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Chris Hughes

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Lenders and other creditors will soon be dealing with their borrowers’ or customers’ delinquent loans or accounts as businesses everywhere try to recover from the many consequences of the virus.  Here are some tips and insights that may help you with those issues.  1. What should you expect to hear from...

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The general slowdown that has resulted from the COVID-19 global pandemic may provide you with some extra time to put your affairs in order. While the estate planning process may seem daunting, getting started is straightforward. The first step in your estate planning process should be to spend some time self-assessing...

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ONLINE NOTARY PUBLIC ACT (NE) Governor Ricketts issued an Executive Order on April 1st, making Nebraska’s Online Notary Public Act effective immediately, subject to rules and regulations promulgated by the Nebraska Secretary of State.  The Online Notary Public Act, Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 64-401 et seq., allows for an online notary...
On Wednesday, April 1, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the payroll tax credits available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  (To view the FAQs, click here).  These FAQs, along with the Department of Labor’s (DOL) temporary regulations, were...
On Thursday, April 2, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) reversed its prior position and announced that the supplemental $600 per-week unemployment insurance benefit under the CARES Act (termed Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, or FPUC) is expanded to apply to workers participating in a short-time compensation (STC) or “work-sharing” program.  (For...
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”; Pub. L. 116-136) apportions $349 billion to the “Paycheck Protection Program” (the “Program”) which authorizes small business loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) under Section 7(a) of the Small Business Act which can then be forgiven if certain conditions...
This is one of a series of articles on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) signed into law on March 27, 2020 (Pub. L. 116-136). The CARES Act took another step forward in easing the burdens on providers and helping stop the spread of COVID-19 with several...
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”; Pub. L. 116-136) creates a broad limitation on liability for health care professionals volunteering to assist with the COVID-19 response. Specifically, while the public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services remains in effect, volunteer health care...
On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Treasury and Small Business Administration released additional guidance regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) established under the CARES Act, including the issuance of an interim final rule (“IFR”).  For our earlier articles summarizing the PPP, please visit the Baird Holm COVID-19 Hub.   New Application...
Among the myriad challenges facing all levels of government and business during the coronavirus crisis is how best to get money to those who need it in as fast and efficient a manner as possible. Employers, local and state governments, charities, and other businesses addressing this pressing need are finding that...
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”; Pub. L. 116-136) signed into law on March 27, 2020 contained significant revisions to Part 2—the industry moniker for the federal law protecting the confidentiality of substance use disorder records held by certain providers. The addition of these changes may seem...
The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has published a temporary rule issuing regulations for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), which went into effect on April 1, 2020.  The regulations are available here.  It is important to note that in some cases, the regulations and the DOL’s recent “Question and Answer”...
Every person, every industry and every economic sector is feeling impact of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic.  Real estate is no exception.  One area of heightened interest is how a global pandemic such as COVID-19 fits into a force majeure provision, which is common in many commercial leases and purchase agreements, but...

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When the President declares a disaster or emergency under the Stafford Act or National Emergencies Act and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (the “Secretary”) declares a public health emergency, the Secretary is authorized to temporarily waive or modify certain regulatory requirements related to reimbursement and other...
The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act was unanimously approved by the Senate on March 25, and by the House on March 27, 2020. President Trump signed the Act into law soon thereafter. The third federal stimulus package adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CARES...
With COVID-19 creating an increased need for work from home video conferencing to maintain business relationships, video conferencing services have been booming.  There are several new business conferencing services, and several that have been around for a while.  For example, Microsoft relaunched its Skype for Business service as Teams, which is...
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act"), which was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, places a 120-day moratorium on evictions based solely on nonpayment of rent or nonpayment of other fees or charges, as well as a 120-day moratorium on the charging of fees or penalties for...
On March 31, 2020, the U.S. Treasury released additional guidance regarding the Paycheck Protection Program established under the CARES Act, which provides for forgivable loans to eligible borrowers based on payroll costs.  For our earlier article summarizing the Paycheck Protection Program, please click here.    Key points from the guidance include: Small businesses...
In Notice 2020-18, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced special Federal income tax return filing and payment relief in response to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency.  The IRS followed up the Notice with a Q&A found here, as well as Notice 2020-20, which modified some of...
This is one of a series of articles on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion stimulus package signed into law on March 27, 2020. For a summary of the small business lending provisions please click here, for a summary of other employer and employee relief provisions...

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