- Your Questions Answered: Update on Interpretive Guidance and March 30 Executive Order
MSBA provides answers to your questions regarding law firm operations and work travel, based on our communications with Governor Hogan’s Chief Legal Counsel.
- Waiver of In-Person Notarization of Documents
On March 30, Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order waiving the requirement of in-person notarization for documents. Click here for details and for instructions on how to perform remote notarizations.
- Update on Governor Hogan’s Order Closing Non-Essential Businesses, Law Firms May Remain Open
Lawyers and law firms deemed essential and may remain open.
- PK Law Business Continuity and COVID-19 Update (PK Law)
Timely updates on the COVID crisis and business continuity from MBA member firm PK Law, including the CARES Act, Executive Orders, Labor Updates, and business resources.
- Assistance for Small Businesses (U.S. Department of Treasury)
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
- Keeping the Doors Open During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What Essential Business Employers Need to Know (Offit Kurman)
MSBA member firm Offit Kurman’s Labor and Employment attorneys describe what employers should keep in mind as COVID-19 continues.
- COVID-19 FAQS for Employers (Shawe Rosenthal)
MSBA member firm Shawe Rosenthal provides updated FAQs about the impact of COVID on the workplace. Click on their homepage as well for other COVID resources.
- COVID-19 Will Turbocharge Legal Industry Transformation (Forbes)
Mark Cohen discusses how COVID-19 will change the legal industry forever and push it into a digital landscape.
- Force Majeure Clauses: Is a Viral Pandemic an Act of God for Purposes of Allowing You to Get Out of Your Contractual Obligations (PK Law)
MSBA member firm PK Law discusses COVID-19 and force majeure clauses.
- Coronavirus may trigger ‘force majeure’ clauses in contracts, attorneys say (TDR)
Matthew Esworthy addresses coronavirus and force majeure clauses in contracts.
- U.S. Senate Passes the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (PK Law)
Adam Kostas and Paul Finamore summarize the emergency paid sick leave act and the emergency family medical leave expansion act.
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019
This U.S. Small Business Association guide includes economic injury disaster loan program information, guidance for businesses and employers, links to resources, government contracts, and local assistance directories.
- Clio’s $1 Million COVID-19 Legal Relief Initiative (Clio)
Learn more about Clio’s $1 million Legal Relief Initiative, open to the entire legal industry, to create business continuity and peace of mind for you and your law firm.
- How the Coronavirus is Creating Opportunity for In-House Lawyers
Jack McDouall of Major, Lindsey, and Africa describes how in-house attorneys have had to handle numerous legal issues in response to COVID-19.
- Law Firms Step In To Help Businesses Transition As Virus Spreads (Maryland Daily Record)
- Thomson Reuters Global Coronavirus Toolkit
Curated information regarding legal issues during COVID. Includes information on continuity planning, contracts, and the ever-changing impact on state and federal courts
- How a Novel Virus Is Raising Novel Issues for Attorneys
Attorneys speak about unique legal and constitutional issues cropping up as COVID-19 spreads.
- Locked Down Lawyers Warned Alexa Hearing Confidential Calls
Concerns about confidentiality of attorney-client communications with Alexa.
- BigLaw Firms Close or Require Remote Work
Updates on large law firms in light of COVID-19.
- Mandatory Closures Have Firms Confused and Scrambling
Some recent local and state government orders have been unclear as to whether law firms are still allowed to operate the skeleton crews for maintaining basic business functions.
- How BigLaw Can Support Parents During Social Distancing
Aebra Coe shares how law firms can support the challenges attorneys are facing given social distancing.
- Notary Online? Just Video and Sign
Above the Law describes a New York Order that permits video notarization.
- Remote Notarization: What You Need to Know (Notary Bulletin)
A summary of the remote notarization process and a list of states that implement remote notaries.
- Seated Launches Restaurant Help Hotline
FSR Magazine shares how leading law firms in the hospitality industry have launched a help hotline to assist restaurants suffering as a result of COVID-19.
- General Counsel Advising in Unfamiliar Areas – Collaboration is Key (Bloomberg)
Olga Mack provides tips on how to build an environment conducive to meaningful collaboration with those who can provide the expertise, data, and resources needed.
- Maryland Relief Measures for Small Businesses (Frost Law)
On March 23, 2020, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced several new multi-million-dollar grants and loans aimed at providing much needed relief for small businesses.
- Billable Hour Expectations Remain the Same, Though Work Volume is Tending Lower (ABAJournal)
Debra Cassens Weiss describes an online survey regarding billable hours and work volume during the COVID-19 emergency.
- Is an Employee With COVID Disabled? (Zuckerman)
Jason Knott discusses guidance for firms on handling employees infected with COVID-19.
- An American Health Care Lawyer’s Perspective on the Emergence of COVID-19 (ABA Journal)
Derick Blakely discusses the spread of COVID-19 and how lawyers can help.
