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16 Sep, 2020

Damages for Delays and Disruptions on the Project—How do you recover them?

2020-09-12T11:20:37-05:00September 16th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Damages, Construction Delays, Delay Damages|

Construction projects around the country are experiencing delays.  These delays can lead to extended general conditions, idle labor and equipment costs, material cost escalation, and de-mobilization and re-mobilization costs.  But, how do you recover those damages? Notice The first step to recovering delay damages is to provide notice. But, your notice has to be timely and it has to follow the requirements of the contract.  So, review the contract and [...]

9 Sep, 2020

How Not to Use a PPP Loan!!

2020-09-02T07:28:13-05:00September 9th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Law, Fraud|

The U.S. Attorney for Minnesota recently indicted a contractor for defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP").  Given the broad uses of PPP loans, this contractor went pretty far out of bounds to get himself indicted. The U.S. Attorney’s press release explained the underlying allegations. Strike One: The contractor applied for a PPP loan well after his construction company had stopped operation. Strike Two: The contractor submitted false employee and expense [...]

8 Sep, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x13

2020-09-09T14:35:45-05:00September 8th, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Updates in red Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put into [...]

3 Sep, 2020

What Does it Mean to Incorporate the Prime Contract?

2020-09-02T07:23:53-05:00September 3rd, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Contracts, Nebraska Construction Law|

How often have you read that the terms of the prime contract are incorporated into the subcontract?  If you read your subcontracts, you’ve probably seen that language in every contract over the last 10 years. But, what does that mean?  It means you are bound by the terms of the prime contract, even if you haven’t seen it. Contract Language Most construction subcontracts incorporate the prime or upstream contact.  A [...]

26 Aug, 2020

The Economics of Litigation Must Make Sense

2020-08-22T09:11:28-05:00August 26th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Litigation, Nebraska Construction Law|

Much as the economics of a construction project must make sense, the same is true when you are considering litigation.  The costs associated with litigation must be considered in light of the potential recovery.  A recent decision from the Nebraska Court of Appeals drove this point home. The case, Scheichinger v Swain Construction, involved the sale of a skid loader and a claim that Swain Construction misrepresented the number of [...]

25 Aug, 2020

Likely One of More: Maxwell Foods v. Smithfield Foods

2020-08-26T10:20:28-05:00August 25th, 2020|Midwest Agricultural Law|

Throughout the summer we received several requests to review production contracts between livestock producers and meat packers.  The requests were made due to concerns that one party was not living up to the terms of the agreement.  Consequently, it came as no surprise when one of the larger hog producers, Maxwell Foods, filed suit against one of the largest packers, Smithfield Foods, for breach of contract.  The suit is likely [...]

21 Aug, 2020

Financial, Legal and Tax Considerations for your Small Business Webinar

2020-08-21T15:31:31-05:00August 21st, 2020|Latest News|

Upcoming Webinar! Setting up and operating a small business is no easy challenge. Whether you are just getting started, flying solo or working with others, there are considerations that you should be aware of for your small business. Join me as I sit down with Catherine French, Estate Planning Attorney at Lamson Dugan & Murray, and Jessica Thompson, CPA, CFP®, MPAcc, at Verdant Accounting as we uncover all angles of [...]

19 Aug, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x12

2020-08-19T15:21:05-05:00August 19th, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Updates in red Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put into [...]

13 Aug, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x11

2020-08-18T15:25:46-05:00August 13th, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put into place for the [...]

13 Aug, 2020

Omaha Mask Mandate

2020-08-18T12:18:24-05:00August 13th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

On August 11, 2020 the Omaha City Council passed an emergency ordinance mandating masks when indoors at a premises open to the general public unless an individual maintains a minimum of six feet of separation or social distance at all times from anyone who is not a member of the individual’s household. It will be in place until September 15, 2020.  The definition of premises open to the general public [...]

12 Aug, 2020

Why You Need an I-9 Audit

2020-08-10T08:42:47-05:00August 12th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Form I-9, I-9 Audit, ICE|

As you all know, you must complete an I-9 for all new hires.  And, as of last May, you should be using the most recent I-9 form.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) takes I-9’s very seriously and while I-9s are not difficult to complete, the penalties for not having them completed properly can be significant. If ICE decides to audit you, you will first [...]

5 Aug, 2020

FIGG Bridge–Debarred for 10 Years?

2020-08-04T07:34:32-05:00August 5th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Debarred, Federal Construction Projects|

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) suspended FIGG Bridge Engineers, Inc. from participating in any federally funded projects and has proposed a 10-year debarment, which would bar FIGG from performing work on any federally funded or assisted projects. The FHWA decision to bar FIGG is based on FIGG’s involvement with the 2018 pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University’s campus.  As you may recall, the collapse killed six [...]

