits, in the Face of the Coronavirus Pandemic
Carey, April 2020

In April 2020, the National Consumer Service (SERNAC) published the "Interpretative Circular on Safeguarding Consumer health and alternative measures for compliance, suspension and extinction of benefits in the Face of the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19)...

SERNAC's New Interpretative Circular on Supplier's Good Practices in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Carey, April 2020

On April 20, 2020, the National Consumer Service (SERNAC) published the "Interpretative Circular on Supplier’s Good Practices in the context of the Covid-19 Pandemic", which seeks to establish the main concepts and criteria for companies to promote good commercial practices in order to protect consumers, especially with regard to their health and physical and psychological integrity...

New Resolutions of the National Commission for Agricultural Credit
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

National Commission of Agricultural Credit issues resolutions, by which the capacity of the FAG and the validity of guarantees are modified. The National Commission for Agricultural Credit issued Resolution No...

Coronavirus Pandemic: Actions by EU Member States
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2020

The EU Commission has implemented a Temporary Framework for State aid measures and provided the Member States with a toolbox of instruments to support their companies in the crisis. Germany has implemented some of these instruments. The following article takes a look at instruments that have been notified by other Member States and are also of interest to Germany...

Tennessee Pledge to Reopen Restaurants
Waller, April 2020

The Governor’s Economic Recovery Group issued Tennessee Pledge, "a plan to help Tennesseans return to work in a safe environment, restore their livelihoods and reboot our state’s economy." Restaurants are expected to follow the guidelines in the pledge. The pledge is mandatory for limited service restaurants, as specified in Executive Order 30. Here is a copy of the Tennessee Pledge Guidelines for Restaurants This is our summary of the guidelines for re-opening: 1...

Tennessee Extends Alcohol Carryout and Delivery through May 29
Waller, April 2020

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee extended the executive order allowing drive-through, carryout and delivery of beer, wine and spirits for restaurants. Read Executive Order 30 here. Restaurants, limited-service restaurants and wine-only restaurants can continue to sell carryout and deliver alcoholic beverages and beer. There is no additional license or permission needed to deliver. We urge folks to keep hustling during these difficult times and checkLast Callfor updates...

This Too Shall Pass: and Then What? Part 2 - Legal Considerations for Return-to-Work Decision-Making
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2020

In our first piece in this returning to work series, we examined the logistical issues associated with returning employees to work. In this latest segment, we will address the legal considerations underpinning the return-to-work process.   1...

Country-by-Country Guide: Government Measures Taken in Response to COVID-19
Makarim & Taira S., April 2020

Please find a summary of regulations related to COVID-19 in more than 32 countries (including Indonesia prepared by our Firm) as per 22 April 2020 below. Economic Measures Loan Facilities: The Indonesian Financial Services Authority (OJK) issued Regulation No. 11/POJK.03/2020 (March 16, 2020), which relaxes the loan quality assessment and restructuring requirements for borrowers affected by COVID-19 until March 31, 2021...

EPA Makes Good on Promise to Crack Down on Sham COVID-19 Cleaners and Disinfectants
Hanson Bridgett LLP, April 2020

Key Points: EPA is marching forward with its plans to prevent sham COVID-19 cleaners and disinfectants from entering the marketplace. Manufacturers should continue to adhere to EPA's policy regarding products that make disinfectant efficacy claims. EPA warns consumers against injecting disinfectants into their bodies. On April 23, 2020, the U.S...

Secretary DeVos Rejects Calls for Waivers – School Districts Must Comply with IDEA and Section 504
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2020

In the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Congress – among other things – directed U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to report regarding waivers of children’s rights under the IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. On April 27, DeVos announced she would not recommend that Congress pass any additional waivers concerning the requirements in those acts...

Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Announce Health Care Reopening May 1
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2020

On April 27, 2020, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, and Governor Mike DeWine announced surgeries that do not require an overnight stay may proceed on May 1, 2020. Other surgeries that meet current essential standards may continue to be performed. Additionally, dental offices and veterinary offices can resume operations on May 1, 2020...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: CARES Act Healthcare Relief Funds - Avoiding Compliance Pitfalls Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2020

On April 10, 2020 the Department of Health and Human Services distributed the first $30 billion in healthcare relief funds. On April 22, HHS followed by allocating another $40 billion in relief funds. These funds will provide much needed assistance to healthcare providers absorbing costs and suffering losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic...

Mauritius: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on Financial Institutions
ENSafrica, April 2020

The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the incidental measures adopted by the Mauritian government represent serious potential impact for financial institutions in general. Below, we examine the recourses available to borrowers facing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic and its aftermath. We consider only credit facilities, that is, agreements by which financial institutions advance money to their clients for repayment either in instalments or at term...

When Should the Labour Court Intervene in a Retrenchment Process?
ENSafrica, April 2020

Economists predict that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will lead to retrenchments on an unprecedented scale on the back of an already weak economy. It is likely that unions, when confronted with proposals to retrench, will approach the consultation process envisaged in section 189 and section 189A of the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (“LRA”) with more rigour. Section 189A(13) Of importance in this regard is section 189A(13) of the LRA...

ENSafrica: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Legal Update
ENSafrica, April 2020

employment Update to C19 TERS and tax treatment of C19 TERS benefit Lauren Salt (ENSafrica Employment) and Arnaaz Camay (ENSafrica Tax) summarise the latest amendments to the COVID-19 Temporary Relief Scheme (“C19 TERS”), 2020 directive. They also consider the tax implications of C19 TERS benefits. Clickhereto read the full article...

South Africa: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - How to Avoid Vicarious Liability for Data Protection Breaches by Employees in an Online Environment during Lockdowns
ENSafrica, April 2020

The UK’s highest court recently ruled that Morrisons, a supermarket group, was not vicariously liable for the criminal act of an employee with a grudge who leaked the payroll data of about 100 000 members of staff. Many companies sighed in relief on hearing that the Supreme Court of Appeal did not hold Morrisons vicariously liable...

New Orders from 6 Bay Area Counties Require Face Coverings to be Worn During Work in Most Circumstances
Hanson Bridgett LLP, April 2020

Key Points: Face coverings are now mandatory for most workers in six Bay Area counties. These orders apply to those working in proximity to others and in areas frequented by the public, and to all essential infrastructure workers. There are immediate implications for public agencies, contractors, and construction project owners...

