We are actively monitoring federal and state government guidance and situation updates—and stand ready to help clients navigate Coronavirus-related business concerns.

Guidance and regulations involving COVID-19 are changing rapidly—often with little or no notice to the public. Our alerts and resources pages are continually updated. Please make sure you are reviewing our most recent guidance, and consult a member of our team before taking action.

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Contact: Dominic J. De Simone | Finance
215.864.8704 | desimone@ballardspahr.com

Emilie R. Ninan | Finance
302.252.4426 | ninane@ballardspahr.com

Alan S. Kaplinsky | Consumer Financial Services
215.864.8544 | kaplinsky@ballardspahr.com.

Consumer Financial Services Updates 

Alerts

NJ Supreme Court Upholds COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act

E-Signatures and Remote Online Notarization - Updated August 10

NJ Passes COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act

(Video) COVID-19: The Path Forward – Considerations for CARES Act Compliance and Enforcement

Updated: New York Federal Reserve Expands Eligible Issuers and Provides Indicative Pricing and Sample Transaction Documents for Municipal Liquidity Facility

FRB Boston Releases Main Street Lending Program Documentation and FAQs

Coronavirus Relief Fund Payments for State, Local, and Tribal Governments - Updated June 2

Federal Reserve Provides Pricing and Sale Updates to Municipal Liquidity Facility - Updated May 13

SEC Issues Public Statement on Disclosure in the Municipal Markets and COVID-19

Updates to The Federal Reserve Board’s New Municipal Liquidity Facility

Bond Relief Amid COVID-19 Restrictions: Telephonic Public Hearings and Enhanced Issuer Ability to Purchase Bonds

Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

The Fed Throws a Cash Flow Lifeline to State and Local Governments

Federal Reserve Provides $2.3 Trillion in Loans

Financial Action Task Force Update: Statement on COVID-19’s Implications for AML Programs

Be Aware of Changing Guidance from the Feds

Disclosing COVID-19 Risks and Impacts in Connection with Municipal Securities

SEC Releases Two Additional C&DIs Related to Its COVID-19 Order

FinCEN Issues COVID-19 AML Update for Financial Institutions

Treasury Provides Guidance on SBA Paycheck Protection Program

Overview of the SBA Loan Programs Related to COVID-19 Crisis Aid and Relief

The CARES Act and Student Lending

The CARES Act and Credit Reporting

SEC Provides Regulatory Relief to Investment Companies and Investment Advisers

FinCEN Warns About COVID-19 Scams and Requests Enhanced Communication From Financial Institutions 

SEC Division of Investment Management Guidance for Mutual Fund Boards

FINRA Issues Notice Providing Guidance and Regulatory Relief Related to Pandemic-Related Business Continuity Planning

Mortgage Banking Updates 

VA Allows Deferments as Loss Mitigation Options for Borrowers with COVID-19 Forbearances

HUD Provides Guidance on Making FHA Loans to Borrowers with Forbearances

FHA Extends Temporary Employment Verification and Appraisal Guidance due to COVID-19

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Extend Origination Flexibilities Due to COVID-19

FHFA Announces Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Will Continue Purchasing Loans in a COVID-19 Forbearance

FHFA, HUD, and VA Announce Extension Foreclosure Moratoriums Through December 31

States Issue Work-From-Home Guidance for Mortgage Lenders - Updated August 24

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce the End to Purchases of Loans in a COVID-19 Forbearance

Legislation Would Require Purchase and Insurance of COVID-19 Forbearance Loans Without Additional Conditions

Fannie Mae Updates COVID-19 Servicing FAQs

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Extend the Purchase of Loans in a COVID-19 Forbearance

Fannie Mae Updates COVID-19 Selling FAQs

Freddie Mac Updates COVID-19 Selling FAQs

HUD Revises Effective Date for Recent Updates to FHA Loan COVID-19 Guidance

HUD Updates COVID-19 Guidance for FHA Loans

VA Addresses COVID-19 Precautions for Specially Adapted Housing Project Stakeholders

CFPB Updates 2020 Complaint Bulletin and Again Focuses on COVID-19 Related Complaints

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Update COVID-19 Servicing Guidance

HUD Addresses FHA COVID-19 Loss Mitigation Options

The Mortgage Bankers Association, the American Land Title Association, and the National Association of Realtors Publish Model Remote Notarization Executive Order

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Update COVID-19 Selling and Servicing FAQs

VA Addresses CARES Act Forbearance Effect on VA Loan Eligibility

FHA Extends Temporary Employment Verification and Appraisal Guidance Due to COVID-19