30 Jul, 2020

Bogen Elected Central Region Vice President of NARTC

2020-07-30T14:16:44-05:00July 30th, 2020|Latest News|

At the annual meeting of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC), Nichole S. Bogen was elected the Central Region Vice President for 2020-2021. Ms. Bogen also serves on the Executive Committee. The NARTC is a 66 year-old organization made up of the top railroad trial attorneys from across the United States and Canada. Membership in NARTC is limited to lawyers who handle litigation and/or related matters for railroads [...]

29 Jul, 2020

OSHA—More COVID Updates

2020-07-25T09:33:24-05:00July 29th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, COVID-19, OSHA|

OSHA has issued new Frequently Asked Questions addressing when an employer must report work-related cases of COVID-19.  Unfortunately, the FAQs seem contrary to the 24-hour hospitalization rule. As you likely know, section 1904.39(b)(6) requires employers to report an inpatient hospitalization only if the hospital admission occurs within 24 hours of a work-related incident.  Applying this to COVID, if an employee is exposed at work and then goes to the hospital within [...]

22 Jul, 2020

Federal Contractors—Are your EEO and AA policies in place?

2020-07-17T13:14:00-05:00July 22nd, 2020|Affirmative Action Plan, Construction Contractor Advisor, EEO Policy, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)|

If you are a federal contractor, you probably have equal employment opportunity (“EEO”) and affirmative action (“AA”) plans in place.  But if you are scratching your head and wondering if you have implemented these policies, perhaps it’s time to contact your local construction attorney and get some help drafting and implementing these policies. Who Needs an EEO and AA Plan? Any contractor who does more than $10,000 of government contract [...]

15 Jul, 2020

Buy-Sell Agreements-An Important Tool for your Construction Company

2020-07-11T09:40:10-05:00July 15th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Corporate Formalities|

Having a well drafted Buy-Sell Agreement is as important as having the right tool for the job. A recent Nebraska Supreme Court opinion serves as a reminder of this fact or you could spend thousands of dollars and years litigating about rights and interests in the company. This case involved three individuals who owned a construction company in Kearney, Nebraska.  The majority shareholder passed away in 2015 and the deceased’s [...]

14 Jul, 2020

UPDATE: Nebraska Small Business Stabilization Grant Extended

2020-07-14T15:32:50-05:00July 14th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

The Small Business Stabilization Grant program has been extended until this Friday July 17, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. and is accepting new applicants (previous applicants are expected to be notified of the award status this week). Here is a press release put out by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development: DED Reopens Small Businesses Stabilization Grant Program with Expanded Eligibility They anticipate they can award up to 14,000 more grants [...]

7 Jul, 2020

If You Can’t Get In Through the Front Door, Go Through the Back Door: Cross-Appealing on a Petition for Further Review

2020-07-30T14:08:05-05:00July 7th, 2020|Nebraska Litigation & Trial Advisor|

Last week the Nebraska Supreme Court decided an interesting appellate jurisdictional question. In Picard v. P& C Group I, 306 Neb. 292, the Supreme Court confronted allocation in a worker’s compensation case. The plaintiff had twice suffered work-related injuries, each to a different body part. Both injuries resulted in permanent partial disability and loss of earning capacity. The question was whether the worker’s compensation court could apportion any loss of [...]

25 Jun, 2020

Ergonomics: Tips to Avoid Work-Related Injuries While Working From Home

2020-06-25T14:15:08-05:00June 25th, 2020|COVID Workers' Compensation, COVID-19|

As more employees are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic—many of whom are doing so indefinitely with no firm end point in sight--employers should urge employees to take certain steps to avoid injury and create a productive, safe, and comfortable work environment.  Here are some tips for working from home: Set up an ergonomic work station. Ergonomics is the study of the body and how it interacts with [...]

25 Jun, 2020

Can an Employees Working From Home File Workers’ Compensation Claims?

2020-06-25T14:12:22-05:00June 25th, 2020|COVID Workers' Compensation, COVID-19|

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a growing number of employees are continuing to work from home; however, working from home may complicate workers’ compensation claims.  Workers’ compensation generally applies only to injuries occurring in the scope and  course of employment.  This can be problematic as employers have little or no control of an employee’s home office environment.  It is also more difficult to prove that an injury was work-related, because [...]