French State Guarantee Scheme to Secure Loans: Clarifications and First Feedback
Jeantet, April 2020

The French State guarantee of 300 billion euros scheme to secure loans granted by banks to companies affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. This was set up by Amendment to the French budget law for 2020 dated 23 March 2020[1] (completed by two arretés dated 23 March 2020 and 17 April 2020 and modified by the second amendment to the budget law dated 25 April 2020[2]) is already a success...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: Counterfeit Issues in the Pandemic - Protecting Your Brands and Patented Products Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2020

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the volume of counterfeit goods produced by Chinese manufacturers appears to be on the rise again. While counterfeit goods have been a challenge that online retailers have been fighting for years, the risk has become greater in the COVID-19 era when more consumers are turning to online shopping. Counterfeit goods result in lost revenue and reputational harm to retailers...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: Counterfeit Issues in the Pandemic – Protecting Your Brands and Patented Products Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2020

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the volume of counterfeit goods produced by Chinese manufacturers appears to be on the rise again. While counterfeit goods have been a challenge that online retailers have been fighting for years, the risk has become greater in the COVID-19 era when more consumers are turning to online shopping. Counterfeit goods result in lost revenue and reputational harm to retailers...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: Counterfeit Issues in the Pandemic - Protecting Your Brands and Patented Products Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2020

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the volume of counterfeit goods produced by Chinese manufacturers appears to be on the rise again. While counterfeit goods have been a challenge that online retailers have been fighting for years, the risk has become greater in the COVID-19 era when more consumers are turning to online shopping. Counterfeit goods result in lost revenue and reputational harm to retailers...

Challenges to Shutdown Orders Reach the U.S. Supreme Court
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2020

On April 27, 2020, a group of petitioners asked the Supreme Court of the United States to stay the enforcement of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s March 19, 2020, executive order that closed many of the Commonwealth’s businesses. The case Friends of Danny DeVito et al. v. Wolf et al., No. 19A1032, reaches the Supreme Court from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, where the petitioners’ King’s Bench petition was denied on April 13, 2020...

Today's Tips for Tomorrow's Litigation for Skilled Nursing Homes
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2020

Nursing home and other long-term care facilities are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic because their residents are at the highest risk for contracting the disease. It has been recently reported that 20 percent of all deaths in the United States from the coronavirus are associated with infections developed in nursing homes. Due to the current inconsistencies in reporting procedures, the actual numbers may be higher...

20 Billion in Additional Funds Released to Providers as Part of CARES Act
Waller, April 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has opened up another $20 billion in funds to help hospitals and healthcare providers deal with the financial impacts of treating COVID-19 patients. The new funding round was opened on April 25 and is intended to compensate providers without regard to payer mix and to provide assistance based on March and April 2020 lost revenues...

Remaining Tennessee Counties Issue Reopening Plans
Waller, April 2020

City officials in Shelby County, Knox County, Hamilton County, Sullivan County, and Madison County have announced their respective plans to begin a phased reopening of non-essential businesses. Davidson County previously released its Roadmap to Reopening plan on April 24. Pursuant to Governor Lee’s Executive Order 29, the remaining 89 counties in Tennessee are required to follow statewide guidelines outlined in the Tennessee Pledge...

Today's Tips for Tomorrow's Litigation for Skilled Nursing Homes
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2020

Nursing home and other long-term care facilities are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic because their residents are at the highest risk for contracting the disease. It has been recently reported that 20 percent of all deaths in the United States from the coronavirus are associated with infections developed in nursing homes. Due to the current inconsistencies in reporting procedures, the actual numbers may be higher...

On Whose Authority? Alberta’s Provincial Powers to Respond to a Health Emergency
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments across Canada have put measures in place to slow the spread, but which have also had a significant impact on business. The purpose of this post is to provide an overview of the powers available to the Government of Alberta to respond to the pandemic, and most notably, those available under the Alberta Emergency Management Act and Alberta Public Health Act...

Commercial Leases & COVID-19: Key Considerations of a Rent Relief Agreement
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2020

Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a large number of businesses are seeking some form of rent relief from their landlords. When negotiating a rent relief agreement, there is a balance to be struck between providing meaningful relief to a tenant so that its business has a better chance of long term survival, while still allowing the landlord to meet its ongoing obligations, which may include mortgage payments on the property, and other costs which it may not be able to defer...

Illinois Supreme Court Order Limits Freezes on Judgment Debtor Bank Accounts
Dykema, April 2020

As the need for consumer protections amidst the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow, the Illinois Supreme Court is helping to provide those protections. In its latest move, the high court has ordered limits to freezes on personal bank accounts...

H&S Protocol
Gianni & Origoni, April 2020

On April 24, 2020, the Protocol signed on March 14 2020 (the “H&S Protocol”), providing for the measures to be complied with by employers to continue the activity while ensuring the maximum degree of protection for the employees, has been amended. The amendments encompass all the sections of the H&S Protocol...

State Council Decides to Extend Some Preferential Tax Policies
Deacons, April 2020

The Premier of the State Council Li Keqiang chaired an executive meeting on 7 April 2020 which decided to adopt a series of tax related measures to cope with the negative impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to stabilise the domestic economic environment. The measures mainly include the following: 1...

COVID-19 Legal Issues Newsletter
AELEX, April 2020

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world in grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic (“the pandemic”), the Federal Government has declared a curfew in the Federal Capital Territory and two other major States as well as restricting interstate travel. Prior to this, several organizations had commenced remote working as precautionary measures against the spread of the virus...

Resolution 622 of 2020 of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Regulations to carry out inspection, surveillance & health control of water for human consumption through a protocol applied by competent entities. The protocol for inspection, monitoring and control of water quality for human consumption in rural areas should be adopted. This protocol and the procedures to be followed are established in the Technical Annex, which is part of the Resolution...

No Mask, No Service: Evolving COVID-19 Orders May Support Insurance Coverage for Retailers' Losses
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2020

Many recent government orders require “nonessential” businesses to close due to COVID-19, resulting in massive financial losses for many retail businesses. The orders also change how “essential” retailers do business. For instance, Miami-Dade County’s mayor issued an executive order requiring people who visit or work at, among other places, grocery stores, restaurants and pharmacies to use face coverings...

UK Government “Future Fund” – Welcome Financial Assistance for the Start-Up Sector
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2020

By way of extension to the existing array of financial support for business, the UK government has announced that a new fund will be launched in May aimed specifically at benefiting high-growth companies. This will be by way of convertible loans to unlisted UK companies which have a “substantive economic presence” in the UK, provided they have raised at least £250,000 from investors over the past five years...

