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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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    Blog Posts
    The Immediate Impact of President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan on Private Employers
    September 10, 2021

    On September 9, 2021, the White House announced its new COVID-19 Action Plan, which is likely to have a considerable impact on employers. As part of the plan, President Biden has directed the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and ...

    Publications
    Moratorium In Memoriam: CDC Eviction Stay Vacated by the Courts
    August 27, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    In a move that has effectively ended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium, the United States Supreme Court has allowed the D.C. District Court’s judgment vacating the moratorium to be enforced. In a 6-3 opinion, ...

    Blog Posts
    Federal Judge Upholds Indiana University’s Vaccine Mandate: Everything You Need to Know
    August 23, 2021 / DC Student Defense

    At DC Student Defense, many of the questions that we’re getting from our clients right now involve the COVID -19 vaccine. We’ve previously posted about the growing trend of universities implementing vaccine mandates for the fall ...

    Media Mentions
    The Eviction Moratorium’s End May Not Lead to a Jump in Homelessness
    July 23, 2021 / GlobeSt

    Real estate attorney Steve Williams is quoted in GlobeSt regarding eviction proceedings in Pennsylvania. Steve stated, “Most of the larger landlords, at least the ones I’ve been speaking to, have not had a significant problem with tenants ...

    Webinars
    Returning to the Workplace: Top 10 Employment Law Issues Facing Employers
    July 22, 2021

    As COVID-19 restrictions lift across the country, employers are increasingly calling workers back to the office, some for the first time since March 2020. But before rushing back to their pre-pandemic operations, employers may need to brush up on ...

    Publications
    CDC Eviction Moratorium Extended Until July 31, 2021
    June 25, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    On June 24, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued an order extending the eviction moratorium until July 31, 2021. The June 24th order incorporates the original moratorium order and all subsequent extensions and modifications. ...

    Blog Posts
    Can I Go Back to College in Person if I’m Not Fully Vaccinated?
    June 7, 2021 / DC Student Defense

    Now that the COVID -19 vaccine is becoming more accessible to young people, many college students are wondering when college life will go back to normal. Around the country, college leaders are saying that a high rate of vaccination is necessary ...

    Publications
    Ask a Lawyer
    June 1, 2021 / PMHA Pennsylvania Perspective

    Question: As an employer, can I require that my staff all get the COVID-19 vaccine? Answer: The short answer is yes. The EEOC has stated that employers can require employees to get the vaccine to return to work. This is consistent with various ...

    Blog Posts
    Are Universities Making COVID-19 Vaccines a Requirement in the DC Area?
    May 24, 2021 / DC Student Defense

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for everyone. Regular operations have been disrupted in every corner of our society — from businesses to schools and communities. Over the past 13 months, universities have been setting new policies ...

    Blog Posts
    Five Steps To Take if Another Student Reports You for COVID-19 Violations
    May 10, 2021 / DC Student Defense

    Colleges and universities usually have fairly strict policies regulating student behavior on their campuses, and this has only become more true in the era of COVID -19. From how many students can be in any one building at once to where students can ...

    Publications
    COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination: Employment Law Q&A
    May 4, 2021 / ABC Eastern Pennsylvania

    In March, we spoke at ABC Eastern Pennsylvania’s Safety Committee Meeting about the employment law implications of employer-mandated COVID-19 tests and vaccines. Below is an overview of the topics we addressed during the presentation and answers ...

    Media Mentions
    FTC Charges First Person Under COVID-19 False Claims Law
    May 3, 2021 / Verywell Health

    Julie Grohovsky spoke with Verywell Health about the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) bringing false marketing claims under the new COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act. The agency’s action against chiropractor Eric Nepute is the first such case ...

    Publications
    Vaccination Considerations
    May 1, 2021 / Modern Steel Construction

    Two attorneys weigh in on mandatory and incentive-based employer policies for COVID vaccinations. For months now, employer COVID-19 vaccination programs have been the subject of much speculation and debate. Most of this discussion has focused on two ...

    Publications
    CFPB Enacts New Protections for Tenants Under the CDC Eviction Moratorium
    April 29, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    On April 16, 2021, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an Interim Final Rule which, effective May 3, 2021, requires all “debt collectors” pursuing an eviction to provide written notice to the tenant(s) of possible protections ...

