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IRS Provides Tax Relief Relating to Travel Disruptions Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 20, 2020 | Advisory | By Abraham (Avi) Reshtick, David Salamon

This article outlines Treasury Department and IRS tax relief available to individuals and businesses affected by travel disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Part Ten of the COVID-19 Roadmap Series: Workplace Communications and Trainings

May 20, 2020 | Blog | By Tyrone Thomas, Danielle Bereznay

In the final part of our Roadmap Series, as employers prepare to transition to on-site operations for segments of their staff, we discuss considerations for COVID-19 related communications to the workforce. We also address the importance of conducting workplace trainings for managers and staff that address new regulatory considerations for workplace safety, telecommuting arrangements, health screenings, and leave and accommodation requests to prepare for the “new normal.”
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On May 14, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved changes to the NYSE Listed Company Manual to provide a temporary exception to the shareholder approval rules for certain capital raising transactions as a result of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic.
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Federal Circuit Appeals Continue as Scheduled Without In-Person Arguments

May 19, 2020 | Blog | By Brad M Scheller, Jessica Perry

Yesterday the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit released modifications to court procedures, indicating that all in-person oral arguments are suspended until further notice.
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Revised Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program: Terms and Key Considerations

May 18, 2020 | Advisory | By Joseph Price, Joseph J. Ronca

This article discusses the recent revisions to the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program; borrower considerations regarding eligibility and access to the program; implications of certain covenants and restrictions; and considerations under existing debt documents.
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Massachusetts’ Reopening Advisory Board Releases Reopening Report

May 18, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Kaitlyn Sprague, Caitlin Beresin, Taylor Shepherd

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration’s Reopening Advisory Board published their report outlining a 4-phase schedule for reopening the Commonwealth since the closure of non-essential businesses on March 23.
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As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues, it is sometimes easy to forget what issues were at the forefront of our national conversation before the pandemic. It was mere months ago when Congress appeared to be edging closer to a deal on legislation addressing drug pricing. While the focus on drug pricing issues may have shifted of late, the American public’s access to drugs—and, more recently, vaccines—remains a critical public health issue, perhaps now more than ever. As Congress works feverishly to pass legislation to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, it remains to be seen what will come of the various drug pricing proposals that were being debated earlier this session. For now, it looks like any legislative action to enhance patients’ access to drug therapies will likely come through a coronavirus-related stimulus bill, such as the one introduced by the House of Representatives last week.
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Form I-9 Requirements Flexibility Extended for 30 Days

May 18, 2020 | Blog | By Lindsey Steinberg

On Friday May 15, 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced they would extend flexibility related to in-person Form I-9 compliance that was granted earlier this year.
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Part Nine of the COVID-19 Roadmap Series: Ensuring Compliance – Leave Management

May 18, 2020 | Blog | By Corbin Carter, Natalie C. Groot, Michael Arnold, Andrew Matzkin

As management and human resources professionals are well aware, COVID-19 has drastically and rapidly impacted the workplace. Among other things, employees require more flexibility, employers are increasingly reliant upon remote work arrangements, and legislative and administrative responses to the pandemic from various levels of government have created new requirements for businesses, including new leave entitlements for employees. In Part Nine of our Roadmap Series, we explore key considerations surrounding leave management and compliance as employees and businesses navigate this new terrain.
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COVID-19: Prioritized Patent Application Examination and Patents 4 Partnerships

May 15, 2020 | Blog | By Peter Corless, Carolina Säve

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has recently launched two new initiatives to support COVID-19 innovations: 1) a COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program, and 2) Patents 4 Partnerships that provides a searchable forum to list COVID-19 related published applications and patents available for licensing.
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Court Puts COVID-19 Emergency Debt Collection Regulations on Ice

May 15, 2020 | Blog | By Pete Michaels, Michael Pastore

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CMS Allows Pharmacies and Other Suppliers to Bill Medicare for COVID-19 Testing

May 15, 2020 | Blog | By Karen Lovitch, Jane Haviland

In an effort to address the need to increase the availability of COVID-19 testing, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued guidance notifying pharmacies and other Medicare-enrolled suppliers that they may temporarily enroll as independent clinical diagnostic laboratories during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) so that they may bill Medicare for COVID-19 testing. 
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Part Two: To Pay, or Not to Pay (Rent) – California Landlord-Tenant Regulations During COVID-19

May 15, 2020 | Blog | By Antony Nash, Gabriel Schnitzler, Edward Fallas, Michael J. Godwin

COVID-19 has flipped the landlord-tenant relationship on its head. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the relationship between landlords and tenants—and the payment of rent—was governed by the terms of the lease.
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Part Eight of the COVID-19 Roadmap Series: Avoiding COVID-19 Wage & Hour and Labor Law Pitfalls

May 15, 2020 | Blog | By Jennifer Budoff, Delaney Busch, Brendan Lowd

In Part Eight of our Roadmap Series, we take a closer look at wage and hour compliance concerns that may arise during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what employers can do to minimize these pitfalls.

Remember that wage and hour concerns, and how to properly address them, will often depend on whether a company is dealing with exempt employees (i.e., employees not entitled to overtime pay regardless of the number of hours worked in a day or week) or non-exempt employees (i.e., employees entitled to overtime pay if the employee works more than eight hours a day or forty hours in a week, depending on the state). This critical distinction will largely govern how employers should consider and plan for the issues described below.
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This update covers federal and Massachusetts responses to the pandemic, including the House Democrats’ phase 4 economic stimulus proposal, the SBA’s report on PPP implementation plus criticism of how it manages EIDL, and Massachusetts’s reopening plan and its proposed $1B supplemental budget to cover Covid-19 spending.
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Part One: To Pay, or Not to Pay (Rent) – California Landlord-Tenant Regulations During COVID-19

May 14, 2020 | Blog | By Antony Nash, Gabriel Schnitzler, Edward Fallas, Michael J. Godwin

COVID-19 has flipped the landlord-tenant relationship on its head. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the relationship between landlords and tenants—and the payment of rent—was governed by the terms of the lease.
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The WARN Act and COVID-19: What are Employers Obligated to Do?

May 14, 2020 | Blog | By Delaney Busch, Emma Follansbee

Facing the many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are considering their obligations to their workforce in the event of a reduction in force related to COVID-19 (“COVID-19”). This post provides an overview of an employer’s WARN Act obligations in the event a COVID-19-related closure or reduction in force.
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COVID-19 and Down-Round Financings

May 14, 2020 | Alert | By Jeremy Glaser, Sebastian E. Lucier, Sebastian A. Bacon

This alert reviews the risks of a down round financing and lists steps that a company considering this option during the COVID-19 pandemic can take to reduce those risks.
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In the current environment, there exists historic levels of “dry powder” in the private equity industry. We have previously provided thoughts regarding challenges and opportunities facing the private equity industry generally.
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