COVID 19 - Injunctive Relief Against Invocation of Bank Guarantee on The Basis of Special Equities under Section 9 of the Arbitration Act
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, April 2020

Introduction In light of cessation of routine judicial activities in recent times on account of the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision of the High Court at New Delhi on April 20, 2020 in Halliburton Offshore Services Limited vs. Vedanta Limited and Another comes as a welcome breather in an area otherwise seemingly parched for development of case law...

Employment Measures for Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Employers During COVID-19
Afridi & Angell, April 2020

Presidential Directive No. 4 of 2020 (Directive) is the most recent measure taken in the DIFC to ensure proper management in the DIFC during COVID-19. The Directive, issued on 21 April 2020 with immediate effect, announced employment and workforce measures which shall stay in effect up to and including 31 July 2020 (referred to herein as COVID-19 emergency period). We will discuss in this inBrief employment measures included in the Directive...

Protecting Your Company from Coronavirus-related Premises Liability Claims
Haynes and Boone, LLP, April 2020

Businesses preparing to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic and the essential businesses that have remained open through the pandemic should make a good faith effort to implement health and safety measures recommended by the federal, state, and local authorities to protect themselves from potential premises liability claims from third-parties such as customers and other non-employees entering the premises...

New York Remote Notarization
Haynes and Boone, LLP, April 2020

In light of the social distancing orders put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.7 on March 19, 2020 which authorized notary publics to notarize documents remotely. The initial order was in effect through April 18, 2020; however, Executive Order 202...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Planning for Re-Opening: What Owners, Property Managers and Users of Office and Retail Properties Should Consider
Buchalter, April 2020

Now is the time to prepare for when non-essential businesses will be allowed to re-open after the various state and local COVID-19 shutdown orders are lifted. We do not know when that date will be or how the orders will be lifted, but planning now can make that phase go smoother for building owners and managers as well as tenants in those buildings. One thing we can be certain of is that the use and operation of buildings will not be “back to normal” for a while...

Regulation on Economic Mobilization Measures
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

On 10 April 2020 was promulgated new Regulation in Slovakia due to economic mobilization measures. The Government Regulation was adopted to announce specific extraordinary regulatory measures and measures concerning civilian duty and material performance in connection with the emergency situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Regulation of the Government of the Slovak Republic No. 77/2020 Coll...

Deferral of Attachments and Extension of Ban of Enforcement of Pledges and Auctions
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

The Slovak Parliament passed on 22 April 2020 the bill amending Act No. 62/2020 Coll. on certain emergency measures in relation to the spread of dangerous contagious human disease COVID-19 and in the justice, and amendments to certain laws (the “Lex Corona”). The bill of Lex Corona, among others, provides for special rules on deferral of attachments (executions) over properties of natural persons if financially affected by spread of coronavirus...

Business Trips to the Czech Republic are Now Allowed from 27 April 2020 - Under what Conditions?
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

The government has started the announce the dismantling of certain Covid19 measures and from Monday, April 27, 2020, itnow allows business trips for foreigners to the Czech Republic, in respect of which entrepreneurs have been repeatedly demanding. However, it set a number of conditions and rules...

COVID-19 Pandemic - Injunctive Relief Against Invocation of Bank Guarantee on the Basis of Special Equities Under Section 9 of the Arbitration Act
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, April 2020

Introduction In light of cessation of routine judicial activities in recent times on account of the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision of the High Court at New Delhi on April 20, 2020 in Halliburton Offshore Services Limited vs. Vedanta Limited and Anothercomes asa welcome breather in an area otherwise seemingly parched for development of case law...

Utilizing Tax Refunds Available to Commercial Borrowers Under the CARES Act
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) provides banks, like other taxable entities, with an opportunity to take advantage of tax refunds from net operating losses (“NOLs”) and accelerated alternative minimum tax (“AMT”) credits...

90-Day Tariff Relief Provides Retailers with Much-Needed Liquidity
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2020

Importers that have suffered “significant financial hardship” due to COVID-19 may qualify for a 90-day pay extension for certain tariffs. On April 19, 2020, following calls for trade liberalization to ease economic pressures, the Trump administration issued an executive order, along with a temporary final rule by the US Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which postpones the time to deposit certain duties, taxes and fees...

Paycheck Protection Program Updates: Additional Funding, New Interim Final Rule, and Updated Guidance
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2020

Friday, April 24, 2020, was another seminal day for the Paycheck Protection Program, which has had quite a few of them...

IRS Issues Guidance for COVID-19 Related Mortgage Loan Forbearance and Modification
Dykema, April 2020

On April 13, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued Revenue Procedure 2020-26 (the “Revenue Procedure”) providing guidance to lenders and loan servicers offering relief to borrowers with federally-backed residential and multifamily mortgage loans, including relief mandated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Pub. L. No. 116-136 (the “CARES Act”), as well as similar state programs...

Extension of the Preventive Mandatory Isolation in Colombia
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Once again the national government extended the preventive mandatory isolation in the national territory. By means the Decree 593, 2020 issued by the Ministry of Interior under the sanitary emergency caused by the Covi-19, the national government extended the current mandatory isolation from April 27 at 00:00 to May 11 at 00:00. Pursuant to this Decree it is ordered to continue with the mandatory preventive isolation limiting the free circulation of individuals and vehicles...

New Guidelines for the Operation of the Manufacturing Sector
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Government issued new regulations setting the guidelines and adopting the biosecurity protocol for the operation of the manufacturing industry The Ministry of Work issued Resolution 675 adopting the biosecurity protocol for the management and control of COVID-19 risk in the manufacturing industry. This protocol is complementary to the protocol adopted through Resolution 666 of 2020 and to other measures adopted in each factory...

Deferred Payment of Invoices for Domestic Public Services
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

On April 16, 2020, by means of Resolution CRA 915 of 2020, the Commission for the Regulation of Water and Basic Sanitation established transitory regulatory measures for the deferred payment of invoices for domestic water and sewerage services and public sanitation services, within the framework of the emergency declared by the National Government due to COVID-19...

Procedural Terms Suspended Until May 10th with Exceptions
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Superior Council of the Judicial Branch extended suspension of procedural terms and deadlines until May 10th, with initial exceptions and some others. Agreement PCSJA20-11546 April 25, 2020 The Superior Council of the Judicial Branch extended the suspension of procedural deadlines until May the 10th, with certain exceptions: Constitutional (tutela) and Habeas Corpus actions*. The ones related to fundamental rights of life, health and personal freedom, are prioritized...