- New DOL Guidance Includes Amnesty for Virus Law Violators (Law360)
Braden Campbell summaries new DOL guidance on the emergency sick leave law.
- SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (DLA Piper)
MSBA member firm DLA Piper provides information on loan assistance for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
- President Trump Declares Major Disaster in Maryland Due to Coronavirus, Releasing Funds After Request from Gov. Hogan (Baltimore Sun)
- Trump Signs $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package into Law (The Guardian)
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers (Department of Labor)
- F.A.Q. on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment and the Coronavirus Plan (New York Times)
Answers to common questions about what’s in the $2 trillion economic relief bill.
- Major Consumer Protections Announced in Response to COVID-19 (National Consumer Law Center)
This comprehensive article from NCLC will be updated as developments warrant, and lists actions Congress, governors, federal and state agencies, and businesses are taking to protect consumers in light of the COVID-19 epidemic.
- CARES: Paycheck Protection Program Loans to Help Small Businesses (Frost Law)
Learn more about the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to permit small businesses, nonprofits, and individuals to obtain loans through CARES provisions.
- Small Business Administration’s Forgivable Loan Program
An update on SBA’s forgivable loan program with links for resources to apply.
- Coronavirus: Tax, Business, and Other Legal Resources (Frost Law)
- Greater Baltimore Resources for Small Businesses Navigating Coronavirus Pandemic (Baltimore Business Journal)
- IRS Unveils New People First Initiative
IRS initiatives to provide immediate relief to help people facing uncertainty over taxes related to COVID-19.
- IRS Filing and Payment Deadlines Questions and Answers
IRS answers frequently asked questions related to payment relief and extensions due to COVID-19.
- Tax Day Now July 15
IRS update on extension of filing deadlines for federal taxes.
- Maryland COVID-19 Information for Business
Updated COVID-19 information from the state for Maryland businesses, including business closures and restriction information, financial assistance and taxes, employer and work assistance, licensing and permitting, and enforcement information.
- Collected Wisdom on the Coronavirus Pandemic and 401k Plans (401khelpcenter.com)
This page gathers relevant information and coverage related to coronavirus and 401k plans.
- Worried About Market Volatility? 5 Things to Consider (Prudential)
Tips to help you manage expectations in this time of market volatility.
- Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 Response Site (AON)
Aon’s Infectious Disease Response Task Force has established this robust resource site to support organizations in mounting effective pandemic response, and in planning for impacts that may confront businesses, their employees, and the communities in which businesses operate and employees reside.
- Property and Coronavirus (COVID-19): Is My Business Covered? (AICPA)
Property: Examples of potential exposures include costs to close and sanitize a workplace and business interruption costs.
- Impact of Coronavirus in U.S. Casualty Claims (AICPA)
Worker’s Compensation: Examples of exposures include claims alleging that COVID-19 was contracted through work.
- Client Alert: The Coronavirus – D&O, EPL, and Wage and Hour Insurance (AICPA)
Directors’ and Officers’ and Employment Practices Liability concerns, including breach of fiduciary duty, alleged violation of employment discrimination laws or ordinances, recovery of lost wages and benefits and other compensatory damages.
- Cyber Risk Implications of the Coronavirus Outbreak (AICPA)
Cyber liability: Professional service workers are working from home due to COVID-19. Read about how cyber risks are likely to be elevated both due to the risk of inadvertent violations of privacy laws and the intentional acts of bad actors.
- Remote Court Capabilities Become Paramount in Coronavirus Pandemic (TDR)
Impact of remote technology in Maryland proceedings.
- Technical Difficulties: Courts Face COVID-19 Learning Curve (Law 360)
Erin Coe describes technical glitches and challenges courts face as they adapt to remote proceedings.
- 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges (Rosenberg Martin Greenberg)
M. Ari Storch describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on current and future real estate transactions and federal tax deadlines.
- Maryland Realtors – Updates Regarding COVID-19 Business Impacts (Maryland Association of Realtors Blog)
Local Emergency Relief Funds for Nonprofits (from Citrin Cooperman):
- The Baltimore Community Foundation: COVID-19 Evolving Community Needs Fund: Created to enable rapid response to the coronavirus pandemic on the region’s communities workforce, and vulnerable populations.
- Greater Washington Community Foundation: COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund: Designed to support emergency preparedness and response efforts, and to help mitigate the impact on disproportionately affected communities in our region. The fund will be focused on addressing lost wages, relief for small business workers, expanding access to medical services, and meeting the unique needs of people experiencing homelessness, among other needs
- Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund: The $50 million fund will provide grants up to $10,000 for businesses and nonprofits with up to 50 employees. Grant assistance is intended to provide interim relief complementing actions with its bank, business interruption insurance, and financial partners.
- The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund: The Fund’s focus will be to help communities who are disproportionately impacted by the virus and its economic consequences. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials, as COVID-19 is a public health issue, and as such, funding decisions will be made in consultation with them across our entire service area in Northern Virginia.