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Shulman Rogers’ attorneys are working closely with clients to help chart the course forward and mitigate the significant negative effects the COVID-19 outbreak is having on their companies, employees and personal lives. To help you navigate the quickly changing legal and regulatory landscape, please find our most recently published updates below. 

A comprehensive library of our COVID-19 related resources is available under the RESOURCES and NEWS & EVENTS tabs above.

The content on this page may not reflect the most current developments as the COVID-19 subject matter is extremely fluid and subject to change.  Do not act or refrain from acting upon this information without seeking professional advice.

Please visit regularly for new and updated information, and contact your Shulman Rogers attorney with any questions you may have. For general inquiries and assistance, please send an email to info@ShulmanRogers.com.

 

Business

SBA Releases PPP Forgiveness Applications and Instructions

Congress Amends CARES Act to Add Flexibility to PPP Loans

Montgomery County will Begin Accepting Applications for Its Business Microenterprise Stabilization Program on Wednesday, June 10

UPDATE: May 14th is the New Deadline for Recipients to Return PPP Funds and Avoid Investigation

Recording: Webinar – Small Business Administration Loan Opportunities

May 7th Deadline Looms for Recipients to Return PPP Funds and Avoid Investigation

What’s Happening With M&A? — Buyers: Be Prepared!

Register for a free webinar; COVID-19 Resources for Sole Proprietors, Independent Contractors and Freelancers

Cannabis

Good News, Bad News: Maryland Cannabis Businesses are Essential! But Do Not Qualify for SBA Loan Program

The Impact of COVID-19 on Creditor and Ancillary Relationships in the Cannabis Industry

Divorce and Family Law

Part I: Divorce & Family Law During the COVID-19 Crisis – Visitation Refusal

Part II: Divorce & Family Law During the COVID-19 Crisis – Divorce + Pandemic = Uncertainty

Employment

Employment Alert: OSHA Releases Guidance Regarding Use of Cloth Face Coverings in the Workplace

Recording: Employment Law Webinar: Guidance for Reopening Your Business

Employment Law Alert: Guidance for Reopening Your Business

Department of Labor Issues New Model COBRA Notices

Employment Law Alert: DC Mandates Additional Employee Leave Under COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act 

Employment Law Alert: IRS Tells Us How Employees Qualify and What Documents We Need for New Emergency FFCRA Leave

Listen to a call with Merry Campbell: FFCRA New Emergency Paid Leave

Employment Law Alert: MARYLAND, VIRGINIA and DC – It’s Easier to Get Unemployment Benefits…

Government Contracts

Government Contracts – Grow your Business While Dealing with the Impact of COVID-19

Residential Settlements

Did you know…DC Recently Passed Legislation to Grant Relief to DC Residents and Businesses

Did you know … that the list of essential services was expanded to include “real estate services”?

Did You Know … that Maryland residents can travel to and from an Essential Business in order to conduct a real estate settlement?

Did you Know… that Banks are Experiencing Wire Room Delays as a Result of COVID-19? 

Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights

Restructuring a Small Business: 5 Benefits of Filing Under the Small Business Reorganization Act (subchapter V of Chapter 11)

Register for an upcoming Webinar: The ABC’s of a Business Bankruptcy

The Small Business Reorganization Act For Troubled Companies

Navigating These Troubled Times of COVID-19: WE CAN HELP

Tax

Section 139 and COVID-19: Getting the Most Bang for Your Employee Assistance Buck

IRS Provides Updated Guidance on Employee Retention Credit

Recording: Webinar: Tax Credits & Savings Opportunities Triggered by COVID-19

IRS Provides Concrete Guidance on How Employers Can Claim FFCRA Tax Credits: How to Claim, and What Records to Keep

Sweeping Tax Relief Provisions included in the CARES Act (Individual Provisions)

Sweeping Tax Relief Provisions included in the CARES Act (Business Provisions)

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

FCC Opens COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application Portal

Technology Customers and Vendors – Manage Deliverables while Dealing with the Impact of COVID-19

Read the latest message from our Managing Shareholder.

