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IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION AND LEGAL ALERTS

IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION AND LEGAL ALERTS

We are facing a rapidly changing environment. The challenges affect every aspect of life and every member of our communities. We have set up this webpage to provide up-to-date information on legal matters as well as health, financial, tax and business resources that may be useful to you in handling your day-to-day concerns and needs. This page provides short Alerts on recent developments and links to government and private resources and programs. We also encourage you to follow our updates on LinkedIn and Facebook.

At Bousquet Holstein, we are continuing to focus on you, our clients and friends, on your legal matters and on working together to stay current on developments. All of our attorneys, paralegals and support staff are working remotely and accessible to you by email and by calling their office phones or cell phones.

If you are new to the firm, and would like to speak with legal counsel to assist you or your business during this difficult time, you may call 315.422.1500. We have a receptionist taking calls remotely weekdays between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM. Or you are welcome to complete the Contact Form at the bottom of this page and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.

BOUSQUET HOLSTEIN LEGAL ALERTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

(Please scroll down for CDC websites, local and state hotlines, and health department links)

EMPLOYMENT ISSUES
  • On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) effective April 1 through December 31, 2020.  The FFCRA seeks to assist employees impacted by COVID-19 and covers employers with less than 500 employees and certain public agencies. This Legal Alert posted by Employment Attorney Kavitha Janardhan is focused on the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act portion of the FFCRA. The Emergency FMLA Expansion Act amends the Family and Medical Leave Act providing additional protections to employees affected by COVID-19.
    https://bhlawpllc.com/publication/emergency-family-and-medical-leave-expansion-act/
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  • On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”), effective April 1 through December 31, 2020.  The FFCRA seeks to assist employees impacted by COVID-19 and applies to employers with less than 500 employees and any covered public agencies. This summary is focused on the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (the “Act”) portion of the FFCRA.  https://bhlawpllc.com/publication/federal-emergency-paid-sick-leave-act/
    Posted by John L. Valentino, Esq. and Rebecca R. Cohen, Esq.
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  • New York State is acting swiftly to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 18, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed a bill into law that provides paid sick leave to employees directly impacted by COVID-19. For more information please review this Legal Alert posted by Employment Law Attorneys John L. Valentino and Rebecca R. Cohen.
    https://bhlawpllc.com/publication/new-york-state-paid-sick-leave-and-covid-19/
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  • Employers are becoming increasingly concerned about their rights and obligations with respect to maintaining a safe workplace for their employees and complying with various federal and state labor and employment laws. Please review this Legal Alert for more information: Coronavirus – Employment Legal Issues for Employers
    Posted by John L. Valentino, 315.701.6308     jvalentino@bhlawpllc.com
BUSINESS ISSUES
  • The Governor signed Executive Order No. 202.7 on March 19, 2020 which, among other matters, enables licensed notaries to serve as “remote” notaries and to perform their duties utilizing audio-video technology provided specific conditions are met.  The conditions set by the Governor are included in this Legal Alert posted by attorney Aaron D. Frishmanhttps://bhlawpllc.com/publication/governor-cuomo-issues-executive-order-authorizing-remote-notary-services/
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  • Five federal financial regulatory agencies today issued a joint statement encouraging banks, savings associations and credit unions to offer responsible small-dollar loans to consumers and small businesses in response to COVID-19.  https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/bcreg20200326a.htm
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  • In response to the mandatory non-essential business closures throughout New York State due to the continuing health crisis presented by COVID-19, the Governor issued Executive Order 202.11 on March 27, 2020.  EO 202.11 provides, in part, for the Authorities Budget Office to disregard certain reporting and other deadlines under the New York State Public Authorities Law.  https://bhlawpllc.com/publication/executive-order-authorizes-relief-for-state-and-local-authorities-on-annual-filing-requirements/
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  • The NYS Department of Economic Development has provided Guidance on Executive Order 202.6 as updated on March 27, and applies to each business location individually and is intended to assist businesses in determining whether they are an essential business. With respect to business or entities that operate or provide both essential and non-essential services, supplies or support, only those lines and/or business operations that are necessary to support the essential services, supplies, or support are exempt from the workforce reduction restrictions. See the updated list here: https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026
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  • Updated COVID-19 information provided by the Oswego County Economic Development Corporation regarding their Emergency Relief Program for Small Businesses:  https://t.e2ma.net/message/dt1vec/5m3ent
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  • On March 21st, Governor Cuomo issued another Executive Order 202.9 in the Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency. This one modifies banking laws, issues directives regarding mortgage payments, and addresses ATM fees. Check here to review the updated order: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2029-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
