Small Business Administration Opens Economic Injury Disaster Loan Applications to Agricultural Businesses

On May 4, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) resumed accepting Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications from eligible “agricultural enterprises” with 500 or fewer employees on a limited basis in order to provide relief to U.S. agricultural businesses. This updates our prior Alert.

To read the full text of this Duane Morris Alert, please visit the firm website.

CARES Act 2.0 Update on Hot Topics – Need Certifications, Forgiveness, Audits, Tax Deductions, Seasonal Business Loan Applications and Nonprofit Hospital Loan Eligibility

The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (CARES Act 2.0) was signed into law on April 24, 2020, providing additional funding for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans program. Subsequent guidance issued since the passage of CARES Act 2.0, as well as heightened public scrutiny of the PPP loan program, has resulted in further restrictions regarding the types of businesses that are eligible for PPP loans and further scrutiny regarding need for the loans. This has prompted reconsideration on the part of applicants regarding whether to return PPP loan proceeds. In addition, guidance continues to be issued to clarify need certifications, forgiveness and other PPP-related matters.

To read the full text of this Duane Morris Alert, which provides an update on the newest guidance, please visit the firm website.

Don’t Leave CARES Act Dollars on the Table (or in the Wrong Pocket)

As part of a suite of COVID-19 relief programs, the CARES Act appropriated $100 billion into a Provider Relief Fund meant for “hospitals and other healthcare providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response.” Medicare providers and facilities should have seen funds appear in their accounts between April 10 and April 17 when the first $30 billion of the $50 billion general allocation was distributed. Further, eligible recipients should begin to see funds from the remaining $20 billion of the general allocation as well as additional targeted allocations for hospitals in hot zones or rural areas.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris attorney Ryan Wesley Brown, please visit the Duane Morris Health Law Blog.

New Jersey extends GROW NJ, ERG and HUB Filing Deadlines Due to COVID-19

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has extended the annual reporting deadlines for businesses that received tax credits through the Grow New Jersey, Economic Redevelopment & Growth (ERG) and Urban Transit Hub (HUB) programs because of the impact of COVID-19, the EDA announced on April 13, 2020.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Brad Molotsky, please visit the Duane Morris Project Development/Infrastructure/P3 Blog.

HHS Announces Initial $30 Billion Distribution from CARES Act Provider Relief Fund

Immediate funds are now available for providers to receive a cash influx at a critical time. The challenge will not be receiving the funds, but rather keeping the funds after a future audit of compliance with the terms and conditions.

On April 10, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the immediate distribution of an initial $30 billion in relief funding to providers in support of the nationwide COVID-19 response. The distribution is part of the $100 billion provider relief fund included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently passed by Congress. Importantly, HHS has noted that these are payments, not loans, to healthcare providers, and will not need to be repaid unless the provider does not comply with the terms and conditions.

To read the full text of this Duane Morris Alert, please visit the firm website.

Determining Immigrants’ Tax Status under the CARES Act

The CARES Act of March 27, 2020, provides $2 trillion in direct financial assistance, including paid leave, unemployment insurance benefits, and rebates to eligible individuals. Immigrants and foreign nationals in the United States may be eligible for some or all of these benefit, depending on the circumstances.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris attorney Teodora Purcell,  please visit the Duane Morris Immigration Law Blog.

Countering Layoffs, Lessons From The First Week Of The CARES Act

(This is the fourth in a series on the impacts of the coronavirus on employment and the workplace. Read part onepart two and part three.)

Government and private sector businesses are moving so rapidly during the first week of the $2 trillion CARES Act, that we can already draw some lessons going forward. This is so especially for the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the main vehicle rushing funds to small businesses to stem additional layoffs and permanent business closures.

To read the full text of this article by Duane Morris attorney Michael Bernick, with comments from  Nanette Heide and Sandra Stoneman, please visit the firm website.

Loans for Businesses Not Otherwise Receiving Relief Under the CARES Act

Businesses have principally focused on relief available under the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan provisions of the CARES Act. To the extent businesses qualify, these programs provide the most immediate and beneficial relief available under the Act. Further, the federal government has initially paid the most attention to these programs and how to bring them quickly online. For businesses that do not qualify for these programs, alternative relief may be available under other provisions of the Act.

To read the full text of this Duane Morris Alert, please visit the firm website.

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