Supreme Court's Order No. 13/2020: Extension of the Extraordinary Judicial Recess. Resolution No. 2020-121-APN-MJ: Mediation: Remote Hearings.
Beccar Varela, April 2020

Supreme Court's Order No. 13/2020: Extension of the extraordinary judicial recess. Within the state of sanitary emergency declared regarding COVID-19 and the mandatory social, preventive isolation measure duly decreed, the Supreme Court has adopted different measures within the National Judicial Branch, consistent with the National Executive Branch provisions and the recommendations of the national sanitary authority. In order to align with Decree No...

The "Preventing Essential Medical Device Shortages Act of 2020": COVID-19 Side Effect that Could Permanently Harm Medical Device Manufacturers
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis—infecting more than 2.7 million people worldwide, with almost 870,000 cases in the United States alone as of the writing of this article—has thrown nearly every industry into chaos as the world struggles to adjust to the new reality of social distancing and self-quarantining...

TTB Rolls Out New Rules for Distilleries, Wineries and Breweries
Waller, April 2020

The Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, fondly known as TTB, issued final rules that contain a few game-changers for the alcoholic beverage manufacturing industry. We are particularly fond of the greater flexibility offered to distilleries. Distilleries can now count the years bourbon or whisky are aged in used barrels. Previously, a whisky or bourbon could only list the number of years aged in new oak barrels...

COVID-19 Update - West Virginia Announces Plan to "Reopen"
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2020

Governor Justice has issued his plan for the scaling back of his “stay-at-home” Executive Order, otherwise known as “reopening the state.” The plan hinges on having three consecutive days where the statewide cumulative percentage of positive COVID-19 test results stays below 3 percent. Once that metric is met, there will be a phased reopening process that is optional to businesses – the plan stresses it is allowing entities to open, NOT requiring them to...

The "Preventing Essential Medical Device Shortages Act of 2020": COVID-19 Side Effect that Could Permanently Harm Medical Device Manufacturers
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis—infecting more than 2.7 million people worldwide, with almost 870,000 cases in the United States alone as of the writing of this article—has thrown nearly every industry into chaos as the world struggles to adjust to the new reality of social distancing and self-quarantining...

The "Preventing Essential Medical Device Shortages Act of 2020": COVID-19 Side Effect that Could Permanently Harm Medical Device Manufacturers
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis—infecting more than 2.7 million people worldwide, with almost 870,000 cases in the United States alone as of the writing of this article—has thrown nearly every industry into chaos as the world struggles to adjust to the new reality of social distancing and self-quarantining...

Hearing at the District Court During the COVID-19 Spread
Makarim & Taira S., April 2020

The COVID-19 spread in Indonesia has caused several institutions in Indonesia to make certain adjustments, including in to hearings in district courts. On 23 March 2020, the Supreme Court issued Circular Letter No. 1 of 2020 on Guidance for the Implementation of Work during the Prevention of the Spread of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) within the Supreme Court and the other Courts, as was later amended by Circular Letter No...

National Disaster Declaration for COVID-19 Pandemic
Makarim & Taira S., April 2020

President Joko Widodo has finally declared the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) a National Disaster under Presidential Decree No. 12 of 2020 (“PD 12/2020”) which was issued on Monday, 13 April 2020. Through PD 12/2020, the President has strengthened the role of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana/ “BNPB”) as the COVID-19 Task Force (Gugus Tugas Percepatan Penanganan Coronavirus 2019)...

COVID-19 Impact on M&A in Russia: Trends and Transaction Specifics
ALRUD Law Firm, April 2020

Every day, the outbreak of coronavirus infection has an increasing impact on the economy, in general and various aspects of business, in particular. In this information letter, we have reflected the main trends and specifics of M&A transactions in Russia, under the conditions of restrictive measures caused by the spread of COVID-19. General trends of the M&A market in Russia under COVID-19 Transactions’ dynamic...

Return-to-Work Checklist for Employers Reopening Their Businesses
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2020

In anticipation of federal and state restrictions lifting as COVID-19 cases and deaths decrease, employers should start planning their employees’ return to work now. Employers must continue to follow the CDC, WHO, and state guidance to maintain a safe workplace while also complying with multiple employment laws. The following are general considerations for employers who are strategizing their return to work...

Ohio House Members Release Guidelines for Re-Opening Ohio Businesses
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2020

On April 27, 2020, members of the Ohio House of Representatives released the Open Ohio Responsibly Framework. This framework contains recommended guidelines for opening Ohio businesses beginning on or before May 1, 2020, after weeks of business closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic...

Governmental Oversight and CARES Act Funds: Recent Treasury Department Guidance
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2020

After the nearly $350 billion in funds allocated to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act were depleted in mid-April, Congress has approved an additional $310 billion in funds for the program. These additional funds arrive after a wave of backlash over certain businesses, such as national chains, received PPP loans...

CDC Adds New Symptoms for COVID-19 Screening – Employers Must Adjust Accordingly
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2020

On April 26, 2020, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance to add six new symptoms of COVID-19. Based on this update, individuals should be cognizant of the new symptoms while self-monitoring for COVID-19 and employers should update their employee health screening procedures...

Recent Changes to CEQA-Related Procedures from COVID-19
Hanson Bridgett LLP, April 2020

Key Points: An executive order from the governor's office modifies California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") noticing procedures, requiring local agencies to take extra steps to notify the public that environmental review processes are underway or have concluded for development projects. Extra steps include posting notices on agency websites and active outreach to interested parties...

New Measures Implemented by the UAE Authorities in Response to COVID-19 [26 April 2020]
Afridi & Angell, April 2020

Below is a summary of new developments and key new measures that have been implemented by various UAE authorities since 19 April 2020 and the time of this inBrief, 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, 25 April 2020.I. First Phase of Easing of Lockdown and Movement Restrictions in DubaiThe Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management has announced a partial reduction in the restrictions on movement in Dubai starting from Friday 24 April 2020...

Recommendation of Modified Practices to PCT Offices by International Bureau in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Kochhar & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants, April 2020

1. PCT Rule 82quater.1 (Excuse of Delay in Meeting Time Limits) applies in the current circumstance of global COVID-19 pandemic, and the International Bureau of WIPO has urged all PCT Offices and Authorities to likewise adopt this interpretation...

COVID-19 Labor Update
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., April 2020

In the evening version of the Federation’s Official Gazette of March 24, 2020, the head of the Ministry of Health, Jorge Carlos Alcocer Varela, M.D., published some preventive measures to mitigate and control the health risks derived from the COVID-19 pandemic.Minutes later, the Presidential Decree that sanctioned such measures was also published...

