COVID-19

COVID-19 Related Legal Advice and Services

In response to the ever-changing landscape stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, our attorneys are closely monitoring new legal and regulatory developments.

We guide clients through the process of navigating resources offered under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) including interpreting the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Loan Program (EIDL) and the Main Street New Loan Facility. We assist clients in preparing the necessary documents to support their claims, applying for loans and obtaining funding and other benefits available under these and other COVID-19-related government programs.

Our full-service practice groups coordinate on multiple issues impacting businesses and individuals as a result of COVID-19. Our attorneys collaborate in areas such as Labor & Employment, Tax, Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring, Immigration, Real Estate, Leasing, Construction, Corporate & Securities, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Retail, Co-op and Condominium Law, Not-for-Profit and Education to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

Of particular note:

  • Our Labor and Employment Group is highly versed in the full slate of new legislation and regulations impacting employers. They are well prepared to provide legal advice on all of the pre-existing leave laws, and those recently enacted under federal and state law that apply granting COVID-related leave.
  • Our Tax Group consults on tax law changes and new employment tax credits available to employers.
  • Our Bankruptcy Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring Group consults on the various out-of-court and Bankruptcy Court options and remedies available to address financial distress and cash-flow issues. They are also well versed in the newly enacted provision under Chapter 11, Subchapter 5 - Small Business Debtor Reorganization.
  • Our Immigration Group is on top of the rapid-moving immigration developments, including border closures.
  • Our Real Estate and Leasing Group assists with a multitude of issues impacting property owners, landlords and tenants.
  • Our Construction Group counsels developers, property owners and contractors on the various issues that have arisen that impact projects in various stages and issues surrounding compliance with government orders.
  • Our Corporate and Securities Group advises clients with existing financing transactions and assists clients close new debt and equity investments. They are currently working with entrepreneurs to develop new ventures in response to needs resulting from the pandemic.

Tarter Krinsky and Drogin's COVID-19 Resource Center

Our COVID-19 Resource Center is updated on a regular basis and offers guidance on how new laws may impact businesses. For the COVID Resource Center, click here.

Please direct any inquiries to your Tarter Krinsky & Drogin relationship attorney or email one of our COVID-19 team attorneys at CV19team@tartekrinsky.com 

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  • EEOC Urged to Provide Vaccine Incentive Program Guidance
    February 3, 2021

    On January 20, 2021, President Biden appointed Charlotte A. Burrows as Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

  • New OSHA Guidance: Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace
    February 2, 2021

    On January 21, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order requiring the issuance of revised guidance to employers for workplace safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021: Important Paycheck Protection Program Provisions
    December 30, 2020

    On December 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the Act). The Act is wide-sweeping in its breadth at over 5,500 pages and provides the annual funding for the federal government. Importantly, for many small businesses, the Act contains several important rules providing further relief for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including revisions to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). For purposes of this alert, we will highlight some of the PPP provisions we believe will be of interest to employers.

  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021: Tax-Related Changes
    December 30, 2020

    On December 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the Act). The Act, among many other things, expands the employee retention tax credit and includes favorable changes to other employer-related tax provisions.

  • Housing Cooperatives Added to Second Round of Paycheck Protection Program
    December 30, 2020

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the Act) signed by the President on December 27, 2020, includes a second round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). It also contains an important provision specifically including “housing cooperatives” as eligible applicants for PPP funding.

  • Our Top 10 Legal Alerts from 2020
    December 21, 2020

    As we start a new year, we would like to share with you some of our most popular legal alerts from 2020. Our top alerts range from bankruptcy, construction, COVID-19, labor & employment, immigration, trusts & estates, corporate & securities, litigation and intellectual property, reflecting the broad array of our full-service practice. We hope that our alerts have been helpful to you and your colleagues, and demonstrate our commitment to providing important information to you.

  • Federal Court Upholds New York City’s Recently Enacted “Guaranty Law” and Related Legislation Concerning Non-Payment of Rent Arising out of COVID-19
    December 3, 2020

    In a highly anticipated decision, Judge Ronnie Abrams of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, in Melendez v. The City of New York, dismissed a challenge to the “Guaranty Law” and related legislation that was enacted by the New York City Council in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • International Travel During the Upcoming Holiday Season with Travel Bans in Mind
    November 19, 2020

    Foreign nationals who find themselves in the United States during the holiday season who wish to return abroad for family visits during the time of COVID-19 must keep in mind the travel restrictions and bans to ensure their uninterrupted and smooth return to the United States.

