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Will Oregon’s Cannabis Industry Go Up in Smoke Due to COVID-19 Fallout?

As the nation rushes to slow the COVID-19 pandemic, the cannabis industry finds itself caught in the chaos like everyone else. However, there is one additional caveat for cannabis businesses — not one penny of the $2 trillion federal stimulus package…
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Bankruptcy and Restructuring in the Cannabis Industry in 2020 and Beyond

While states continue to legalize cannabis, and the federal government continues to consider softening its stance, difficult questions persist at the intersection of cannabis and bankruptcy. As the cannabis industry continues to evolve in 2020 and…
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DOL Releases Fourth Round of Q&A Guidance

On April 3, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its fourth round of Guidance regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in Q&A format. The new Guidance was released on the heels of the DOL’s 125-page temporary rule, our…
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Supplemental FAQ for SBA Loans under the CARES Act - Paycheck Protection Program

On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) published an Interim Final Rule (“IFR”) addressing the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act…
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The CARES Act Provides Small Businesses Additional Bankruptcy Relief

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act of 2020 (“CARES Act”) was enacted on March 27, providing a suite of protections and relief for everyday Americans and the economy at large. While most coverage has focused on other provisions that…
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Commercial Real Estate in the Age of Coronavirus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought a whirlwind of changes to how business is done in Oregon and across the country, and commercial real estate is no different. Enough time has passed, however, that a pattern of prominent issues has begun…
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DOL Announces Temporary Rules for FFCRA

On April 1, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a 125-page temporary rule to implement emergency leave laws under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The temporary rule, which largely reflects the DOL’s previously released…
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FAQ for SBA Loans for Businesses under the CARES Act

On March 27, 2020, the CARES Act, a $2 trillion stimulus package aimed at aiding individuals and businesses in the U.S. that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, was signed into law. The CARES Act includes a $349 billion allocation of funding…
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How to Manage Layoffs During COVID-19

Terminating swaths of employees is difficult for a number of reasons. For many, the hardest part is telling loyal, hardworking employees that the company simply cannot afford to keep paying them, knowing that these employees are suddenly facing large…
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DOL Releases Third Round of FFCRA Guidance, Covering Details on Exemptions, Leave Lengths, and More

On March 28, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its third round of Guidance ahead of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s (FFCRA) April 1, 2020 effective date. The new Guidance provides additional information regarding exemptions…
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Second Round of DOL Guidance Clarifies Intermittent Leave, Furloughs, and Other Crucial Questions about FFCRA

Late last night, March 26, 2020, the Department of Labor issued its second guidance on administering the emergency paid sick leave (“EPSL”) and emergency family medical leave (“EFML”) of the Families First Coronovirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). This new…
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Four Points to Keep in Mind About the New July 15 Tax Deadline

Last Friday, the Treasury Department and IRS revised their guidance from earlier in the week and issued a notice granting taxpayers an extension until July 15 to file income tax returns and make income tax payments that would normally be due on April…
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Business Immigration

COVID-19 is rapidly affecting business immigration in multiple ways. Below is an outline of key impacts to date. Additional current information and details can be provided by attorneys in the Immigration and Labor and Employment practice groups.
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Poster, New Effective Date, and Other FFCRA Guidance Released from the Department of Labor

On March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employees and employers regarding the protections and relief offered by the Families First…
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IRS Guidance for Employers on Refundable Credits for Covering Qualified Employee Leave

On March 18, 2020, Congress enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the "Act") providing for paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for coronavirus-related reasons and creating refundable credits for eligible employers…
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Department of Labor Releases Poster Summarizing Employee Rights under Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 25, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a poster summarizing rights afforded to qualified employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Covered employers are required to provide notice to employees of their…
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Is COVID-19 Force Majeure in a Commercial Contract?

We have spent the better part of the past week poring over force majeure clauses in commercial contracts. “Force Majeure,” literally translated, means “superior force.” In contracts, force majeure clauses are meant to excuse, or allow a delay in, the…
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Employers to Receive Special Tax Treatment for Qualified Disaster Relief Payments

The coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic was recently declared a disaster under the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act. This triggers special tax treatment for qualified disaster relief payments (“QDR payments”). To the extent not covered by…
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Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What Employers Need to Know

On March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the first version of HR 6201 (the “Families First Act”), an emergency relief bill with paid FMLA and paid sick leave benefits for employees experiencing employment loss due to the COVID-19…
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Oregon Employers: Remember Your Employee Leave Obligations as COVID-19 Spreads - Update

On March 18, 2020, BOLI adopted an emergency rule expanding the reasons for which an employee can take OFLA protected leave. BOLI expanded the definition of sick child leave to include “absence to care for an employee’s child whose school or place of…
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