Client Alert – Relief for Individuals under CARES

April 8, 2020

In addition to the many provisions under the CARES Act of 2020 providing relief to businesses, both large and small, Congress sought to assist individuals who may be feeling the economic effects of COVID-19, including those who have lost their jobs as a result.  Such relief comes at a price tag of approximately $600 billion of the $2 trillion total relief package.  This article summarizes some of the major provisions designed to aid individuals.

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Client Alert – Business Provisions of the CARES Act

April 3, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on March 27, 2020, is a record-breaking expenditure designed to help individuals and certain businesses weather the economic storm they are facing in light of
the current COVID-19 pandemic.


Paycheck Protection Program

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Estate Planning Client Alert

April 2, 2020

The Washington Metropolitan Area is experiencing an interesting time that we all hope will not last long and will never come again.  As a result of these unexpected circumstances, however, many of us are forced by government edict to limit activities outside the home for some period of time.  If you are experiencing that impact and now have a bit of down time and want to take care of some items on your to-do list, why not get your estate planning done?  Rees Broome’s team of highly qualified estate planning attorne

DC GOVERNMENT ORDER 2050-53

March 25, 2020

On March 24, 2020, the DC Government published Mayor Bowser’s Order 2020-53, which directs certain types of businesses to close and directs other types of businesses to telework except for certain essential functions, which must occur on site.  The Condominium and its staff are not included within the closure or telework order.  The Condominium is defined as an Essential Business under Section IV(k) of the Order since It falls within the definition of a “Housing and Living Provider”.  This permits the staff t

Guidance for Employers for Compliance with Families First Coronavirus Act

March 25, 2020
President Trump signed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (the “Act”) on March 18, 2020. The Act becomes effective on April 1, 2020 and expires on December 31, 2020. This comprehensive legislation requires employers with less than 500 employees to provide employees with paid Family Medical Leave Act Leave for qualifying needs related to a public health emergency and paid sick leave for certain leave necessitated due to a public health emergency (COVID-19). The Act also provides for tax credits to employers that are required to provide additional paid leave under the Act. Finally, the Act provides for expanded unemployment insurance benefits.

DOL ISSUED GUIDANCE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

March 25, 2020
The United States Department of Labor has just published its first guidance for employers and employees on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Our guidance issued on March 23, 2020 will be updated in accordance with the DOL Guidance. The model notice has not yet been issued. However, the DOL Guidance clarifies that the paid leave portion of the Act does not stack for childcare leave – it runs concurrently. In a situation where an employee cannot work due to the unavailability of school or childcare due to COVID-19, all employees (of covered employers) are entitled to two weeks of paid leave (at the employee’s regular rate of pay) for this purpose. After the expiration of these two weeks (or 10 days), any employee who has worked for 30 days for the employer and is unable to work, is entitled to receive an additional 10 weeks of paid leave (2/3rds pay subject to caps/limitations) to take care of a son or daughter.