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  • April 7, 2020

    Alerts

    Condo Associations Face New Collection Challenges

    As if the coronavirus pandemic and resultant economic fallout are not enough, the Commonwealth’s efforts to protect consumers and their homes are imposing an additional, unintended burden on condominium associations.  To assist residents who are facing severe hardship, the Massachusetts Attorney General on March 27, 2020 issued new regulations restricting consumer debt collections.  Unfortunately, the […]

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  • April 6, 2020

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    Small Business Loan Relief Provided Under the CARES Act

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which was signed into law and became effective on March 27, 2020, provides new and enhanced financial tools to help small business owners and employees through this unprecedented period of economic contraction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This newly enacted federal statute provides two forms […]

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  • April 6, 2020

    Alerts

    Tax Relief Provisions Under the CARES Act

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which became law on March 27 is an estimated $2 Trillion package aimed to provide economic relief and stimulus for individuals and businesses.  The CARES Act contains numerous tax provisions affecting individuals and businesses, some of which are highlighted below.   RETIREMENT PLAN AND IRA […]

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  • April 6, 2020

    Publications

    Mass. Cannabis Attys Fear ‘Disaster’ As Gov. Closes Shops

    On April 2, 2020, Rob Munnelly was quoted in the article “Mass. Cannabis Attys Fear ‘Disaster’ As Gov. Closes Shops” in Law360. The article discusses the financial strains adult-use cannabis businesses are facing as they are ordered to close amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘“On the provider side, it’s a disaster,” said Robert Munnelly, a shareholder at Davis Malm […]

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  • March 30, 2020

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    Congress Passes the CARES Act and the DOL Provides Updated FFCRA Guidance

    In response to the widespread, devastating impact of COVID-19 and resulting shuttering of or significant reduction in business, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) on March 27, 2020, which became effective as of President Trump’s immediate signing into law.  The unprecedented legislation, which experts estimate will inject over $2 […]

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  • March 27, 2020

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    Massachusetts Suspends State Permitting Deadlines

    On March 26, 2020, Governor Baker issued Executive Order No. 17 as part of his continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This order suspends or tolls deadlines related to permits being sought or pending before state permit agencies that report to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, such as the Massachusetts Department of […]

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  • March 27, 2020

    Alerts

    Tax Credits Offered to Employers Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) was signed into law on March 18,  The Act authorizes certain relief to businesses pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, including tax credits to employers to help offset the cost of wages to employees taking time off under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family […]

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  • March 23, 2020

    Alerts

    Massachusetts Temporarily Closes All Non-Essential Businesses

    On March 23, Governor Baker issued an order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “Covid-19 Essential Services” to close their brick-and-mortar operations at noon Tuesday, March 24 through noon on Tuesday, April 7, though they may continue to operate remotely. Exhibit A to the Order designates certain production and service sectors as […]

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  • March 23, 2020

    Alerts

    Massachusetts Adopts Emergency Regulations for Unemployment Insurance to Address the Impact of COVID-19

    Due to the widespread economic impact of COVID-19 on Massachusetts businesses and employees alike, the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) published emergency regulations to address the onslaught of new claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. The purpose of these regulations is to ensure more flexibility in providing prompt financial assistance to employees unable to […]

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  • March 20, 2020

    Alerts

    Paid Sick Time and Leave Amid COVID-19

    As COVID-19 rapidly changes the economic landscape throughout the country, businesses and individuals are facing new and evolving challenges. To address these challenges, federal and state governments are quickly drafting laws and regulations that may affect employers of all sizes. On March 18, 2020, the federal government enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the […]

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