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COVID-19 Resources

Spring 2020

We are continually monitoring the developments surrounding COVID-19 Coronavirus and will keep this page updated with information that we are gathering and sharing with clients. Below are links to the resources related to COVID-19 Coronavirus Koley Jessen has sent out thus far.*

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Webinar

COVID-19 Coronavirus – Business Implications and Frequently Asked Questions

Our March 25 webinar has been recorded and is accessible at the link above.

General Business

Stay-At-Home, Shelter-in-Place, and Essential Business Information by State (4/6/20)

Our team has been tracking the various state orders regarding what is considered an essential business and the parameters of the various orders. This document is being updated when we receive additional information. 

CARES Act - Paycheck Protection Program - UPDATED Frequently Asked Questions (4/4/20)

This FAQ article addresses some of the common questions on the new $350 billion SBA loan program (the “Paycheck Protection Program”) included in the CARES Act.

What Should Your Business Be Doing in Response to the Global COVID-19 Pandemic? (4/2/20)

Businesses are trying to identify and address a variety of internal and external challenges posed by the spread of COVID-19. Although each business faces some unique challenges in responding to the current crisis, the following are general considerations that all businesses should be aware of.

COVID-19 Impact on Loan and Credit Agreements (3/20/20)

This article discusses the impact of COVID-19 on loan and credit agreements and discusses the provisions in your loan documents that should be reviewed to determine if a borrower’s access to credit could be limited by the COVID-19 crisis. Also included is a a brief overview of the current governmental response to COVID-19 as it specifically pertains to matters related to finance. 

COVID-19 Non-Employment Business Action Items: 10 Things You Must Do (3/19/20)

There are many business issues to consider surrounding COVID-19 Coronavirus outside of the general employment issues that arise. We have put together a list of top 10 non-employment related things a business should do.

Employment

How the CARES Act Affects Unemployment Benefits for Individuals (4/6/20)

The CARES Act includes provisions which provide unemployment benefits to individuals in a variety of situations, including provisions for self-employed individuals, individuals who have exhausted their unemployment benefits, and those for which unemployment benefits would not otherwise be available. This article includes a brief overview of the three new unemployment benefit provisions, and the criteria for each.

New DOL Guidance Provides Additional Guidance on Paid Sick Leave and Emergency FMLA Leave (3/31/20)

This article provides an overview of especially pertinent points in the DOL’s latest guidance.  As a reminder, the Paid Sick Leave and Emergency FMLA Leave becomes effective April 1, 2020.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201) Becomes Law and Other Related Questions (3/19/20)

HR 6201 was signed into law and accordingly, Covered Employers (those with fewer than 500 employees) will be responsible for providing employees additional FMLA leave and paid sick leave beginning April 2, 2020. Our article covers this and related employment questions.

Nebraska Emergency Unemployment Insurance Benefit Relief for Employees and Employers (3/19/20)

The ongoing spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus is continuing to cause hardship and concern for many employees and employers as organizations work to mitigate the damage the virus is causing to their workplace and business.  In an effort to reduce the burden on employees and employers, Governor Ricketts signed Executive Order No. 20-04, Corona Virus – Emergency Unemployment Insurance Benefit Relief, on March 17, 2020.

Considerations for a Telecommuting Workforce During the COVID-19 Outbreak (3/20/20)

Allowing employees to work from home during the COVID-19 outbreak is one step employers can take to protect the safety and health of its workforce while still maintaining productive operations. Included are some of the relevant questions that should be considered by employers when deciding whether telecommuting is appropriate.

COVID-19 Coronavirus Employment Update (3/11/20)

The spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in recent weeks has caused growing concerns for many individuals and employers as organizations prepare to manage their operations in the event the virus impacts the workforce. Included here are a number of recurring questions Koley Jessen has received in recent weeks and general guidance for navigating the employment issues that may arise

Employers’ New Proposed Obligations in the Coronavirus Pandemic (3/16/20)

On March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“HR 6201”). This article discusses HR 6201.

Tax

Key Tax Provisions for Businesses and Individuals in the CARES Act (3/31/20)

This article summarizes the major tax provisions in the CARES Act, which may benefit businesses and individuals.

IRS Halts Certain Enforcement Actions Until July 15 (3/27/20)

The IRS is halting some collection and audit activities until July 15 as the coronavirus pandemic spreads. The IRS has already taken some steps to ease enforcement, including suspending most notices and all levies issued by the automated collection system (ACS).

Payroll Tax Relief under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (3/24/20)

On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, and U.S. Department of Labor announced plans to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for covered employers to recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave. This article discusses the tax credits for covered employers.

Healthcare

Recent COVID-19 Developments Impacting Healthcare Providers (3/24/20)

This update includes information on the CMS Extension of MIPS, MSSP, and other Quality Reporting Programs deadlines and waiver of penalties by the DHHS Office for Civil Rights  for HIPAA violations in connection with telehealth. 

Medicine, Telemedicine and Temporary Expansion of Prescribing Rights (3/19/20)

To combat the national emergency, the Trump administration has taken steps to support the healthcare industry as it takes the lead in addressing the most pressing healthcare concerns. 

Intellectual Property

USPTO Extends Deadlines for Intellectual Property Filings due to COVID-19 Outbreak (4/1/20)

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced it was using powers provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to extend certain due dates for patent and trademark related filings.

Data Privacy

Tips to Promote a Secure Remote Working Environment During COVID-19 (3/16/20)

As everyone settles in for what could be weeks or months of remote work, it is important to ensure that companies, and their workers, are aware of heightened cybersecurity risks facing them and follow best practices when it comes to keeping company systems and data secure.

Environmental

Environmental Enforcement Discretion During COVID-19 (3/27/20)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a temporary policy regarding enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary policy is to exercise “enforcement discretion” for civil violations during the outbreak. The policy addresses different categories of noncompliance differently. For example, routine reporting and monitoring will be treated differently from actual environmental protection such as ensuring safe drinking water.

Real Estate

Property Managers and Landlords—Preventative Steps for Coronavirus (3/17/20)

Property managers/landlords want to keep their tenants feeling safe and secure in their rental spaces. In light of the concerns of a COVID-19 pandemic, property managers/landlords should consider taking the following steps to protect their employees, tenants and guests at their property.


* The information contained in this document is provided for informational purposes only. It should not be construed as business, legal, accounting, tax, financial, investment or other advice on any matter and should not be relied upon for such.

The information in this document may not reflect the most current developments as the subject matter is extremely fluid and may change daily. The content and interpretation of the issues addressed herein is subject to revision. Koley Jessen, P.C., L.L.O. disclaims any and all liability with respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all of the contents of this document to the fullest extent permitted by law. Do not act or refrain from acting upon the information contained in this document without seeking professional or other advice.

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