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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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]