CFPB Issues Mortgage Loan Loss Mitigation Interim Final Rule Based on COVID-19

VA Extends Eviction Moratorium Through August 31

HUD and VA Extend Foreclosure Moratoriums Through August 31

FHFA Announces Extension of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium Through August 31 

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Update Selling FAQs to Address Loans in a COVID-19 Forbearance 

Fannie Mae Updates Guidance on the Limiting of Servicing Advance Obligations 

New York Senate Bill Grants Expanded Forbearance Relief for Some New York Homeowners

VA Temporarily Suspends Property Inspection Requirements for Loans with Cares Act Forbearance

CFPB and CSBS Issue Joint Statement Regarding CARES Act Mortgage Loan Forbearances

HUD Issues Procedures for Endorsement of Mortgages in a COVID-19 Forbearance 

Fannie Mae Updates COVID-19 Payment Deferral Guidance

Freddie Mac Updates Guidance on Eligibility for New Loans for Borrowers With a Forbearance

For Borrowers with a Forbearance, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Address their Eligibility for New Loans

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce COVID-19 Payment Deferral 

Fannie Mae Addresses FHFA Limiting Mortgage Servicer Advance Obligations

VA Updated Guidance on Relief for Borrowers Experiencing Financial Hardship Due to COVID-19

CFPB Addresses Rescission and TRID Rule Waiting Periods and Changed Circumstances in View of COVID-19

HUD OIG Takes Issue with Mortgage Servicer Websites Addressing CARES Act

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Make Clear: No Lump Sum Payment Requirement for Borrowers in COVID-19 Forbearance

NCUA Issues Interim Appraisal Rule Because of COVID-19

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Address Eligibility for Sale of Loans in COVID-19 Forbearance 

FHFA Announces Four-Month Limit to Servicer Fannie Mae Advance Obligations 

FTC Publishes Guidance to Mortgage Borrowers Regarding COVID-19 Relief

Ginnie Mae Announces Expanded Pass-through Assistance due to COVID-19 with an Initial April 13 Application Deadline  

Federal Agencies and CSBS Provide Flexibility Guidance to Mortgage Servicers 

FHA Announces Additional Loss Mitigation Options Based on CARES Act 

FHA Provides Guidance on Re-Verification of Employment and Exterior-Only or Desktop Appraisals

The CARES Act Requires Residential Mortgage Forbearance Relief 

Update: COVID-19 & Real Estate and Mortgage Closings

 

Contact: Maggie M. Tatton | Business and Transactions
612.371.2465 | tattonm@ballardspahr.com 

Webinars

05.15.20 – Webinar Recording: Owner-Managed Business/Closely Held Business - Three-Part Webinar Series (Part Three); Password: Ballard3

05.08.20 – Webinar Recording: Owner-Managed Business/Closely Held Business - Three-Part Webinar Series (Part Two) ; Password: Ballard0408

05.01.20 – Webinar Recording: Owner Managed Business/Closely Held Business -Three Part Webinar Series (Part One); Password: Ballard5.1

Alerts

CARES Act/Paycheck Protection Program 

07.02.20 – (Video) COVID-19: The Path Forward – Considerations for CARES Act Compliance and Enforcement

05.08.20 – THE CARES ACT: COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT - Considerations for Recipients of Relief Funding

05.14.20 – Nonprofits Should Consider Updated May 13, 2020 SBA Guidance on PPP Applications

04.28.20 – U.S. Treasury Provides Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program, Demands Repayment From Applicants With ‘Adequate Sources of Liquidity’

04.02.20 – Application Form and New Guidance for Paycheck Protection Program

03.27.20 – CARES Act Loans Come with Labor and Employment Strings Attached 

Business Operations

Updated 04.21.20 – E-Signatures and Remote Online Notarization

04.03.20 – Expanded Federal List of Critical Industries Opens Doors to Operations

03.26.20 – SEC’s Coronavirus Response Efforts: Maintaining Operations Consistent with Health Directives

03.13.20 – Disclosing Information About the Coronavirus under HIPAA

Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation

06.25.20 – FAQs on COVID-19 Address Benefit Issues

03.24.20 – COVID-19 Sparks Interim Valuations for ESOPs 

Estate Planning

03.17.20 – Estate Planning in Uncertain Times 

Manufacturing and Supply Chain

03.20.20 – Manufacturers: Qualifying as ‘Critical,’ ‘Life Sustaining,’ or ‘Essential’

02.21.20 – Coronavirus Outbreak Prompts Supply Chain Disruptions

Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity

Updated 04.21.20 – E-Signatures and Remote Online Notarization

03.30.20 – Effects of COVID-19 on Private Equity

03.17.20 – COVID-19 Impacts on Representations & Warranties Insurance Coverage in M&A Transactions