Freedom of Movement Within the EU During Covid-19
Mamo TCV Advocates, April 2020

It is evident that the current lockdown is having an unprecedented slowdown in the movement of persons between EU Member States. This is not due to a restriction which was imposed by the EU itself but because of the restrictions which the Member States themselves imposed through their respective Public Health officials. It is noticeable that the legal restrictions on immigration were driven by the Member States' individual rules rather than by a general guideline from the EU...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: New HMDA Final Rule Raises Loan Origination Reporting Threshold; Particular Significance for Certain Multifamily Lenders
Buchalter, April 2020

On April 16, the CFPB issued a HMDA final rule increasing the number of closed-end mortgage loans and/or open-end mortgage loans an institution must originate before it meets HMDA’s coverage thresholds. Effective July 1, 2020, institutions originating fewer than 100 closed-end mortgage loans in either of the two preceding calendar years will not have to report such data effective July 1, 2020...

Preventive for Drivers and Operators in Transport Logistics Chain
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Circular provides guidance on protection matters, aimed at drivers and operators in the logistics chain of land and river cargo transport, companies and drivers of public road passenger transport services, special, individual, mass, collective, mixed, cable transport, land transport terminals, rail transport and concessionaires of mass transport systems, which continue to be implemented during the health emergency, in order to prevent, reduce exposure and mitigate the risk of exposur

Deferred Payment of Obligations Invoiced by the ASIC and LAC
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The CREG granted the possibility to defer the payment obligations of the marketers invoiced by XM S.A. E.S.P in their ASIC and LAC functions...

CREG Amends Measures for the Payment of Electricity Service Bills
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Public Utilities Superintendence submitted to the CREG concerns provided by public utility providers with respect to the provisions of Resolution 058 of 2020. In this regard, the main concern was that both workers in charge of measurement and users have shown reticence regarding the performing of consumptions measurements due to the high possibility of COVID 19 infection...

DIAN: Refund Requests Processed During the Health Emergency
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The DIAN issues Circular 06 of 2020 clarifying aspects related to the abbreviated processes of balances in favor refunds. The DIAN issued Circular 06 of 2020, which clarifies aspects related to the process of abbreviated refund established by Decree 535 of 2020. In this vein, the Circular indicates that until the end of the health emergency, the list of costs, expenses and deductions should not be attached to the request for summary refund...

DIAN: Tax Procedures Undertaken During the Health Emergency
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The DIAN issued Internal Circular No. 13 of April 18, 2020, establishing guidelines on the administrative processes to be carried out by the entity during the health crisis caused by COVID-19...

Invima will Prioritize Procedure of Medicines that Treat COVID-19
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

INVIMA will prioritize the procedures for pharmaceutical products identified as essential for the treatment of symptoms and complications of COVID-19...

SIC Reinforces Protection for Rights of Users of Telecomms Services
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC) issued an administrative order, through Resolution 19012 of 2020, to providers of telecommunications networks and services providers (TNSP) to safeguard the rights of its users. We highlight the following measures: For mobile phone and internet operators: inform users of postpaid and prepaid services of their rights during the state of emergency and the rules that apply to the suspension of service for non-payment on time...

Biosecurity Protocol for Management of COVID-19
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

By means of Resolution 666 of 2020 the Ministry of Health and Social Protection adopts the general biosecurity protocol to mitigate, control and perform the adequate management of Covid-19 pandemic. 1. Purpose Adopt the general biosecurity protocol applicable to all economic and social activities and sectors of the public administration. The biosecurity protocols are orientated to minimize factors that may generate transmission of COVID-19 and are of mandatory compliance. 2...

Paycheck Protection Program SBA FAQ 31 – What Does the “Necessity” Certification Mean Today?
Dykema, April 2020

In a turn of events, likely in response to the headlines relating to companies and others returning PPP loan proceeds, on April 23, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of the Treasury updated the Paycheck Protection Program Loans Frequently Asked Questions to include Question 31, which has been seen by many as a change in eligibility. The CARES Act specifically suspended the SBA 7(a) loan program requirement that borrowers be unable to obtain credit elsewhere...

What Do Eased Restrictions of Michigan’s Reaffirmed Stay-At-Home Measures Mean for Your Business?
Dykema, April 2020

On April 24, 2020, Governor Whitmer reaffirmed the stay-at-home measures set forth in Executive Order 2020-42, amended the scope of that order, and extended the duration of such measures through May 15, 2020 (unless modified earlier). While many of the restrictions from her prior executive orders remain in place, Executive Order 2020-59 includes some easing of in-person operation restrictions as well as some corresponding requirements for those operations...

Industry-Specific Considerations for Energy Companies Contemplating PPP Loans
Dykema, April 2020

With an additional $310 billion in funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) signed into law, energy companies should consider applying for PPP loans in order to maintain daily operations during the COVID-19 crisis. Generally speaking, companies may receive a maximum loan amount of the lesser of two-and-a-half times their average monthly payroll costs, or $10 million...

The IRS Provides Guidance Regarding Business Interest Expense Deductions and Expanded Bonus Depreciation under the CARES Act
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2020

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Revenue Procedure 2020-22 to provide guidance regarding the increased ability to deduct business interest expenses (and elections resulting from the change) and the expansion of bonus depreciation to include qualified improvement property under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Pub. L. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (the “CARES Act”)...

EEOC Confirms Employer-Mandated COVID-19 Testing Does Not Violate the ADA
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2020

On April 23, 2020, the EEOC updated its Technical Assistance Questions and Answers, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” which Hunton previously posted about here, to address questions that many employers are struggling with related to employee COVID-19 testing...

Remote Holding of General Meetings in Ukraine in 2020
Asters, April 2020

On 16 April 2020, the National Securities and Stock Market Commission (the Commission) approved by its Decision No...

President Signs Additional Appropriation for Small Business Relief
Haynes and Boone, LLP, April 2020

President Trump signed H.R.266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (the “PPP/HCE Act”) this afternoon following passage of the bill by both houses of Congress. The PPP/HCE Act provides additional funding for small business loan and grant programs administered by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic...

New Law Provides $100 Billion of Additional Healthcare Funding for COVID-19 Response
Haynes and Boone, LLP, April 2020

Today, the federal government enacted the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (the “PPP/HCE Act”) to provide additional funding for loan and grant programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The PPP/HCE Act modifies and increases funding for the Paycheck Protection Program and the Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, as discussed in greater detail here...

