PPP Second Draw Loans

by Aman Badyal, Andrew D. McCarthy

In December 2020, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the CAA).

In total, the CAA provides $900 billion in COVID relief, including $284 billion for additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for new borrowers and “second draw” loans for existing borrowers.

The eligibility requirements for a “second draw” PPP loan (PPP2 Loan) are as follows:

1) The borrower must spend the full amount of the first PPP loan before receiving the PPP2 Loan.

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COVID Relief Bill: PPP-Paid Expenses Are Deductible (Updated 12/28/2020)

by Andrew D. McCarthy

This past Monday, December 21, a $900 billion pandemic relief bill came out of the U.S. House and Senate. It is called the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. If President Trump signs it, it will become law. Weighing in at 5,593 pages in length, it addresses many areas, including vaccines, education, childcare, jobless benefits, energy, and national security.

Part of the bill is the COVID-Related Tax Relief Act of 2020 (COVIDTRA).

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Mandatory Vaccines in the Workplace? New EEOC Guidance Regarding What Employers Can Do

by Ryan E. Abernethy
The Labor & Employment Law Blog

The FDA’s rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations has given hope to many employers that we may finally be witnessing the horizon of the pandemic. But this good news comes with a few side-effects, including the question of whether employers can require, or even encourage, their employees to get vaccinated.

To that end, on December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance regarding the COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace and the interplay with other employment laws.

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Newsom Signs Executive Order Modifying CalOSHA's Emergency Temporary COVID-19 Regulations

by Lizbeth (Beth) V. West
The Labor & Employment Law Blog

On December 14, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-84-20 which, among other things, modified CalOSHA’s emergency COVID-19 regulations.

Background.

On November 30, 2020, CalOSHA’s emergency temporary regulations concerning COVID-19 prevention in places of employment (ETS) went into effect.  Among other requirements, the ETS directed employers to exclude from the workplace for 14 days those employees who have been exposed to COVID-19, reflecting the then-current guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on quarantining after being exposed to COVID-19.

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WEBINAR: Employment Law Update 2020/2021 - Part I & Part II

Summary of Program

If you attended our webinar on December 9, 2020, you know that members of our Labor and Employment Group provided an overview of a number of new laws that go into effect starting January 1, 2021.

THERE IS MORE!  Join our attorneys for our annual Employment Law Update where they discuss important legal developments from 2020 and review a number of new employment laws and relevant court cases impacting employers in 2021.

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Lukas Clary in The Sacramento Bee: A COVID Vaccine is On The Way. Will Employers Require Their Workers Get The Shot?

Sacramento Bee reporter Darrell Smith spoke with labor and employment attorney Lukas Clary for his article on the coming COVID vaccines and whether employers might require their workers to get vaccinated.

With a look at past precedent — H1N1 — we can conclude that an employer will be able to require a vaccination as a condition of employment,” said Lukas Clary, an employment law attorney at Sacramento firm Weintraub Tobin.

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Josh Escovedo in the Sacramento Business Journal: An Attorney's Take on Enforcing Covid-19 Rules

Real estate litigation attorney Josh Escovedo is quoted in the Sacramento Business Journal on his take on the inconsistencies and difficulties of enforcing Covid-19 restrictions relating to businesses.

Government must find a balance between enforcing its rules and protecting the livelihood of small businesses, which can be a difficult position, Escovedo said. 

Read the full article here.

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A Deeper Dive into the New Cal/OSHA Temporary Emergency Standards for COVID-19 Prevention

by Shauna N. Correia
The Labor & Employment Law Blog

As we wrote on December 3, 2020, an emergency COVID-19 rule was adopted and approved by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board. The regulation contains significant new requirements including a mandatory written “COVID-19 Prevention Program,” paid time off in certain circumstances when a “COVID-19 case” is excluded from the workplace, notice and training requirements, and requires that employers offer testing in some situations.

The emergency standards will remain in effect for 180 days unless renewed,

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California Announces New Regional Stay Home Order

by Meagan D. Bainbridge
The Labor & Employment Law Blog

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