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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. 

COVID-19 and Nursing Homes

By Nicole Hawks   |  March 25, 2020

Early on, the current pandemic crisis hit many of America’s nursing homes and long-term care communities hard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has issued a preparedness checklist for all such facilities.

COVID-19 and Estate Planning: The Importance of Having an Updated Plan in Place

By Nicole Hawks   |  March 25, 2020

COVID-19 has us all thinking differently. Last month, we were going about our day-to-day lives focusing on our work, projects, community involvement, parties, gatherings, and vacation-planning, to name a few. Now, the focus has completely shifted to our health,  financial, and mental well-being.  One question that comes to mind-if I or my family member gets sick, do we have a good estate plan in place to protect our family?  Unfortunately, setting up an estate plan is one of those items that we tend to put off.  It’s been on the yearly to-do list for years and years but we just haven’t gotten around to it.  Well, now is the time to get around to it.

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.”

Ohio Offers Liquor Buyback Program in Support of Distressed Bars and Restaurants

By Zachary Mathie   |  March 24, 2020

In conjunction with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's announcement that the Ohio Department of Health issued a Director's Order to close all Ohio bars and restaurants to in-person guests on Sunday, March 15, 2020, the Ohio Department of Commerce began offering a one-time liquor buyback program to lessen the financial blow caused by the closures.

Keywords: liquor buyback

DOL Clarifies that Paid Sick Leave is Inapplicable to Employees Out of Work Because their Workplace has Shut Down

By Kimberly Hall   |  March 24, 2020

On March 22, 2020, the Ohio Department of Health issued a Stay at Home Order (Order), ordering the closure of non-essential businesses in Ohio for a two-week period starting at 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 23. Businesses that are required by the Order to shut-down are wondering if the Order will trigger their obligation to provide affected employees with paid leave under the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act).  

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