Category: Articles & Quotes

Client Alert: State Tax Deferral for Massachusetts Retail & Hospitality Industries

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On September 15, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced an extension of state tax deferral measures aimed at easing COVID-19 related financial burdens for the retail and hospitality sectors.   The tax deferral extension will include the following measures:   Extended Time Period for Deferral. Sales tax, meals tax, and room occupancy taxes will be…

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Trusts & Estates Alert: COVID-19 and Your Estate: Planning Considerations During These Difficult Times

We find ourselves in an unwanted new world, some say a “new normal”. As the pandemic continues, here are some things to consider as part of your estate planning matters. It is particularly important to evaluate the choices of fiduciaries that you have named/nominated or will name in the following estate planning designations:   Your…

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Client Alert: SBA Issues Revised PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the Small Business Administration (the “SBA”) quietly released the revised Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application (the “Long Form Application”) and the new Paycheck Protection Program PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508EZ (the “EZ Application”). The instructions included as part of the Applications provide borrowers with much needed guidance on…

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Client Alert: Enhanced Debt Relief Under the CARES Act – Leverage for Small Businesses

To date, much of the discussion regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability Act (the “CARES Act”) has been focused on the provisions of its Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”), which provides forgivable loans to small businesses based upon two and half months of their average payroll costs. The PPP has been incredibly successful in stemming…

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Client Alert: House and Senate Pass Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

On June 3, 2020, the United States Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (the “Act“), as passed by the House on May 27, 2020, amending certain aspects of the Small Business Administration Act and the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP“), created by Division A, Title I of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic…

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Client Alert: Massachusetts State Courts Move Toward Resumption of Civil Litigation

Nearly three months after pausing civil litigation due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) has released a new emergency order, effective June 1, 2020 (the “June Order”), that lays out the present plan for resumption of civil litigation. Although the June Order’s plan is contingent upon there being no further surges…

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Client Alert: Governor Baker Announces Restaurant Re-Opening Plan for Massachusetts

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At a press conference on May 29, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced a plan for re-opening restaurants throughout Massachusetts. Re-opening will commence during Phase 2, with a specific date expected to be announced the first week in June.   Below is a synopsis of the re-opening plan:   • The…

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Client Alert: As Construction Projects Ramp Back Up, What Does Your Contract Say About Who Bears the Costs of Delays?

Everyone is aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has substantially disrupted businesses of all types throughout the country, and construction has been no exception. At the project level, the pandemic has impacted construction sites in a wide variety of ways. Some projects were completely shut down, whether by state or local mandate, by unilateral owner decision,…

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RIW Attorney Adam Barnosky’s Opinion Piece “How Municipalities Can Help Restaurants Reopen” Featured in the Boston Globe

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An opinion piece by Ruberto, Israel & Weiner hospitality attorney Adam Barnosky was featured in the Boston Globe. The article, titled “How municipalities can help restaurants reopen,” discusses the proactive role local governments can play as the restaurants prepare to reopen. Read the full article here. Adam Barnosky is a shareholder and co-leads the firm’s Hospitality &…

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Client Alert: Governor Baker Details Phased Reopening of Massachusetts

On Monday, May 18, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced plans to cautiously reopen Massachusetts businesses in accordance with the previously announced Four-Phase Approach to Reopening Massachusetts.  Pursuant to the plans announced by Governor Baker, created in conjunction with the Reopening Advisory Board, the first phase of reopening Massachusetts is scheduled to go into effect…

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