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    COVID-19 Resources

    As the effects of the coronavirus pandemic evolve, the rules are changing every day as federal, state, and local lawmakers issue new regulations, restrictions, and reporting requirements. Cohen Seglias attorneys are closely monitoring the legal and regulatory landscape to provide clients and contacts with up-to-date information and advice.

    During the coronavirus pandemic, our focus remains on the health and well-being of our employees, clients, and communities. We hope that you and your loved ones stay safe as we navigate through the challenges that lie ahead.

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    Correspondence Encourages the DOE Not to Release New Title IX Regulations Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
    April 9, 2020 / A Closer Look: Internal Investigations

    Just a few short weeks ago, college students were in the midst of their spring semester, contemplating spring break, finals, graduation, and athletic conferences. At the same time, members of higher education institutions anticipated the release of ...

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    Are You Cleaning Your Buildings Adequately? PA Secretary of Health Imposes Cleaning Protocols on Landlords
    April 8, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine, MD, has issued an order that was effective as of 12:01 AM on April 6, 2020 imposing specific cleaning protocols on certain property owners. The order ...

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    A Contractor’s Guide During the Coronavirus Pandemic 2.0
    April 8, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    The coronavirus pandemic has created novel burdens for contractors throughout the world. Project stoppages, limited work exemptions, and mandatory restrictions will continue to impact construction and related industries well into the future. Due to ...

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    Coronavirus Update: Construction Projects in New York
    April 7, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    On March 30, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.13 that modifies previous Executive Order 202.6 and narrows the types of construction sites that are authorized to continue in New York State. The new order authorizes only “essential” ...

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    Delays Resulting From Coronavirus May Be Both Excusable and Compensable
    April 6, 2020 / Federal Construction Contracting Blog

    As the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 evolves and worsens, there are many novel questions that government contractors and government agencies face. Certain FAR clauses that limit a contractor’s right to recover damages need to be revisited, ...

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    COVID-19: Implications for Businesses across the DMV
    April 6, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia are among the growing number of jurisdictions that are implementing restrictive measures aimed at addressing the ongoing public health emergency caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). These restrictive measures ...

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    PA Allows Remote Notarization of Some Documents During COVID-19 Pandemic
    April 4, 2020 / Philadelphia Bar Association

    The PA Department of State requested and received a limited, temporary suspension of the statute requiring the physical presence of a notary for notarial acts relating to a signature or statement. The temporary suspension was put in place to ease ...

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    CARES Act Expands the Availability of Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Provides for Emergency Cash Advances
    April 3, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    The economic injury disaster loan program (EIDL) is an existing loan facility operated by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) under Section 7(b) of the Small Business Administration Act of 1953 (SBA Act). The purpose of the EIDL ...

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    DVIRC: Coronavirus Employment Law Update for Manufacturers
    April 8, 2020

    During the coronavirus pandemic, it seems that the rules for employers are changing every day as federal, state, and local lawmakers issue new regulations, restrictions, and reporting requirements. In this DVIRC webinar, Jonathan Landesman and Marc ...

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    Coronavirus, An Unforeseeable Circumstance: Does Your Contract Protect You Under Force Majeure Clauses?
    April 14, 2020

    The national response to the coronavirus pandemic has been overwhelming to the nation’s businesses. Entire states are enacting social distancing orders in hopes of arresting the spread of coronavirus, keeping employees at home to save them ...

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    GBCA: Your COVID-19 Construction Contract and Insurance Questions Answered
    April 6, 2020

    In this webinar, Cohen Seglias attorneys John Greenhall and Jonathan Cass along with Travis Shaffer and Bill Rennie from Conner Strong & Buckelew will provide answers to the most frequently asked questions about coverage during the coronavirus ...

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    Construction Impacts During the Coronavirus Crisis: Force Majeure and Other Tools in Your Contract
    April 2, 2020

    The novel coronavirus disease, alternatively referred to as COVID-19, recently attained pandemic status as it sweeps across the globe. Markets everywhere are being disrupted and, while the extent of its impact is still uncertain, it is clear that ...

