COVID 19: Answers to Business Challenges

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Albert S. Lee, Esq., alee@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-5611 On Thursday, September 9, 2021, President Biden announced an impending rule[1] that will require all private sector businesses with 100 or more employees to: (1) ensure that their employees are either fully vaccinated or undergo at-least-weekly COVID-19 testing; and (2) provide paid time off for the time it takes for workers to get vaccinated or to recover if they are under the weather post-vaccination.  It is…
Aaron J. Walayat, Esq., awalayat@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-3935 Yesterday, I wrote that Chief Justice John Roberts required the government to respond to Plaintiffs’ application to vacate (that is, remove) the stay on the District Court’s order which found the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) eviction moratorium unlawful. The Chief Justice’s deadline was August 23, 2021 by noon. The government filed its response brief. There’s nothing in the response that’s particularly unexpected. Notably, however,…
Aaron J. Walayat, Esq., awalayat@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-3935 Last week, I wrote on the Eviction Moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) slated to expire on July 31, 2021. By all reports, the Biden administration was willing to let the moratorium expire due to the dubious legality of the order. Yesterday, however, the CDC decided to extend the eviction moratorium, or more accurately, issue a new, supposedly more limited, eviction moratorium
Aaron J. Walayat, Esq., awalayat@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-3935 On June 29, 2021, the Supreme Court refused to end the nationwide eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), leading to quite a bit of confusion among the Courts of Appeal. In Alabama Association of Realtors, et al. v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, et al., the Supreme Court (in a 5-4 determination) denied an application to vacate a stay…
A case from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit[1] highlights that, even in times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, prioritizing federal grant money based on race and gender will likely violate the equal protection and due process clause of the U.S. Constitution. BACKGROUND The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a coronavirus relief bill, created and funded the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (“RRF”) with $28.6 billion to aid privately owned…
Edward A. Wodarczyk, Esq., ewodarczyk@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-3920 The EEOC issued guidance on May 28 about what employers may or may not do about a wide range of COVID issues, including vaccine mandates and incentives.  For example: May employers require employees to be vaccinated?  Yes, but subject to reasonable accommodations for disabilities and other EEO considerations. May employers offer an incentive to employees who voluntarily provide proof of vaccination?  Yes May employers offer an incentive…
Daniel C. Conlon, Esq., dconlon@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-3951 I previously wrote about how the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) created a $28.6 billion dollar Restaurant Revitalization Fund to help struggling food and beverage businesses.  While the fund was created in March, the Small Business Administration, the federal agency that administers the fund, has not awarded any money yet.  START YOUR APPLICATION Last week, F&B businesses collectively cheered the SBA’s announcement that it would begin accepting applications from eligible entities. …
Kenneth G. Scholtz, Esq., kscholtz@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-3903Alexandra N. Boyer, Esq., aboyer@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-3924 Just two days before the nationwide eviction moratorium was set to expire on March 31st, the Biden administration re-extended it through June 30th.  The extension allows tenants who continue to struggle financially during the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid eviction for non-payment of rent.  Tenants who qualify for protection from eviction, based on financial hardship, must provide proof via CDC Affidavit. …
Daniel C. Conlon, Esq., dconlon@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-3951 The following article provides additional information regarding government relief grant money that is available to hospitality businesses who suffered lost profits in 2020 due to COVID-19. Click here to view the original post on this topic. Additional federal grant money will soon be available to restaurant businesses. On Thursday, March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) into law, which appropriates $1.9 trillion in relief and economic stimulus…
Daniel C. Conlon, Esq., dconlon@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-3951 Allegheny County announced that its COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP) will begin accepting applications at noon on Monday, March 15 at https://alleghenycounty.us/CHIRP. The program allows businesses in the hospitality industry that were affected by the pandemic to receive grants of up to $50,000 to offset losses. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? •     Businesses that lost 25% or more in gross receipts between 2019 and 2020; •     Businesses…