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Client Alert: Deductions to be Limited for Expenses Covered by Forgiven PPP Loans

Based on the latest guidance from the IRS in Notice 2020-32, businesses that use Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan proceeds to pay payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent and utilities will not be allowed to deduct those expenses to the extent that the PPP loan is later forgiven. Under the PPP, a business that gets a…

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Trusts & Estates Alert: Estate Planning Developments in the Midst of the COVID-19 Crisis

The novel Coronavirus has impacted nearly every aspect of our daily lives. The current crisis presents unprecedented obstacles that can only be remedied over time. This alert will address recent developments related to the crisis in the estate planning context.  Massachusetts Temporary Virtual Notarization Act Signed Into Law On a practical level, mandatory shutdowns of…

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RIW Attorney Adam Barnosky Will Co-Host MCLE “Hospitality Law Primer” Online Webcast

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Adam R. Barnosky, shareholder and co-lead of Ruberto, Israel & Weiner’s Hospitality & Retail Services Practice Group, will co-host the MCLE online webcast, “Hospitality Law Primer: The 60-Minute Lawyer” with Kristen L. Scanlon of Scanlon Law LLC on May 14, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. The online webcast will feature the fundamentals of hospitality…

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Client Alert: Boston’s Construction Site Best Practices for COVID-19: A Glimpse of ‘Business As Usual’ Post COVID-19

As the initial shock of COVID-19 has just begun to fade, many in the business world are contemplating the post-coronavirus workplace. What will “business as usual” look like after federal, state, and local agencies lift stay-at-home orders and other social distance mandates? That question has been answered, at least with respect to construction projects in…

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Client Alert: Governor Baker Signs Act Providing for a Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures During the COVID-19 Emergency

On April 20, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law an act which adopts protections relating to evictions and foreclosures. The Act addresses three main topics: Commercial Evictions, Residential Evictions, and Foreclosures. Key provisions of the Act provide for the following:   Definitions – “Non-essential eviction”, an eviction: (i) for non-payment of rent; (ii) resulting…

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Client Alert: Governor Signs Bill to Provide Permitting Relief for Communities and Applicants

On April 3, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker signed an emergency bill into law which covers a comprehensive set of topics to address challenges facing municipalities and state agencies. Section 17 of House No. 4617 specifically addresses extending certain deadlines applicable to municipalities as well as applicants with respect to the permitting and approval process. Key…

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Client Alert: Emergency Bill Authorizes Take-Out and Delivery of Beer/Wine for Licensed Massachusetts Restaurants

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On April 3, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker signed an emergency bill into law allowing take-out and delivery of beer/wine for licensed restaurants in Massachusetts. The authorization applies to any restaurant which currently holds a valid “all alcoholic beverages” or “malt and wine beverages” license approved by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission and issued by the…

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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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