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CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE PAGE

We are all impacted by the rapidly evolving Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

We are here for you and have the ability to share legal topics with our valued clients,  businessesmunicipalitiesnonprofits, and families that are interested in keeping apprised of these ever changing laws and regulations.

We are updating this resource page as often as possible so you can feel confident that you are seeing the most accurate and up-to-date content.  We encourage you to check back frequently.

COVID and What Businesses Need to Know

MUNICIPAL PUBLIC MEETINGS:  We released an article on holding a municipal public board meeting in compliance with Executive Order 202.1.  Click here to read the article.  

WORKFORCE REDUCTION: The New York State Governor continues to issue updated Executive Orders (EO202.9) and has mandated businesses that rely on in-office personnel to decrease their in-office workforce by 100%.  Exemptions include shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions.  Civil fines will be applied for noncompliance.  Click here to read the Executive Orders.

AM  I SUBJECT TO WORKFORCE REDUCTION:  Empire State Development provides guidance for determining whether a business enterprise is subject to a workforce reduction.  Visit the Empire State Development here or Click here to read more. 

SHARED WORK PROGRAM OPTION FOR EMPLOYERS:  Employers considering their options during the COVID-19 crisis should explore the New York State Department of Labor Shared Work Program.  Employees can be engaged part-time and receive partial unemployment benefits for time not worked. A written plan must be submitted to the Department of Labor for approval. For now, they are responding quickly. Further information can be found herehttps://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/employerinfo/shared-work-program.shtm

PAID FAMILY LEAVE:  On March 18,  2020, New York State passed an emergency law that extended paid leave and additional employment protections and benefits immediately to an employee who is involuntarily quarantined in connection with COVID-19.  Click here for more information on this initiative. You can also call the Paid Family Leave Helpline at (844) 337-6303.

ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN:  The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration for New York State on March 19, 2020.  This program offers low-interest federal disaster loans to provide working capital for small businesses and private, non-profit organization that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19.  Click here for more information.  Click here for the SBA Fact Sheet.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Paycheck Protection Program will likely be one of the more popular programs included in the federal stimulus bill that was just signed into law. Congress wants to help small business employers maintain high employment by offering loans from Small Business Administration (SBA) lenders that can be used to meet payroll costs and other expenses of staying open for business.  One key provision of the Program allows loans to be forgiven if various conditions are met.  Click here for more information.

ORANGE AND SULLIVAN COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND:  The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan has established a fund to support services for our most vulnerable populations – and can provide necessities like food for needy families and prescription drug deliveries to homebound senior citizens and people with compromised immune systems. To learn more or click to Donate here.

CLEANING AND DISINFECTING: Click here to read the Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19 dated March 10, 2020. 

COVID and What Individuals and Families Need to Know

MORTGAGES:  The Department of Financial Services has issued a new directive to New York State mortgage services to provide 90-day mortgage relief to mortgage borrowers impacted by COVID-19.  This directive includes:  waiving mortgage payments based on financial hardship; no negative reporting to credit bureaus; grace period for loan modification; no late payment fees or online payment fees; and postponing or suspending foreclosures.  For more information, click here.

UNEMPLOYMENT:  Governor Cuomo signed the Executive Order waiving the 7-day waiting period for workers in shared work programs to claim unemployment insurance for those that have been put out of work by COVID-19.  Click here to file for unemployment.

NOTARIAL ACT :  On March 19, 2020 Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.7 authorizing any notarial act that is required under New York State law to be performed utilizing audio-video technology.  We are offering our clients free remote notary services.  Visit www.jacobowitz.com/blog page to see a more detailed article on this subject.

UTILITIES:  Major utilities will suspend service shutoffs to households during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Click here for more information.

PRICE GOUGING:  New Yorkers are urged to call (800) 697-1220 or complete a consumer complaint form to report unfair price increases of products such as household cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer amid the COVID-19 outbreak.  Click here to file a complaint.

TESTING:  Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.  Contact your local health departments (in Orange County (845) 291-2332, in Sullivan County (845) 794-2045 For more information, visit the Orange County Health Department website page on Coronavirus at www.orangecountygov.com; or visit the Sullivan County Health Department website page at www.sullivanhealth.org

SCHOOLS:  The Governor has directed all schools in New York State to close March 18, 2020 – April 15, 2020.

TAXES: This year’s federal and New York State income tax filing deadlines have been extended from April 15 to July 15.  Each taxpayer and business will have until July 15 to file and make payments without interest and penalties.

MENTAL HEALTH HOTLINE FOR NEW YORKERS:  For free emotional support, consultation and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314.

BEWARE COVID-19 CHARITABLE DONATION FRAUD:  As we all struggle through the COVID-19 health crisis, there is little doubt that in due course Americans will open their wallets to help those in need. We are a very charitable society and give billions of dollars each year to a wide range of charitable organizations. Click here for more information.

ESTATE PLANNING AND COVID-19:  One thing many people are thinking about these days is estate planning.  With remote capabilities, we are available to meet using telephone and video conferencing.  Here is an article on this subject.

PRO’S AND CON’S OF BANKRUPTCY CHAPTER 7 DURING COVID-19:  With many families already struggling to pay their bills, the Coronavirus pandemic is likely to result in a record high number of bankruptcy filings.  Click here to read the pro’s and con’s.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

COVID-19 Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the Cares Act

This is not intended to be legal advice.  You should contact an attorney for advice regarding your specific situation.  

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Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP is a full-service law firm with 20 attorneys practicing in over 30 areas of law. We serve Orange and Sullivan Counties along with other communities throughout the Hudson Valley.

We can be reached by calling (845) 764-9656 and by email.

 

 

 

 

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