03.13.20 – The Short-Term Impact of the Coronavirus on Deal Activity 

Nonprofits/Exempt Organizations

07.28.2020 - PA Provides New Spending Flexibilities and Nonjudicial Settlement Opportunities for Nonprofits, Charitable Trusts

05.14.20 – Nonprofits Should Consider Updated May 13, 2020 SBA Guidance on PPP Applications

SEC/Public-Reporting Companies

06.26.20 – GC Insights: SEC Office of Chief Accountant Issues Statement Reminding Management, Auditors, and Audit Committees of Continued Importance of High-Quality Financial Reporting for Investors in Light of COVID-19

05.08.20 – THE CARES ACT: COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT - Considerations for Recipients of Relief Funding

05.06.20  – SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance Releases Four COVID-19 Related FAQs 

04.28.20 – SEC Forms Cross-Divisional COVID-19 Market Monitoring Group and Announces Investor Advisory Committee Meeting

04.27.20 – NYSE and NASDAQ Provide Temporary Listing Compliance Relief for Certain Listed Companies

04.17.20 – COVID-19: SEC Disclosure Obligations for Investment Companies

04.13.20 – SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance Provides Statement to Those Affected by COVID-19 Regarding Form 144 Paper Filing Requirements

04.13.20 – SEC Chairman and Division of Corporation Finance Director Release Public Statement on COVID-19 Impact Disclosure in Earnings Announcements and Calls

04.09.20 – Delaware Issues Modified Order Relating to Remote Meeting of Shareholders and Shareholder Notices

04.08.20 – Financial Disclosures in the COVID-19 Era for REITs and other Public Companies Relating to Real Estate Assets and Liabilities

04.01.20 – SEC Announces Ad Hoc Meeting of Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee and Virtual Coffee Breaks in Response to COVID-19 Challenges Faced By Small Businesses

04.01.20 – SEC Releases Two C&DIs Related to Its COVID-19 Order Extending Certain Conditional Exemptions From Reporting and Proxy Delivery Requirements

03.27.20 – Form 8-K Disclosures – COVID-19 Impacts

03.26.20 – SEC Extends Conditional Relief From Reporting and Proxy Delivery Requirements for Public Companies Affected By COVID-19

03.26.20 – SEC Extends Conditional Relief Relaxing Deadlines under the Investment Company Act and Investment Advisers Act if Affected By COVID-19 Subject to Notice to the SEC and to Investors 

03.16.20 – 2020 Annual Meeting Considerations for Public Reporting Companies as a Result of COVID-19

03.13.20 – SEC Division of Investment Management Guidance for Mutual Fund Boards

03.13.20 – SEC Provides Filing Extension for Reporting Companies and Individuals

03.11.20 – SEC Order Provides Relief for Reporting Companies Affected by COVID-19

Small Businesses

04.01.20 – Overview of the SBA Loan Programs Related to COVID-19 Crisis Aid and Relief

04.01.20 – SEC Announces Ad Hoc Meeting of Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee and Virtual Coffee Breaks in Response to COVID-19 Challenges Faced By Small Businesses

Baby Boomers and Business Transition in the COVID-19 Era 

Checklists

05.26.20 – Checklist: Developing a CARES Act Compliance Program

Contact: Jean C. Hemphill | Health Care 
215.864.8539 | hemphill@ballardspahr.com

Edward I. Leeds | Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
215.864.8419 | leeds@ballardspahr.com

Webinars

04.20.20- Webinar Recording: HIPAA's Impact on Newsgathering During COVID-19

04.02.20 – Webinar Recording: Paid Leave and Other Legal Considerations for the COVID-19 Pandemic; Password: Ballard0402

03.26.20 – Webinar Recording: Furloughs, Layoffs, and Related Employment and Benefits Issues

Alerts

Employee Benefits

06.25.20 – FAQs on COVID-19 Address Benefit Issues

06.25.20 – IRS Guidance Provides COVID-19 Relief for Participants Taking Retirement Plan Distributions and Loans

06.18.20 – IRS Issues Guidance Allowing Employer-Sponsored Leave Donation Programs for COVID-19 Relief

06.08.20 – IRS Allows Remote Spousal Consent for Retirement Plans

05.19.20 – CMS Addresses Extended Deadlines for Benefit Plans

05.13.20 – IRS Provides Flexibility for Employer-Sponsored Cafeteria Plans and FSAs in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

05.06.20 – IRS Issues New Guidance on CARES Act Provisions Affecting Retirement Plans

04.30.20 – DOL and Treasury Extend Benefits-Related Deadlines

04.23.20 – CMS Encourages Flexibility in Utilization Management and Prior Authorization Within Limits

