Massachusetts Office Spaces Are Authorized to Re-Open: A Report From the Field

  On May 18, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker implemented “Phase I: Start” of the Commonwealth’s phased economic re-opening plan. A component of the Phase I: Start plan authorizes office worksites, outside Boston, to re-open to limited operations as early as May 25, 2020 (Boston offices are authorized to re-open as early as June 1, 2020). Since the Governor’s announcement, …

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Massachusetts Governor Announces Phase 1 of Re-Opening Plan: Certain Non-Essential Businesses are Authorized to Recommence Operations Today

On May 18, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker released clarifying details with respect to the Commonwealth’s Four-Phase Approach to the re-opening of the Massachusetts economy. All published details regarding the Four-Phase Approach are now aggregated and contained on a newly created government website (the “Re-Opening Website”). Massachusetts employers must familiarize themselves with the information, and comply with the legal requirements, …

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Treasury Department Releases PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form: Technical Aspects of PPP Loan Forgiveness Explained, But Questions Remain

  Under the CARES Act, a recipient of a Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan may be excused from the obligation to repay the loan if certain “Forgiveness Criteria” are met. On Friday, March 15, 2020, the Treasury Department released the Paycheck Protection Program Form Loan Forgiveness Application (the “Forgiveness Application”). The Forgiveness Application is the first articulation …

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Paycheck Protection Program Update: What the Question 46 Guidance Means for Recipients of PPP Loans Under $2 Million

  As we have previously reported, on May 13, 2020, the Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration (the “SBA”) released new guidance, embedded in a Frequently Asked Questions memorandum, that relates to the "economic necessity" requirement for Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans (the “Question 46 Guidance”). The Question 46 Guidance may be found here. Of particular note:  The Question …

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Treasury Department Announces Safe Harbor for PPP Borrowers with Loans of Under $2 Million

  The Treasury Department announced new guidelines that relate to the "economic necessity" requirement for Paycheck Protection Program loans. Differing from the original guidelines, the updated guidelines appear to indicate that the Treasury Department, as a matter of administrative policy, will not subject a PPP borrower with a loan amount of under $2 million to an …

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Massachusetts Governor Outlines Four-Phase Re-Opening Plan

On May 11, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a broad government strategy to mitigate continuing health risks and economic distress caused by COVID-19. The core elements of the strategy include: A four-phase approach to the re-opening of the Massachusetts economy; and Mandatory workplace safety standards. The announcement provides a conceptual framework for the obligations …

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USPTO Announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program

By: Stanley F. Chalvire On May 7, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program, under which the USPTO will grant requests for prioritized examination to qualifying patent applicants without payment of the fees typically associated with prioritized examination. The goal of prioritized examination is to provide …

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Faith Kasparian Speaking on Privacy Roundtable Discussion

On Tuesday, May 12, Morse attorney Faith Kasparian will join Privacy Ref for a privacy rountable discussion. Topics will include the effects of CCPA, matters that have arisen in the context of the coronavirus and the current environment, and various other privacy issues. This livecast will provide an opportunity to ask any other privacy questions …

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The Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program

    On April 30, 2020, the Federal Reserve released additional details concerning the proposed Main Street Lending Program. The release includes changes to the original term sheets for the Main Street New Loan Facility (MSNLF) and the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility (MSELF) and introduced a new term sheet for the Main Street Priority …

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A Roadmap for the Re-Opening of the Massachusetts Economy is Offered

Massachusetts businesses are presently subject to Governor Baker’s Emergency Order Extending the Closing of Certain Workplaces and the Prohibition on Gatherings of More Than 10 People. The Emergency Order is effective until May 18, and requires all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, …

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