Entries by Dave Rhea

FAQs: Impact of Covid-19 On Commercial Real Estate

[COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE] The impact of COVID-19 on the CRE industry is unprecedented. We have been asked a broad range of questions as a result of the pandemic, including: What if a tenant cannot pay rent? Are commercial transactions being closed? How are lenders and borrowers affected? Are Force Majeure clauses available? and more.

Tax Law Q&A: COVID-19 Tax Issues for Businesses

[TAX LAW] As part of FFRCA and the CARES Act, Congress made a number of favorable changes to the Tax Code that are beneficial to benefit both businesses and individuals.  Specifically with respect to businesses, the following provisions may be extremely helpful during the economic crisis stemming from COVID-19:

Employer Essentials Resource Package

[EMPLOYMENT LAW] Phillips Murrah has put together a flat-fee bundle of basic policies and guidance to help employers comply with the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (EMFLA), both of which are part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that goes into effect on April 1.

What are considered “essential services” in Oklahoma during COVID-19?

Due to the horrible effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has ordered that all businesses not identified as being within a critical infrastructure sector to close. Understandably, the order has a lot of Oklahomans wondering who and what falls into the category of being considered as a part of the critical […]

Court-ordered custody visitation issues during COVID-19 pandemic

[FAMILY LAW] For families dealing with a court-ordered visitation schedule due to divorce, paternity actions, guardianships, or otherwise, there was no clear direction on how they should continue with their current court-ordered visitation schedule that primarily revolved around start and stop dates correlating with the minor child(ren) school calendar.

Potential Legal Recourse for COVID-19 Losses

[BANKRUPTCY & RESTRUCTURING] The continuing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic is causing significant disruption to business operations. Recent restrictions on operations is likely to further cause various businesses to lack the financial capabilities to meet ongoing obligations.  Such business may have various contractual and legal rights that may serve to ease their financial pain.

(UPDATE Mar19) Emergency Coronavirus Response Bill: Employers Must Provide Paid Leave To Employees Impacted by COVID-19

[EMPLOYMENT LAW] On March 18, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law. It applies to all private employers with fewer than 500 employers.  Paid sick time will be permitted to employees regardless of tenure, while employees with at least 30 days on the job will be eligible for the amended FMLA leave connected to the coronavirus.

President Signs Amended Coronavirus Response Act Providing Paid Sick Leave to Eligible Employees

By Lauren Barghols Hanna On March 18, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law. It applies to all private employers with fewer than 500 employers.  Paid sick time will be permitted to employees regardless of tenure, while employees with at least 30 days on the job will be eligible for the […]

Can Employers Take an Employee’s Temperature and Other COVID-19 Questions

By Lauren Symcox Voth EEOC Publishes Guidance on Pandemic Preparedness The World Heath Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 an international pandemic and as a result the Federal, Local, and State governments have declared a state of emergency across the country. Employers have received guidance from multiple sources about what to do next.  In light of […]

House Sends Amended Coronavirus Response Act to Senate with Significantly Reduced Employee Paid Leave Protections – Vote Expected Today

By Lauren Barghols Hanna Late last evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, originally passed by the House on Saturday.  Although the amended bill was labeled as “technical corrections,” it makes broad substantive changes to the paid leave protections originally provided to employees. Some provisions […]

Emergency Coronavirus Response Bill: Employers Must Prepare for Potential Paid Leave Obligations

By Lauren Barghols Hanna As of publication, there are 167,517 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in 135 countries around the world, with the United States currently confirming more than 3,000 cases.  On Friday, President Trump declared a national state of emergency in response to this pandemic.  In response, […]

Emergency Coronavirus Response Bill: Brief Overview of Employer-Paid Sick Leave Obligations

By Lauren Barghols Hanna As of publication, there are 167,517 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in 135 countries around the world, with the United States currently confirming more than 3,000 cases.  On Friday, President Trump declared a national state of emergency.  In response, the Department of Labor issued […]

Animal lovers helping the Village Animal Shelter

By Thomas G. Wolfe, Managing Director of Phillips Murrah P.C.  I’m reaching out to you as a fellow animal lover to make you aware of The Village Animal Shelter and to ask for your help to make much-needed improvements on behalf of the animals that find themselves there. Early last summer, I read an article […]