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    Virtual Counsel for Federal Construction Contractors Impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic
    April 2, 2020 / Federal Construction Contracting Blog

    The coronavirus crisis has made life difficult for Americans on both a personal and work-related level. While concern about personal health is paramount, the health of the economy cannot be ignored. The recently enacted stimulus package brings vital ...

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    How the CARES Act Allows Waiver of 2020 Taxable Qualified Retirement Required Minimum Distributions
    April 2, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Individuals are presently required to take yearly taxable distributions that increase one’s total income tax liability and in some cases may push an individual into a higher income tax bracket, known as Required Minimum Distributions (RMD), from ...

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    COVID-19 Has Impacted My Business: Do I Have Coverage For The Business Interruption?
    April 1, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    The impact of COVID-19 on businesses has been catastrophic, with many forced to close altogether, and others required to scale back operations significantly. Put simply, the pandemic has caused widespread business interruption, which poses to each ...

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    Washington Building Congress: Coronavirus Employment Law Update for Contractors
    April 10, 2020

    During the coronavirus pandemic, it seems that the rules for employers are changing every day as federal, state, and local lawmakers issue new regulations, restrictions, and reporting requirements. In this Washington Building Congress webinar, ...

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    Making Sure Your Health Care Directive Is Ready for COVID-19
    April 1, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    With the dramatic increase of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the United States, it is important for all of us to be prepared, especially when it comes to our health care directives. The best way to do this which you may already have done is by ...

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    Keeping the Lights on During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Paycheck Protection Program
    March 31, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Last Friday, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law. The CARES Act is broad-ranging, with multiple provisions and potential economic relief possibilities, including loans for businesses regardless of ...

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    PA Landlords’ Eviction Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    March 31, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Please Note: This article was updated on Thursday, April 2, 2020, to reflect the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s extension of the eviction ban in Pennsylvania until April 30, 2020. Nothing else has changed.  In the face of the coronavirus ...

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    ABC New Jersey Chapter: Coronavirus Employment Law Update for Contractors
    April 7, 2020

    During the coronavirus pandemic, it seems that the rules for employers are changing every day as federal, state, and local lawmakers issue new regulations, restrictions, and reporting requirements. In this Associated Builders and Contractors New ...

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    Pennsylvania Apartment Association: Delinquent Rents During COVID-19, Do We Evict?
    April 9, 2020

    During this current COVID -19 pandemic, many Pennsylvania residents are delinquent in their rent payments due to the decrease in work hours, illness, or layoff. In this webinar, Steve Williams will review how a property should legally handle this ...

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    COVID-19 Update: What Construction Activity Is Permitted in DC, Maryland, and Virginia?
    March 30, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    On March 12, 2020, Virginia joined Maryland and the District of Columbia in declaring a state of emergency in connection with the rising number of confirmed coronavirus diagnoses in the DC Metro area. Since then, both state governments and the ...

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    COVID-19 Update: PA Offers Further Clarification Regarding Certain Construction Projects
    March 30, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Following the issuance of Governor Wolf’s March 19, 2020 executive order, which prohibited the in-person operations of all “non-life-sustaining” businesses, construction industry stakeholders across the state have been faced with determining ...

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    The CARES Act Provides Potential Reimbursement for Paid Leave on Federal Projects
    March 30, 2020 / Federal Construction Contracting Blog

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), in Section 3610, offers discretionary relief to federal contractors whose employees cannot perform work on a site that has been approved by the federal government during the ...

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    COVID-19 and Your Will: Are You and Your Family Protected During these Uncertain Times?
    March 27, 2020

    I never thought I would be writing about life during a pandemic, but here we are. I don’t know about you, but I am a little stir crazy. We are all navigating a different work environment, and many have been furloughed or laid off. Our children are ...

