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  • IRS People First Initiative Temporarily Adjusts Tax Compliance Programs

    April 6, 2020

    The Internal Revenue Service announced The People First Initiative (IRS Notice 2020-59) which seeks to provide relief on a variety of issues ranging from easing payment guidelines to postponing compliance actions as a response to financial hardships caused by COVID-19. The temporary changes include postponing certain payments related to Installment Agreements and Offers in Compromise, […]

  • Critical Estate Planning Documents During COVID-19

    April 6, 2020

    Estate Planning Remains Important and Possible During COVID-19 As you take accurate precautions to mitigate COVID-19 to protect not only yourself but also your family, there are critical estate planning documents that will assist you and your family to navigate health and family issues should you become ill, quarantined, or hospitalized. These documents can be […]

  • DOL Issues Temporary Rule to Provide Further Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    April 3, 2020

    The DOL has issued a temporary rule providing further guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). While the temporary rule is not yet final and its terms may change, it expands and clarifies prior guidance regarding implementation of and compliance with FFCRA. Must an employer compensate an employee teleworking for all time between […]

  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate Transactions

    April 2, 2020

    While businesses close and the economy slows due to COVID-19, questions about obligations in real estate transactions and real property agreements continue to grow. Many parties may find themselves unable to meet their obligations because of the restrictions imposed by Executive Order 2020-21. Numerous companies and service providers supporting a real estate transaction are finding […]

  • 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 […]

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