COVID-19 Negative Oil Prices and Force Majeure
Haynes and Boone, LLP, April 2020

The negative pricing for West Texas Intermediate oil (“WTI”) on Monday has raised alarm bells for many of our clients in the exploration and production and midstream industries. This article will clarify the issues for these companies and explain the forces at work that have created this situation. The root cause of the current dilemma arises from the dramatic drop in demand starting with the onset of the COVID-19 virus on the United States...

Breakthrough Judgement by the Municipal Court in Prague Overturning Major Czech Government COVID Restrictive Measures - 23 April 2020
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

On 23 April 2020, the Municipal Court in Prague issued a judgment upholding the petition for annulment of certain measures of the Ministry of Health issued in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. With effect from 27 April 2020, the Court annulled two extraordinary measures of the Ministry of Health of 17 April 2020 and 26 March 2020 on the restriction of retail sales and two extraordinary measures of the Ministry of Health of 15 April 2020 and 23 3...

COVID III. Czech Govt. Support Program for SMEs - What are the Plans?
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

The new COVID Prague program focused on business activities in the Capital City of Prague followed the fate of its predecessors COVID I and COVID II. This means that the available funds were exhausted on the same day as the receipt of applications, which thus ends. The COVID I and COVID II programs are also exhausted. Entrepreneurs thus have no choice but to wait for the announcement of the conditions of the COVID III program...

Czech Real Estate Investment - Potential Abolition of Real Estate Acquisition Tax as a Result of COVID
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

The Ministry of Finance proposes the abolition of a 4 percent real estate acquisition tax. The proposal will be discussed on Friday 17 April by the Coalition Council of the Government and the National Economic Council of the Government (NECG)...

Compensation Bonus for Self Employed Persons Affected by the Current COVID-19 Situation - Czech Republic
Kocian Solc Balastik, April 2020

The Government recently approved the amendment of the Compensation Bonus Act. This Act, which was published in the Collection of Laws on 14 April 2020, and, with effect from 15 April 2020, introduced another instrument of support for self-employed persons whose business was negatively affected in connection with coronavirus. This extends the period for which the self-employed will be able to claim a bonus...

Protection of Lessees during the COVID-19 Crisis
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

A draft bill [1] passed preventing lessors of real estate, including flats and non-residential properties, to unilaterally terminate lease due to delay of lessees with payment of rent, including payments for performance usually associated with the lease, which are due during the period between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2020...

SyCip Law COVID-19 Legal Information Bulletin
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, April 2020

The Philippine Government has issued a slew of resolutions and circulars as part of its response to the COVID 19 pandemic and unsurprisingly, a number of legal and practical issues have beset businesses and persons under the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)1. Like the rest of the world, the country is bracing itself for a new normal – in the way enterprises are run, services are rendered, everyday tasks are undertaken...

Briefing on Issuances in Relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic (as of April 19, 2020)
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, April 2020

 This is a briefing on the following issuances as of April 19, 2020 in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic: A. Extension of Periods for the Filing and Submission of Various Documents and Payment of TaxesB. Mandatory Disclosure of Personal Information of COVID-19 Patients C. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Issuances D. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP, the Central Bank of the Philippines) Issuances E. Insurance Commission (IC) Issuances F...

CARES Act Update: New SBA Guidance on PPP Loan 'Necessity'
Hanson Bridgett LLP, April 2020

Key Points: New guidance from the SBA clarifies the "necessity" requirement for PPP loans. Start-ups should proceed with caution when planning to apply for a PPP loan. Since the passage over the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or the CARES ACT (the “Act”) start-ups and emerging companies have received mixed signals and guidance regarding their eligibility for loans and loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP")...

CARES Act Update: New SBA Guidance on PPP Loan 'Necessity'
Hanson Bridgett LLP, April 2020

Since the passage over the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or the CARES ACT (the “Act”) start-ups and emerging companies have received mixed signals and guidance regarding their eligibility for loans and loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP")...

Ready to Return to Work? Perhaps Not – San Francisco Temporarily Expands Paid Leave for Employees Impacted by COVID-19
Hanson Bridgett LLP, April 2020

  Key Points: SF passed emergency ordinance requiring employers to provide workers with supplemental COVID-related paid leave. The ordinance applies to employers not covered by federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Employers are required now to post notice about this emergency leave, which is available from SF’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement. Despite the discussions of reopening businesses, employees may not be returning to work anytime soon...

EEOC Guidance Permits Employers to Test Employees for COVID-19
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2020

On April 23, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released new guidance that permits employers to test employees for COVID-19. In an update to its publication, “What You Should Know about COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and other EEO Laws,”[1] the EEOC advised that an employer “may choose to administer COVID-19 testing to employees before they enter the workplace to determine if they have the virus...

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund: The Next $70 Billion
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2020

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act allocated $100 billion to the United States Health and Human Services Department (“HHS”) to provide financial relief for eligible health care providers. The first $30 billion of what is now known as the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund was released earlier in April. This initial wave was allocated among providers in proportion to their 2019 Medicare fee-for-service payments...

South Africa: Update to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) TERS and Tax Treatment of C19 TERS Benefit
ENSafrica, April 2020

In light of President Ramaphosa’s announcement of a phased approach to the end of lockdown, many businesses will still be required to remain closed (or partially closed) after 30 April 2020. With this in mind, many employers will still require assistance from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Temporary Relief Scheme (“C19TERS”)...

Update on the Regulation and Advertising of Medicines in Russia
ALRUD Law Firm, April 2020

We would like to provide you with an update on some changes in the legal regulation of medicines in Russia made due to dynamic spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)...

New Regulations and Policies Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Indonesia
Makarim & Taira S., April 2020

With the number of cases continuing to increase exponentially on a daily basis, the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) has now been determined a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) and has affected at least 213 countries across the world. On 2 March 2020, the Indonesian President, Joko Widodo announced the country’s first confirmed case...

Nashville's Roadmap for Reopening
Waller, April 2020

Mayor Cooper has ordered Phase 1 of Metro Nashville’s Roadmap for Reopening to begin May 11. Restaurants and stores can open at half capacity starting Monday. The Roadmap is a four-phase plan to restart the city’s economy...

The REAL Trending Litigation Topics Regarding COVID-19: Issue 4
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, April 2020

Another week brings another round of COVID-19-related lawsuits. We are identifying some early trends and provide a synopsis of the more relevant lawsuits below. Will nursing homes be overwhelmed by wrongful death lawsuits? The daughter of a woman suspected to have died from COVID-19 has filed a wrongful death suit against the company who owns the Life Care Center of Kirkland where her mother was a resident...

