Business Law

  • How Will COVID-19 Impact My Contracts?

    March 31, 2020

    As individuals and businesses seek to comply with the restrictive measures set in place to contain COVID-19, an organization’s ability to perform its contractual obligations may become difficult or impossible placing significant burdens on contracting parties. While this particular pandemic is unique, contract law has long acknowledged that unforeseen circumstances may arise after a contract […]

  • DOL Issues Additional Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    March 30, 2020

    The DOL issued its first guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) last week that provided helpful information about paid sick leave and the expanded FMLA leave. Since then, the DOL has added significantly more information to its guidance, which clarifies several very important issues regarding the implementation of the FFCRA. Below we […]

  • CARES: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

    March 30, 2020

    In response to the economic impact of COVID-19 on American businesses, Congress passed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (“CARES Act”). This $2 Trillion stimulus package is designed to offset the significant disruption businesses are facing as the country battles COVID-19. The following is a brief guide to the Small Business Administration components […]

  • Residential Contractors Must Quickly Clean Up, Pick Up and Button Up Ongoing Residential Construction Projects

    March 27, 2020

    In the wake of Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” Executive Order 2020-21, many residential contractors have been uncertain as to what steps they could take to “button up” ongoing projects. There has been a lot of confusion about whether existing projects could be finished, or whether all construction activities had to end immediately. The […]

  • Agency Rulemaking in the Wake of COVID-19: How to Prepare

    March 27, 2020

    To say the regulated community’s situation is fluid during the time of COVID-19 would be an understatement. Questions swirl regarding compliance obligations, contract enforcement, agency enforcement, and more. At best, there is an inconsistent patchwork of agency responses. What will happen once the dust begins to settle? What will the new regulatory landscape look like? […]

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Q&A

    March 26, 2020

    What is the effective date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”)? The DOL has indicated the effective date for FFCRA is April 1, 2020, and the paid leave provisions only apply to leave taken between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. According to what we’ve seen from the Department of Treasury, leave […]

  • IRS RESPONSE TO COVID-19

    March 25, 2020

    IRS Notice 2020-18, which supersedes a more restrictive Notice 2020-17, provides taxpayers with relief concerning income tax filings and payments otherwise due on April 15, 2020.  For taxpayers with a due date for filing Federal income tax returns and making Federal income tax payments on April 15, 2020, the due date is automatically postponed until […]

  • Understanding Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order for Michigan

    March 23, 2020

    Today, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21, which takes effect tomorrow, March 24, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. The Executive Order, which is to be “construed broadly to prohibit in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life,” mandates the following: All businesses must suspend operations if they require workers to leave their homes […]

  • Workplace Issues Prompted By The COVID-19 Pandemic

    March 12, 2020

    The current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has prompted extraordinary public and governmental response, and with it, many practical questions for employers.  We are not medical doctors, and there is an abundance of advice available on-line about common-sense measures employers and employees can and should take to reduce the chance of exposure.  We also know that the […]

  • I Dissent! How to Exercise Dissenter’s Rights Under Michigan Law

    March 1, 2020

    A shareholder has the right to receive fair value for his or her shares in the event of certain corporate transactions, such as a merger or sale of assets, by exercising dissenter’s rights.  But in order to exercise your right to dissent and obtain that fair value, you must follow the specific requirements of Michigan […]

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