04.15.20 – PBGC Provides Pandemic Relief for Pension Plans

04.15.20 – Federal Agencies Postpone Deadlines for Employee Benefit Plan Matters

03.30.20 – IRS Issues Guidance and Relief Regarding 403(b) Plan Amendments

03.26.20 – The CARES Act – How the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Impacts Employee Benefit Plans

03.17.20 – Employee Benefits and Furloughs in the Era of COVID-19

03.13.20 – IRS Provides Relief to Cover COVID-19 Testing and Treatment

03.13.20 – States Waive Cost-Sharing for Screening and Testing

HIPAA

08.27.20. - HHS Issues HIPAA Guidance on Contacting Survivors of COVID-19 About Plasma Donation

05.08.20 – HIPAA Rules and Media Coverage: HHS Issues Guidance Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

03.18.20 – HIPAA Security Rule Update Related to COVID-19

03.18.20 – HHS Issues Temporary and Limited HIPAA Waiver for Hospitals

03.18.20 – HIPAA Security Rule Update Related to COVID-19

03.13.20 – Disclosing Information About the Coronavirus under HIPAA

03.13.20 – Disclosing Information about the Novel Coronavirus under HIPAA

Health Care 

08.10.20 - New Executive Order and CY 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Offer Permanent Expansion of Medicare Telehealth Services, Extension of Temporary Telehealth Flexibilities

07.02.20 – (Video) COVID-19: The Path Forward – Considerations for CARES Act Compliance and Enforcement

06.18.20 – IRS Issues Guidance Allowing Employer-Sponsored Leave Donation Programs for COVID-19 Relief

04.27.20 – Compliance With CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Terms and Conditions Is Imperative

04.24.20 – Update: CARES Act Health Care Provider Relief Fund–What Eligible Providers Should Know

04.23.20 – CMS Encourages Flexibility in Utilization Management and Prior Authorization Within Limits

04.17.20 – FAQs on Families First and CARES Acts Implementation for Health Plans

04.16.20 – NJ Grants Health Care Professionals and Facilities Immunity in Treating COVID-19 Patients

04.13.20 – CARES Act Health Care Provider Relief Fund–What Eligible Providers Should Know

04.01.20 – CMS Issues Temporary Regulatory Waivers to Increase the U.S. Health Care System’s Ability to Respond to COVID-19

03.30.20 – IRS Issues Guidance and Relief Regarding 403(b) Plan Amendments

03.27.20 – Health Care and the CARES Act

03.23.20 – OCR Guidance Related to Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Emergency

03.20.20 – CMS Releases Recommendations on Adult Elective Surgeries, Non-Essential Medical, Surgical, and Dental Procedures During COVID-19 Response

03.11.20 – Briefing: Coronavirus Reverberates Throughout Health Care Industry

Contact: Brian Pedrow | Labor and Employment
215.864.8108 | pedrow@ballardspahr.com

Employers Beware!

As federal agencies scramble to implement COVID-19 emergency legislation, their guidance is constantly evolving and in some cases mutating, often without notice or highlighting the changes. The DOL FAQs under the FFCRA have undergone many changes and clarifications to earlier versions. Please see our Alerts, Guidance, and Forms below for the latest information. We are updating this information, often on a daily basis, as the DOL guidance changes.


Webinars

How COVID-19 Has Changed HR’s Role in the Business Organization: An Update for Arizona HR Professionals and In-House Legal Counsel

The Next Wave: Employer Preparedness (and Liability) for COVID-19 Complaints

Webinar Recording: I Won't Come to Work! Legal and Practical Guidance for Employers Facing Accommodation Requests During COVID-19

Webinar Recording: Top PPP Loan Forgiveness Challenges

Webinar Recording: Resuming Workplace Operations: The Long March Back from Pandemic Isolation - Part Two

Webinar Recording: Resuming Workplace Operations: The Long March Back from Pandemic Isolation - Part One (Password: Ballard1)

Webinar Recording: Contingent Workers and COVID-19: A Crossroads

Webinar Recording: COVID-19 Related Employment and Tax Issues for Employers

Webinar Recording: Let the Lawsuits Begin: Employers Already Are Being Sued Over COVID-19 Issues

Webinar Recording: The Most Pressing NLRA Issues for Employers Amidst COVID-19

Webinar Recording: U.S. Immigration Compliance During COVID-19

Webinar Recording: Paid Leave and Other Legal Considerations for the COVID-19 Pandemic; Password: Ballard0402

Webinar Recording: Furloughs, Layoffs, and Related Employment and Benefits Issues

Webinar Recording: COVID-19: The 10 Most Critical Questions Being Asked by Employers