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  • On March 19, 2020, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh announced the creation of a $500,000 fund to provide interest-free emergency loans to small businesses in the City of Syracuse that have been adversely impacted by the novel coronavirus.  The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program will be administered by the Syracuse Economic Development Corporation (“SEDCO”) and is intended to provide Syracuse small businesses with an immediate solution for short-term working capital. For more information please review this Legal Alert posted by attorneys Michael W. Tyszko and Maria C. Zumpano:
    https://bhlawpllc.com/publication/interest-free-emergency-loans-created-for-syracuse-businesses-impacted-by-covid-19/
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  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today, March 20th, announced he is signing the “New York State on PAUSE” executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone. It includes a new directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, and temporarily bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-new-york-state-pause-executive-order
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  • In the wake of COVID-19 closures, the NY State Liquor Authority (the “SLA”) issued guidance this week permitting on-premises establishments to sell alcohol for off-premises consumption. The change was effective March 16, 2020 and continues until the SLA issues further guidance. Licensees do not need to notify the SLA or seek a waiver to begin selling alcohol for off-premises consumption.  Please review this Legal Alert for more information: https://bhlawpllc.com/publication/state-liquor-authority-relief-for-restaurants-bars-and-breweries/.  Posted by  Joshua S. Werbeck  315.701.6447   jwerbeck@bhlawpllc.com 
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  • Ryan M. Silva, Executive Director of the NYS Economic Development Council has shared the following information in regards to the Small Business Administration loans. The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. For a list of resources and current update information from the SBA including how to gain access to capital, please visit https://www.sba.gov/page/guidance-businesses-employers-plan-respond-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19.For information from NY ESDC, please visit: https://esd.ny.gov/sites/default/files/ESD%20FAQ%20COVID1_Businesses%203_FINAL03152020.pdf.
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  • Tax-exempt bonds issuers and conduit borrowers (such as hospitals, colleges, universities and other nonprofits) should add continuing disclosure to their COVID-19 checklist. Disclosure obligations continue throughout life of bonds and require that information made available to the market be accurate and complete. Please review this Legal Alert for more information: COVID-19: Reaching Bondholders and the Market with Disclosure.  Posted by Jean S. Everett    212.381.4870    jeverertt@bhlawpllc.com
TRUSTS AND ESTATES ISSUES:
TAX AND DEBT ISSUES:
  • On March 17, 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James announced that effective immediately, the State will temporarily halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the State and referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection from March 16, 2020 through April 15, 2020. For more information please review this Legal Alert from attorney  Jane Yue Zhang:
    https://bhlawpllc.com/publication/legal-alert-covid-19-suspension-of-debt-collection-by-nys/
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  • The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that the filing due date for federal income tax returns would be automatically extended to July 15, 2020.  The extension applies to “all taxpayers” including: individuals, corporations, trusts and estates, and other filers.  Additionally, payment of income tax due has also been extended to July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest, regardless of the amount of tax due. This extension is automatic, and taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms to qualify for this relief. Click here for IRS Filing and Payments Questions and Answers. Page Posted by  Christy Vouri-Misso  315.701.6449   cvourimisso@bhlawpllc.com
TRAVEL AND IMMIGRATION ISSUES:
  • On March 20, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security announced agreements with Canada and Mexico to restrict unnecessary travel across the borders shared with each country. Each agreement became effective on March 21, 2020 and remains in effect for 30 days (and may be extended). Unnecessary travel includes tourism or recreation, but the agreements do not prohibit cross-border trade, supplies, or individuals engaged in essential travel. Please review the attached Legal Alert posted by Immigration Attorney Anna Putintsevahttps://bhlawpllc.com/publication/covid-19-u-s-canada-and-u-s-mexico-travel-restrictions/
IMPORTANT LINKS TO NEW YORK STATE WEBSITES:

 CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES AND INFORMATION:

United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Coronavirus Information (COVID-19)

CDC: Coronavirus Main Website
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

CDC Handouts and Flyers:

CDC Coronavirus Fact Sheet- Handout   CDC FACTS ABOUT COVID-19

CDC Facts About Coronavirus- Handout  CDC Coronavirus Fact Sheet

CDC Guidance for Employers- Handout  CDC Coronavirus Guidance for Employers

CDC What to do if You’re Sick- Handout  CDC What to Do if You’re Sick

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and ADA

New York State Department of Health
https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

Onondaga County Department of Health
http://www.ongov.net/health/coronavirus.html

Tompkins County Department of Health
https://tompkinscountyny.gov/health

New York City Department of Health
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page

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Syracuse Community Health Center – Regional Testing Center
https://www.schcny.com/?page_id=1497
New York State Coronavirus Hotline   1-888-364-3065
Central New York – Upstate Medical COVID-19 Triage Hotline   315.464.3979
Onondaga County Senior Citizen Hotline (for seniors living independently)  314-218-1987 
Upstate Medical Emergency Management Coronavirus Website
https://www.upstate.edu/emergencymgt/trending/coronavirus.php
 

 

 

 

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