Category: COVID-19

Client Alert: SBA Issues Guidance for Restaurant Revitalization Fund Program

On April 17, 2021, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) quietly rolled out a new website for the much-anticipated Restaurant Revitalization Fund (“RRF”) program.  The website includes, among other things, a sample Application and Program Guide.  A copy of the Program Guide can be found here and a copy of the of the sample Application can…

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Client Alert: The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Establishes A $28.6 Billion “Restaurant Revitalization Fund” Within the U.S. Small Business Administration

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “Act”) into law. The wide-ranging $1.9 trillion stimulus bill establishes a $28.6 Billion “Restaurant Revitalization Fund” (the “RRF”) within the U.S. Small Business Administration (the “SBA”). The RRF is the first package of its kind to target restaurants through…

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Webinar Recording: New COVID-19 Relief Bill and Round Two of PPP Loans

RIW Attorneys Michael J. Barone, Jr., and Bethany A. Grazio, together with Adam Bispham at Cambridge Savings Bank, recently hosted an MCLE New England web panel entitled “1st Look” at the New COVID-19 Relief Bill & Round Two of PPP Loans. If you would like to review the program, a link to our PowerPoint presentation…

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The Effect of COVID-19 on Risk Allocation in Commercial Leases: Recent Superior Court Decision Provides Guidance

In one of the first written decisions from the Massachusetts Superior Court on the practical impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had in the commercial real estate space, the Business Litigation Session in the case of UNMV 205-207 Newbury, LLC v. Caffe Nero Americas Inc. not only denied an attempt at summary judgment by the Lessor, but also…

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Client Alert: Congress Appropriations Bill Expands Paycheck Protection Program

Following weeks of negotiation, Congress passed the 5,593 page Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “Act”) in the late hours December 21, 2020, that, in part, allocates approximately $900 billion towards emergency coronavirus relief and effectively extends and expands the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) and existing unemployment assistance programs.  A copy of the Act can…

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COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Employment Setting

Over the last week, the United States saw a heartening advancement in the COVID-19 situation: the distribution and administration of a vaccine.  This exciting development suggests a return to “normal” may, in fact, be on the horizon.  At the same time, many questions remain concerning the COVID-19 vaccination in the employment context.  Can an employer…

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Client Alert: Massachusetts House Bill Proposes to End Local COVID-19 Permitting Stay as of December 1, 2020

Earlier this year, we reported that House Bill 4617 effectively stayed the expiration of local approvals and permitting deadlines as of March 10, 2020 in response to COVID-19. Governor Baker also issued COVID-19 Executive Order No. 17, which stayed permitting activity before state agencies. Both the state and local orders were originally set to expire,…

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RIW Employment Law Attorney David Robinson Will Be a Panelist on ProVisors Business Advisory Webinar Hiring and Managing in the Workplace in the New Normal

The ProVisors Business Advisory Group is hosting a weekly webinar series called “Surviving, Thriving and Growing Your Business Through the Pandemic” from September 29, 2020, to November 10, 2020. RIW employment law attorney David Robinson will be a panelist on the webinar Hiring and Managing in the Workplace in the “New Normal” taking place on…

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Client Alert: Step II of Phase III Reopening Plan Announced

On September 29, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that effective Monday, October 5th, lower risk communities* will be permitted to move into Step II of Phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan with the following restrictions:     Indoor performance venues will be permitted to open with 50% capacity with a maximum of 250 people….

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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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