25 Jun, 2020

States Expanding Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Essential Workers

2020-06-25T14:10:19-05:00June 25th, 2020|COVID Workers' Compensation, COVID-19|

In late April, the Iowa American Federation of Law, AFL-CIO, called on Iowa state officials to establish standards and protections for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including expanding workers’ compensation coverage to essential workers.  Both Iowa and Nebraska have yet to consider extending such protections. Ordinarily, the worker must demonstrate that he or she was injured in the course or scope of employment.  With respect to COVID-19, the employee would [...]

24 Jun, 2020

Take-Out Food and the First COVID-19 Force Majeure Opinion

2020-06-20T11:27:32-05:00June 24th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, COVID Bankruptcy, COVID-19, Force Majeure|

An Illinois bankruptcy court was the first court in the country to issue an opinion on how a force majeure clause in a commercial lease would be applied to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Not surprisingly, the language of the underlying force majeure clause and the Illinois’ Governor’s executive order played critical roles in the court’s analysis.  As it turned out, take-out food saved the contract. The case involved a restaurant that [...]

23 Jun, 2020

Bankruptcy Court Interprets Code Section1232(a) In A Way Favorable to Farmers

2020-06-23T16:21:42-05:00June 23rd, 2020|Latest News|

In a recent case of first impression the United States Bankruptcy Court the Northern District of Iowa (In Re: Devries, BK No. 19-00181), Thad J. Collins, Chief Bankruptcy Judge, interpreted recently-enacted Bankruptcy Code section 1232(a) to make capital gains by a farmer an unsecured claim for taxes not accorded any priority, and not subject to setoff under section 553(a). The court, relying significantly on Legislative History, held that Congress intended [...]

23 Jun, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x10

2020-06-23T15:20:20-05:00June 23rd, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Updates in red Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put into [...]

18 Jun, 2020

Sean Minahan Selected to NSBA Executive Council

2020-06-18T09:15:23-05:00June 18th, 2020|Latest News|

Partner Sean Minahan was selected as the 5th Judicial District Representative on the Nebraska State Bar Association Executive Council. The NSBA works for Nebraska lawyers to help them achieve the highest standards of competence, ethics, and professionalism and to protect and promote the administration of and access to justice. The Executive Council consists of one delegate elected from each of Nebraska’s six Supreme Court districts, a chair and chair-elect elected by the [...]

17 Jun, 2020

Shoddy Construction Work – Is it covered by your CGL?

2020-06-13T10:31:54-05:00June 17th, 2020|Commercial General Liability (CGL), Construction Contractor Advisor|

A recent 8th Circuit Court of Appeals case, applying Missouri law, reminds us that shoddy workmanship may not be covered by your commercial general liability insurance.  This also means that if an owner claims your faulty workmanship caused problems on the project, you may have to pay those damages out of your own pocket, not the insurers. In this case, American Family Mutual Insurance Co., S.I. v. Mid-American Grain Distributors, [...]

15 Jun, 2020

Tiritilli – 2020 NePA Speaker

2020-06-15T16:12:01-05:00June 15th, 2020|Latest News|

Eric Tiritilli, senior counsel at Lamson Dugan & Murray LLP, was a speaker at the 2020 Nebraska Paralegal Association’s virtual spring seminar.  The NePA is an influential paralegal association that is dedicated to serving and strengthening the profession for future generations. Mr. Tiritilli discussed the legal landscape on how to address marijuana in the workplace.  He also addressed the latest laws affecting marijuana testing and use in the workplace and [...]

11 Jun, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x9

2020-06-11T10:31:08-05:00June 11th, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Updates in red Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put into [...]

10 Jun, 2020

Liquidated Damages—They Must have a Reasonable Basis

2020-06-06T09:35:00-05:00June 10th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Liquidated Damages, Nebraska Construction Law|

A recent case out of Pennsylvania refused to allow an owner to assess liquidated damages for project delay.  This case serves as a reminder that if you are including liquidated damages in your construction contract, there must be some reasonable basis for the amount of liquidated damages. In this case, D.A. Nolt v. The Phila. Mun. Auth., the City of Philadelphia sought to enforce a $10,000 per day liquidated damages [...]

5 Jun, 2020

General Order No. 2020-10 IN RE Policy on Mandatory Use of Face Coverings and General Order No. 2020-11 IN RE Restrictions on Courthouse Entry Due to COVID-19

2020-06-05T11:49:25-05:00June 5th, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

General Order No. 2020-10 In Re POLICY ON MANDATORY USE OF FACE COVERINGS and General Order 2020-11 In Re RESTRICTIONS ON COURTHOUSE ENTRY DUE TO COVID-19 have been entered and posted on the court's website. https://www.ned.uscourts.gov/internetDocs/pom/orders/GO_2020-10.pdf https://www.ned.uscourts.gov/internetDocs/pom/orders/GO_2020-11.pdf If you have any questions, please contact the clerk's office at 1-866-220-4381 (Omaha) or 1-866-220-4379 (Lincoln). Thank you, United States District Court If you have questions about the above information, please give Partner [...]

