[HEALTH PROVIDER LIABILITY] The recently-approved Oklahoma Senate Bill 300 grants civil liability protection to health providers through October 2020 in the event of loss or harm to a person at a facility where suspected or confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses exist, with some exceptions.
[EMPLOYMENT LAW] Post-Pandemic Workplace Safety Guide – Based on OSHA guidance and the inevitable surge of litigation in the post-pandemic US, employers should act now to both protect their employees and minimize potential liability. Before employees return to the workplace, employers should do this:
By Cassity B. Gies & Sajani “Ann” Zachariah This article originally appeared in the FEB 2020 Oklahoma Bar Journal. Being the spouse of a United States citizen is the most common way to attain lawful permanent resident status, informally referred to as “getting a green card.” Each year, the United States Citizen and Immigration Services […]
[INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS] This article is geared towards businesses that regularly use independent contractors who may file claims for unemployment insurance benefits—discussing the risks involved and how businesses can mitigate those risks.
[PPP Loans] Treasury’s May 5 guidance update extends PPP repayment date for the safe harbor to May 14. Initially, the repayment date was May 7. Click through for details.
[PPP Loans] Treasury: Laid-off employees will be excluded from the forgiveness reduction calculation so long as the borrower made a good faith, written offer of rehire and the employee’s rejection of the offer is documented.
[EMPLOYMENT LAW] Phillips Murrah Director Kathy Terry presented an in-depth labor and employment videoconference about changes to employment rules resulting from new COVID-19-related federal legislation to the Oklahoma Petroleum Alliance.
[PPP LOANS UPDATE] On Tuesday, April 21, the Senate approved a $484 billion bill, allocating an additional $310 billion in funds to the Small Business Association’s Paycheck Protection Program, whose original funds were depleted after only one week.
[EMPLOYMENT LAW] How do businesses handle risk when filing unemployment insurance benefits claims for independent contractors?
[ENERGY] Oklahoma utility demand peaks are down, and a clear indication of how the coming months will affect the Oklahoma energy industry has yet to reveal itself. Phillips Murrah Attorney Jim Roth is quoted in the Oklahoman newspaper.
[CONSTRUCTION LAW] Given the uncertain economic times and the potential delays for projects, the risk of bankruptcy is high. It is more important than ever to protect your rights to payment or to completed, timely projects without additional costs. Communicate up and down the chain and act quickly to ensure, to the extent possible, that your rights are protected.
[EQUINE LAW] Horse management facilities are designated as critical infrastructure businesses in Oklahoma. Manage risk by implementing best practices guidelines for preventing COVID-19 spread, communicate barn rules & implement stable liability waivers.
[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.
Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on April 2, 2020. This Gavel to Gavel column is a summary of our full-length Q&A on Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs. By Phillips Murrah Director Alison J. Cross and Attorney Kara K. Laster On March 27, Congress passed […]
[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: