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Showing 10 posts from June 2020.

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Defy State and Local Executive Orders at Your Own Risk

The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned numerous executive orders at both the state and local levels. From stay-at-home mandates to directives requiring face coverings and social distancing, laws are now in place throughout the country, all geared to stem the tide of the coronavirus. That being said, many businesses and individuals are unsure if they can be subject to legal liability for failing to obey executive orders issued by governors and mayors nationwide. As a matter of fact and law, they can. Make no mistake, businesses and individuals that run afoul of executive orders (related to COVID-19 or otherwise) may be held criminally and, in some cases, civilly liable. (Read More)

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CDI Announces New Order Regarding Workers' Compensation Premium Savings for CA Businesses Affected by COVID-19

Last week, the California Department of Insurance issued a press release announcing an order issued by Commissioner Ricardo Lara mandating that premiums for worker’s compensation coverage reflect the reduction in risk attributable to the state’s COVID-19-related stay-at-home mandates. By way of this alert, Michelman & Robinson addresses questions carriers may have about the order. (Read More)

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Nevada Division of Insurance to Disallow Policy Exclusions Related to COVID-19

The Nevada Division of Insurance (“NVDOI”) issued an important notice last week to all property and casualty insurers doing business in the state. Pursuant to the notice, the NVDOI will temporarily disallow the issuance of new business interruption policies—and those providing related coverage—if they contain exclusions specifically mentioning COVID-19, viruses, or pandemics. Michelman & Robinson answers some of the questions insurers and policyholders in Nevada may have about the notice. (Read More)

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PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Forms Updated and Streamlined

The Small Business Administration has released a shortened “EZ” Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application form—Form 3508EZ—that can be found here.Form 3508EZ is a streamlined update to the SBA’s prior loan forgiveness application and meant to be simpler and more efficient to complete. (Read More)

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Federal Anti-Discrimination Law Extends to LGBTQ Employees

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered great news to the LGBTQ community nationwide. In this week’s landmark decision captioned Bostock v. Clayton County, the high court ruled that federal law—namely, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—prohibits employment discrimination against LGBTQ workers. To that point, Justice Neil Gorsuch, writing for the 6-3 majority, stated, “An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates [the law].” (Read More)

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California Modifies the Tolling of Statutes of Limitations in Civil Cases

Most lawsuits must be filed within a prescribed period of time, and the deadline for initiating a civil action is known as the statute of limitations. While the statute of limitations varies depending upon the type of claim contemplated in any given matter, as a rule, if it “runs out” prior to the filing of a complaint, the case is no longer valid. (Read More)

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Note to the SBA: Debtors in Bankruptcy Are Eligible for PPP Loans

As previously reported, Michelman & Robinson filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit on May 4 against the U.S. Treasury Department, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Small Business Administration, and the SBA’s administrator Jovita Carranza on behalf of three tech companies. Our case—which challenges guidance from the SBA issued in consultation with Treasury as it relates to the necessity of PPP loan requests—is pending, and the defendants have until July 10 to respond. In the meantime, the SBA is facing other PPP-related litigation in U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, and a well-reasoned decision was just handed down by one of them supporting the ability of bankruptcy debtors to obtain PPP loans. The case, and sound logic of the bankruptcy judge presiding, should be of interest to bankruptcy debtors nationwide. (Read More)

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CCPA Enforcement Date Fast Approaching Regardless of COVID-19

By virtue of the COVID-19 pandemic and unrest now gripping our nation, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) may not be top of mind for those doing business in the Golden State. But it should, as the privacy law’s July 1 enforcement deadline is almost upon us.

Earlier this year, several industry groups petitioned California’s Attorney General to move the deadline to January 1, 2021, in light of the coronavirus and its impact upon businesses nationwide. However, in an April press release, the Attorney General’s office refused to do so, stating that online privacy remained a priority, especially with the increases in people working remotely or homeschooling children. As such, there is no indication that enforcement of the CCPA will be delayed. (Read More)

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Hotels in California May Be Days Away From Reopening: What Hoteliers Need to Know

Good news for hotels from the California Department of Public Health: beginning this coming Friday (June 12), they (along with restaurants and bars, gyms, film studios, and a host of other establishments) have been given the green light to reopen for business. But before jumping for joy, hoteliers must understand that the final say in terms of reopening belongs to each county within the state. That being said, in anticipation of vacancy signs being illuminated once again, the CDPH and Cal/OSHA released revised COVID-19 Hotel and Lodging Industry Guidance. By way of this alert, Michelman & Robinson shines a light on topics and some specifics from the extensive guidance that must be considered as hotels begin operations in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. (Read More)

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Senate Passes Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020

As Michelman & Robinson previously reported, the U.S. House of Representatives recently introduced the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (the Flexibility Act). That bill, albeit slightly amended, was passed by the House early last week, and the Senate followed suit yesterday (June 3), passing the Flexibility Act by voice vote. The text of the legislation can be found here.

The major provisions of the bill, as passed, give business owners more flexibility and time to use PPP loan money and still qualify for forgiveness. (Read More)