    Publications
    CDC Eviction Moratorium Extended Until June 30, 2021
    March 30, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    On March 29, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended the current eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021. If a tenant previously provided a signed declaration to the landlord and/or property owner invoking the ...

    Blog Posts
    90-Day Delay: Why NJ Contractors Should File Construction Lien Claims Early
    March 16, 2021

    “There’s no time like the present”—cliché or not, this may become the new rule for when contractors should file their New Jersey lien claims during the pandemic, and probably after. Unlike lawsuits and other legal actions, New Jersey liens ...

    Publications
    Recent COVID-19 Eviction Restrictions in Allegheny County
    March 5, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the City of Pittsburgh have imposed important additional requirements and restrictions upon landlord/tenant evictions in Allegheny County. The ordinance passed by the Pittsburgh City Council is particularly ...

    Publications
    Material Cost Escalation and Ways for Contractors to Beat It
    March 4, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    Whether you are following the financial headlines or reviewing recent supply invoices, one thing is clear: the cost of materials is on the rise and far from slowing down as the rate continues to accelerate. Contractors are under mounting pressure to ...

    Blog Posts
    2021 Construction Forecast: The Road to Recovery
    February 18, 2021

    Despite the exhaustion and chaos that the COVID-19 pandemic brought to the construction industry in 2020, turning the page to 2021 offers several reasons for cautious optimism, including two approved coronavirus vaccines (with a possible third soon ...

    Blog Posts
    Biden Administration Calls on OSHA to Help Recalibrated COVID-19 Fight
    February 3, 2021

    President Joseph Biden has directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to revamp its efforts to protect employees from COVID-19, including workers in the construction industry. Among the instructions given in a January 21, 2021 ...

    Publications
    CDC Eviction Moratorium Extended Until March 31, 2021
    January 25, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed an executive order mandating that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extend the current eviction moratorium until at least March 31, 2021. While the extension is not yet published in the ...

    Publications
    New Administration, New Labor Laws: An Overview for 2021 and Beyond
    January 12, 2021 / Cohen Seglias

    President-elect Joseph Biden campaigned on a robust platform of labor and employment legislation. With a 50-50 split in the Senate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris can be expected to break any ties on the Senate floor. Employers should expect ...

    Webinars
    KCA, NUCA NJ, NUCA Pennsylvania: Question and Answer Seminar – COVID-19 Policies and Vaccines
    January 5, 2021

    Shawn Farrell, Jonathan Landesman, and Michael Metz-Topodas are hosting a COVID-19 questions and answers seminar for Keystone Contractors Association, National Utility Contractors Association New Jersey, and National Utility Contractors Association ...

    Publications
    COVID-19 Alert: Requiring Employees to Vaccinate
    December 30, 2020 / Utility and Transportation Contractor

    As the race for a COVID-19 vaccine gains momentum (and seems to be approaching the finish line), many employers are still wondering whether or not they can require employees to get vaccinated. Generally speaking, employer-mandated vaccination ...

    Publications
    The Year-End Pandemic Relief Bill – More Delay for Landlords
    December 29, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed the COVID-19 relief bill that Congress passed the week before. This stimulus package impacts landlords in two important ways. Eviction Moratorium First, the relief bill extends the current CDC eviction ...

    Blog Posts
    Are There Waivers for University Regulations During Holiday Breaks?
    December 21, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    The COVID-19 epidemic has thrown everyone’s holiday plans into question, and universities are no exception. Schools are revising their usual policies regarding winter break in an effort to accommodate the unique situation that many students ...

    Webinars
    CSI Akron-Canton Chapter: Managing Construction Risk Amidst Coronavirus – A Legal Perspective
    December 17, 2020

    If you are involved in construction, either on the design and construction side or the supply side, you need to manage risk. And all of your risks have increased exponentially during this pandemic. In this Construction Specification Institute ...

    Publications
    Ask a Lawyer
    December 1, 2020 / PMHA Pennsylvania Perspective

    Question: I have a home that I took through the abandonment process, but the notary who handles my titles tells me that I need a tax certification in order to obtain a new title. The taxing people are not being cooperative because a substantial ...

    Webinars
    ACBA: The Impacts of COVID-19 on the Construction Industry
    December 9, 2020

    Lisa Wampler will sit on a panel for an Allegheny County Bar Association CLE on the various impacts that COVID-19 has had on the construction industry as well as the practice of construction law. She will discuss certain contractual provisions and ...