  • SBA Issues Procedural Notice Regarding Changes of Ownership
    October 12, 2020

    Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Small Business Administration (SBA) is tasked with administering the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the loan program intended to allow employers to continue to pay their employees and assist with certain other expenses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.On October 2, 2020, the SBA released a procedural notice (Notice) – available here – addressed to SBA employees and PPP lenders clarifying the required procedures for changes of ownership of an entity that has received PPP funds.

  • The Struggle to Keep a Green Card During COVID-19
    September 15, 2020

    With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing now for close to six months, U.S. permanent residents and conditional permanent residents caught outside the United States due to COVID-19 are experiencing significant challenges in making return travel plans home to the United States.

  • COVID-19 Reopening Safety Plans and Updating Employee Policies
    August 19, 2020

    The COVID-19 global pandemic has created additional health and safety considerations for employers, who as it is, already have a general duty to provide a safe working environment. As businesses and employers prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of their employees and workers, their families, and the wider community, through updating and maintaining their required written Reopening Safety Plans, they are also focusing on disseminating written COVID-19-related workplace policies.

  • Paycheck Protection Program Extended Through August 8, 2020
    July 7, 2020

    Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Small Business Administration is tasked with administering the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the loan program intended to allow employers to continue to pay their employees and assist with certain other expenses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Announces Main Street Lending Program Is Fully Operational
    July 7, 2020

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston announced the Main Street Lending Program is “now fully operational, ready to purchase participations in eligible loans that are submitted to the program by registered lenders.”

  • New York State Reopening: Status and Updates on Work From Home Requirements
    July 7, 2020

    New York City entered Phase III of reopening on Monday, July 6, 2020. However, indoor dining was postponed in New York City due to concerns regarding the risk of spreading COVID-19.

  • SBA Issues New Interim Final Rule for Paycheck Protection Program– Guidance Your Business Should be Aware Of
    July 1, 2020

    Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Small Business Administration (SBA) is tasked with administering the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the loan program intended to allow employers to continue to pay their employees and assist with certain other expenses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Internal Revenue Service Announces Relief for Qualified Opportunity Zone Investors
    June 11, 2020

    On June 4, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2020-39, which provides temporary relief to qualified opportunity funds (QOFs) and their investors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Modifies Main Street Lending Program
    June 10, 2020

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston announced changes to the Main Street Lending Program (Program) to allow more small and medium-sized businesses to be able to participate in the Program. 

  • Federal Reserve Advances Towards Launching Main Street Lending Program
    June 9, 2020

    The Federal Reserve recently announced that the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has set up the special purpose vehicle (SPV) to purchase participations in loans originated by eligible lenders under the Main Street Lending Program (Program). In addition, Program loan participation agreement, form borrower and lender certifications, and other required form agreements are now available on the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Main Street Lending Program Forms and Agreements website. The Federal Reserve also updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), dated May 27, 2020.

  • Amendment to CARES Act and PPP Loan Forgiveness
    June 5, 2020

    On June 5, 2020, President Trump signed H.R. 7010 (the Bill), which the Senate had unanimously passed. The Bill amends several provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

  • Project Restart: Strategy For Remobilizing Construction
    May 28, 2020

    New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced phased reopening of businesses, with the construction industry included in Phase 1. The Governor’s announcement means project owners in New York should prepare for construction to restart. Given the long pause of most projects in New York, contractors and subcontractors will first report to their most profitable projects where payments are made timely.  We recommend that owners consider taking the following steps before the construction ban is lifted to successfully restart their projects.

  • Alternative Loan Options For Certain Small Businesses, Non-Profits and Landlords in New York State
    May 28, 2020

    For certain small businesses, non-profits and landlords who did not receive a Paycheck Protection Program loan or an Economic Injury Disaster Loan from the Small Business Administration, New York State is making available loans under the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF). The NYFLF is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State’s small businesses, non-profits and landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and New York State on PAUSE.

  • Main Street Loans: How Much May a Company Borrow?
    May 27, 2020

    Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announced on May 19, 2020, before a Senate Committee that the Main Street Lending Program (Program) is anticipated to be launched around the end of May. Prospective borrowers should be preparing for making loan applications with participating lenders when the Program commences.

  • New York City Council Passes Suspension of Personal Guarantees for Certain Commercial Tenants
    May 27, 2020

    On May 26, 2020, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the City Council’s bill No.1932-A (the Personal Liability Bill). The Personal Liability Bill adds a new section 22-1005 to the administrative code of the City of New York, suspending the enforcement of personal liability provisions for certain commercial tenants affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

  • SBA Releases Additional PPP Loan Review Guidance
    May 27, 2020

    On May 22, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the U.S. Department of Treasury, published an interim final rule (the Review Guidance) to supplement previous Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness guidance. The Review Guidance is intended to establish the standards by which the SBA will investigate whether a loan met program requirements and the circumstances under which it will be released from liability on a guarantee for such a loan.