Alerts 

09.16.20 – DHS Extends Form I-9 Compliance Flexibility Rule for an Additional 60 Days

09.15.20 – Federal Judge Strikes Down Key COVID-19 Orders in PA

09.14.20 – FFCRA Updates

09.11.20 – UPDATED: EEOC Updates 'Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace' Guidance to Address COVID-19

08.31.20 – Treasury Issues Guidance Implementing Memorandum on Social Security Tax Deferral

08.26.20 – USDOL Reminds Employers to Track and Pay for Remote Work Hours Accurately

08.17.20 – NLRB General Counsel Releases Slew of Advice Supporting Employers on Pandemic-Related Actions

08.13.20 – Trump Signs Memoranda and Executive Order: Enhanced Unemployment Benefits, Deferred Payroll Taxes, Student Loan Relief, and Halted Residential Evictions . . . Maybe

08.07.20 – Federal District Court Invalidates Provisions of the DOL’s Final Rule Implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

07.28.20 – The Department of Labor Updates FLSA and Unemployment Compensation Guidance

06.26.20 – DOL Hits Pause on Collecting Liquidated Damages

06.25.20 – Paycheck Protection Program: An Overview

06.25.20 – FAQs on COVID-19 Address Benefit Issues  

06.11.20 – INSIGHT: Doctrine of Primary Jurisdiction—An Ace for Dismissing COVID-19 Suits? 

05.22.20 – U.S. DOL Issues Warning Against Fraud and Misuse of Unemployment Benefits

05.13.20 – To WARN or Not to WARN: Layoff Questions and Answers in the Age of COVID-19

05.11.20 – EEOC Delays 2019 EEO-1 Data Collection Due to COVID-19

05.08.20 – Tensions and Issues Rise as Employers Prepare to Call Employees Back to Work

05.01.20 – Spring Cleaning in the Time of COVID-19

04.30.20 – UPDATED: The 1-2-3s of Counting Employees in Private Equity Firms Under Federal COVID-19 Legislation

04.17.20 – The Great Cover-Up: States Order Workers to Wear Face Coverings

04.15.20 – Remote Work During COVID-19 Crisis Raises State Tax Nexus Issues for Employers

04.14.20 – Let the Pandemic Employment Lawsuits Begin!

04.08.20 – Ballard Spahr Comments on DOL FFCRA Regulations 

03.31.20 – Tackling the Duty to Bargain With a Union in Emergency Situations

03.27.20 – CARES Act Loans Come with Labor and Employment Strings Attached 

03.23.20 – DHS Institutes Flexibility in Form I-9 Compliance for Employers Working Remotely

03.17.20 – Employee Benefits and Furloughs in the Era of COVID-19

03.06.20 – How Employers Should Address the Workplace Impact of COVID-19

 

CDC Updates

07.02.20 – CDC Expands List of People At Risk of Severe COVID-19 Illness

04.13.20 – CDC Issues Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Employees

 

OSHA Updates

07.10.20 – OSHA Issues COVID-19 Related FAQ

06.22.20 – Back to Work – OSHA Issues Guidance on Returning to Work

06.12.20 – COVER-UP! OSHA Publishes New FAQs on Workplace Face Coverings 

05.20.20 – New OSHA Guidance on Reporting COVID-19 as a Work-Related Illness

04.23.20 – OSHA Issues Covid-19 Safety "Alert" for Construction Workers 

04.17.20 – OSHA Issues Updated Enforcement Guidance Addressing COVID-19

 

Unemployment Compensation Updates

Employers Beware: Unemployment Compensation Fraud Runs Rampant

The Department of Labor Updates FLSA and Unemployment Compensation Guidance

Overview: Unemployment Compensation Update

Arizona: Unemployment Compensation Update

California: Unemployment Compensation Update

Colorado: Unemployment Compensation Update

Delaware: Unemployment Compensation Update

Georgia: Unemployment Compensation Update

Maryland: Unemployment Compensation Update

Minnesota: Unemployment Compensation Update

Nevada: Unemployment Compensation Update 

New Jersey: Unemployment Compensation Update

New York: Unemployment Compensation Update

Pennsylvania: Unemployment Compensation Update

Utah: Unemployment Compensation Update

Washington D.C.: Unemployment Compensation Update

CARES Act Provides Enhanced Unemployment Compensation Benefits 


Guidance and Checklists  

Q&A: Reopening the Workplace

Infographic: Employer Checklist for Reopening the Workplace

Employer Guidelines: Nine Step Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness

Checklist: Issues to Consider When Bringing Back Laid Off Employees

Employer Guidelines: Reopening the Workplace

Checklist: Reopening the Workplace in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Employer Requirements: FFCRA Documentation