4 Jun, 2020

NEB – US Bankruptcy Court – District of Nebraska – UPDATE TO PUBLIC ACCESS Starting June 8, 2020

2020-06-04T15:25:35-05:00June 4th, 2020|COVID Bankruptcy, COVID-19|

Starting June 8, 2020, the US Bankruptcy Clerk’s Office will be open for public access. There are some requirements and restrictions on courthouse entry pursuant to US District Court's - District of  Nebraska,  General Order 2020-10 and 2020-11. Every person entering the courthouse will be asked if they have reviewed the posted risk factors and if any apply. If so, the individual will be barred from entering the courthouse, unless [...]

4 Jun, 2020

Partner Craig Martin Welcomed Into the CLSA

2020-06-04T10:37:31-05:00June 4th, 2020|Latest News|

Craig Martin, a partner of Lamson Dugan & Murray LLP, was invited to join Fellowship of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. The CLSA is an invitation-only, selective and limited membership international association of the world’s best construction lawyers. The CLSA recognizes experienced and highly qualified lawyers across all practices relating to the construction industry. Congratulations to Mr. Martin for this great accomplishment!

3 Jun, 2020

Indemnity Obligations in the Age of COVID-19

2020-05-30T10:12:42-05:00June 3rd, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, COVID-19, Indemnity clauses, Nebraska Construction Law|

COVID-19 has created chaos in the construction world.  One of the biggest problems is staffing projects to meet deadlines on the project.  But, what if your company is hit with a COVID-19 outbreak and you cannot staff the job?  Have you already agreed to indemnify the upstream contractor or owner for any damages stemming from a COVID-19 outbreak?  We recommend reviewing your indemnity obligations to determine your risk and the [...]

29 May, 2020

Partner Mark Novotny – Presenter and Speaker to the Nebraska Dental Implant Society

2020-06-04T09:15:16-05:00May 29th, 2020|Latest News|

Mark Novotny, one of the founding partners of Lamson Dugan & Murray LLP, was the speaker at the May 28, 2020 meeting of the Nebraska Dental Implant Study Club.  The Study Club brings dental implant surgeons from across the state to share information to better provide dental implant care to Nebraska residents.  Mr. Novotny’s PowerPoint presentation was entitled: “Above the Standard of Care” and discussed the clinical and litigation implications [...]

29 May, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x8

2020-06-11T10:39:54-05:00May 29th, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Updates in red Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put into [...]

27 May, 2020

Best Practices in Dealing with COVID-19

2020-05-25T08:53:38-05:00May 27th, 2020|Best Practices, Construction Contractor Advisor, COVID Construction, Nebraska Construction Law|

We have all been dealing with the impact of COVID-19, but the situation becomes more personal when one of our own employees reports that he or she is suffering from COVID-19 symptoms.  And, with all the guidance out there, it may be difficult to figure out exactly what to do. We sifted through the various CDC guidance and other governmental regulations on this and compiled these best practices on responding [...]

21 May, 2020

Refresher on Nebraska Ag Liens Part 9: Agricultural Production Lien

2020-06-04T09:16:06-05:00May 21st, 2020|Midwest Agricultural Law|

- A lien for the supplier of agricultural inputs for production of livestock or crops As we discussed, the agricultural production lien-notification can provide additional security on a debt for chemicals, feed, seed, petroleum, electricity or labor used in the production of livestock or crops.  However, the lien-notification statement does not perfect the lien.  To perfect the lien, the supplier is required to file a financing statement similar to the [...]

20 May, 2020

CDC Issues More Comprehensive Guidance For Employers

2020-05-20T16:30:28-05:00May 20th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

The CDC has issued more comprehensive guidance and guidelines in support of President Trump’s plan for reopening the United States.  Included, in Appendix F, is specific guidance for a number of industries including child care programs, schools and day camps, employers with workers at high risk, restaurants and bars and mass transit administrators.  The guidance includes information regarding scaling up operations, safety action, monitoring and preparing and closing. Link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/php/CDC-Activities-Initiatives-for-COVID-19-Response.pdf [...]

20 May, 2020

Sending Employees Home to Avoid Catching COVID-19? Remember Your ADA Obligations.  