    Blog Posts
    Are Universities Tracking Students’ Exposure Over the Holidays?
    November 25, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    It can be hard to not have your college-age kids around for the holidays. It’s a time when the whole family comes together, but how can your family be whole when some members are missing? Unfortunately, this year, it’s not as simple for your ...

    Publications
    Governor Wolf Approves Remote Notarial Services—Is It Worth It?
    November 23, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    On October 29, 2020, Governor Wolf approved Act 97 of 2020, which was added as section 306.1 of Title 57 (Act 97). Act 97 grants notaries in the Commonwealth the rights to use communication technology (e.g., video conferencing) to perform notarial ...

    Webinars
    CSI Pittsburgh Chapter: Managing Construction Risk Amidst Coronavirus – A Legal Perspective
    November 10, 2020

    If you are involved in construction, either on the design and construction side or the supply side, you need to manage risk. And all of your risks have increased exponentially during this pandemic. In this Construction Specification Institute ...

    Blog Posts
    So You Want to Sue Your School…
    October 19, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    2020 UPDATE: Now that school is back in session, universities and colleges around the country are having to face a difficult task: risk management in the time of COVID-19. Many schools already had liability policies in place pre-coronavirus, but ...

    Blog Posts
    10 Ways to Get Accused of Online Cheating
    October 5, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    Online learning has become all the rage recently. Schools have been caught unprepared for this sudden shift to online caused by Covid-19. Although the style of online classes is different from that of the traditional classroom, some of its ...

    Publications
    Ask a Lawyer
    October 1, 2020 / PMHA Pennsylvania Perspective

    Question: One of my residents continues to violate our Community Rules, and another still refuses to pay rent. And now, I understand that I cannot evict them until after December. When will the madness end? Answer: As you may know, Governor Wolf’s ...

    Webinars
    SAME: 36th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week
    October 8, 2020

    The Philadelphia Post of the Society of American Military Engineers‘ (SAME) annual Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week) provides small businesses with information about programs established in Philadelphia designed to help generate ...

    Blog Posts
    College Policies and Greek Life During COVID-19
    September 21, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    COVID-19 has changed the entire world in more ways than one. For college students this year, one of the biggest impacts of the pandemic will be regarding school policies, including those pertaining to Greek life and activities.

    Webinars
    The Society for Protective Coatings: Construction Projects During COVID-19
    September 16, 2020

    In this Society for Protective Coatings Steel City Chapter webinar, Michael Metz-Topodas will discuss construction project laws and requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Webinars
    ASPE Philadelphia: Risk Management for Engineering Firms – How Best to Protect Your Company
    September 24, 2020

    In this American Society of Plumbing Engineers Philadelphia virtual general dinner meeting, Jonathan Cass will address how contractual provisions can limit risk, including indemnification and limitation of liability provisions under Pennsylvania, ...

    Webinars
    Navigating the New Normal: Risk Management and Legal Considerations for Real Estate Companies
    October 6, 2020

    As the world continues to reopen, landlords—both residential and commercial—need to understand their responsibilities for creating a safe and secure property for their tenants and employees. In this webinar, a panel of real estate professionals ...

    Publications
    More Eviction Delays for Landlords: CDC Issues Nationwide Eviction Moratorium
    September 2, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    On September 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a temporary halt to residential evictions as an emergency order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The order is effective from September 4 through December ...

    Announcements
    Cohen Seglias Donates PPE to Local Hospitals
    September 1, 2020

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in March, Cohen Seglias sought a way to support our local communities. Throughout the spring and summer, the firm donated over 1,000 face shields to the hospitals that were hit the hardest during the ...

    Blog Posts
    Are Students Legally Required to Comply With School COVID-19 Rules?
    August 31, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    As colleges and universities resume this fall, some students are viewing their schools’ COVID-19 safety measures as guidelines instead of rules. Large gatherings and partying commenced on many college campuses the day students moved back in. These ...

    Publications
    Ask a Lawyer
    August 1, 2020 / PMHA Pennsylvania Perspective

    Question: My tenants keep telling me that they are not responsible to pay the rent that was due during the COVID-19 emergency that Governor Wolf declared. How does the Governor have the authority to tell my tenants that they do not have to pay their ...

