Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In response to the unprecedented upheaval that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is creating for our clients, neighbors, and friends, Carter Ledyard has created a Response Group to monitor the regional and national developments. On this page, you will find the advisories we have provided to our clients about laws and regulations adopted at the local, state, and national level as they attempt to grapple with this monumental challenge. This is a fast moving situation, so please check this page for regular updates.

Client Advisories:

Summary of the Provisions of the CARES Act Affecting the WorkforceMarch 27, 2020.

On March 27, 2020, the President signed the Coronavirus Act, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), a $2 trillion disaster-relief package intended to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act appropriates $349 billion to the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) for the Paycheck Protection Program described below. The act also provides expanded unemployment benefits for workers affected by the pandemic.

New York Governor Expands Closure of Many (But Not All) Construction Projects Due to COVID-19, March 27, 2020.

On March 27, 2020, Empire State Development (“ESD”) updated its interpretive guidance on Executive Order 202.6 to require that all non-essential construction projects shut down, except for emergency construction. The particulars are detailed here.

Federal, State and Local Resources Available to Small Businesses and Non-Profits Dealing With the COVID-19 Outbreak, Updated March 26, 2020.

Many small businesses and non-profits will not qualify as “essential” during the COVID-19 shutdown, and will likely remain closed for a month or more if their work cannot be done remotely; a number of federal and state programs are coming online to help them weather the economic storm. Analysis in this advisory also incudes the CARES Act, which was passed by the Senate and the House and signed by the President on Friday, March 27, 2020. 

The Impact of COVID-19 on State-Legal Cannabis Companies, March 26, 2020.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has many individuals and businesses coping with an uncertain future. Because the response to the outbreak has mostly been financed by the federal government, state-legal cannabis operators must navigate uncharted waters in determining what assistance is available to them. The situation is quickly evolving, but we highlight some of the issues here.

Department of Labor Issues First Round of Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act, March 25, 2020.

On March 24, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its “first round of public guidance” on the Emergency Paid Sick Leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which goes into effect on April 1, 2020. The key aspects and particulars of the DOL’s guidance are detailed in this advisory.

Remote Execution of Contracts and Remote Notarization, March 24, 2020.

In light of the various orders to avoid social contact issued by state governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this advisory summarizes the law regarding the use of electronic signatures, and provides a summary of New York’s recent Executive Order allowing for remote notarization of legal documents.

On-Site Workforce Restrictions for “Non-Essential” Businesses in New York State, Updated March 22, 2020.

In an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Cuomo has taken a series of steps to require businesses and other entities in New York State, both for-profit and not-for-profit (“businesses”), to reduce or eliminate their in-person workforces. 

Coronavirus Guidance on Litigation Matters, March 22, 2020.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York Lawrence Marks have both issued orders which directly impact the operations of New York state courts.  

IRS Extends Due Date for April 15th Tax Filings and Payments Until July 15th, March 22, 2020.

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service has extended the due date for filing 2019 federal income tax returns and paying 2019 federal income taxes otherwise due to be filed and paid on April 15, 2020. 

New Jersey Adopts COVID-19 Executive Orders as Part of Regional Responses, March 21, 2020.

As part of a coordinated response with New York and Connecticut, NJ Governor Phillip D. Murphy adopted two Executive Orders on March 21, 2020. Unlike New York and Connecticut, which physically shut all “non-essential” businesses, NJ targets certain “brick and mortar” consumer facing businesses for closure, in addition to ordering residents to remain home. 

Physical Location Shut Down for Non-Essential Businesses in Connecticut, March 21, 2020.

In an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont adopted Executive Order No. 7H requiring “non-essential” businesses to eliminate their in-person workforces as of 8 P.M. on Monday, March 23, 2020. 

Coronavirus Disclosure Guidance for Public Companies, March 21, 2020.

In response to the spread of coronavirus known as COVID-19, the US Securities and Exchange Commission has provided disclosure guidance and regulatory relief. This advisory provides further detail and notes practical considerations. 

Summary of Recent Federal and New York State Legislation Providing Paid Sick Leave in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, March 20, 2020.

On March 18, 2020, President Donald Trump and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo each signed emergency legislation to address the disruptions caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While the legal landscape remains fluid, this client advisory summarizes the paid sick leave provisions of each law.  

A Message from Carter Ledyard: Coronavirus Alert, March 17, 2020.

With the COVID-19 situation changing by the hour, Carter Ledyard sends an update to our clients and friends on our firm’s current operations, response to the COVID-19 pandemic and related governmental actions and proclamations in New York and elsewhere. 

Group Contacts:

If you need to address any of these topics in greater depth please reach out to one of the Response Group contacts (or your regular Carter Ledyard lawyer):

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