Recent News and Updates
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.
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.
DOL Clarifies that Paid Sick Leave is Inapplicable to Employees Out of Work Because their Workplace has Shut Down
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).
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.
In the wake of the great economic uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) has announced that it will permit employers to defer their installment payments for March, April, and May until June 1, 2020. BWC has also made or is in the process of exploring, other adjustments to its processes and procedures as events dictate.
On March 20, 2020, the Superintendent of Insurance ordered and directed all insurers to comply with the following requirements until the expiration of the state of emergency declared by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an unprecedented action, both the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (“PUCO”) provided hours of service regulatory relief to commercial motor carriers engaged in the transportation of goods vital to relief efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ohio Governor Announces Temporary Shut-Down of Non-Essential Businesses in an Effort to Combat the Spread of Coronavirus
On Sunday afternoon, March 22, 2020, Ohio Health Department Director Dr. Amy Acton signed a state-wide stay-at-home order (Order) for all Ohioans. According to Governor Mike DeWine, the Order does permit exceptions to staying home.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) is offering designated states and territories low-interest disaster loans to provide working capital to small businesses suffering economic injury as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 20, 2020, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that the IRS will extend the national income tax filing deadline by three months, to July 15, 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.