    Blog Posts
    Not Quite Back to Normal—How NYC Contractors Can Operate
    July 28, 2020

    Contractors who have been following COVID-19 safety requirements now have all the more reason to do so in New York City. Starting July 8, 2020, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) resumed issuing penalties for non-compliance with current ...

    Publications
    Pennsylvania Eviction Moratorium Extended Through August 31, 2020
    July 14, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Pennsylvania landlords’ ability to proceed with evictions against tenants who have not paid rent has been furthered delayed by two recent actions. First, on July 9, 2020, Governor Wolf issued a new Executive Order that extends his statewide ...

    Publications
    Time, Money, and Sick Workers: The Three Things Every Contractor Must Consider in a Post COVID-19 World
    June 22, 2020 / NUCA Business Journal

    There has already been much said about the COVID-19 pandemic. The articles that we read, the email blasts we received, and nightly news shows all seem to agree that this pandemic is different from all others that have come before it. COVID-19 and ...

    Webinars
    ABC Metro Washington: Construction Delays in the Time of Coronavirus – A Legal Perspective
    July 8, 2020

    “Time is money.” There are few places where that phrase is truer than in construction, and unfortunately, that truth has been highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic creating issues on construction projects throughout the DC Metro Area. Many ...

    Blog Posts
    An Evolving “New Normal”: OSHA’s Recent COVID-19 Policy Changes
    June 16, 2020

    As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, so too have OSHA policies, as seen in three recent OSHA announcements affecting the construction industry. OSHA issued new construction industry guidelines to protect workers from coronavirus. The agency also ...

    Webinars
    Stipulated Sums and Liquidated Damages in Infrastructure Projects: What Are They, Are They Enforceable, and How Do You Beat Them?
    July 1, 2020

    Most parties on a construction project know that a liquidated damage may be assessed for each day of the delay past a contract completion date. However, in infrastructure and highway contracts, there are different events that can result in a ...

    Publications
    Congress Passes Additional Relief for Small Businesses with the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act
    June 5, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    On June 5, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPP Flexibility Act) became law. The PPP Flexibility Act includes significant changes for small businesses across the nation that received funding from the Paycheck Protection ...

    Webinars
    CFMA South Jersey Chapter: PPP Loan Forgiveness – Practical Guidelines & Audit Considerations for Contractors
    June 9, 2020

    Contractors that received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding have eight weeks to use the funds appropriately and meet the criteria for loan forgiveness for funds up to the principal amount of the loan. In the course of using these funds, ...

    Blog Posts
    Cheating With Chegg During COVID-19
    June 1, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    Students across the country are doing their exams and even homework online due to the social distancing restrictions of COVID-19. But many have faced accusations of cheating with the aid of an application called Chegg. So what effect do these types ...

    Publications
    Governor Wolf Amends Moratorium on Pennsylvania Evictions
    May 26, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    As an update to our May 8 article, on May 21, Governor Wolf amended his May 7 Executive Order that imposed a moratorium on all evictions. Under the amendment, the moratorium now only applies to tenants who have not paid rent and other amounts owed, ...

    Blog Posts
    What to Do If Your Professor Accused You of Online Misconduct or Cheating Online
    May 20, 2020 / DC Student Defense

    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of the learning environments for our students into remote and distance learning. They’re all in remote classrooms. Unfortunately, we’ve also seen an uptick in accusations that students have engaged in ...

    Webinars
    NECA Northern New Jersey: Don’t Lose Money by Going Back to Work – Understanding the Critical Contractual Risks Following COVID-19
    May 27, 2020

    With construction resuming in many states as the COVID-19 shutdowns begin to ease, contractors face an unchartered project environment. Contractors need to begin to adapt to this new environment by understanding their contract terms and develop best ...

    Webinars
    McCarthy & Company: Operating in a Post-COVID-19 Environment and New Information on PPP Loan Forgiveness
    May 21, 2020

    In this McCarthy & Company, PC webinar, attendees will learn about operating in a post-COVID-19 environment, the new SBA guidance on PPP loan forgiveness, and the loan forgiveness application. Jason Copley will discuss compliance with local, ...

    Webinars
    GHAR Commercial Council: What You Should Be Thinking and Planning for Your Post-Pandemic Return to Work
    May 18, 2020

    At the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors Commercial Council membership meeting, Steve Williams will discuss how to plan for your post-pandemic return to work. For questions, contact Margaret Parsons at margaret@ghar.info.

