Category Archives: Covid-19 News and Resources

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The Importance Of Keeping Your Physical Office Location After The COVID-19 Pandemic

During these times of COVID-19 related business and office quarantining and closures, companies and their employees are learning new ways to be efficient and productive.  Remote working, while certainly a pre-COVID-19 option, has become the new normal.  Workers have become adept at completing tasks and projects away from the office, using platforms like remote-desktop for…MORE

Author: Michael A. Faerber 07/20/2020

Delays In Commercial Lease Negotiation Resulting From COVID-19: Address These Types Of Issues Up Front In Your Leases

Any of you that are in the process of negotiating a new lease, or considering negotiating a new lease in the near future, should expect some issues regarding delays.  Tenants are finding themselves tentative to pull the trigger on signing leases due to uncertainty of their business moving forward in the short term. Additionally, there…MORE

Author: Michael A. Faerber 04/21/2020

The “Disappeared” Husband In Tiger King

If you’re like me, you’ve seen every episode of the documentary Tiger King on Netflix. As an animal lover and estate planning attorney, the show covered a lot of issues that interest me. The biggest estate planning issue centered around the disappearance of Carole Baskin’s husband, Don. It struck a lot of people as highly…MORE

Author: Andrew M. Friedman 04/16/2020

Are Subdivision Approvals And Other Entitlements Affected By COVID?

The sudden onset of COVID-19 has led every branch of State and Local governments scrambling to impose appropriate regulations and policies aimed at balancing public safety and avoiding a massive backlog.  Each local planning and zoning authority, board of appeals, and permitting department already has a unique set of local rules for conducting business, but…MORE

Author: Peter E. Ciferri 04/13/2020

Montgomery County Business Relief Program Unveiled

An information page for the  Montgomery County Public Health Emergency Grant Program (PHEG) went live this week. Local businesses, including for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, may be eligible for grants of up to $75,000 from a $20 million fund. $5 million is reserved for restaurants and retail establishments. The catch is that local businesses must show…MORE

Author: Natasha M. Nazareth 04/13/2020

Going Digital

We are now living in a profoundly new world where many workplaces are being transitioned to teleworking with limited planning or time to test systems.  This rapid shift brings challenges that must be addressed and resolved from both a legal and operations standpoint.  Confidential Information and Data Privacy Issues.  One of the major issues is…MORE

Author: Ginny Cascio Bonifacino, Natasha M. Nazareth 04/03/2020

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) – Relevant Employment Provisions

Last week, the federal government enacted the CARES Act.  It provides economic relief to Americans both as individuals and businesses. While the Act contains a variety of tax, loans and other measures, the following programs are of particular interest to employers and small businesses:  Payroll Protection Program.  In part, this law allows small and mid-sized…MORE

Author: Ginny Cascio Bonifacino, Natasha M. Nazareth 04/03/2020

Covid-19 Weekly Updates – April 2, 2020

As the number of Covid-19 infections rise, the federal, state, and local governments are taking more drastic actions to protect and support the public during this time.  The following updates summarize major changes that affect employers in the DMV:  1.Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  The FFCRA became effective April 1, 2020.  All employers, even those…MORE

Author: Natasha M. Nazareth, Ginny Cascio Bonifacino 04/03/2020

How Do I Give Notice Under My Contract?

COVID-19 closures, stay-at-home orders, and governmental restrictions are wreaking havoc on otherwise happy business relationships. Meeting monthly payment obligations is one major concern facing all parties as the calendar turns to April without an end to the pandemic crisis.  Businesses might also encounter difficulties reaching other deadlines or touchstones in a timely and complete manner….MORE

Author: Peter E. Ciferri 04/02/2020

Covid-19 Weekly Updates – March 27, 2020

Another week has passed during the Covid-19 pandemic, and we have seen the DMV governors close all non-essential businesses, schools closing for another month or even the rest of the school year, the legislatures are working to provide relief to employers and employees. The number of positive cases rise even as we wait with baited…MORE

Author: Ginny Cascio Bonifacino, Natasha M. Nazareth 03/27/2020

How Do I Temporarily Lay Off My Employees?

Due to our current global pandemic, employers are faced with very difficult decisions as the government further restricts movement and closes businesses in an effort to contain the community spread of Covid-19.  One of these questions is – should I shut my doors and temporarily lay off my employees?   As you are considering this action,…MORE

Author: Ginny Cascio Bonifacino, Natasha M. Nazareth 03/20/2020

Acts Of God: Enforcing And Negotiating Force Majeure Clauses For An Emergency

In the last two years, businesses and professionals in Maryland and Washington, D.C., have had to quickly pivot to avoid the negative economic impacts of completely unexpected events outside of their control.  First, there were tariffs and trade restrictions, followed quickly by the Coronavirus global pandemic.  How can you give your contracts additional strength before…MORE

Author: Peter E. Ciferri 03/18/2020