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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

2020-05-21T13:38:47-05:00May 21st, 2020|Latest News|

- 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 [...]

6 May, 2020

The Small Business Reorganization Act

2020-05-06T15:25:25-05:00May 6th, 2020|COVID Bankruptcy, COVID-19|

In August of last year Congress passed, and Mr. Trump signed, legislation to make Chapter 11 more helpful for “small business” debtors, “The Small Business Reorganization Act” (“Subchapter V”), see https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hr3311/BILLS-116hr3311enr.pdf.  Subchapter V became effective February 19th of this year.  Principal changes for “small business” debtors which elect Subchapter V treatment include elimination of the “absolute priority rule” applicable to Chapter 11 plan confirmation (this rule generally precludes a Chapter [...]

6 May, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x6

2020-05-14T13:54:49-05:00May 6th, 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 [...]

6 May, 2020

OSHA Relaxes Compliance Obligations

2020-05-02T08:53:31-05:00May 6th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, OSHA|

Recognizing the difficulties employers are facing during the ongoing pandemic, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) released an enforcement memo, entitled “Discretion in Enforcement when Considering an Employer’s Good Faith Efforts during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic.”  This guidance relaxes enforcement for failures to provide annual training or conduct other routine audits due to COVID-19. In the memo, OSHA stated that during an inspection, Compliance Officers should evaluate [...]

29 Apr, 2020

OSHA Alerts

2020-04-29T11:46:55-05:00April 29th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

OSHA continues to provide information and best practices for employers in dealing with COVID-19 in the work place. OSHA has issued several “alerts” offering guidance for employers in the retail sector, in construction, in the manufacturing industry and in the package delivery industry.   COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce OSHA is committed to protecting the health and safety of America’s workers and workplaces during these unprecedented times. The agency [...]

29 Apr, 2020

You’ve Received COVID-19 Notice of Delay—Now What?

2020-04-25T09:20:09-05:00April 29th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Delays, Nebraska Construction|

The coronavirus is interrupting life as we know it, including construction projects.  Throughout the country, contractors are issuing notices of schedule delays and how you respond to such a notice will be crucial to protecting your rights under your contract.  Here are some topics to consider when reviewing a notice of delay. Review the Entire Notice This may seem obvious, but dig into the notice to fully understand the basis [...]

28 Apr, 2020

Small Biz Bankruptcy Rules Come Just In Time For Many

2020-04-28T14:17:32-05:00April 28th, 2020|COVID Bankruptcy, COVID-19|

Changes in the rules governing small business bankruptcies came at a fortuitous time earlier this year and could provide an easier path to reorganization as many more companies are likely to become insolvent due to the continued effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. In effect since mid-February, the Small Business Restructuring Act makes Chapter 11 proceedings faster, cheaper and more efficient for companies that come to court with debt loads below a new [...]

28 Apr, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x5

2020-04-28T13:46:51-05:00April 28th, 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 [...]

22 Apr, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x4

2020-04-28T14:00:33-05:00April 22nd, 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 [...]

22 Apr, 2020

Construction—The Top Industry Receiving PPP Loans

2020-04-18T08:17:40-05:00April 22nd, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Industry, Nebraska Construction|

As you have likely heard, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds have run out.  While Congress battles about how to add more funds to the PPP, the Small Business Administration has released the specifics about the number of businesses that received loans, the industries and locations. In a nutshell, the SBA approved 1,661,367 loans from 4,975 lenders.  The average size of the loans was $206,000 and about 75% were for [...]

21 Apr, 2020

Refresher on Nebraska Ag Liens Part 8: Agricultural Production Lien-Notification Statement

2020-05-11T11:56:57-05:00April 21st, 2020|Lien Rights, Midwest Agricultural Law|

  - A lien for the supplier of agricultural inputs for production of livestock or crops On first look, the agricultural input lien may seem redundant to the fuel, fertilizer, pesticide, seed and electricity liens.  However, the agricultural input lien can provide additional priority against other creditors in protecting a supplier's security interest if a certain hoop is jumped.  Considering the current economic and social situation, the extra jump may [...]

