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COVID-19: A Resource Guide

the Waller COVID-19 Resource Guide

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed our daily lives and left us with more questions than answers. While nothing can replace a conversation with your trusted partner, Waller’s Resource Guide is designed to answer basic questions, while also addressing longer-term concerns that may not be on your radar yet. Please browse our content, use our search bar or click here to download our complete coronavirus article list.

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Trick or treat: Beware who comes knocking at your network door

Cyber-criminals see the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity for healthcare-targeted ransomware attacks.

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How Tennessee COVID-19 liability legislation protects companies, workers, economy

A deeper look at COVID-19 liability legislation in Tennessee, and what it means for your business.

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SBA issues guidance to PPP lenders for change of ownership transactions

Parties have struggled with how to address outstanding PPP loans in the context of the sale of the business.

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Providers get more time to repay COVID relief

Repayment terms relaxed for COVID-19 Medicare loans.

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You've got the PPP funds - now what?

There is reason to be optimistic for recipients of PPP funds who are using the funds as intended.

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DOL issues updated and revised regulations for the Families First Act

The Department of Labor made some important changes, particularly for employers who provide healthcare services.

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Tennessee enacts COVID-19 Recovery Act

Tennessee COVID-19 Recovery Act provides liability protection from claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Office of the future: COVID-19 is changing how and where we work

The COVID-19 is having a transformational impact on American workplaces, and that has short- and long-term consequences.

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Physician Practice M&A: a pandemic-inspired 6-step checklist for sellers

As healthcare providers pursue transactions during and in the wake of COVID-19, both buyers and targets should prepare for heightened scrutiny.

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Executive Order expands telehealth benefits beyond COVID-19

Telehealth use has skyrocketed during COVID-19, extending a lifeline to patients amid stay-at-home orders, and the revolution is here to stay.

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The looming deadline: Healthcare providers’ repayment of Accelerated and Advance Payment Program loans

CMS’ AAP loans have been a lifeline for healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, but repayment is due soon.

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What employers need to know about employee benefits in today's economy

Given the current environment, employers that sponsor benefit plans are under a unique set of pressures and opportunities

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Virginia enacts COVID-19 occupational safety rules

Virginia is now the first state to enact mandatory occupational safety standards regarding COVID-19.

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Could telehealth expansion have bipartisan support?

Senators ask HHS, CMS for telehealth expansion timeline and details.

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Home health visits via telehealth may become permanent

The accelerated use of telehealth in response to the pandemic has been remarkable. Will it last?

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Tennessee healthcare providers given limited liability protection amid COVID-19 pandemic

A new Tennessee executive order provides healthcare providers with limited protection against liability for their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Baird shares insights on dental practice M&A and due diligence

Dealmakers discuss the dental space and what both providers and investors can expect as it relates to M&A activity and due diligence.

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Baird shares insights on Physician Practice Management M&A and due diligence

What providers and investors can expect as it relates to M&A activity and due diligence in the coming months

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Executive Order suspends entry for certain temporary worker visas

President Trump signed an Executive Order that suspends the issuance of non-immigrant visas in several key categories.

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5 ways healthcare REIT sector will change because of COVID-19

Here are five trends that may generate long-term changes in the healthcare REIT world.

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HHS portal opens for dentists to request COVID-19 provider relief funds

HHS has announced how dentists who bill Medicaid can now access a $15 billion Provider Relief Fund.

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OSHA issues new guidance ramping up enforcement related to COVID-19

OSHA has issued new guidance expanding employers’ reporting requirements related to COVID illnesses.

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New law provides significant reforms, flexibility for PPP borrowers

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act makes several important changes for PPP borrowers.

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Economic downturn and COVID-19 leaves some hospitals fiscally vulnerable

As the nation’s healthcare industry grapples with the impact of the first wave of COVID-19, many hospitals are facing fiscal pressure.

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Skilled nursing facilities gain access to $5B in stimulus funds

SNFs have served as the epicenter of the nation's COVID-19 pandemic in many states.

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SEC reportedly investigating public company recipients of PPP funds

Investigators are comparing statements from public companies with information submitted during the application process.

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Protect your employers, your customers - and your brand

Safety is paramount, but protecting your brand as you reopen your business is also important.

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FAQ: Employers should plan for reopening

Businesses should develop a reopening plan and communicate new expectations before employees return.

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Legislation would protect businesses from COVID-19 claims

Waller is working to enact critical liability protections as Tennessee emerges from the COVID-19 crisis.

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Interest rates for estate planning at all-time lows

The IRS recently released the June 2020 interest rates used for estate planning purposes. These rates are even lower than last month’s rates, which were already at all-...

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The future of healthcare services M&A amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Healthcare M&A was off to a healthy start early in 2020 but that activity came to a halt in March and April.

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Temporary policy changes for J-1 waiver physicians

USCIS introduced temporary policies for H-1B-sponsored physicians completing J-1 waiver service requirements

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USPTO further extends deadlines in response to COVID-19

USPTO has provided another extension for patent and trademark applications delayed by the COVID-19 crisis.

