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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

San Francisco Extends Commercial Eviction Moratorium
Hanson Bridgett LLP, April 2020

Key Points: SF Major extends commercial eviction moratorium through May 17, 2020. Moratorium applies only to commercial tenants registered to do business in San Francisco meeting certain requirements. Moratorium applies to all attempts to recover possession due to non-payment. Moratorium covers security deposits...

A Pandemic Upsets Supply Chains as Proposition 65 Enforcement Soars and New Regulations Take Effect
Hanson Bridgett LLP, April 2020

Key Points: Since Governor Newsom announced a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak, private Proposition 65 enforcement has increased by about 50%. Effective April 1st, new regulations clarify how manufacturers can satisfy their Proposition 65 warning obligations. These new regulations also clarify when retail sellers assume the burden under Proposition 65 to warn Californians...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Local COVID-19 Related Emergency Sick Leave Ordinances in California: San Francisco and San Jose
Buchalter, April 2020

April 21, 2020 Cities in California have been implementing local ordinances providing for emergency supplemental paid sick leave for local workers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which adds complexity for employers navigating the rapidly changing obligations resulting from the pandemic...

Buchalter Client Alert COVID-19: Estate Planning
Buchalter, April 2020

We hope this Alert finds you and your family healthy and safe during these unsettling times. COVID-19 has interrupted all of our normal routines but has provided many of our clients with a unique opportunity to take a pause and review existing estate planning documents to make sure they are still accurate. We have received numerous calls and emails from clients asking us to update their documents and the choices they made in previous years...

 

 

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