21 Apr, 2020

Gov. Ricketts, Public Health Director Announce Guidelines to Resume Elective Surgeries in May

2020-04-21T09:53:46-05:00April 21st, 2020|COVID Health Care, COVID-19|

LINCOLN – This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the State’s first step to relax the health measures implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Starting on May 4th, elective surgeries may resume as long as hospitals and healthcare facilities meet requirements for available bed capacity and have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). Additionally, the Governor announced that the State is giving greater authority to healthcare providers to conduct tests [...]

20 Apr, 2020

Gov. Ricketts Announces Regulatory Changes to Allow Restaurants to Operate as Pop-Up Retailers

2020-04-20T12:10:06-05:00April 20th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

LINCOLN – Today, during his daily COVID-19 press briefing, Governor Pete Ricketts announced regulatory changes to give restaurants the flexibility to sell packaged foods to customers.  Under normal circumstances, restaurants cannot sell packaged foods—like loaves of bread or cartons of eggs—that do not have nutrition labels.  The Governor explained that the intent of the change is to give Nebraskans greater access to food, while also helping restaurants add another revenue stream [...]

20 Apr, 2020

Gov. Ricketts Issues Executive Order to Provide Childcare Relief, Announces COVID-19 Business Response Survey

2020-04-20T08:35:51-05:00April 20th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

LINCOLN – This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts issued an executive order to expand childcare options for working Nebraska families and to provide relief for childcare centers participating in the State’s Child Care Subsidy Program. The order suspends two regulations governing the State’s Child Care Subsidy Program.  First, the Governor’s order allows licensed child care providers within the program to bill the State for days when a child is absent from care.  [...]

16 Apr, 2020

Of Course Ag on the List: Identifying Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19:

2020-05-11T12:00:48-05:00April 16th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19, Midwest Agricultural Law|

I know we’ve all had a fair share of questions regarding what is an “essential business” that would be allowed to remain open if the Nebraska Governor issued a shelter in place/shutdown order. While Gov. Ricketts has said he doesn’t intend to issue such an order, as we know, things change. The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in the Dept. of Homeland Security put together guidance on the essential [...]

15 Apr, 2020

Construction Work—Is it an Essential Activity in your Jurisdiction?

2020-04-11T08:15:10-05:00April 15th, 2020|Construction Activity, Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Economy, COVID Construction, COVID-19|

Shelter in place orders abound throughout the country, yet construction continues to march on.  As we continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19, it’s important that you know whether your construction work is considered essential.  Your local government, state, county and city, may have established guidelines which will impact your operations. For example, Nebraska has “requested” that everyone stay at home and social distance at work.  Construction projects are [...]

13 Apr, 2020

Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | Occupational Safety and Health Administration

2020-04-13T15:10:16-05:00April 13th, 2020|COVID Employment, COVID-19|

On Friday April 10, 2020 OSHA issued enforcement guidance related to the recording of cases of COVID-19.  COVID-19 is a recordable illness and employers must record cases of COVID-19 if certain conditions are met.  One component in this determination is whether the case was work related. In its recent guidance OSHA advises that, except for employers of works in the healthcare industry, emergency response organizations and correction institutions, employers will [...]

13 Apr, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x3

2020-04-13T09:34:13-05:00April 13th, 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 [...]

10 Apr, 2020

Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19

2020-04-10T09:29:51-05:00April 10th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

I know we’ve all had a fair share of questions regarding what is an “essential business” that would be allowed to remain open if the Governor issued a shelter in place/shutdown order.  While Gov. Ricketts has said he doesn’t intend to issue such an order, as we know, things change.  The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in the Dept. of Homeland Security put together guidance on the essential critical [...]

