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  NEW LAW PROTECTION FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES IN PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES In recognition of the essential role of public employees during this pandemic, New York State has adopted new legislation requiring public employers to plan for similar emergencies in the future. The New York State Labor Law has been amended by adding a new section (27-c)…

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CONGRESS EXTENDS PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM   Both houses of Congress have approved a bill making several material modifications to the popular Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). The President is expected to sign the bill into law very shortly. The 8-week “covered period” during which PPP funds can be spent can now be extended, at the borrower’s…

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PANDEMIC CHALLENGES FOR NONPROFITS Observers are predicting a challenging road ahead for many charitable nonprofits, especially those that rely on funding from state and local governments. Tax revenues are down and deficits are ballooning. It is widely expected that sooner or later, government funding of charitable nonprofits will be reduced or even eliminated. Private philanthropies…

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ORANGE COUNTY FUNDING CORPORATION LAUNCHES SMALL BUSINESS RESILIENCY LOAN The Orange County Funding Corporation, an entity affiliated with the Orange County Industrial Development Agency, has launched the Small Business Resiliency Loan program aimed at assisting small businesses located in Orange County, New York. Further information can be found here. A fund of $500,000 has been…

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SBA ISSUES PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM GUIDANCE FOR THE SELF EMPLOYED The Small Business Administration issued long-awaited guidance on April 14, 2020, as to how people with self-employment income can apply for benefits under the Paycheck Protection Program. This applies to sole proprietors and independent contractors who report their income on Schedule C of IRS Form…

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PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM UPDATES Sole Proprietors and Independent Contractors   The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the primary relief program for small businesses under the CARES Act, becomes available to sole proprietors and independent contractors on Friday, April 10. SBA lenders are supposed to begin accepting applications on that day. Until now, those lenders were only…

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THE CARES ACT PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM 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…

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CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE PAGE For the past several months, the firm has remained fully operational and continued to provide seamless, high quality legal services to our clients.  This was possible due to the firm’s historical investment in technology and its dedication to helping our clients achieve their goals ​in any circumstances.  Starting this week, our attorneys…

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Employer or Contractor? Are you an employer or a contractor with people who perform labor and services for you? Are those service providers your employees or independent contractors? The distinction makes a big difference for both insurance and tax reasons. A big battlefield is with respect to workers compensation insurance premiums and employee payroll taxes….

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Are You Aware Of The Human Rights Law Changes? In August, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation which advances the New York Human Rights Law. Provisions which will take effect October 11, 2019 (60 days after Governor Cuomo signature) include: Any harassment based on a protected characteristic that rises above “petty slights of trivial…

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