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How Employers Should Prepare for the Restart of Business

April 6, 2020

While many employers have made and continue to make difficult employment decisions due to state-mandated business closures, this too shall…

Judicial and Legislative Updates: Business Interruption Coverage for First-Party Losses Caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

April 6, 2020

In my last blog on this subject, I discussed some of the first-party insurance issues for recovering losses caused by…

DOL and IRS Issue Guidance and Temporary Rule on Paid Leave Under New COVID-19 Legislation

April 3, 2020

On April, 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) posted a temporary rule issuing regulations…

Paycheck Protection Program COVID-19 Relief Window Is Open for Business as of April 3

April 3, 2020

Small and mid-size businesses needing economic relief to help tide them over during the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic may start…

CARES Act Extends Tax Relief to Businesses Hit Hard by COVID-19

March 31, 2020

In addition to providing stimulus checks to most American taxpayers and funding loans to small- to mid-size businesses hit hard…

The CARES Act and Its Impact on Real Estate Investors

March 31, 2020

The $2 trillion-dollar stimulus package, the “CARES Act”, signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 27, 2020 contains…

U.S. Department of Labor Updates its Guidance on FFCRA Paid Leave Provisions

March 31, 2020

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) updated its Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) for employers and employees addressing the…

CARES Act Loans: An Overview of the Paycheck Protection Program

March 31, 2020

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the highly anticipated Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the…

Governor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania School and Non-Life-Sustaining Business Closure “Until Further Notice”

March 30, 2020

On March 30, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced on his website that “all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until…

Force Majeure and Impossibility in the Context of Commercial Lease Obligations

March 30, 2020

In the wake of coronavirus, there undoubtedly will be hundreds, if not thousands, of commercial tenants who seek relief from…

M/V GOLDEN RAY: Deviating from an OPA 90 Non-Tank Vessel Response Plan

March 30, 2020

The M/V GOLDEN RAY capsized and grounded in St. Simons Sound on September 8, 2019 in an environmentally sensitive area….

$73M Judgment in Maritime Case Upheld by SCOTUS

March 30, 2020

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision yesterday, March 30, 2020, on a major issue of importance…

WARN Obligations In Light of COVID-19

March 27, 2020

Numerous states are issuing orders requiring all non-life sustaining businesses to cease operations in order to limit the spread of…

CARES Act Provisions Impacting Retirement Plans

March 27, 2020

On Wednesday, March 25th, the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was passed by a unanimous Senate…

Pirates Old and New Appear Before the US Supreme Court

March 27, 2020

In a case involving a modern form of piracy, the US Supreme Court handed down a decision last week involving…

Ocean Carriers Seek Emergency Anti-Trust Immunity

March 27, 2020

On March 23, 2020, Crowley Liner Services, Seaboard Marine, and King Ocean filed an Emergency Cooperative Working Agreement with the…

U.S. Department of Labor Provides Additional Guidance Regarding Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under the FFCRA

March 26, 2020

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) released new guidance on the notice requirements under the…

Get Ready to Confront the Force (Majeure)

March 26, 2020

The maritime industry is awash with contracts that have a force majeure clause. It is understandable in an industry that…

Does the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Constitute A Material Adverse Change for Purposes of Merger and Acquisition Agreements?

March 26, 2020

You signed a non-binding letter of intent with a target company in June 2019. You spent the next five or…

IRS Explains Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Payroll Tax Credits

March 25, 2020

Implementing the business tax relief provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed March 18, 2020 by President Donald…