News

Congress Amends CARES Act to Add Flexibility to PPP Loans

June 10, 2020

The U.S. Congress recently passed the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act (the “Amendment”), which was enacted on June 5, 2020.  The Amendment modifies portions of the CARES Act related to forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loans (“PPP Loans”).  NOTE: Shulman Rogers issued prior Alerts describing the PPP Loans generally and the general rules of forgiveness of PPP Loans. 

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News

SBA Releases PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions

May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020The SBA recently released its loan forgiveness application for the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) under the The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”).  Along with the application, the SBA has included instructions that provide additional guidance and resolve several questions related to the calculation of forgiveness of PPP loans.

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News

Section 139 and COVID-19: Getting the Most Bang for Your Employee Assistance Buck

May 8, 2020

COVID-19.  It goes without saying that its impact has been unprecedented and many are scrambling to navigate the new normal. For employers who are looking to support employees, even amidst cost-cutting, there is a little-known provision of the tax law, enacted in the wake of the September 11th attacks, that was switched on when the President officially declared the coronavirus pandemic to be a national disaster. 

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Employment Law Alert: DC Mandates Additional Employee Leave Under COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act

May 4, 2020

Last month, D.C. Mayor Bowser enacted the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (the “Act”).   The Act created a new category of eligibility under the D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act (“DCFMLA”), permitting employees to take unpaid “declaration of emergency” leave if they are unable to work as a result of the circumstances giving rise to the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

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News

What’s Happening With M&A? — Buyers: Be Prepared!

May 4, 2020

In this second alert in our series discussing M&A in the COVID-19 era, we will address potential acquirers in the marketplace. As we posited in our last release, the COVID-19 pandemic will most certainly create opportunities for buyers poised to act fast to seize good deals when they arise. 

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GeneralNews

Maximizing Loan Forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program Loans

April 24, 2020

A central part of The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), enacted on March 27, 2020, has been the Paycheck Protection Program.  Initially funded with $349 billion, an amendment to the CARES Act that would add another $310 billion in funding to this program was passed by the U.S. Senate on April 21, 2020, and the U.S. House of Representatives on April 23, 2020.  Earlier today President Trump signed the amendment into law. 

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GeneralNews

What’s Happening With M&A — How Can You Get Ready?

April 24, 2020

We are now more than a month into the U.S. COVID-19 shutdown and several months into the broader global crisis.  The impact on U.S. and global M&A activity has been both sudden and severe. Global M&A for Q1 2020 is down 33% as compared to Q1 2019; and the value of announced mergers in the U.S. is down more than 50%. 

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Employment Law Alert: IRS Tells Us How Employees Qualify and What Documents We Need for New Emergency FFCRA Leave

April 6, 2020

The new FFCRA leave law is coming a little more into focus (despite being already in effect).  Late last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) clarified that only one caregiver may take advantage of the emergency paid sick or FMLA leave available under the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to care for a child whose school or childcare is closed

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Employment Law Alert: MARYLAND, VIRGINIA and DC – It’s Easier to Get Unemployment Benefits…

April 6, 2020

Due to the state of emergency proclaimed by the Governor of Maryland, and the labor conditions across the state of Maryland, the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor (MDDOL) has ordered, effective March 20, 2020, a temporary exemption from the work search requirements for individuals receiving unemployment insurance benefits. 

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NewsResidential Real Estate Update

Did you know … that the list of essential services was expanded to include “real estate services”?

April 1, 2020

As you may know, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued guidance on operations and services that should continue during the COVID-19 response to ensure the continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.  In response to the efforts of the real estate industry, on March 28, 2020, CISA released updated guidance (Version 2.0) that now includes “Residential and commercial real estate services, including settlement services” within the list of essential services. 

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GeneralNewsAlerts

Sweeping Tax Relief Provisions included in the CARES Act (Individual Provisions)

April 1, 2020

In an effort to help businesses and individuals weather the economic storm created by the coronavirus shutdowns, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed and the President signed on March 27, included many provisions easing restrictions imposed by the Internal Revenue Code. Key changes relating to Individual taxpayers are highlighted below. Changes oriented toward businesses have been covered in a separate Alert.

