COVID-19 Resource Center

COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to significantly impact businesses, communities, and individuals presenting new challenges on a continual basis. At Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, we have established a COVID-19 task force to track all legal and legislative developments and to provide our clients with guidance on how to navigate the extraordinary legal and business challenges that are arising as a consequence of this pandemic. This COVID-19 Resource Center provides our latest insights and will continue to be updated as the situation evolves. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the attorneys listed in the alerts below, or to your usual Pashman Stein Walder Hayden attorney. 

Resources for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

The wave of new laws, regulations, and government guidance affecting businesses has created confusion for many business owners. We want to help you make sense of it all. Click here for COVID-19 Resources for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses, including information about how to navigate the process for applying for Small Business Administration loans through the Paycheck Protection Program established by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).

 

COVID-19 ‘Stay at Home' Orders Provoke First Amendment Challenges

As state and local authorities scrambled in March and April 2020 to respond to COVID-19, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus, it became hard to explain to the public why houses of worship had restrictions that other places did not. In Louisville, Kentucky, drive-through liquor stores could operate, but drive-in churches could not. In Kansas, religious gatherings were limited to 10 congregants with an unlimited number of clerics, musical performers, and others leading a service, while detoxification centers, hotels, and libraries had no restrictions on the number of people who could gather. In Illinois, religious gatherings were limited to 10 people total, but large warehouses and stores selling recreational cannabis were not.… Read more

Congress Passes PPP Flexibility Act, Extending Key Periods to December 31, 2020 and Easing Other Restrictions

On May 22, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published two new interim final rules with respect to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)—the small business loan program implemented under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The issuance of these new regulations follows the release of the PPP loan forgiveness application the week earlier.… Read more

Update on Executive Action in Trenton - May 13, 2020

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Governor Murphy signed an executive order (EO 142) permitting resumption of non-essential construction and permitting sales by non-essential retail businesses with curbside pick-up, in each case, subject to certain conditions. These provisions are effective at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020.… Read more

April 30, 2020 – NY Courts to Permit Some Non-Essential Filings

Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks issued a memorandum setting forth "next steps" for opening up New York courts to non-essential matters. On Monday, May 4, 2020, courts with NYSCEF e-filing systems will accept filings for new motions, responsive papers to previously filed motions and other applications (including post-judgment applications) and notices of appeal.… Read more

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Updates, April 8, 2020

Congress enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020. Just one week later, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) launched the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), an initiative conceived under the CARES Act to keep workers paid and employed for the duration of the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).… Read more

U.S. Treasury Issues New Guidelines for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been signed into law, and just yesterday the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued guidance for the new Paycheck Protection Program. Under the $349 billion stimulus program, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will administer direct loans of up to $10 million though participating lenders to small businesses and nonprofit organizations across the nation.… Read more

Co-Parenting Through New Jersey's Stay at Home Order

Governor Phil Murphy's executive order to stay home requires all New Jersey residents to "remain at home unless they are…visiting family or other individuals with whom the resident has a close personal relationship, such as those for whom the individual is a caretaker or romantic partner…" to prevent the spread of coronavirus. If you are co-parenting through COVID-19, that means transporting children to engage in parenting time with a co-parent is appropriate under the "Stay at Home Order."… Read more

New York Court Filings Suspended For Non-Essential Matters

Court Filings Suspended – Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks issued and Administrative Order directing that "effective immediately and until further notice, no papers shall be accepted for filing [both paper and electronic filings] by the county clerk or a court in any matter of a type not included on the list of essential matters".… Read more

COVID-19 Pandemic: A Message from Pashman Stein Walder Hayden's Trusts and Estates & Elder Law Group

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Trusts & Estates and Elder Law Group extends our concern to our clients and colleagues. Your health and safety remain our primary focus during this difficult time. We would be remiss, however, if we did not take this opportunity to advise you to consider the various estate planning implications that may be impacting you on account of the situation.… Read more

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Key Provisions

Congress has now passed, and the president has now signed, H.R. 6201, also known as the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act." The law contains two important provisions that affect employers and employees: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act. Both of these Acts will apply to all private employers and covered public agencies with fewer than 500 employees. The basic requirements of each Act are set forth below.… Read more

New Jersey Legislature Contemplates Electronic Public Meetings During COVID-19 Emergency

The New Jersey Legislature is currently considering numerous bills in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. One bill is A3850, which passed in the Assembly on March 16, 2020, and will likely also pass in the Senate very soon. A3850 amends a public body's obligations under the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) during a state of emergency. Because this is Sunshine Week and transparency is very important during a crisis, we decided to devote a blog to this pending bill.… Read more