British Columbia Allows Electronic Attendance at Corporate Meetings
Lawson Lundell LLP, April 2020

On April 21, 2020, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia issued a Ministerial Order (the “Order”) permitting electronic attendance at meetings (collectively referred to as “Corporate Meetings”) held pursuant to the Business Corporations Act, the Cooperative Association Act and the Societies Act (collectively, the “Statutes”)...

The Commission has Introduced Further Amendments of the Temporary Framework for State Aid During the Covid-19 Crisis
Delphi, April 2020

Many companies are affected by the economic crisis resulting from the spread of Covid-19. We have previously reported that, under the EU state aid rules, there are certain opportunities for the state and other public entitiesto provide support to these companies or sectors. On 19 March 2020, the Commission adopted a temporary framework for state aid, which was amended and extended on 3 April 2020, with a view to limiting the economic and social impacts of Covid-19...

The Commission has Published a Temporary Competition Framework and Guidelines for Ensuring Supply of Essential Products and Services during the Covid-19 Crisis
Delphi, April 2020

In a previous article we emphasised the importance of ensuring compliance with the competition rules even during an economic crisis – there are inter alia strict rules on cooperation between competitors. The outbreak of Covid-19 has led to a shortage of certain healthcare products...

Gov. Lee Leaves Tennessee Delivery and Curbside Alcohol in Limbo
Waller, April 2020

With Governor Lee’s order allowing curbside and delivery of alcohol set to expire at midnight April 30, we were expecting to see an extension of these privileges in connection with new guidelines for re-opening restaurants. We have the guidelines, but no mention of alcohol delivery and curbside service. The governor could still extend these privileges, but so far, he has not. Governor Lee said the state is releasing additional guidelines next week...

SEC provides temporary relief from form ID notarization requirements, extends crowdfunding filing deadlines
Waller, April 2020

As discussed on this blog, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a number of orders providing conditional regulatory relief for certain publicly traded company filing obligations as a result of the challenges created by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)...

Immigration Alert: How the Executive Order suspending immigration impacts sponsored workers
Waller, April 2020

On April 22, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order temporarily suspending the entry of certain immigrants into the United States. The Executive Order only affects foreign nationals who are currently outside the United States applying for permanent residence through the immigrant visa process at a U.S. consular post. Initially, the Executive Order will be in effect for 60 days, unless the administration determines that it should be extended...

Round 2 of PPP loans: What Does this Mean for Private Equity and Healthcare Practices?
Waller, April 2020

The initial $350 billion in forgivable loans under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) were claimed within 13 days. Given the initial interest, Congress on Thursday, April 23 approved an additional $484 billion of coronavirus-relief funding, including an additional $310 billion for the government-backed PPP and $75 billion in new funding for healthcare providers. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law on Friday, April 24...

Mayor Cooper Approves Continued Take-Out for Beer - But no Word on Delivery in Tennessee
Waller, April 2020

Metro Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced a detailed plan for the staged reopening of restaurants, bars and music venues, as soon as May 1. The real question is: will anyone reopen their dining room on May 1st? You can read the entire Roadmap here. Initial reactions do not look good if you are in the market for a sitdown meal on May 1...

Dispute Resolution before State Courts and Arbitral Tribunals in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic with contact restrictions and travel bans also poses challenges for civil proceedings. In the future, the functionality in pandemic times could be the material factor for the choice between state courts and arbitral courts because flexibility and options for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are varying. State court proceedings Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, court deadlines must still be met...

COVID-19: Suspension of Terms and Other Temporary Migration Rules in Russia
ALRUD Law Firm, April 2020

On April 18th 2020, the Russian President signed a Decree establishing a temporary procedure for hiring foreign nationals in Russia and suspension of migration terms. Temporary rules apply from March 15th until June 15th, 2020...

COVID-19: New Limitations and Digital Pass System in Moscow and Moscow Region
ALRUD Law Firm, April 2020

In accordance with Decrees of the Moscow Mayor No. 42-UM dated April 10th, 2020 and No. 43-UM dated April 11th, 2020, visiting of most organizations is temporarily suspended and pass control is introduced, within the territory of Moscow. Resolutions of the Moscow Region Governor No. 176-PG dated April 10th, 2020 and No. 177-PG dated April 11th, 2020 introduced similar measures within Moscow Region...

FDA Updates its Guidance on Conducting Clinical Trials During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Verrill, April 2020

On April 16, 2020, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) again updated its guidance on the “Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency,” adding seven new questions and answers to the guidance’s appendix. To learn more about the FDA’s guidance, please see our prior alerts here and here...

OHRP Issues Guidance on the Conduct of Research During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Verrill, April 2020

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Human Research Protections (“OHRP”) issued guidance, dated April 8, 2020, on the application of Common Rule requirements to research being conducted during the COVID-19 public health emergency...

COVID-19: President Halts Immigrant Visa Admissions for Sixty Days
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2020

On the night of Monday, April 20, 2020, the President tweeted that he would “protect” American jobs during the COVID-19 crisis by issuing an Executive Order that would “temporarily suspend immigration...

In First Month of COVID-19 Guidance, the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards Have Issued Hundreds of Approvals for Compliance Extensions Submitted by Regulated Entities
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2020

On March 20, the California Water Boards issued guidance about complying with regulatory requirements during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders. We summarized that guidance here. In short, the guidance directs regulated entities to “immediately” notify the Board if compliance is not possible and to seek appropriate relief. Water Board staff committed to “do their best to respond within 24/48 hours...

COVID-19 and Force Majeure: Jurisdictional Comparison and Practical Legal and Commercial Considerations
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic presents severe and unprecedented challenges to the global economy across all industry sectors. Given the number of countries that have, or are, introducing countermeasures and restrictions to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more businesses may find that they, or their counterparties, are prevented from fulfilling their contractual obligations...

US Chamber of Commerce Comments to the Main Street Lending Program
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, April 2020

On April 16, 2020, the US Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) delivered a letter to the Federal Reserve and the United States Department of Treasury setting forth recommendations relating to the Main Street Lending Program that was announced by the Federal Reserve on April 9 and authorized pursuant to Title IV of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)...

Recent Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Ruling May Impact Interpretation of Force Majeure in Future COVID-19 Disputes
Dykema, April 2020

A recent decision by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania concerning a challenge to Governor Tom Wolf’s executive order relating to COVID-19 could impact disputes nationwide that arise out of the pandemic and involve a determination of whether COVID-19 constitutes a “natural disaster” or other like term within the context of force majeure clauses. In its April 13, 2020, decision inFriends of Devito v...

