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Employment Law Bulletin | May 27, 2020

Sonoma County Employers Required to Use SoCo COVID-19 Check App Starting June 1, 2020 On May 22, 2020, the Sonoma County Public Health Officer issued Amendment No. 3 to its Public Health Order (the “Order) requiring all employees to perform a self-check for COVID-19 symptoms, including a temperature check, before reporting to a worksite or […]

Law Bulletin | May 26, 2020

PPP Loan Forgiveness – What Happens If My Employee Turns Down My Offer To Return To Active Employment? Many employers who laid off employees due to loss of business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have since received a Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan.  One of the very attractive elements of this loan program is the […]

Law Bulletin | May 19, 2020

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Issued On May 15, 2020, the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department released the Loan Forgiveness Application (“Application”) borrowers must complete in order to have their Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans forgiven.  The Application includes information about the costs that are eligible for forgiveness and instructions for calculating those costs, using […]

Law Bulletin | May 13, 2020

New Guidance for PPP Loan Holders Concerned About the Certification of Necessity In our May 1, 2020 Bulletin, we reported on the Small Business Administration’s increased scrutiny of Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) borrowers’ certifications that their PPP loans were “necessary,” and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s announcement that the SBA will audit every loan over $2 million.  […]

Law Bulletin | May 11, 2020

Has COVID-19 Made Your Contract Unenforceable? Contracts and written agreements between people or entities are a common part of everyday life.  What happens when an unforeseeable event, commonly referred to as “force majeure” or “an act of God” occurs and makes it either difficult or impossible for you to do what you agreed to do? […]

Law Bulletin | May 1, 2020

New Guidance Issued:  Required Support for Borrower “Certifications of Necessity” for Paycheck Protection Program Loans Applicants for Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans are required to make a good faith certification that “current economic uncertainty makes this loan necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.”  Following several high-profile media stories about how large publicly […]

Law Bulletin | April 30, 2020

Business Interruption Insurance – Does It Cover Losses Associated with COVID-19? As California’s shelter-in-place order is likely to extend past May, many businesses are beginning to explore whether their insurance policies include “business income” or “business interruption” coverage.  Such coverage is a feature of commercial property insurance policies and is designed to protect against the […]

Employment Law Bulletin | April 24, 2020

President Trump Signs New Act Authorizing Additional Funding for Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans Today President Trump signed the “Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act” which is largely dedicated to replenishing funds for the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (“EIDL”) program. The new law adds […]

Employment Law Bulletin | April 13, 2020

Small Employer Exemption Under the FFCRA: Does it apply to my business? Although the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) contains an exemption for employers with fewer than 50 employees, employers should be aware that this exemption is 1) optional and 2) extremely limited.  Specifically, the FFCRA allows small employers to elect an exemption from […]

Estate Planning in a Challenging Time | April 2, 2020

Estate Planning in a Challenging Time To our Clients and Friends: It is not uncommon for estate planners to be contacted by near-frantic clients hoping to quickly update their estate plans as they prepare to leave home for a vacation.  But we are not used to clients contacting us in a similarly panicked state because […]