2020-05-20T16:36:38-05:00May 20th, 2020|ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act, Construction Contractor Advisor, COVID Construction, COVID Employment, COVID-19|

Over the past several months, EEOC, DOL, OSHA and other federal agencies have provided answers to dozens, if not hundreds, of questions regarding how employers should handle their responsibilities to employees during this unprecedented time.  The EEOC has reminded employers of their obligations, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, to comply with federal anti-discrimination laws including the Americans With Disabilities Act. Recently, the EEOC provided guidance that appeared to allow employers [...]

18 May, 2020

SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

2020-05-18T09:52:12-05:00May 18th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

The SBA has published a Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application.  The document provides instructions for completing the form and the required calculations.  The instructions note that borrowers may complete the application as directed and submit it to their lender (or the lender that is servicing the loan) or they may also complete the application electronically through their lender. Link: https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-05/3245-0407%20SBA%20Form%203508%20PPP%20Forgiveness%20Application.pdf If you have questions about the above information, please [...]

15 May, 2020

CDC Publishes Flowcharts to Help Communities and Businesses Weighing Whether to Reopen

2020-05-15T11:45:55-05:00May 15th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

The CDC has provided guidance in the form of a flow-chart to help employers make opening, or reopening, decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The guidance notes that it is important for employers to also check with the state and local health officials (and other partners) when determining the appropriate actions in light of the specific circumstances of their community. Download flow-chart here:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community/workplace-decision-tree.pdf Full article here: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/14/health/coronavirus-decision-trees-cdc-wellness/index.html If you have [...]

14 May, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x7

2020-05-14T13:53:03-05:00May 14th, 2020|COVID Court, COVID-19|

Updates in red Due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared in the United States.  Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect against this disease is to limit the risk of exposure.  This has prompted the “Stay at Home” movement for many Americans, but many judicial matters still need prompt attention during this time.  Varying regulations have been put into [...]

13 May, 2020

Nebraska Churches Reopen

2020-05-13T11:21:45-05:00May 13th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

How are churches to conduct their services now that the governor has eased the COVID-19 restrictions?  From May 4 through May 31, the rule limiting gathers to ten people will be relaxed for churches in Nebraska.  The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has issued guidelines for how churches should conduct services while still practicing social distancing. Changes to Church Services Churches are to conduct the services in such [...]

12 May, 2020

Gov. Ricketts Announces Relaxed Directed Health Measures in Additional Regions, Issues Guidance to Resume Baseball & Softball in June

2020-05-12T10:47:24-05:00May 12th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

LINCOLN – Today, at his daily coronavirus press briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that less restrictive Directed Health Measures (DHMs) will take effect in three additional regions in southern Nebraska on May 18, 2020.  These regions are the South Heartland, Public Health Solutions, and Two Rivers districts. The Governor also issued guidance to resume baseball and softball in June, with enhanced physical distancing measures in place for the safety of athletes, [...]

12 May, 2020

New I-9 Forms—Are you using them?  You should be.

2020-05-09T08:17:46-05:00May 12th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Form I-9, I-9 Audit|

With everything else going on this Spring, employers may have forgotten that they need to start using the new Form I-9.  You can find a copy of the new Form I-9 here.  This new form, which was published in January, 2020, went into effect on May 1, 2020 and employers should not use the older versions from this point on. Below are some answers to questions we’ve been receiving about [...]

11 May, 2020

Small Business Administration Benefits Now Available to Farmers and Ranchers

2020-05-11T13:07:43-05:00May 11th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

Congress replenished the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) by passing a new law in April that became effective on May 4, which added $60 billion to the program.  The SBA reopened its EIDL portal on May 4, 2020, for agricultural businesses to apply for grants and low interest, long-term loans. Agricultural businesses are defined as businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, and [...]

11 May, 2020

The Coronavirus Just Doubled the Risk of Mass Bankruptcies

2020-05-11T12:54:32-05:00May 11th, 2020|COVID Bankruptcy, COVID-19|

The risk of mass bankruptcies across the U.S. continues to rise as more companies grapple with the fallout stemming from efforts to battle the spread of coronavirus cases, according to one leading bankruptcy professor. According to data watched by NYU Stern School of Business professor emeritus Ed Altman, bankruptcy and default potential for high-yield companies doubled from 5% to 10% in just a few weeks. “Today, our numbers are showing a likely [...]

6 May, 2020

State Providing Needed Coronavirus Supply Relief

2020-05-06T15:35:04-05:00May 6th, 2020|COVID Health Care, COVID-19|

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts provided an update to the State of Nebraska’s efforts to procure necessary supplies for health care facilities, cities, and counties to help combat COVID-19.  The Materiel Division within the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services (DAS) is responsible for the purchase of goods and services on behalf of the State.  The State is not merely supplying its own needs, but is also keeping local health care [...]

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