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We will use this page to post updated information on our response to the COVID-19 emergency.

March 31, 2020
Paycheck Protection Program Application Released

The US Treasury Department today posted further guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program, the small business loan-to-grant aspect of the CARES Act stimulus package. The program application is now available and may be submitted as early as this Friday, April 3 to any SBA approved lender.

March 27, 2020
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Congress has just adopted the latest $2 trillion stimulus legislation: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The President is expected to sign the bill right away. Our partner, Karl Swaidan, has put together this summary of the sections which are most likely to be relevant to your business.

March 26, 2020
Department of Labor Begins Issuing Family First Coronavirus Response Act Guidelines

On March 25, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) announced its new Families First Coronavirus Response Act posting. The posting must be physically posted with all other required labor law postings. Also, employers can comply with the posting requirement by sending current employees and new hires working remotely the posting through U.S. mail, electronic mail, or by posting on an employee website. The DOL has also provided online responses to FAQs regarding this posting requirement.

The DOL has also issued informal FAQ-type guidance on the Act itself, covering how the e-FMLA and Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act work together; whether employers can get credit for paid sick leave provided before the Act takes effect on April 1 (they cannot). The DOL is expected to release formal regulations clarifying the Act within the next week to address, among other things, how the DOL plans to handle small employers (under 50 employees) who may seek an exemption from the Act’s provisions.

If you would like to discuss the impact these developments may have on you and your business, please contact Laura V. Farber or Rita M. Diaz to discuss this legislation, the new developments, or any other issues you are facing.

March 24, 20202
Real Estate Tenancies and the Coronavirus Emergency

The coronavirus pandemic has led to widespread disruption for individuals and businesses throughout the world. Forced business closures will soon result in substantial reductions in income available to meet basic expenses like rent and mortgage payments. Our colleague, Todd Moore, has put together a helpful summary of what is being done by government to address this crisis and offer tips on how affected landlords and tenants should deal with it. You can find it here.

March 19, 2020
Family First Coronavirus Response Act Signed Into Law

Last night, the President signed the Family First Coronavirus Response Act into law. While this new legislation provides emergency federal funding for, among other things, COVID-19 testing, nutrition assistance, and unemployment compensation benefits, two prominent sections create an emergency expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and introduce a new emergency paid sick leave entitlement for certain employee absences caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our employment specialists, Rita Diaz and Laura Farber, have provided a brief analysis here of the changes business owners should know about.

March 17, 2020
Confusion about Contracts

As cancellations mount and federal, state, and local authorities announce new guidelines and directives each day, we are receiving a lot of questions about our clients’ rights and duties under existing contracts, particularly regarding the legal effect of deadlines and how to mitigate losses in light of the ongoing emergency. If you are trying to navigate the rapidly-shifting landscape, our business and finance attorneys can help. Contact Business Department Chair Dale Pelch, and he will get you set up with the right attorney for your needs.

March 16, 2020
A statement from our Managing Partner, Christianne Kerns:

“The rapidly evolving coronavirus emergency has understandably created much concern and confusion for our clients and our community. New questions seem to arise daily about how to navigate the changing landscape. I am conferring with Hahn & Hahn’s Executive and Emergency Management committees daily. There is unanimous agreement that the firm will remain active throughout the period of social distancing. We are prepared to operate from outside the office as necessary and intend to continue providing the same excellent and reliable legal counsel to our clients without interruption. After more than 120 years in continuous operation, this is not Hahn & Hahn’s first exercise in crisis management. We have stood beside our Southern California neighbors through two world wars, a flu epidemic, multiple earthquakes, political upheaval, and elevated terrorism threats. We want to assure our friends and neighbors that we will continue to stand strong with you through the current public health emergency as well.”