DOL Issues More FFCRA Compliance Guidance on Paid Leaves
Dykema, April 2020

Guidance Focuses on Concurrent Leave Issues, Hours to be Paid During Leaves, and Regular Rates of Pay Applicable Now that covered employers are providing paid leaves under the Families First Coronavirus Act (the “FFCRA”), more questions about the FFCRA’s nuances are surfacing...

President Trump Issues Proclamation Barring Intending Immigrants From U.S. for 60 Days
Dykema, April 2020

After stating he planned on issuing an Executive Order earlier this week, President Trump yesterday issued a proclamation barring intending immigrants from the United States for 60 days beginning at 11:50 p.m. on April 23, 2020. It states it is intended to help U.S. workers facing high levels of unemployment due to the Coronavirus...

Michigan Department of Treasury Further Extends State Income Tax Relief
Dykema, April 2020

On Friday, April 17, 2020, The Michigan Department of Treasury issued two departmental notices; a Notice of Automatic Extension of State and Income Tax Filing Deadlines (the “Notice of Automatic Extension”) and a Notice Regarding Electronic Requests for Informal Conferences...

Compliance for PPP Loans: Different Questions for Different Lenders
Dykema, April 2020

As all lenders know by now, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act’s (“CARES Act”) guaranteed Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans are the key piece of economic relief for small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis...

Dates Adjusted for Payment of the National Tourism Tax
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Government postponed the filing due dates for the tax and other measures were taken in order to help the tourism sector. Due to the crisis generated by the COVID-19, the Government established through Decree 557 of 2020, that companies that provide international air passenger transport services, will have until October 30, 2020, to submit and pay the National Tourism Tax, corresponding to the first and second quarter of 2020...

Collection of Several Bancoldex Credit Lines
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Bancoldex credit lines that contribute to business sustainability and job preservation in the presence of COVID-19. This news is a compilation of all the credit lines that have been approved by Bancoldex in the last few weeks. Through Circular No...

Protective Guidelines for the Construction Sector
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

On April 11, 2020 the Colombian Government established protection guidelines applicable to all personnel working on on-going construction projects during the health emergency, applicable to the activities of the project itself, as well as to the supply chain and materials, in order to prevent, reduce exposure and mitigate the risk of infection by coronavirus COVID-19...

Life Sciences Alert
Carey, April 2020

On April 15th, Exempt Resolution No. 258, that determines certain maximum prices in accordance with the abilities granted to the Ministry of Health by Decree No. 4/2020, was published in the Official Gazette...

COVID-19: Temporary Importation Measures on Medicines and other Human Health Products
Morgan & Morgan, April 2020

In order to allow the importation of medicines and other products for human health,during the State of Emergency, the National Directorate of Pharmacy and Drugs (DNFYD) of the Ministry of Health, has issued Resolution 280 of April 6, 2020 published in Official Gazette No...

Privacy Commissioner Warns Security Issues in Zoom
Deacons, April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many employees working from home, and brought about a need for a more collaborate meeting culture in place of physical meeting and travelling. Online meetings using video conferencing systems empower businesses to stay connected with their clients, and interact and collaborate with their employees working remotely via the Internet...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Takeaways from the DOL’s Latest FFCRA FAQs
Buchalter, April 2020

Earlier this week, the US Department of Labor (DOL) added to their long list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act or FFCRA. These latest additions raises the total of FAQs from an already robust 79 to a staggering 88. Combined with the DOL’s first FFCRA enforcement action in Arizona, this is the latest warning for employers to get fully prepared...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Opportunities in an Economy Shattered by Covid-19
Buchalter, April 2020

The stock market has had record declines and many businesses are shuttered, at least temporarily. Long-term prospects may still be positive but in the near-term the value of many entities has reduced. Are there transactions that privately-held businesses and their owners could implement that would allow them to achieve long-term goals that could benefit the business, the owner, and owner’s family? We believe that there are...

COVID-19: Tributary Measures for Economic Relief During Panama State of Emergency
Morgan & Morgan, April 2020

Panama, April 6, 2020. On Tuesday March 24th, 2020, the Executive Decree 251 of the same date was published in Official Gazette 28987-A which adopts tax measures to relief the economic effects of the National State of Emergency...

Chilean Central Bank Increases Upper Thresholds for the Investment in Alternative Assets by Pension Funds
Carey, April 2020

The Chilean Central Bank increased the upper thresholds for the investment in alternative assets by Pension Funds type A, B, C, and D, with the purpose of “promoting the diversification of Pension Funds' portfolios, granting them access to a better combination of risk and return ”. In the case of Pension Funds type E, the former limit was kept...

Tax Alerts
Carey, April 2020

Decree No. 553 establishes a tax measure for taxpayers subject to the presumptive income regime     On April 18, 2020, Decree No. 553 was published, which, in addition to Decree No. 420 , extends the deadline for taxpayers subject to the presumptive income tax system to exercise the option to pay taxes on income obtained during 2019, on the basis of effective income determined under full accounting. The deadline is extended until 31 July 2020...

Update on Online Actions and Procedures in Mining Matters due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Carey, April 2020

In addition to those actions taken that benefit all industries, especially regarding labor and tax matters, the mining industry has been subject to some specific permits and proceedings. Collective Safe-Passage Permits...

Obligation of Using Masks
Carey, April 2020

On April 17th, 2020 was enacted Exempt Resolution No. 282 by the Ministry of Health which established the obligation of using mask on certain places and circumstances (the “Resolution”). 1...

Chilean Supreme Court Reaches Agreement Regarding the Operation of the Judiciary during the National Health Emergency
Carey, April 2020

ACT Nº 53-2020 of the Chilean Supreme Court, recently enacted, attempts to establish a set of norms that balance the protection of public health (to both members of the Judiciary and the general public) with the continuity of the judicial service, with the purpose of facing and getting through the contingency that endangers it...

Decree 575 of 2020
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

During the term of the health emergency declared by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection on the occasion of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic or during the term of any health emergency declared by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection on the occasion of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the following are modified: Article 7(1) of Law 105 1993, Article 8 of Law 688 of 2001, Article 98 of Law 1955 of 2019 Article 100 of Law 1955 of 2019, Article 19 of Law 336 of 1996

ANM Published a Resolution Regarding Mineral Resources and Reserves