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COVID-19
On March 15, 20121, a federal judge for the Middle District of Tennessee ruled that the Centers for Disease Control’s nationwide eviction moratorium is illegal and unenforceable. Three federal judges have now ruled that the moratorium is illegal, while two federal judges in other jurisdictions have upheld the moratorium. As a result, the eviction moratorium...
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The recent $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill is planned to be followed by further economic stimulus measures under the Biden administration.  It is widely anticipated that these additional stimulus packages will be paired with proposals for various tax increases on those earning over $400,000 annually.  One such proposal is to increase federal estate tax revenue...
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On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill known as the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This law contains key provisions and makes related changes to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) that may impact employers. The FFCRA expired on December 31, 2020, but shortly before...
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As of February 2021, more than 1,500 COVID-related business interruption lawsuits have been filed in the United States. Of those 1,500 suits, 10 have been filed in Indiana state and federal courts with no decisions having been reached on the merits of the case. As shared in our previous updates Business Insurance Coverage for COVID-19...
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On February 18, 2021, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law Senate Bill 1 that provides employers’ civil tort immunity related to COVID-19. The immunity applies to causes of action that accrue from March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2024. The law specifically provides a person is immune from civil tort liability for damages arising...
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On January 14, 2021, President-elect Joe Biden announced his American Rescue Plan through which he plans to provide much-needed economic relief from the COVID-19 pandemic. His plan includes expansion of the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) as detailed below. Expansion of Covered Employers  The plan covers all employers. This...
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On December 29, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) published two new Field Assistance Bulletins (“FABS”) addressing issues related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  FAB 2020-7 addresses electronic notice postings requirements under federal labor laws.  FAB 2020-8 in turn clarifies how telemedicine visits may qualify for FMLA leave.  These new guidelines are discussed in detail below. ...
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The recently passed Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act (“Act”) provides $900 billion in stimulus aid to struggling businesses and individuals along with $284 billion allocated to renewing the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). Although many aspects of the Act mirror the previously passed CARES Act legislation, such as offering low interest...
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The Economic Aid Act (“EAA”) was signed into law on December 27, 2020 and provides $900 billion in financial relief to struggling individuals, businesses, and organizations. The EEA also renews the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) and expands its terms to allow for eligible 501(c)(6) organizations to become borrowers. Local chambers of commerce, labor and trade...
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The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 that was signed into law by President Trump on December 27, 2020, extends the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) unemployment insurance programs passed earlier this year. The CARES Act expanded unemployment insurance benefits to individuals through three programs: (1) Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (“FPUC”); (2) Pandemic...
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