  • SBA Releases Additional PPP Loan Forgiveness Guidance
    May 26, 2020

    On May 22, 2020, the Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of Treasury, published an interim final rule to supplement previous Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness guidance.

  • Eligibility Requirements for Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program
    May 21, 2020

    Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announced on May 19, 2020, before a Senate Committee that the Main Street Lending Program (Program) is anticipated to be launched around the end of May. Prospective borrowers should be preparing for making loan applications with participating lenders when the Program commences.

  • COVID-19 Pandemic: An Increase in Business Divorce?
    May 19, 2020

    One need not have a specialized “barometer” to anticipate an onslaught of partnership storms for closely held businesses. Similar to the way in which sociologists and family counselors have predicted unfortunate spikes in marital divorce rates across the nation, all largely the result of our global pandemic and our ongoing attempts to adjust to this so-called “new normal,” we too have seen increased rancor among business partners. Interestingly, the unrest is not limited to businesses that are failing or otherwise suffering. Regrettably, we are also seeing increased partner discord in healthy thriving enterprises.

  • SBA Releases PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions
    May 18, 2020

    On May 15, 2020, the Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of Treasury released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application (the Forgiveness Application) and detailed instructions for the Forgiveness Application. To apply for PPP loan forgiveness, the borrower must complete the Forgiveness Application and submit the completed application and required documentation to its lender.

  • SBA Extends Good Faith Certification Safe Harbor Until May 18, 2020 and Loan Increases for Certain Partnerships
    May 15, 2020

    Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Small Business Administration (SBA) is tasked with administering the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the loan program intended to allow employers to continue to pay their employees and assist with certain other expenses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.As the PPP went into immediate effect without the standard comment period, the SBA continues to issue additional guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and responses as well as Interim Final Rules (IFRs). The most recently updated FAQs, current as of May 13, 2020, are available here and the most recently issued IFRs are available here. Importantly, the U.S. government will not challenge lender PPP actions that conform to the FAQs, and to IFRs and any subsequent rulemaking in effect at the time.

  • SBA Issues Additional Guidance on Good Faith Certification
    May 13, 2020

    Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Small Business Administration (SBA) is tasked with administering the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the loan program intended to allow employers to continue to pay their employees and assist with certain other expenses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • New York Extends Moratorium on Evictions and Tolling of Statute of Limitations
    May 11, 2020

    On May 7, 2020, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order No. 202.28 (the Executive Order), extending the existing moratorium on evictions and foreclosures for an additional 60 days. The Executive Order also extended time periods set forth in certain prior executive orders, including tolling all statutes of limitations until June 6, 2020.

  • SBA Issued Additional FAQ on Paycheck Protection Program on May 6, 2020 – Guidance Your Business Should Know
    May 7, 2020

    Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Small Business Administration (SBA) is tasked with administering the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the loan program intended to allow employers to continue to pay their employees and assist with certain other expenses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. As the PPP went into immediate effect without the standard comment period, the SBA continues to issue additional guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and responses. The most recently updated FAQs, current as of May 6, 2020, are available here. Importantly, the government will not challenge actions that borrowers and lenders take consistent with the guidance in effect at the time.

  • SBA Issues Additional FAQ on Paycheck Protection Program
    May 5, 2020

    Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Small Business Administration (SBA) is tasked with administering the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the loan program intended to allow employers to continue to pay their employees and assist with certain other expenses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Resource Center

In response to the ever-changing landscape associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, our attorneys are closely monitoring new legal and regulatory developments. The Resource Center offers our insight and analysis of how these new laws may impact your business and provides insight to the resources that are available.

This Resource Center is updated on a regular basis, and all COVID-19 communications from the firm are located here.

Please direct any inquiries to your Tarter Krinsky & Drogin relationship attorney or email us at CV19team@tarterkrinsky.com.


COVID-19 Resource Center

In response to the ever-changing landscape associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, our attorneys are closely monitoring new legal and regulatory developments. The Resource Center offers our insight and analysis of how these new laws may impact your business and provides insight to the resources that are available.

This Resource Center is updated on a regular basis, and all COVID-19 communications from the firm are located here.

Please direct any inquiries to your Tarter Krinsky & Drogin relationship attorney or email us at CV19team@tarterkrinsky.com.

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