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COVID-19 Update: New Advice Summary Relating to the Right-to-Know Law

access_time Posted on: May 22nd, 2020

Pursuant to the Right-to-know law (RTKL) Advisory, the Office of Open Records (OOR) has new advice for agencies within “yellow” status counties. These agencies should continue processing RTKL requests and appeals as usual. If an appeal is negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the agency or requestor cannot meet a required deadline, the OOR may prolong the appeal deadline. In particular, agencies located within a county transitioning into “yellow” status may need to provide evidence showing why the appeal deadline needs to be extended. In regards to offices being closed, any day that falls within an office closure is… read more »

COVID-19 Update: PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Released

access_time Posted on: May 20th, 2020

The much anticipated Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application was released by the U.S. Small Business Administration with input from the U.S. Department of Treasury. The PPP was part of the CARES Act and created to support eligible small businesses with forgivable loans to keep Americans working during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Businesses can seek forgiveness at the end of an eight-week covered period that began with the disbursement of their PPP loan. To apply for forgiveness, the PPP loan borrower must complete the application and submit it to the lender that is servicing their loan.  The application includes the following… read more »

COVID-19 Update: SBA Offers PPP Guidance and Answers Questions

access_time Posted on: May 15th, 2020

The Small Business Administration (SBA), together with the Department of the Treasury, continue to offer additional guidance regarding the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established by section 1102 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The guidance is offered in a Frequently Asked Questions format (see link below). Paycheck Protection Program Loans FAQs This resource is reliable since it contains SBA’s interpretation of the CARES Act and of the Paycheck Protection Program Interim Final Rules (see link below). The U.S. government will not challenge lender actions that conform to the PPP guidance found on… read more »

COVID-19 Municipal Update: Handling Right-To-Know Law Issues During the COVID-19 Emergency

access_time Posted on: May 12th, 2020

While the Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) continues to be in effect for most municipal entities, its function has been temporarily suspended for the Commonwealth due to the current COVID-19 emergency. Pursuant to Section 901 of the law, all requests must receive a response within five business days – excluding days closed for business. If an agency faces “bona fide issues” related to this pandemic, the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records’ (OOR) advisory permits temporary suspensions exceeding the scope of that law. The OOR recommends the agency seek their solicitor’s advice before taking this recourse. Under Act 15, municipalities operating under an… read more »

COVID-19 Municipal Resource Page

access_time Posted on: May 8th, 2020

COVID-19 Update: 60-day Extension of Moratorium on Foreclosures and Evictions

access_time Posted on: May 8th, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to adversely impact the economy, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order extending the moratorium on foreclosures and evictions in Pennsylvania. As a result, banks cannot process foreclosures and landlords cannot process evictions in Pennsylvania for another two months. This means that no Pennsylvania resident will be removed from their home due to an eviction or foreclosure until July 10, 2020. It is important to note that unless a homeowner has made an agreement with their mortgage lender or a renter has made an agreement with their landlord to the contrary, mortgage payments and rental… read more »

Department of Education Published Final Version of Title IX Regulations

access_time Posted on: May 7th, 2020

Department of Education published the final version of the Title IX regulations On May 6, 2020, the Department of Education published the final version of the Title IX regulations. The final regulations specify how schools, colleges, and other Federally funded institutions must respond going forward to allegations of sexual harassment. These regulations require sexual harassment in education programs or activities to be addressed as a form of sex discrimination. The schools must respond supportively and promptly to anyone claiming to be sexually harassed, resolve allegations of sexual harassment promptly and accurately with due process protections to alleged sexual harrassment victims… read more »

COVID-19 Update: Qualified Disaster Relief Payments

access_time Posted on: May 5th, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Qualified Disaster Relief Payments Employers may pay or reimburse employees for necessary or reasonable expenses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These disaster relief payments can be made tax-free. This article will provide information on taxation, amount, use, and substantiation of these payments. Typically, employers are taxed for all money that they give to their employees; however, the Internal Revenue Code (Section 139) specifies an exception for “qualified disaster relief payments” paid when there is a federally declared disaster. The COVID-19 pandemic officially qualified when the President declared a “national emergency” on March 13, 2020. Disaster… read more »

Labor and Employment Law Virtual Luncheon: Employment Law Update and Preparing to Return to Work

access_time Posted on: May 1st, 2020

CGA offers a primer on preparing your team to return to work. CGA Law firm’s experienced team of employment attorneys will provide proactive business leaders at all levels with an engaging and interactive update of employment laws and a primer on preparing your team of employees to return to work. The featured speakers, Attorneys Zach Nahass and Christine Nentwig, are Co-Chairs of the Labor and Employment Law Department at CGA Law Firm. Join our CGA experts for an enjoyable and informative working-lunch during which hosts will encourage participants to share their insights, ask questions, and share valuable tips. We look forward to seeing you there!… read more »

COVID-19 Update: The SBA to Resume Accepting PPP Loan Applications

access_time Posted on: April 27th, 2020

Earlier this month, the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) offered the first round of relief to small businesses under 500 employees by providing needed capital to cover payroll, utilities, rent, insurance, and loan payments (see PPP program description below). For businesses unable to take advantage of these loans in the first round, there is another opportunity! Payroll Protection Program. The SBA’s Payroll Protection Program (PPP) is designed to help businesses maintain their workforce by enabling small businesses to cover payroll and other expenses for eight weeks during the COVID-19 crisis. The loans cover up to $10 million and may… read more »