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    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Will Now Take Effect April 1, 2020
    March 26, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    In a major development, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will now take effect April 1, 2020, instead of April 2, 2020. This means that the paid sick time and paid family leave ...

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    COVID-19 Resource Package for Construction Contractors 2.0
    March 26, 2020

    With the number of reported cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) increasing, governors in various states are taking varying measures to reduce the spread of the virus. In some states, construction is still considered an “essential business,” whereas ...

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    Construction in Philadelphia: “Permitted” to Continue?
    March 25, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Construction projects in Philadelphia now need to grapple with the City’s March 22 updated “Business Activity and Stay at Home Order.” Guidance released on March 23 by the City on its order illuminates which construction projects may continue ...

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    ABC Eastern PA: Coronavirus Employment Law Update for Contractors
    March 27, 2020

    During the coronavirus pandemic, it seems that the rules for employers are changing every day as federal, state, and local lawmakers issue new regulations, restrictions, and reporting requirements. In this Associated Builders and Contractors of ...

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    The Scope and Reach of Pennsylvania’s Construction Industry Coronavirus Shutdown: What Construction Companies Can and Cannot Do
    March 25, 2020

    Please Note: This article was updated on Thursday, April 2, 2020 to reflect the latest legal and regulatory developments. At 8:00 AM Monday, March 23, 2020, enforcement measures took effect for Pennsylvania, with Governor Tom Wolf’s executive ...

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    Coronavirus Employment Law Update: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
    March 24, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    During this unprecedented crisis, the rules for employers are changing every day as federal, state, and local lawmakers issue new regulations, restrictions, and reporting requirements. To help employers navigate the maze of employment laws that are ...

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    National Utility Contractors Association: Coronavirus, An Unforeseeable Circumstance
    March 25, 2020

    The national response to the coronavirus pandemic has been overwhelming to the nation’s businesses. Entire states are enacting social distancing orders in hopes of arresting the spread of coronavirus, keeping employees at home to save them ...

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    Additional Coronavirus Employment Law FAQs
    March 23, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Following last week’s Coronavirus Employment Law Update, our Labor & Employment attorneys addressed additional FAQs to help employers navigate the maze of employment laws that are implicated by coronavirus. Employment Law FAQs Q: Is ...

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    Coronavirus Update: Is Your Construction Site Still Open?
    March 23, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Please Note: This article was updated on Monday, March 30, 2020 to reflect the latest legal and regulatory developments. With the number of reported cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) increasing, the governors of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and ...

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    Bidding Federal Work During the Coronavirus Crisis
    March 20, 2020 / Federal Construction Contracting Blog

    The coronavirus epidemic has disrupted our world in ways we could not have imagined a few weeks ago. In the midst of the crisis, the federal government is trying to do everything possible to keep businesses afloat, and that includes the continuation ...

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    Coronavirus Employment Law Update: Paid FMLA, Paid Sick Leave, and Other FAQs
    March 20, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    The FFCRA was subject to several amendments before it was signed by the President. Additionally, the DOL issues new guidance regarding the FFRCA on an almost daily basis. This post has been updated to reflect the amendments and current ...

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    A Contractor’s Guide for Protection During the Coronavirus Pandemic
    March 19, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic is causing ongoing instability and uncertainty to the global economy. Already, there is a profound alteration of worldwide business operations, including the U.S. construction industry. Government restrictions are limiting ...

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    A Government Contractor’s Roadmap for Navigating the Coronavirus Pandemic
    March 19, 2020 / Federal Construction Contracting Blog

    We are navigating in uncharted waters when it comes to the effect of coronavirus on federal contracting. There have been economic crises before—The Great Depression of 1929-1939, the oil crises of 1973 and 1979, Black Monday in 1987, the subprime ...

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    COVID-19 Resource Package for Construction Contractors
    March 18, 2020

    The coronavirus crisis is just beginning to cause effects on the construction industry that should continue to reverberate for many months, if not longer. To help subcontractors and contractors navigate these treacherous waters, Cohen Seglias has ...