Employer Guidelines: Responding To a Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis in the Workplace - Updated April 17

Employer Guidelines: COVID-19 Furloughs and Layoffs 

Employer Guidelines: Responding to Higher Risk Employees Regarding COVID-19

Checklist: COVID-19 Employer Checklist

Checklist: COVID-19 Layoff and Furlough Checklist

FAQs: COVID-19 and the Workplace


Forms and Policies

Sample Policy: Emergency Paid Sick Leave and FMLA-Public Health Emergency Leave - Updated September 11

Sample Form: FFCRA Paid Sick Family Leave Request - Updated April 8

Sample Form: FFCRA Paid Sick Family Leave Request – Spanish version

U.S. Department of Labor Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Poster

Sample Form: COVID-19 Request for Leave or Reassignment - Updated April 7


State-Specific Updates

09.16.20 - NJ Presumes Workers Comp Coverage for NJ Essential Workers Who Contract COVID-19

07.21.20 – PA Announces Hazard Pay Grant Program for Front-Line Workers in Life-Sustaining Industries

07.17.20 – As the COVID-19 Pandemic Continues, Colorado Implements Permanent Paid Sick Leave for All Employees

06.22.20 – Minnesota Businesses Must Draft and Implement a “COVID-19 Preparedness Plan”

05.19.20 – Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Mandates New COVID-19 Workplace Protocols

04.23.20 – Governor Wolf Issues Plan for Reopening PA—Starting  with "Green Zones"—on May 8, 2020

04.16.20 – NJ Grants Health Care Professionals and Facilities Immunity in Treating COVID-19 Patients

05.19.20 – Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Mandates New COVID-19 Workplace Protocols

04.15.20 – New Jersey Amends its WARN, Family Leave, and Disability Laws to Address COVID-19 Issues

04.14.20 – Latest Executive Order Increases Mitigation Requirements for New Jersey Transit and Restaurants

04.14.20 – Los Angeles Paid Sick Leave Expanded to Cover Absences Related to COVID-19

04.09.20 – New Executive Order Increases Mitigation Requirements on ‘Essential’ Businesses & Stops All ‘Non-Essential’ Construction In New Jersey

04.09.20 – Minnesota Gov. Walz Again Expands Unemployment Benefits to Unemployed Workers

04.06.20 – COVID-19 Triggers New Jersey Employment Legislation

03.20.20 – NY Legislation Will Require Many Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave Due to COVID-19 Quarantine

03.16.20 – Colorado Issues Temporary Emergency Paid Sick Leave Requirements 

Sample Form: Letter for Workforce Travel, Illinois

Sample Form: Letter for Workforce Travel, Michigan

Sample Form: Letter for Workforce Travel, Minnesota

Sample Form: Letter for Workforce Travel, Pennsylvania

Sample Form: Letter for Workforce Travel, Wisconsin



Contact: Brent R. Heberlee | Government Relations and Public Policy 
202.661.2249 | heberleeb@ballardspahr.com

Henry E. Hockeimer, Jr. | White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations Group
215.864.8204 | hockeimerh@ballardspahr.com 

Webinars

09.17.20   Antitrust Direct Actions: To Opt Out or Not to Opt Out

6.16.20 – Webinar Recording: News Reporting in the Wake of COVID: How the Press Has Covered the Pandemic and What Reporters Are Seeing as the Country Reopens

04.20.20 – Webinar Recording: Anti-Money Laundering Issues and COVID-19: Fraud Concerns for Financial Institutions and Opportunities for Non-Bank Lenders

04.09.20 – Webinar Recording: Congressional Investigations: Preparing for the Unknown

Alerts 

09.15.20 – Federal Judge Strikes Down Key COVID-19 Orders in PA

07.02.20 – (Video) COVID-19: The Path Forward – Considerations for CARES Act Compliance and Enforcement

04.28.20 – PPP Participants Should Prepare For Vigorous Oversight

04.27.20 – Compliance With CARE Act Provider Relief Fund Terms and Conditions Is Imperative

04.21.20 – COVID-19 Disclosures Bring Risks For Life Sciences Companies 

04.16.20 – Pennsylvania Supreme Court Weighs In: COVID-19 Shutdown Is Not an Unconstitutional Taking

04.15.20 – FTC and DOJ Announce Monitoring of Employer Coordination that Disadvantages Workers During COVID-19

04.10.20 – Congress Considering New Federal Price Gouging Laws 

04.07.20 – PADEP Updates Chapter 102 Earth Disturbance Permitting Guidance

04.03.20 – Understanding Price Gouging Laws During COVID-19

04.01.20 – Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Will Entertain Waivers for Non-Compliance

