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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...

Pacific Northwest Labor & Employment Law Update: New Laws Effective in 2021
Buchalter, January 2021

Several new employment laws have taken effect as of January 1, 2021 in both Oregon and Washington.  Below is a brief overview of the new laws impacting employers in the Pacific Northwest. Washington Increased Minimum Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees As of January 1, 2021, the state salary threshold for many exempt employees in Washington is higher than the federal salary threshold...

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...

Congress Makes Sweeping Changes to Money Laundering Enforcement
Buchalter, January 2021

On New Year’s Day 2021, Congress passed—over President Trump’s veto—a defense appropriations law containing the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (“AML Act”) and the Corporate Transparency Act, as part of a sweeping new set of anti-money laundering reforms that create important new beneficial ownership disclosure obligations for a wide range of small companies, and contain both good and bad news for financial institutions...

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...

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

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

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...

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...

Coming in 2021: CFPB Finalizes Changes to “Qualified Mortgage” Definition and Creates a New “Seasoned QM” Loan Category
Buchalter, December 2020

  Changes are coming in 2021 to the eligibility requirements for “Qualified Mortgage” or “QM” loans. The Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortgage Rule administered by CFPB (“ATR/QM Rule”) requires a creditor to make a reasonable, good faith determination of a consumer’s ability to repay a residential mortgage loan according to its terms...

Federal Reserve Announces Last Day for Lender MSLP Participation Purchase Submissions; Lenders Will Require Borrower MSLP Loan Applications Several Days Prior
Buchalter, December 2020

The Federal Reserve has issued amended For Profit and Non-Profit Frequently Asked Questions for the Main Street Lending Program, addressing the key dates for the end of the program in December, 2020.  These dates are driven by the end of the Federal Reserve’s Special Purpose Vehicle’s authority to purchase MSLP loan participations on December 31...

LIBOR Administrator Announces Wind-down Dates for Publication of LIBOR Index Data; Federal Bank Regulators Announce that Banks Should Cease Using LIBOR in New Contracts by December 31, 2021
Buchalter, December 2020

ICE Benchmark Administration, the British-based LIBOR administrator, announced that it intends to cease the publication of the one-week and two month U.S. Dollar LIBOR settings immediately after December 31, 2021, and the other U.S. Dollar LIBOR settings immediately after June 20, 2023. Accordingly, on November 30, the U.S...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Cal/OSHA Emergency COVID-19 Workplace Safety Standard Takes Effect
Buchalter, December 2020

  Cal/OSHA has promulgated emergency regulations for preventing COVID-19 transmission in the workplace (the “Emergency Standard,” or the “Standard”). The Emergency Standard became effective immediately upon approval by the Office of Administrative Law on November 30, 2020, and will remain in effect for six months. It may be extended or converted to permanent regulations by Cal/OSHA. The Emergency Standard, now codified in Title 8, sections 3205; 3205...

California Enacts Consumer Debt Collector Licensing Administered by DFPI
Buchalter, December 2020

During the 2019 legislative session, California enacted SB 908 - the Debt Collection Licensing Act, Financial Code Division 25, Sections 100000, et seq., requiring consumer debt collectors who are collecting on their own account or the account of others, including debt buyers, to be licensed beginning January 1, 2022...

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...

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: 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: NEW DEADLINES – Main Street Lending Program: Federal Reserve Announces Last Day for Lender MSLP Participation Purchase Submissions is December 14; Lenders Will Require Borrower MSLP Loan Applications to be Completed Several Days Prior
Buchalter, November 2020

The Federal Reserve has issued amended For Profit and Non-Profit Frequently Asked Questions for the Main Street Lending Program, addressing the key dates for the end of the program in December, 2020.  These dates are driven by the end of the Federal Reserve’s Special Purpose Vehicle’s authority to purchase MSLP loan participations on December 31...

CA DFPI One Step Closer to Finalizing CFL Commercial Loan Disclosure Regulations
Buchalter, November 2020

  The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (fka Department of Business Oversight) is one step closer to issuing final regulations that would impose new early disclosure requirements on covered commercial lenders that are CFL licensed or subject to CFL licensing. On September 11, 2020, DFPI issued 4th Round Proposed Commercial Loan Disclosures. The DFPI's rulemaking is required by California Financial Code 22804 after California enacted SB 1235 in 2018...

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...

CA DFPI Issues Third Round Proposed Rules for CFL License Transition to NMLS Platform
Buchalter, November 2020

  The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (fka Department of Business Oversight) has taken further steps to transition its administration of the California Financing Law (CFL) License to the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) portal. On November 18, 2020, DFPI issued a Notice of Third Modifications to Proposed Rulemaking Requirements for CFL NMLS Transition with a short, 15-day comment period ending December 3, 2020...

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

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

The Passage of Proposition 24 Creates New Privacy Obligations for Businesses
Buchalter, November 2020

While most of the attention has been focused on the presidential and congressional races, the passage of down ballot propositions in California may substantially impact your business...

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

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

 

 

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