    Webinars
    Keystone Contractors Association: COVID-19 Panel Discussion – Ask the Attorneys
    May 14, 2020

    Join Michael Metz-Topodas for the Keystone Contractors Association‘s COVID-19 Panel Discussion: Ask the Attorneys.

    Publications
    SBA Issues New Guidance on Loan Forgiveness and Other Paycheck Protection Program FAQs
    May 13, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    As first discussed in our article, ”Keeping the Lights on During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Paycheck Protection Program,” the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) ...

    Webinars
    ARTBA Annual Law & Regulatory Forum: How Would I Know That Was Below the Surface? A Case Study in Differing Site Condition Claims
    June 4, 2020

    At the virtual American Road & Transportation Builders Association 12th Annual Law & Regulatory Forum, George Pallas and Jennifer Budd will review differing site condition claims, a common claim type in highway and infrastructure projects. ...

    Webinars
    CFMA Philadelphia: Don’t Lose Money by Going Back to Work – Understanding the Critical Contractual Risks Following COVID-19
    May 12, 2020

    With construction resuming in many states as the COVID-19 shutdowns begin to ease, contractors face an unchartered project environment. Contractors need to begin to adapt to this new environment by understanding their contract terms and develop best ...

    Publications
    Governor Wolf Issues Moratorium on Pennsylvania Evictions
    May 8, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Following the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order on April 28 that directed state courts to open for business on May 4, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued an executive order on May 7 declaring a moratorium on evictions through July 10, 2020. The ...

    Announcements
    COVID-19 Resource Package for Construction Contractors 3.0
    May 7, 2020

    With construction sites re-opening and others going out for proposals, it is imperative that everyone in a business, from estimator to project manager to laborer understands the new normal on project sites. Across the board, proper precautions must ...

    Blog Posts
    Yes, It’s True: Department of Education Issues Title IX Regulations During a Pandemic
    May 7, 2020 / A Closer Look: Internal Investigations

    Who would have thought in the fall of 2019, when we were all waiting with bated breath for U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to issue the new Title IX regulations that the regulations would instead be issued in the spring during a pandemic? ...

    Blog Posts
    DOD Releases Class Deviation and Related Guidance Implementing Section 3610 of the CARES Act
    May 1, 2020 / Federal Construction Contracting Blog

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Surety (CARES) Act was enacted on March 27 to provide relief from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Section 3610 of the CARES Act authorizes agencies to reimburse federal contractors for leave provided ...

    Webinars
    Kreischer Miller: Mitigating Construction Contractors’ Business and Financial Risks on the Job Site
    May 1, 2020

    As business restrictions begin to ease across the Mid-Atlantic region, more construction contractors will soon be returning to the job site. In Pennsylvania, the May 1 start date is when contractors will begin facing some of the greatest business ...

    Publications
    Pennsylvania Evictions to Begin in May
    April 29, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Pennsylvania’s landlords are closely watching statewide bans on eviction proceedings, as well as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling on the matter. The Supreme Court issued an order on April 28 in which it directed that state courts open for ...

    Podcasts
    The Obstacle is the Way – 04.29.20
    April 29, 2020 / The NEXT Academy Podcast

    For their April legal minute in The NEXT Academy Podcast with Chad Jones and Cody Phillips, John Greenhall and Lisa Wampler explain the complexities of Force Majeure clauses. About The NEXT Academy Podcast with Chad Jones and Cody ...

    Webinars
    Black Contractors Owners and Executives: COVID-19 Legal Advice for Contractors
    April 30, 2020

    In this Black Contractors Owners and Executives webinar, Cohen Seglias attorneys Lori Azzara and John Greenhall will discuss contracts, delays, and productivity.

    Webinars
    ABC Eastern Pennsylvania Membership Town Hall: Your Construction Reopening Questions Answered
    April 28, 2020

    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently announced that the construction industry can resume operations starting May 1, 2020. In this Associated Builders and Contractors Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter virtual town hall, a panel of construction industry ...

    Blog Posts
    Road and Transportation Construction Moving Forward—Certain Rule Relaxations Make it Easier for Contractors to Keep Building
    April 24, 2020

    While the country faces the COVID-19 pandemic, highway and transportation construction is almost uniformly proceeding across the country, even though state and local orders have shuttered other construction work. In fact, due to shelter-at-home ...