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Landlords, developers, tenants evaluate 'Force Majeure,' other contract concerns

COVID-19 has created a great deal of uncertainly for commercial real estate landlords, owners and tenants alike.

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As expected, IRS provides REIT relief

Offering relief to cash-strapped REITs, the IRS modified the safe harbor requirement for stock-cash dividends.

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SEC issues temporary crowdfunding rules amendment

The SEC announced a temporary amendment to expedite securities offerings for smaller companies.

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HHS defines formula for providers to determine their “fair share” of $50B fund

The $50 billion is designed to help struggling healthcare providers.

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Businesses in many industries could face bankruptcies amid pandemic

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and stay at home orders are putting pressure on a variety of industries.

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Taxpayers get one shot at changing QIP depreciation

IRS Revenue Procedure lets taxpayers change depreciation on qualified improvement property (QIP).

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Keeping employees safe at work: An employer's guide

This episode offers practical tips for companies as they help employees, customers and clients stay safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Remaining Tennessee counties issue reopening plans

Five Tennessee counties have announced their plans to begin a phased reopening of non-essential businesses.

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How dental practices are dealing with COVID-19 fallout

Like many areas of healthcare, the dental industry has come nearly to a halt for all non-essential or emergent procedures.

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$20B in additional funds released to providers as part of CARES Act

The new funding round is intended to compensate providers with higher non-Medicare revenues.

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Managing FTEs: Perspectives from communications and law

In this podcast interview, Jesse Neil describes the staffing decisions healthcare providers are facing.

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Commercial real estate feels the impact of pandemic

Bo Campbell discusses the potential short and long-term impact of the pandemic on the real estate industry.

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Nashville’s roadmap for reopening

Nashville’s Roadmap for Reopening, a 4-phase plan to restart the city’s economy.

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Executive Order suspends immigration temporarily

Executive Order suspending immigration does not impact sponsored workers currently in the United States.

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SEC provides temporary relief from form ID notarization requirements, extends crowdfunding filing deadlines

The SEC has issued many orders providing regulatory relief for certain publicly traded company filing obligations.

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SEC updates Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations

SEC clarifies that 45-day extension also applies to proxy statements containing Part III information.

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COVID-19 and an economic downturn hit not-for-profit hospitals

Many not-for-profit hospitals have faced economic struggles in recent years, but nothing quite like the combined impact of the COVID-19 epidemic and the looming economic...

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HHS-OIG adjusts enforcement priorities during COVID-19 pandemic

Federal regulators are working to support healthcare providers and to assist with providing care to patients.

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CMS issues guidelines for resuming elective procedures

CMS published guidance for reopening facilities to provide elective procedures or "non-COVID-19 healthcare.”

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Real world ethics in the era of the coronavirus (COVID-19)

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, there will certainly be many issues that raise ethical concerns.

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Key issues to address before reopening after coronavirus closure

Employers are asking key questions: What do we do to get ready and how do we do so without jeopardizing safety?

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Provider reporting regs for Relief Fund payments

The $100 billion CARES Act Emergency Fund provides funding to healthcare providers responding to COVID-19.

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COVID-19 brings telehealth services in the spotlight

Telehealth has been slowly gaining traction, but the coronavirus has given it a chance to shine. Will it stick?

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IRS lets taxpayers change horses mid-pandemic

Companies may realize significant tax advantages by taking back once irrevocable elections.

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COVID-19 may lead to non-cash distributions for REITs

Options for REITs to satisfy annual distribution requirements in the face of a COVID-19 cash flow crisis.

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Risk management for healthcare providers in the coronavirus era

Insights about risk and crisis management for healthcare providers in the age of COVID-19.

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Key impacts of COVID-19, CARES on benefit plan sponsors

Learn how COVID-19 and the CARES Act are impacting benefit plan sponsors and their offerings.

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NYSE and Nasdaq provide temporary relief

The NYSE and Nasdaq move to reduce market uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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USPTO extends some patent and trademark deadlines

USPTO provides more time to file certain patent and trademark documents and pay specific fees.

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How Nashville nonprofits can benefit from CARES Act relief

What nonprofit organizations need to know about the CARES Act relief package.

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Tips for prisoner release requests during pandemic

Learn what two factors recently increased the opportunity for compassionate release of federal prisoners.

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HHS begins issuing $30B to providers in midst of COVID-19 pandemic

Further guidance and specifics should be released early next week.

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CMS adjusts "under arrangements"

CMS posts interim final rule in response to COVID-19 public health emergency

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Retrospective tax break for partnerships

Partnerships may amend their 2018 and 2019 tax returns under CARES Act changes and technical corrections

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Business interruption insurance and COVID-19

Business interruption insurance in the coronavirus era can be a confusing topic for many companies.

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Action items for qualified retirement plan sponsors

Under the CARES Act, retirement plan sponsors may allow participants to access retirement accounts now.

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IRS addresses Families First Act tax credits

IRS guidance on tax credits for employers established by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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CARES Act encourages flexible terms with mortgage holders

Part of the CARES Act creates a forbearance program for federally-backed mortgage loans.

