Category Archives: COVID-19 Assistance

  1. Trump Suspends Green Cards Due to COVID-19

    Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order, temporarily suspending the issuance of green cards, claiming that this is a necessary step towards protecting the jobs of U.S. workers. Effective at 11.59 pm on April 23, 2020, this proclamation suspends entry into the U.S. of the following immigrants: Those outside the U.S. as of the effective…

  2. The Coronavirus Relief Fund: A Guide for Texas Local Governments

    The Coronavirus Relief Fund (“Fund”) provides $139 billion to states and local governments for use toward expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19.[1] The funding is allocated by population proportions among the States, with a minimum of $1.25 billion for smaller states. Eligible local governments (see “Eligibility” below) can apply…

  3. New Terms and Clauses of the Multifamily Contract During a Pandemic

    In an environment of a pandemic caused by COVID-19 (the “Novel Coronavirus”), buyers and sellers (collectively the “Parties”) are now implementing new terms and clauses in the multi-family contract to complete transactions.  I have been working with numerous buyers and sellers to navigate these uncharted waters to continue with current purchase and sale contracts (“Contract”)…

  4. Federal Reserve Municipal Liquidity Facility: A Guide for State & Local Governments

    On April 9, 2020, The Federal Reserve launched the Municipal Liquidity Facility (“MLF”), a credit facility that will purchase up to $500 billion of Eligible Notes (defined below) issued by eligible states, local governments, and instrumentalities (“Eligible Issuers”). The term sheet released by the Federal Reserve (available here) on April 9th further clarifies the terms…

  5. Maintaining An H-1B Workforce During The COVID-19 Pandemic

    During the current pandemic, many struggling businesses are furloughing or laying off employees at alarming rates.  However, for employers of H-1B workers, different rules apply and for those Employers wanting to maintain their workforce, there are other options to consider first. H-1B lottery winners- should Employers withdraw selected registrations following the loss of a project?…

  6. An Overview of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities Act (“CARES Act”) for Small Business Owners

    In the wake of COVID-19, two (2) critical methods of relief are being offered to business owners across the country. The first is the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (“EIDL”) which is administrated by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”). The EIDL is a low-interest, non-forgivable loan available to a wide variety of business owners with key…

  7. SBA Loan Deferment and Relief Under the Cares Act

    Deferment is no longer required for non-disaster SBA loans. Instead, the CARES Act will provide immediate relief to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans, in particular 7(a), 504, and microloans.  Under it, SBA will pay all loan payments on or after March 27, 2020 on these SBA loans, including principal, interest, and fees, for six…

  8. Manual of Aid to State & Local Governments Under CARES Act

    The Manual of Aid to State & Local Governments Under CARES Act is a comprehensive guide to federal assistance to state and local governments under the recent COVID-19 relief bill. We are maintaining the Manual to reflect regulatory developments as federal agencies implement the CARES Act. The Manual is now current as of April 15, 2020.

  9. COVID-19 and 2020 Property Taxes March 30, 2020 Update

    The novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) has impacted revenues for most businesses. Many counties in Texas have issued “shelter in place” orders, and many countries have limited or banned domestic and international travel. With revenues down, business owners are concerned about managing expenses, and property tax are consistently among the top expenses for Texas property owners. This…

  10. DOL and USCIS Relax Their Requirements To Help Employers Cope During The COVID-19 Outbreak

    Finally, both DOL and USCIS are showing a willingness to relax their requirements in an effort to help Employers timely respond to requests for information during the COVID-19 pandemic. DOL The DOL has announced the following temporary measures to allow Employers to continue to comply with its regulations: Extension for deadlines: DOL has extended the…

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