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Labor and Employment Law
Mar 31 | Labor and Employment Law
The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has the authority to exempt small businesses from providing paid leave benefits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act if it “would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.” This simple three-step guide will break down whether or not you qualify for the exemption.
Insurance Coverage
Mar 19 | Insurance Coverage
Did you know that most property policies cover businesses, like yours, against lost income from a government-ordered shutdown?
Business Litigation
Apr 01 | Business Litigation
The federal government has enacted extensive COVID-related legislation, but left open the question of what industries, and which workers in those industries, are deemed “essential” during the pandemic. So far those decisions have been left to individual states.
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Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Apr 01 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has released guidance addressing two key questions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“the Act” or “the FFCRA”): whether employees who have been furloughed or who have no work due to a closed worksite have a right to paid leave benefits under the Act; and if the terms “isolation and quarantine” used throughout the Act apply to “shelter in place” orders.
Article, Business Litigation
Apr 01 | Article, Business Litigation
The federal government has enacted extensive COVID-related legislation, but left open the question of what industries, and which workers in those industries, are deemed “essential” during the pandemic. So far those decisions have been left to individual states.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Mar 31 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has the authority to exempt small businesses from providing paid leave benefits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act if it “would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.” This simple three-step guide will break down whether or not you qualify for the exemption.
Legal Alert, Business Litigation
Mar 30 | Legal Alert, Business Litigation
On March 21, 2020, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2020-18, which announced that the federal income tax filing and payment due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. The change came just two days after the federal income tax payment deadline was extended to July 15, 2020.
Legal Alert, Business Litigation
Mar 30 | Legal Alert, Business Litigation
With non-essential businesses in many states either closed or operating in a limited capacity due to COVID-19, many companies are unable to perform existing contracts. While the basic premise under most U.S. law is that contracts must be kept and performed, an extraordinary circumstance may make performance so vitally different from what was reasonably expected as to relieve performance.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Mar 27 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
New legislation enacted. New guidance constantly being released. It’s hard to keep track of how much you now must pay your employees. Payne & Fears has made the process easy with this “cheat sheet.”
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Mar 27 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Titles I and IV of the CARES Act provide financial relief to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, incentivizing companies to retain employees and maintain compensation levels.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Mar 27 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Title II of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) provides a number of tax relief provisions for businesses. The provisions are aimed at increasing liquidity and reducing costs of capital, so that businesses can continue operating and keep employees on payroll.
Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
Mar 27 | Legal Alert, Labor and Employment Law
On March 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, otherwise known as the CARES Act, (S.3548) into law. Portions of the CARES Act intertwine with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Unemployment Insurance, and ERISA.

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