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DOL Issues Poster and FAQs on Employee Rights under Families First Coronavirus Response Act

By COVID-19 Task Force   |  March 31, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Labor has issued additional guidance, including a poster and FAQs, to assist both employers and employees in understanding the requirements of the Act.

CARES Act Offers Assistance to Individuals

By Tricia Pycraft   |  March 30, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act includes several elements intended to keep Americans engaged in the economy. It provides cash payments directly to individuals, expands unemployment benefits and changes the rules for student loans. A summary of those elements is set out in detail in the alert.

CARES Act Offers Businesses Incentives to Prevent Layoffs

By Kimberly Hall   |  March 30, 2020

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (often referred to as the stimulus package). Included in the $2.2 trillion stimulus package are provisions aimed at incentivizing businesses to retain workers despite the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, we discuss two of those provisions, the Paycheck Protection Program and the Employee Retention Tax Credit.

The CARES Act Brings Changes to Retirement and Other Benefit Plans

By Christopher Pycraft   |  March 27, 2020

This afternoon, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed the House of Representatives by voice vote, with a formal signature by the President expected imminently. We address some of the key takeaways regarding retirement and health and welfare plans below. The most urgent item added by the CARES Act is likely to be the $100,000 distribution option from retirement plans.

Questions Persist Regarding “Essential Businesses” Under Stay at Home Order

By Robert Gorman   |  March 27, 2020

Ohio's Stay at Home Order continues to raise questions as to the types of businesses that may remain open and the rules under which they must operate during the Ohio Order. It has become clear that authorities in different jurisdictions are taking differing approaches in responding to the Ohio Order. Our advice to businesses has three parts.

Ohio Real Estate Closings Continue During COVID-19

By Clint Leibolt   |  March 27, 2020

Ohio will pass a law today that mandates local county government offices necessary for the transfer of real property to remain open at least to real estate professionals during the COVID-19 emergency. This is an important step to keeping Ohio’s banking, lending, real estate, and general economy functioning. Counties may limit access and limit hours of operation, but they must keep these real estate services, deemed essential by the new law, open.

Keywords: closings, real estate

Scammers Exploiting COVID-19 Pandemic

By COVID-19 Task Force   |  March 27, 2020

Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Justice warned that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in Coronavirus-related scams. We highlight some of the fraudulent activity as well as provide some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of these scams.

Status of Federal Stimulus Bill - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

By Jacob Dean   |  March 26, 2020

On March 25, 2020, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act, often referred to colloquially as the stimulus bill or package, is a record-setting $2 trillion deal. The Federal government has been promising assistance over the last couple weeks, and now that passage of the CARES Act seems to be imminent, many are starting to ask, “how will this help my family?” and “how will this help my business?” A few of the major features of the Act are covered here.

Coronavirus and Construction

By Eric Michener   |  March 26, 2020

The coronavirus crisis is just beginning to affect the construction industry and should impact the industry for many months, if not longer. To help navigate these treacherous times, we here at Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston want to assist you by providing some helpful guidance on issues you may face. 

Can My Plant Stay Open? Is it Essential or Not?

By Tricia Pycraft   |  March 25, 2020

Can my manufacturing plant stay open in light of the Director of the Department of Health’s Stay at Home Order (“Ohio Order”)? A Manufacturer can stay open in at least two ways. First, if it meets the definition of an Essential Business. Second, if it produces products used by “Other Essential Businesses and Operations.”

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