    Webinars
    ASACP & PBX: Off to Work We Go (Sort of) – Preparing to Resume Construction Work in PA on May 1
    April 29, 2020

    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently announced the construction industry can resume operations starting May 1, 2020. The decision brought relief and excitement to contractors eager to get back to work. However, this does not mean “business as ...

    Webinars
    BIA of Philadelphia: Construction Delays in the Time of Coronavirus – A Legal Perspective
    May 6, 2020

    “Time is money.” There are few places where that phrase is truer than in construction, and unfortunately, that truth has been highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic shutting down construction throughout Pennsylvania. Projects currently on ...

    Publications
    Are Your Union Dues considered a “Payroll Expense” for Payroll Protection Program Loans under the CARES Act?
    April 17, 2020 / Cohen Seglias

    Since COVID-19 has taken over our daily lives, we have received numerous questions from our clients regarding specific fact patterns and how they are handled under the new laws, regulations, and guidance. Due to the urgency of the situation, many ...

    Webinars
    COVID-19 Estate News: Five Important Takeaways from the CARES Act that Affect Your Estate
    April 22, 2020

    With the recent passage of the CARES Act, which provides emergency assistance for individuals, families, and businesses affected by COVID-19, and the passage of the SECURE Act in December 2019, there are now numerous changing laws that affect our ...

    Webinars
    NASCC Virtual Conference: Your COVID-19 Construction Contract and Insurance Questions Answered!
    April 22, 2020

    John Greenhall, Jonathan Cass, and Lisa Wampler are presenting a webinar for NASCC: The Virtual Steel Conference. Have you thought about the legal implications of COVID-19? In their webinar, John, Jon, and Lisa answer the questions that designers ...

    Publications
    The Latest on COVID-19: A Summary of Pennsylvania’s Construction Work Restrictions
    April 15, 2020 / Associated Builders and Contractors of Eastern Pennsylvania

    As of April 13, 2020, Pennsylvania has over 24,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. With a wide variety of executive orders and related guidance in place to slow the transmission of this illness, determining what work, if any, your construction business ...

    Blog Posts
    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 ...

    Publications
    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 ...

    Publications
    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 ...

    Publications
    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” ...

    Blog Posts
    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, ...

    Publications
    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 ...

    Publications
    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 ...

    Publications
    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 ...

    Webinars
    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 ...

    Webinars
    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 businesses. Entire states are enacting social distancing orders in hopes of arresting the spread of coronavirus, keeping employees at home to save them from the risk of ...

    Webinars
    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 ...

    Newsletters
    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 ...

    Media Mentions
    ‘It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn’: Local Developers Work to Construct a Path Forward
    April 2, 2020 / Philadelphia Business Journal

    Cohen Seglias Partner Ed Seglias was interviewed for the Philadelphia Business Journal article, “‘It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn’: Local Developers Work to Construct a Path Forward,” by Natalie Kostelni. Until a ...

    Blog Posts
    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 ...

    Publications
    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 ...

    Webinars
    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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    Ask a Lawyer: COVID-19 Eviction Ban
    April 1, 2020 / PMHA Pennsylvania Perspective

    Question: I just heard that I am unable to proceed with evictions in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Any idea when evictions will be able to proceed? Answer: Unfortunately, this is a moving target right now, and it is expected to continue to ...

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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 / Cohen Seglias

    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 ...

    Podcasts
    Leadership Strategy & Tactics (COVID-19) – 03.27.20
    March 27, 2020 / The NEXT Academy Podcast

    In their February legal minute in The NEXT Academy Podcast with Chad Jones and Cody Phillips, John Greenhall and Lisa Wampler explain how to address contract clauses regarding when you get paid. About The NEXT Academy Podcast with Chad Jones and ...

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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 Pennsylvania: 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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    COVID-19 Time and Cost Impacts on Construction Projects
    March 20, 2020 / Building Industry Association of Philadelphia

    The impact of the global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has become widespread in the United States over the past two weeks. As of 12:01 AM on March 21, 2020, Pennsylvania will begin enforcing a ban on all construction activity located within the ...

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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 ...

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    COVID-19: How to Protect Your Project From Infection
    March 18, 2020 / Architectural Glass and Metal Association

    The coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has wreaked havoc on everyday life for people across the globe. The World Health Organization has declared coronavirus a pandemic, and the President and Governors alike have declared states of emergency. Under ...