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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Paycheck Protection Program and Loan Forgiveness

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Coronavirus

On March 27, 2020, the bipartisan legislation, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, was signed into law and became the third aid package from Congress in the month of March to address the growing pandemic. Section 1102 of the CARES Act created a new loan product within the Small Business Administration’s 7(a) Loan Program known as the Paycheck Protection Program as discussed below. 

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Updated March 30, 2020 - CARES Act EIDL Loans and Emergency Grants

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Coronavirus

CARES Act EIDL Loans and Emergency Grants

Under the approved CARES Act, many small businesses are now able to obtain Section 7(a) SBA loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (which also allows for loan forgiveness). The regulations for the new Paycheck Protection Program Act may take time to implement and borrowers who have an extremely limited headcount may not be qualified. If you do not have time to wait for the Paycheck Protection Program Act to be implemented and have fewer salaried employees, you may want to consider filing for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). 

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Department of Labor Releases Q&A Regarding Coronavirus Emergency Paid Sick Leave and FMLA Leave Rules

Posted In Corporate and Business, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Coronavirus

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) on Tuesday issued a concise Q&A relating to the leave, pay calculation, employee count, overtime, and other technical details contained in last week’s Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  The Q&A answers many of the immediate and common questions raised by the recently released emergency changes to the nation’s paid sick leave and paid FMLA leave requirements.

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Business Continuity During Coronavirus Lockdowns: Am I an “Essential” Business?

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With at least one in four Americans living under lockdown orders due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a new question has started to affect many US companies: can my company stay open during a lockdown?

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Shutdowns and Child Care Centers

Posted In Construction, Corporate and Business

Coronavirus

In the last 24 hours, we have seen three shutdown orders, only two of which affect Georgia child care centers. Under Mayor Bottom’s order, Atlanta residents are confined to their homes, but the order specifically exempts child care centers as essential businesses.  The mayor of Savannah’s order exempts child care centers providing services to employees of other exempt businesses and has several restrictions.  

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Covid-19 and Employee Privacy

Posted In Corporate and Business, Current Events, Data Privacy

Coronavirus

The Covid -19 pandemic has brought into focus issues relating to workplace health and safety and their interplay with employee privacy. An employer is required to maintain a safe workplace pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”).

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Brief Summary of Tax Provisions in Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)

Posted In Corporate and Business, Tax

Coronavirus

Tax Credits for Paid Sick and Paid Family and Medical Leave

  • The Act provides 100 percent refundable tax credits to employers with regard to two categories of paid sick and family leave (described below) that employers must grant to employees under the Act to address employment interruptions related to COVID-19.

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SBA Disaster Loans for Small Businesses

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Coronavirus

For small businesses in Georgia (and many other states), relief from coronavirus-related economic losses may be available via a federal loan from the Small Business Association (SBA).  These are low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital and can be used for bills and debts that the business cannot pay because of the virus’ impact, such as payroll, accounts payable, and fixed debts. 

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COVID-19 Triggering Georgia’s Mass Separation Notice Requirements and changes to Partial Claims Process

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Coronavirus

As businesses continue to grapple with ongoing closures and the effects of wide scale social distancing spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, a spotlight has been cast on some lesser known state requirements related to mass separations.

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How the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Could Impact Employers

Posted In Corporate and Business, Current Events, Employee Accomodation

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On March 13, 2020, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, acting on behalf of the White House, reached a deal for a coronavirus economic relief deal, and the House passed it that evening. H.R. 6201, named the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" could affect employers with less than 500 employees in a number of ways, including requiring paid FMLA and sick leave. (Employers with 500 or more employees will not be affected.)

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