03.30.20 – Public Companies Face Heightened Risk of Insider Trading Due to COVID-19 Volatility

03.27.20 – EPA Will Exercise Enforcement Discretion in Certain Circumstances

03.27.20 – The CARES Act: Oversight Provisions

03.26.20 – Task Force Enacted to Combat Industrial-Scale Hoarding and Price Gouging

03.25.20 – FTC and DOJ Announce Expedited Antitrust Procedure and Guidance for Coronavirus Public Health Efforts

03.23.20 – DOJ Prepared to Enforce Coronavirus-Related Procurement Violations

03.17.20 – False Claims and Coronavirus: Prevent the Spread of Fraud

03.11.20 – Administration, Congress Face Many Questions About Federal Relief for COVID-10 Impact

Articles

06.17.20 – INSIGHT: Doctrine of Primary Jurisdiction—An Ace for Dismissing COVID-19 Suits?

05.26.20 – Stimulus Fraud: How Agencies Investigate It and What Happens When They Find It

05.15.20 – The Intersection of Money Laundering and Real Estate

05.04.20 – $2.2T COVID-19 Stimulus Package and Fraud: Part 2, TARP’s Role

05.20 – Federal Crackdown on Hoarding and Gouging During COVID-19 Crisis

04.23.20 – Watch Out for Fraud Tied to $2.2T COVID-19 Stimulus Package: Part I

04.14.20 – Virtual Depositions in the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Contact: Desmond D. Connall, Jr. | Leasing 
202.661.7642 | connalld@ballardspahr.com

Brian D. Huben | Retail and Fashion 
424.204.4353 | hubenb@ballardspahr.com

Amy M. Glassman | Housing
202.661.7680 | glassmana@ballardspahr.com

Amy M. McClain | Housing 
410.528.5592 | mcclaina@ballardspahr.com

Webinars

10.02.20 - E-commerce in a Post-COVID World

05.08.20 – Webinar Recording: Update on Coronavirus-Related Insurance Developments in the Real Estate Context

Alerts

09.15.20 – Federal Judge Strikes Down Key COVID-19 Orders in PA

09.08.20 – Q&A: How the CDC’s Temporary Eviction Halt Affects Landlords

09.04.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

08.28.2020 – DC Metro COVID-19 Legislation/Regulations Impacting Landlords, Judicial Actions, and Government Operations

08.06.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

07.29.20 – DC Metro COVID-19 Legislation/Regulations Impacting Landlords, Judicial Actions, and Government Operations

07.24.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

07.21.20 – DC Metro COVID-19 Legislation/Regulations Impacting Landlords, Judicial Actions, and Government Operations

07.16.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

07.09.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

07.06.20 – Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rejects Legislators’ Attack on Governor’s COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation

07.02.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

07.01.20 – Nevada Lifts Commercial Evictions and Foreclosures Moratorium

06.25.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

06.23.20 – Recent Bankruptcy Court Case the First to Provide Pandemic-Related Rent Relief to a Tenant Under a Force Majeure Clause

06.18.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

06.17.20 – New Challenges to PA Governor’s COVID-19 Emergency Authority

06.10.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

06.03.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

06.03.20 – Courts Find That Governors Enjoy Broad Police Power to Limit Private Activities in a Pandemic

05.27.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update 

05.20.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update 

05.13.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update 

05.08.20 – New COVID Legislation in the DC Metro Area Impacting Landlords, Permitted Activities, and Government Operations

05.06.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

04.30.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

04.28.20 – UPDATED: HUD Issues COVID-19 FAQs for Housing Authorities

04.27.20 – Montgomery County, Maryland Limits Rent Increases

04.23.20 – Commercial Lease Workouts, Good Guy Guarantees, and COVID-19

04.22.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

Updated 04.21.20 – E-Signatures and Remote Online Notarization

04.20.20 – Pennsylvania Enacts Bill Clarifying Local Government Functions During COVID-19

04.17.20 – Maryland, DC and Virginia Construction Sites Need Careful Monitoring to Stay Open

04.16.20 – Pennsylvania Supreme Court Weighs In: COVID-19 Shutdown Is Not an Unconstitutional Taking

04.15.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

04.13.20 – Answers to COVID-19 Questions: DC Area Multifamily Properties

04.13.20 – HUD Makes Numerous COVID-19 Related Waivers Available to Public Housing Authorities

04.10.20 – Navigating the Development Process in the DC Region

04.09.20 – Advice to Companies Engaging in Restructuring Documents With Lenders and Landlords

04.08.20 – Financial Disclosures in the COVID-19 Era for REITs and other Public Companies Relating to Real Estate Assets and Liabilities

04.08.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

04.07.20 – PADEP Updates Chapter 102 Earth Disturbance Permitting Guidance

04.02.20 – HUD Issues COVID-19 FAQs for Housing Authorities

04.01.20 –  Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

04.01.20 – Maryland Accelerates Remote Notarization. Virginia Already Allows. District of Columbia Not Yet There.

