Emerging Markets Law

Summary of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s Order Re-Opening Restaurants

Coronavirus

Earlier this week, the Governor’s office announced that restaurants in Georgia could re-open as early as Monday (April 27) UNDER certain guidelines and protocols. The guidelines and protocols weren’t released at the time the announcement was made as the Governor’s office wanted to give time for the industry to weigh in. We have some clients who will be opening on Monday – particularly in jurisdictions that have not had many cases of coronavirus. Other clients are waiting until a later date. Last night (April 23), the Governor signed an Executive Order setting forth the guidelines to be followed by restaurants during this first phase of re-opening. A summary of these guidelines is provided below. Regardless of opening date, the Executive Order’s guidelines are a valuable tool to help guide restaurants on best practices for presenting the spread of infectious disease – particularly during times of community spread. I’ve included some of the basic provisions of the Order relating to Shelter in Place so that restaurants know what is being required of the general public. Please note, this is a summary and, as such, it includes additional commentary by me and may not be quoted verbatim. For a full copy of the Order, you can pull it here.

Continue reading Summary of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s Order Re-Opening Restaurants ›

Summary of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s Partial Reopening Order

Coronavirus

Georgia will permit some non-essential businesses to reopen this week and next, subject to social distancing measures.  Governor Brian Kemp announced the loosening at an afternoon press conference on Monday April 20.  Other states including South Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and Florida also made announcements yesterday regarding initial moves toward statewide reopening. 

Continue reading Summary of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s Partial Reopening Order ›

Paid Leave During COVID-19

Coronavirus

Over the past several weeks the federal government has passed a number of employment related laws in an effort to minimize the harsh economic impact of COVID-19 and the subsequent shutdowns ordered by state and local governments. Two of these are the Emergency Paid sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA).

Continue reading Paid Leave During COVID-19 ›

CARES Act Expands Protection From Liability to Manufacturers and Others Involved in the Manufacture, Distribution and Supply of Approved Respiratory Protective Devices

Coronavirus

Manufacturers, distributers and others involved in the production and supply of certain devices and drugs needed in the fight against COVID-19 are provided a higher level of protection from liability under both State and Federal law with respect to claims for loss related to the use of the products by individuals.

Continue reading CARES Act Expands Protection From Liability to Manufacturers and Others Involved in the Manufacture, Distribution and Supply of Approved Respiratory Protective Devices ›

Section 2302 of the CARES Act: Delay of Payment of Employment Payroll Taxes - An Update

Coronavirus

The CARES Act legislated several amendments to the tax code in an effort to help businesses maintain higher levels of liquidity during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these amendments, set out in Section 2302 of the Act, allows an employer to delay the payment of the employer’s share of social security taxes. This article is an update to our previously issued law alert, “Tax Provisions in the CARES Act.”

Continue reading Section 2302 of the CARES Act: Delay of Payment of Employment Payroll Taxes - An Update ›

The CARES Act and Employee Benefits

Coronavirus

We have prepared this alert for our clients based primarily on questions we have received on the some of the provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”).

Continue reading The CARES Act and Employee Benefits ›

Employee Retention Tax Credit Under The CARES Act: Alternative Tool for Businesses Not Utilizing The Paycheck Protection Program

Coronavirus

For those businesses that were unable to take advantage of the small business loan forgiveness program known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the CARES Act also offers another provision to help businesses obtain funding to help with expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Continue reading Employee Retention Tax Credit Under The CARES Act: Alternative Tool for Businesses Not Utilizing The Paycheck Protection Program ›

Non-Legal Guidance – SBA FAQs Regarding Payroll Protection Program Loans

Coronavirus

On April 6, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued FAQs in an effort to provide timely additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Continue reading Non-Legal Guidance – SBA FAQs Regarding Payroll Protection Program Loans ›

Updated - Families First Coronavirus Response Act–Payroll Tax Credits for Required Paid Sick and Family Leave

Coronavirus

Under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (the “FFCRA”), employers who have fewer than 500 employees are required to provide emergency sick and family leave if an employee must take leave from work due to a coronavirus related event or condition under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). 

Continue reading Updated - Families First Coronavirus Response Act–Payroll Tax Credits for Required Paid Sick and Family Leave ›

Covid-19: Expanded Unemployment Assistance for Non-traditional Workers

Coronavirus

The impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt across the globe, including by the millions of workers who have been laid off in the United States. The CARES Act (the “Act”) has established a temporary, federally funded Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (“PUA”) program for individuals who are otherwise ineligible to receive unemployment benefits, such as gig workers, freelancers, and independent contractors.

Continue reading Covid-19: Expanded Unemployment Assistance for Non-traditional Workers ›

Stay Connected

Subscribe to blog updates via email

Contributors