10 Apr, 2020

Gov. Ricketts Adds Additional Businesses to State’s Directed Health Measure

2020-04-10T09:17:04-05:00April 10th, 2020|COVID Legislative, COVID-19|

Additions to the Statewide DHM All beauty/nail salons, barber shops, massage therapy services, gentlemen’s clubs, bottle clubs, indoor theatres, and tattoo parlors/studios are closed until April 30, 2020. All organized team sports, youth and adult, including but not limited to club sports are suspended until May 31, 2020. Auto racing is now specifically listed in the social gathering section. Drivers and their crews are considered patrons/invitees not staff. See full [...]

8 Apr, 2020

Construction Site Safety–Striking a Balance with COVID-19

2020-04-07T17:22:09-05:00April 8th, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, COVID Workers' Compensation|

Construction projects are still humming along in the Midwest.  But, this is only happening with construction companies making adjustments to their daily operations to protect employee safety.  Here are a few measures the industry is taking to minimize the risk of COVID-19 to employees. AGC is recommending a nationwide Safety Stand-Down ABC is recommending Covid-19 based Tool Box Talks; alcohol-based hand sanitizer and wash stations throughout the worksite; requiring and [...]

7 Apr, 2020

Temporary Disability Issues Facing Employers In Light Of COVID-19

2020-04-07T18:20:35-05:00April 7th, 2020|COVID Workers' Compensation, COVID-19|

NEBRASKA   1. If somebody was on modified duty and due to the virus the employer is shutting down, are we responsible to pick up TD? Nebraska courts require employers to pay temporary disability benefits until the sooner of two events: (1) the worker reaches maximum medical improvement, or (2) the worker returns to work. Unless and until the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act were to be amended in subsequent legislative [...]

7 Apr, 2020

Nebraska Chief Justice Issues Second Order Regarding Coronavirus and COVID-19

2020-04-07T16:02:23-05:00April 7th, 2020|COVID Legislative, COVID-19|

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Below is the Administrative Order signed April 6, 2020, by Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Heavican regarding Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 Disease. Read the Second Order:  4.6.20 - Administrative Order Regarding Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 Disease Read the First Order: 3.12.20 - S-20-247: Administrative Order Regarding COVID-19 preparedness Read Chief Justice Heavican’s Memoranda regarding the essential services provided by state courts: Our State Courts Remain Open (3.20.20) [...]

7 Apr, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 Summary

2020-04-07T15:53:08-05:00April 7th, 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 [...]

6 Apr, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES x2

2020-04-06T11:18:44-05:00April 6th, 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 [...]

1 Apr, 2020

DOL published regulations providing guidance on paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

2020-04-01T16:30:34-05:00April 1st, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

The DOL published regulations providing guidance on paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  This temporary rules provides critical guidance on a number of topics related the FFCRA including conditions that a business under 50 may be excluded from the provisions of the law. Link to rules: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/Pandemic/FFCRA.pdf If you have questions about DOL regulations, please give Senior Counsel Attorney, Eric Tiritilli a call at 402-397-7300.

1 Apr, 2020

Judicial Response to COVID-19 – UPDATES

2020-04-01T16:24:27-05:00April 1st, 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 [...]

1 Apr, 2020

COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses FAQs

2020-04-01T16:05:56-05:00April 1st, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

The IRS has issued important guidance for employers answering many questions regarding tax credits for payments made under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  Included in the questions and answers is specific guidance on documents employers will need to substantiate their eligibility for the credits. Link: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/covid-19-related-tax-credits-for-required-paid-leave-provided-by-small-and-midsize-businesses-faqs If you have questions about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, please give Senior Counsel Attorney, Eric Tiritilli a call at 402-397-7300.

1 Apr, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Application Form

2020-04-01T14:27:10-05:00April 1st, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

Click the link for the Paycheck Protection Program Application Form: https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/Borrower%20Paycheck%20Protection%20Program%20Application.pdf If you have questions about the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program, please give Senior Counsel Attorney, Eric Tiritilli a call at 402-397-7300.  

