COVID 19 RESOURCES

COVID-19 Updates and Information

The Coronavirus outbreak has impacted almost every part of daily life for individuals, families and businesses. AMM attorneys are monitoring legislative developments on the local, state and federal level  to provide updates to our business and individual clients. Our goal is to provide guidance in this ever changing "new normal" to help you navigate these uncharted waters and provide clarity and assistance to keep your legal house in order and protect your interests.” 

Legal Updates

  • The PPP FLEXIBILITY ACT:
    On June 3rd, the U.S. Senate passed the “Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act” (the “Flexibility Act”) which had been previously passed by the House of Representatives on May 28, 2020. It is expected that President Trump will sign the legislation today, June 4th.  The Flexibility Act provides a number of…
  • DOL Regulations Provide Guidance as to Families First Act Small Employer Exemption
          On April 1, 2020, the Department of Labor issued temporary regulations regarding the terms of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Families First Act”).  The regulation provides extensive guidance regarding the regulation to help employers comply with its terms.
  • Registers of Wills Institute Temporary Virtual Probate Procedures in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic
      In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared a general, statewide judicial emergency and ordered the closure of Pennsylvania courts to the public, except for specific emergency matters. As a result, the Registers of Wills across the Commonwealth, who also serve as the Clerks of…
  • Economic Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Support Obligations
    Without a doubt, the financial issues arising from the Coronavirus Pandemic and the resulting shutdown of businesses and “stay-at-home” order issued in Pennsylvania by Governor Wolf have had a major impact for many, including those with Support obligations,  as well as those who rely on those payments.
  • Paycheck Protection Program (Now is the Time to Apply!)
      The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), signed into law on March 27, 2020, provides $349 Billion in SBA 7(a) forgivable loans to businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees [see endnote 1), including sole proprietors, the self-employed and independent contractors.  Known as the Paycheck…
  • Update on Extension of Tax Payments and Filings due to COVID-19 Pandemic
    By Michael Mills and Elaine Yandrisevits Taxing jurisdictions continue to assess how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, with state and local jurisdictions being challenged by budget limitations.  In the forefront of most people’s minds is the tax deadline for personal income tax returns normally due on April 15th.  The…

General Business Guidance

  • Business Relationships in Times of Crisis
    These challenging times present particular challenges to small business.  Notwithstanding efforts to stimulate the economy, the fact remains that many businesses simply can’t function at a sustainable level without open doors and customers who require inventory, raw materials or products to sell.  Empirical data supports a substantial downturn in gross…
  • Bucks County Offer of Small Business Grants Requires Quick Action
      Much has been made and reported about the federal government’s effort to sustain the economy and assist working families through programs such as enhanced unemployment benefits and the Payroll Protection Plan.  AMM has assisted many small business owners in negotiating the application process and anticipating both documentary requirements and…
  • PPP Funding Update – Relaxations on Certification of “Necessity”
    May 14, 2020 Yesterday the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued updates to its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) guidance on the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) Loans, and added Questions/Answers (Q&A) 45 and 46, with the latter Q&A being directly related to the certification issues, and to the corresponding May 14th deadline…
  • COVID-19 EMPLOYMENT LAW ISSUES
    As state governments issue stay-at-home orders, employment lawyers across the country have been digesting new employment laws, assisting clients in managing layoffs, furloughs, and leaves of absence, and working to keep up with a changing employment landscape.  Federal legislation has imposed dramatic, although temporary, changes to the way employers manage…
  • CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY – SET TO RESUME OPERATIONS BEGINNING MAY 1, 2020
     On April 23, 2020, Governor Wolf announced that all businesses in the construction industry in the Commonwealth are permitted to resume “in-person operations” beginning Friday, May 1, 2020. Construction industry businesses include those in new construction, renovation, and repair, as well as land subdivision and design-related field/project site activities. The…
  • The Impact of Governor Wolf’s Recent Business Closure and Stay at Home Orders
    With individuals residing in Allegheny County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Monroe County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County ordered to stay at home with only certain limited exceptions, and non-life sustaining businesses ordered to close, business owners struggle with what to do next.  The full text of the Governor’s…