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NewsAlerts

COVID-19 Relief Alert (updated) — Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Using Withheld Payroll Taxes To Pay For COVID-19 Employee Paid Leave

March 31, 2020

Please note that this alert was updated on March 31, 2020, and reflects additional information provided by the Department of Labor on or about March 26, 2020.BackgroundOn March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) was signed into law, providing paid sick leave and family and medical leave for employees affected by COVID-19.

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GeneralNewsAlerts

Sweeping Tax Relief Provisions included in the CARES Act (Business Provisions)

March 31, 2020

In an effort to help businesses and individuals weather the economic storm created by the coronavirus shutdowns, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed and the President signed on March 27, included many provisions easing restrictions imposed by the Internal Revenue Code.  Key Changes relating to businesses are highlighted below. 

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NewsResidential Real Estate Update

Did You Know… … that Maryland residents can travel to and from an Essential Business in order to conduct a real estate settlement?

March 30, 2020

As you may know, the outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in the issuance of several Executive Orders by Governor Hogan. Today, Governor Hogan issued a stay-at-home order (Executive Order 20-03-30-01) that requires, among other things, Non-Essential Businesses to remain closed to the general public and Maryland residents to stay in their homes or places of residence except to conduct or participate in Essential Activities, which includes obtaining necessary supplies or services for one’s self or household.

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Employment Law Alert: Additional DOL Guidance—Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 30, 2020

In support of its ongoing effort to facilitate understanding of and compliance with the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has recently issued an exhaustive set of Questions and Answers to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees with respect to their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.

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GeneralNewsAlerts

Congress Passes CARES Act – Includes Paycheck Protection Loan Provisions

March 28, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was passed by the U.S Senate on March 25, 2020, and by the U.S. House of Representatives on March 27, 2020.  President Trump has signed the bill into law and Steve Mnuchin, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, has indicated that the administration will move quickly to formulate rules implementing the legislation as early as April 3, 2020.

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GeneralNewsAlerts

Senate Passes $2 Trillion Stimulus

March 27, 2020

The Senate passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package to help states, businesses and individuals counter the negative economic impacts of the coronavirus, with the House expected to pass the bill today. The plan will provide, among other things, direct payments to individual taxpayers, loans and grants to assist distressed businesses and benefits for the unemployed. It is the largest stimulus package in modern U.S. history. The President is expected to sign the bill immediately.

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NewsAlerts

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

March 26, 2020

In response to the impact of COVID-19, the Small Business Administration  (SBA) announced the availability of Economic Injury Disaster Loans.  While some business owners may be tempted to complete the SBA loan application on their own, a single misstep during this part of the process can cause serious problems down the road.

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GeneralNewsAlerts

SEC and COVID-19: Relief for Investment Advisers

March 26, 2020

On March 25, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) superseded the original relief of March 13, 2020 it had provided to certain registered investment advisers and exempt reporting advisers that met the conditions of the relief regarding their obligations with respect to Form ADV and Form PF.

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Cannabis Law AlertNewsAlerts

Good News, Bad News: Maryland Cannabis Businesses are Essential! But Do Not Qualify for SBA Loan Program

March 25, 2020

As you may have seen, the Governor issued an order on Monday ordering all non-essential businesses and other establishments to close.  The Maryland Office of Legal Counsel issued Interpretive Guidance issued guidance, as well, making it clear that the Order is not a shelter-in-place order, but noted that all Marylanders are urged to remain home and even businesses that are permitted to remain open are urged to promote work-from-home arrangements to the greatest extent possible.

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EMPLOYMENT LAW ALERT: EEOC Releases Updated Guidance Regarding What Employers Should Know about the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and COVID-19

March 24, 2020

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released updated guidance entitled “What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19.” The updated guidance provides answers to employers’ frequently asked questions regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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COVID-19 Tax Relief: IRS Extends Tax Payment and Filing Deadlines; Some States Grant Tax Relief (UPDATED)

March 24, 2020

In IRS Notice 2020-17, the IRS released a measure of positive news for all taxpayers whose tax payment would normally be due on April 15, 2020: the deadline to pay taxes is extended by 3 months to July 15, 2020. While details are still forthcoming, a few days later Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the filing deadline would be moved to July 15th as well.

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