1 Apr, 2020

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP) INFORMATION SHEET: BORROWERS

2020-04-01T14:24:15-05:00April 1st, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. All loan terms will be the same for everyone.    The loan amounts will be forgiven as long as: The loan proceeds are used to cover payroll costs, and most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 8 week period after the loan is made; and Employee [...]

1 Apr, 2020

SMALL BUSINESS PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

2020-04-01T13:49:10-05:00April 1st, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Fully Forgiven Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven [...]

1 Apr, 2020

Gov. Ricketts Announces 11 Counties in South-Central Nebraska Now Included in State’s Directed Health Measure

2020-04-01T13:03:48-05:00April 1st, 2020|COVID Health Care, COVID-19|

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the State’s sixth and seventh COVID-19 related Directed Health Measures (DHMs) include Adams, Buffalo, Clay, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney, Nuckolls, Phelps, and Webster counties.  They will be in effect beginning today at 10:00pm and will last until May 11th unless renewed. The quarantine measures are for individuals who are COVID-19 positive or develop fever, sudden onset of a dry cough, or sudden onset [...]

1 Apr, 2020

Gov. Ricketts Signs Executive Order Giving Flexibility to Healthcare Facilities, Announces Safety Guidelines for Nursing Homes

2020-04-01T13:01:00-05:00April 1st, 2020|COVID Health Care, COVID-19|

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced a new executive order to give healthcare facilities greater flexibility to respond to coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The purpose of the order is to enable healthcare facilities to expand capacity as the need arises.  Among other changes, the Governor’s order accomplishes the following: Waives time limits for how long Critical Access Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgical Centers may keep patients. Waives the time limit on complex [...]

31 Mar, 2020

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Guidance on applicability of HIPAA during the Coronavirus Pandemic

2020-03-31T16:08:52-05:00March 31st, 2020|COVID Health Care, COVID-19|

February 2020 Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services BULLETIN: HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus In light of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is providing this bulletin to ensure that HIPAA covered entities and their business associates are aware of the ways that patient information may be shared under the [...]

31 Mar, 2020

An Overview of the CARES Act Tax Implications

2020-03-31T10:52:27-05:00March 31st, 2020|COVID Tax, COVID-19|

The CARES Act revised, relaxed and created a number of new tax policies for businesses. While a number of these are still being clarified with respect to interpretation and implementation, they are worth looking at and being aware of. The primary focus for a number of business is the Paycheck Protection Program, but there are several others worth noting as well. There are a number of options under the Act [...]

31 Mar, 2020

Construction Contractors and the CARES Act

2020-03-28T10:19:33-05:00March 31st, 2020|Construction Contractor Advisor, Construction Law, COVID Construction|

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was just passed and it contains a number of provisions that will benefit the construction industry, including, the Paycheck Protection Program, unemployment, and delayed payroll taxes.   Below are a few of the highlights. Paycheck Protection Program This is a low interest loan program for small businesses that were operational since February 15, 2020 and had employees to whom it paid wages.  [...]

30 Mar, 2020

CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY LOANS – Small Business Guide and Checklist

2020-03-30T16:35:41-05:00March 30th, 2020|COVID Business, COVID-19|

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. The administration soon will release more details including the list [...]

30 Mar, 2020

All Chapter 7, 11, 12, and 13 meetings of creditors scheduled after April 1, 2020 for all locations in Nebraska will be conducted by telephone until further notice

2020-03-30T16:30:32-05:00March 30th, 2020|COVID Bankruptcy, COVID-19|

In an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19, all Chapter 7, 11, 12, and 13 meetings of creditors scheduled after April 1, 2020 for all locations in Nebraska will be conducted by telephone until further notice.  Debtors, attorneys, creditors, and others may not appear in person. Debtors, their counsel, and any creditors who wish to participate in any 341 meetings scheduled after April 1, 2020 must call the toll-free [...]