Month: March 2020

CARES Act: Assistance for Small Businesses

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability (“CARES”) Act (the “Act”), as approved by the Senate on March 26, 2020, and the House on March 27, 2020. This article is intended to focus on those provisions of Phase 3 of the federal COVID-19 stimulus package relative to the…

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Client Alert: Department of Labor Guidance and Workplace Poster on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Since the Senate passed and the President signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act” or “FFCRA”), the Department of Labor has issued guidance regarding the Act as well as a mandatory workplace notice that employers must provide to employees.  How to Comply with the Mandatory Notice Requirement  Each covered employer can…

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Restaurant Industry Discussion on Legal & Business Issues Related to COVID-19 Outbreak – Webinar Recording

Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in the Restaurant Industry Discussion on Legal & Business Issues Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak webinar on Monday, March 23, 2020. These are challenging times and we hope it was useful. If you have any questions related to the subjects discussed in the webinar, or if…

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Massachusetts Construction Projects: Full Steam Ahead?

Governor Baker Seems to Overturn COVID-19 Municipal Construction Work Stoppages in the Commonwealth, But Mayor Walsh Balks In the fast-moving environment of “Can v. Can’t” and “Do v. Don’t” resulting from COVID-19 and governmental shutdowns, it is a challenge to keep track of what business activities are permitted to continue and who can perform them….

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Client Alert: Legislation Would Create National Remote Online Notarization Standards

In an effort to mitigate the significant harm to commerce caused by COVID-19, several organizations including the American Land Title Association (“ALTA”), the Mortgage Bankers Association (“MBA”), and the National Association of Realtors (“NAR”) are rallying around the Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act of 2020 (the “SECURE Notarization Act”) to…

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Client Alert: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Signed Into Law

Last Wednesday, the Senate passed and the President signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”). The Act has undergone revisions regarding the paid sick and family leave programs since the House’s passing of the Act, mostly designed to limit some of the leave provided and capping the paid leave to match…

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Client Alert: Massachusetts State Court Civil Case Management Impacts of COVID-19

Before the spread of COVID-19 last week, the Massachusetts court system—which consists of the Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”), the Appeals Court, and the Trial Court (itself comprised of the Superior Court, District Court, Land Court, and Housing Court, among others)—was already stretched thin. For example, it is typical in many Superior Court civil sessions to…

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Can I Still Sell My Property When the Registry Closes? – Gap Closings

As sectors of the US economy effectively shut down one by one in response to COVID-19, a quick review of those sectors and essential functions that remain open for business may be the better approach to measure where things stand. In the world of real estate and mortgage financing, certain transactions may be able to…

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House Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Last Saturday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address the anticipated economic impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak and to provide support to affected Americans. Although the bill may be subject to changes, it is expected that the Senate will pass the bill and it will be signed into…

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Contractual Rights, Performance Obligations and COVID-19: A Primer on Gap-Filler Doctrines and Force Majeure

The spread of COVID-19 has triggered economic turmoil and unprecedented government intervention into private industry. Business owners, lenders, landlords, employers and their respective counter-parties are reviewing the key terms of innumerable business arrangements and relationships impacted by current events. One common contract term that ordinarily draws little attention and is often relegated to the miscellaneous…

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