Jan. 13, 2021

Paycheck Protection Program Round Two – Are You Eligible to Pursue a Second Loan?

On Monday, January 11, 2021, the U.S. Small Business Administration (the SBA) along with the Treasury Department re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for both new and existing borrowers. This article focuses on existing PPP borrowers and outlines the steps to take to apply for a second draw PPP loan. Business principals considering a PPP […]

Jan. 13, 2021

Paycheck Protection Program Round Two – Guidance for First-Time Applicants

On December 27, 2020, the Economic Aid Act was signed into law, which is intended to, among other things, continue providing assistance to companies and entrepreneurs whose businesses were adversely affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic. A key provision of the Economic Aid Act is an expansion of the already existing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). […]

Dec. 30, 2020

Brighter Days Ahead? The Latest Guidance for Employers on Vaccines and the Workplace

With the initial distribution of the first vaccines approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration currently underway, employers are increasingly concerned about the extent to which they may or must mandate employee vaccination. In tacit recognition of those concerns and the complexities associated with vaccinating the American workforce, the Equal Employment Opportunity […]

Nov. 20, 2020

Northampton County Reopened Its COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

Good news for small businesses. On November 20, 2020, the Northampton County COVID-19 Relief Small Business Grant Program re-opened and is currently accepting applications. Northampton County Council has approved this Grant Program, in partnership with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, that will distribute $1.3 million dollars of CARES Act Funds to Northampton County […]

Aug. 14, 2020

Maraleen D. Shields Named to Joint Task Force on Continuity of Delivery of Legal Services

Maraleen D. Shields, a shareholder in Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba’s Litigation and Healthcare practices was named to the Joint Task Force on Continuity of Delivery of Legal Services by Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) President David E. Schwager. Given the disparities in technological services across Pennsylvania’s counties, this 29-person task force is focused on creating recommendations […]

Jul. 23, 2020

SBA Procedural Notice for PPP Loan Forgiveness

On July 23, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a procedural notice to lenders participating in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) concerning the loan forgiveness application process. The notice informs lenders that beginning August 10, 2020, they may begin submitting forgiveness applications through an online platform. The notice states that the SBA intends to […]

Jul. 17, 2020

COVID-19 Hazard Pay Grant Program Available in PA

On July 16, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the availability of $50 million in grant funding to assist employers in providing hazard pay to employees performing life-sustaining jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The intent of the COVID-19 Hazard Pay Grant Program (Program) is to ensure that front-line employees in vital industries are able to […]

Jul. 16, 2020

What Governor Wolf’s Targeted Mitigation Efforts Mean for Pennsylvania Businesses

Rising COVID cases in counties across Pennsylvania led Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine to implement targeted mitigation efforts.  These efforts, which went into effect the morning of Thursday, July 16, 2020, reimpose limits on gatherings and reemphasize the importance of telecommuting.  Here is how the order breaks down: The food […]

Jul. 10, 2020

PPP Loan Updates – What Businesses Need To Know

On July 4, 2020, President Trump signed a new law extending the deadline for applying for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan to August 8, 2020. As the program was initially set to expire on June 30th, this extension provides potential borrowers additional time to access the program under its existing terms. Currently, it is […]

Jun. 24, 2020

Guidance for Businesses in Pennsylvania’s “Green Phase”

On June 26, 2020, twelve more counties in Pennsylvania (some of which were hit the hardest by COVID-19) will be moving into the “Green Phase” of Governor Tom Wolf’s process to reopen Pennsylvania. This means all counties, with the exception of Lebanon County, will be “Green.” The Green Phase is the third of three phases […]