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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 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...

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 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...

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: Digital Assets, Blockchain and Fintech Toolkit for Success Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2020

Cryptocurrency, blockchain technology and fintech companies are well experienced in dealing with legal and regulatory issues that are unique, unprecedented and global. While usually creative and oriented to solving problems, even the most flexible of teams are stretched with the onslaught of issues unfolding in the wake of COVID-19...

Employer Fears of Messing Up During COVID-19 Pandemic
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2020

Even in pandemic-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 garners at least enough income to keep their doors open...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: What Employers Need to Know About Managing a Remote Workforce and the Latest Guidance from DOL and FFCRA Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2020

Please join Bradley and the Business Council of Alabama for a live webinar addressing key questions our clients are asking about navigating the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19)...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: May I Be Excused? Force Majeure Controversies at Home and Abroad Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2020

COVID-19's impact on contract performance looms large over business and industries across the globe. This presentation will address whether and how COVID-19 operates contractually as a force majeure event in the US and key foreign markets including Canada, Mexico, Asia, Europe and Australia...

Historic Coronavirus Aid Bill Expands Small Business Bankruptcy Relief
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2020

On March 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into law the third major coronavirus-related legislation in the last several weeks – the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – in response to the pandemic and resulting economic crisis. The CARES Act includes substantial federal spending and loan commitments that will benefit individuals and businesses. But that is not all...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: Mortgage Forbearance and Loss Mitigation Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2020

Mortgage servicers are currently being inundated with requests from borrowers impacted by COVID-19 for forbearance and other types of payment relief. Tracking, making sense of, and then complying with the guidance and requirements that are being issued and then modified – seemingly on a daily basis – by the federal government, the GSEs, and various states is proving to be a challenge for many, especially at a time when resources may already be limited or stretched thin...

A Gov't Contractor's Guide to Excusable, Compensable Delays
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2020

With the recent and rapid spread of COVID-19 in the U.S., government contractors have already started experiencing contract performance delays, which inevitably will have a significant financial impact...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: IT, Cybersecurity, and Privacy Impacts on Remote Work Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, April 2020

In the wake of COVID-19, cities, counties and states across the nation are issuing “shelter in place” orders to curb nonessential movement of residents, and companies around the world are moving to a remote work system. This webinar focuses on IT, cybersecurity, and privacy issues that may impact businesses that are located in “shelter-in-place” jurisdictions...

Commercial Debt Modifications and COVID-19
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2020

Section 1106 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the “CARES Act” provides a framework whereby small businesses can obtain loans from the SBA that may be forgiven to the extent of certain business expenses, including rent. Generally, when a loan is forgiven, the debtor is taxed on the amount forgiven under Internal Revenue Code §108 (subject to statutory exceptions)...

Shelter-In-Place Orders Raise 5 Business Operations Issues
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2020

In the wake of COVID-19, cities, counties and states across the nation are issuing shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders to curb nonessential movement of residents. States and local authorities are invoking powers to evacuate residents through statutes that have historically been used for natural disaster evacuations. While the ability to order and enforce such evacuations is not in dispute, the orders in this context raise many questions...

What Birmingham Businesses Should Know About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Tax Credit
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2020

President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or “the Act”) into law on March 18. The Act requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded Family and Medical Leave Act rights, subject to exceptions for certain healthcare providers, emergency responders, and businesses with fewer than 50 employees if compliance would jeopardize the business as a going concern...

Constitutional Lessons For Prisons Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2020

The spread of the highly contagious coronavirus has reach pandemic status. Over 550,000 cases have been confirmed across more than 175 countries, and the United States now has over 86,000 confirmed cases across all 50 states and four territories. In other countries, the threat of coronavirus has already impacted prison operations — lockdowns have been implemented in Italy and thousands of prisoners were released in Iran...

An American Healthcare Lawyer’s Perspective on the Emergence of COVID-19
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2020

We knew this year was going to be an especially bad one for the flu. In its November 2019 issue, Scientific American, one of the country's leading science publications, included a twenty-page article titled "The Influenza Outlook", which highlighted the escalating threat of influenza for the year 2020. Unfortunately, at present, the emergence and spread of the novel coronavirus makes the flu pale by comparison...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: Insurance Coverage Steps to Take Now Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2020

Does your organization’s insurance program provide any protection from the economic disruption caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic? What steps should you take to assess and protect that insurance coverage? The Bradley Policyholder Insurance Coverage team has provided an informative webinar addressing insurance coverage and claims adjustment for event cancellation, business interruption, and third-party claims stemming from the pandemic...

Food Safety Practices in the Time of COVID-19
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2020

Restaurateurs and their employees don’t need anything else to worry about these days. It is challenging enough to operate a restaurant in this time of quarantines, curbside and delivery-only options, and social distancing added to the attendant drops in revenue and worries about making sure employees are cared for. Maybe the absolute last thing any restaurant wants to focus on are food safety regulations such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: Business Continuity Planning Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2020

Below is a link to the recording of the COVID-19 Webinar Series: Business Continuity Planning, as well as a corresponding PowerPoint presentation. For more information, visit www.bradley.com/coronavirus. This webpage addresses specific concerns and questions related to the impact of the coronavirus including some common Q&As, attorney-authored content on how the coronavirus may impact you or your business, and links to helpful online resources...

COVID-19 Webinar Series: Employee Considerations for Employers Webinar Recording
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2020

A panel of Bradley labor and employment and cybersecurity attorneys discuss coronavirus-related issues facing employers, including: How should you talk with your employees about the rapidly changing situation with the coronavirus and what it means for them as employees? What are the wage and hour, benefits and data security issues implicated by employees working remotely? What are the options for maintaining or reducing your workforce when the coronavirus results in supply chain int

COVID-19: The Government Contractor's Guide to Compensable and Excusable Delays
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2020

With the recent and rapid spread of COVID-19 in the United States, it is only a matter of time before government contractors experience contract-performance delays — whether ordered by the government or not — that inevitably will have a significant financial impact. Accordingly, federal contractors should prepare now for COVID-19-related contract delays and be prepared to establish that such delays are compensable as well as excusable. I...

The Coronavirus and Business Insurance Coverage: Steps to Take Now
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, March 2020

Mississippi business leaders will continue to hope that the new coronavirus, COVID-19, stays away from and out of our state.But even if we avoid direct exposure to this worldwide health crisis, Mississippi companies will face risk and resulting losses.From international shipping and travel to reliance on component parts manufactured on foreign shores, Mississippi businesses may not realize the full effect of the coronavirus for years...

Beyond the False Claims Act: The Government’s Untraditional Tools in Health Care Fraud Prosecutions
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2020

INTRODUCTION In one of his last speeches as Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions proudly boasted: “We are sending a clear message to criminals across the country: we will find you. We will bring you to justice. And you will pay a very high price for what you have done.” This type of rhetoric is often reserved for serious criminal offenders...

 

 

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