03.30.20 – Do the COVID-19 Shutdowns Constitute Takings Or Due Process Violations?

03.27.20 – HUD Programs to Receive Significant Financial Assistance Under CARES Act

03.27.20 – CARES Act Implications for Developers, Multifamily Property Owners, and Investors

03.25.20  – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update

03.23.20 – Recent HUD COVID-19 Guidance Affecting PHAs and Multifamily Owners

03.23.20 – New Jersey Suspends Evictions

03.23.20 – Illinois State Home Order: Mortgage Industry Can Continue

03.20.20 – New York DFS Urges Suspension of Foreclosures and Deferral of Mortgage Payments

03.20.20 – NY Allows Remote Notarization for Real Estate and Mortgage Industries

03.19.20 – Maryland, D.C., and Virginia Halt Foreclosures and Evictions, Extend Tenant Rights

03.18.20 – Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update - March 18

03.18.20 – Update: COVID-19 & Real Estate and Mortgage Closings

03.17.20 –  California Gov. Newsom Allows Local Governments to Restrict Evictions During Virus Outbreak

03.17.20 – COVID-19 and Social Distancing Protocols Affect Mortgage Industry

HUD COVID-19 Information and Resources 

Contact: Wendi L. Kotzen | Tax
215.864.8305 | kotzenw@ballardspahr.com

Jonathan R. Flora | Tax
215.864.8119 | floraj@ballardspahr.com

Alerts

Federal Tax

08.31.20 – Treasury Issues Guidance Implementing Memorandum on Social Security Tax Deferral

08.13.20 - Trump Signs Memoranda and Executive Order: Enhanced Unemployment Benefits, Deferred Payroll Taxes, Student Loan Relief, and Halted Residential Evictions . . . Maybe

06.26.20 – CARES Act Payroll Tax Deferral – Revised Form 941 Includes Helpful Guidance for Employers

06.18.20 – IRS Issues Guidance Allowing Employer-Sponsored Leave Donation Programs for COVID-19 Relief

05.08.20 – UPDATED: CARES Act Employee Retention Credits: IRS Updates FAQs with New Guidance for Employers and Employees

05.01.20 – Expenses Paid With Proceeds of Forgiven PPP Loans Are Not Deductible

04.24.20 – IRS Provides Procedures for Taking Retroactive Bonus Depreciation on QIP

04.16.20 – Guidance Released for Taxpayers Claiming Net Operating Losses Under CARES Act

04.13.20 – IRS Allows Changes to Prior Code Section 163(j) Elections

04.10.20 – IRS Notice Provides Guidance Regarding Numerous Filing and Payment Extensions Related to COVID-19 

04.09.20 – IRS Allows Partnerships To File Amended Returns To Claim Immediate Expensing For Qualified Improvement Property

04.02.20 – IRS Provides Procedural Guidance for Claiming FFCRA Paid Leave Tax Credits and Employee Retention Tax Credits

04.01.20 – Code Section 139 Offers Opportunity for Tax-Favored Employee Relief Funds

03.27.20 – CARES Act Includes Tax Rebates, Changes to Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and Several Other Tax-Related Provisions

03.19.20 – COVID-19-Related Paid Leave Provisions Include Payroll Tax Credits For Employers Required to Provide Leave

03.13.20 – IRS Alert Provides Relief to Cover COVID-19 Testing and Treatment

State Tax

04.16.20 – State Tax Relief Available Due to COVID-19 Crisis

04.15.20 – Pennsylvania Extends Sales Tax Prepayment Relief

04.15.20 – Remote Work During COVID-19 Crisis Raises State Tax Nexus Issues for Employers

04.06.20 – Pennsylvania Tax Update: COVID-19 Relief Provisions

03.23.20 – PA DOR Announces Taxpayer Relief Measures Related to Coronavirus Crisis

Philadelphia Tax

04.06.20 – Philadelphia Announces Use and Occupancy Relief; School Income Tax Remains Due on April 15

03.24.20 – Philadelphia Announces Relief for Property and Business Taxes and Provides Wage Tax Guidance for Displaced Workers

Webinars

Recording: Nonprofit Considerations Regarding PPP Loan Forgiveness, Recent Flexibility Act Guidance and Employment Credits

Recording: Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Tax Responses to COVID-19 (Password: Ballard1)

Recording: COVID-19 Related Employment and Tax Issues for Employers

Recording: Tax Issues in the Age of COVID-19