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CMS releases guidance for temporary ASC-to-hospital conversions

The goal is to ensure that local hospitals and health systems have the capacity to handle a potential surge of COVID-19 patients.

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Regulators approve greater flexibility with CBLR requirements

Banks not initially meeting the CBLR framework would be allowed to transition gradually over the next two years.

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OCR issues cyber-security and scam alerts amid coronavirus

Criminals are taking advantage of relaxed HIPAA enforcement and teleworking to access confidential information.

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Expanding behavioral care options with telehealth

CMS and SAMHSA are working to expand access to behavioral care services during the COVID-19 pandemic

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$100 Billion earmarked for uninsured care of COVID-19 patients

The CARES Act includes $100 billion for providers that provide diagnosis, testing or care for individuals with possible/actual cases of COVID-19.

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CARES ACT: SBA offers $350 billion boost to small businesses

The CARES Act, signed into law in late March, included nearly $350 billion in loans specifically for small businesses.

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DOL issues temporary FFCRA regulations

The most important takeaways highlights from the DOL regulations implementing FFCRA.

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FFCRA: A practical primer of what employers need to know

The DOL issued “temporary regulations” to interpret and enforce the landmark legislation passed by Congress.

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Going back to pre-coronavirus corporate governance? Think again.

For public companies, it likely won't be business-as-usual following the coronavirus epidemic.

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Healthcare providers can tap into $100 billion relief fund

Financial assistance is needed to support the healthcare industry’s fight against COVID-19.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Links and Resources

A list of important resources for healthcare operations related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Real world ethics considerations in the coronavirus era

These are extraordinary times, and as the pandemic unfolds, there will be a host of ethical dilemmas.

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Nonprofits can take advantage of relief offered through CARES Act

The CARES Act provides $2 trillion of relief for U.S. businesses and individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Waiting room: When doctor’s offices face the coronavirus

How are physician practices, dentists and others faring after seeing business grind to an epidemic-induced halt?

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How to document leave requests and tax credits under the FFRCA

While the Families First Act creates paid leave obligations for employers, companies are able to apply for relief through applicable tax credits.

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Financial checklist for commercial tenants

The checklist provides a step-by-step guide for commercial tenants seeking financial assistance.

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HHS issues blanket waivers of the Stark Law

Health and Human Services issued certain blanket waivers of the federal physician self-referral law.

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I have more than 500 employees - does the CARES Act help me?

The CARES Act includes $500 billion of emergency relief for eligible businesses, states and municipalities.

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CMS announces regulatory changes in COVID-19 fight

CMS announces temporary regulatory changes to give healthcare providers more tools to combat COVID-19.

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Delayed effective date for revised control framework under BHC Act

The delay will reduce operational burdens and enable banks to focus on conducting business in uncertain economic conditions.

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How insurers failure to exclude losses caused by COVID-19 impacts your coverage

Insurers had the ability to strengthen the exclusion from coverage losses caused by viruses. But not everyone did.

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Coronavirus: Treating patients with communication barriers

Even amid a pandemic, providers must still accommodate patients with communication barriers.

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Tennessee governor issues safer-at-home orders

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Orders No. 21 and No. 22 to further limit the spread of COVID-19

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COVID-19-related HR & Labor Law Considerations

Four Waller attorneys discuss COVID-19, its impact on businesses and implicated labor laws.

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Banking regulators offer flexibility with CECL accounting standard

The relief is intended to better enable banks to focus on supportive lending activities to creditworthy customers.

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Congress Responds: A coser look at the Families First and CARES Acts

PointByPoint explores the major federal stimulus packages related to the coronavirus and what it means for businesses.

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DOL issues extensive guidance on the Families First Act: FAQ

The Department of Labor has released extensive guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

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How to keep "zoom bombers" from ruining your next meeting

Zoom has unintentionally introduced the world to a new term: “Zoom Bombing." Here's how to protect your next call.

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CMS to make cash payments to healthcare providers now

CMS has issued guidance for accelerated payments to Medicare to Part A and Part B Providers.

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Navigating real estate leases in the coronavirus epidemic

What if companies now decide they do not need as much leased office space as previously believed?

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COVID-19 and non-compete agreements

Will COVID-19 change the way courts approach view non-compete agreements? We think it could.

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A role for rural hospitals in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Rural and community hospitals could fill a major gap in a healthcare system that will likely be overloaded, in varying degrees, for at least the next 18 months due to the...

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When civil authorities declare a COVID-19 state of emergency

[[embed1]]Many governmental authorities across the country have ordered “nonessential” businesses to shut down because of the COVID-19 crisis.  Many business owners...

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COVID-19: SEC issues new guidance

New SEC guidance encourages companies to focus on questions related to COVID-19 in upcoming disclosures.

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What is "critical and essential"?

Stay-at-home orders: What companies should know about justifying their exempt status.

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CARES Act includes $250 billion for unemployment benefits

Senate allocates $250 billion in unemployment benefits for workers directly impacted by COVID-19.

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SEC extends COVID-19 relief for issuers

The SEC extended the relief to cover SEC filings due on or before July 1, 2020.

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COVID-19 and your SEC disclosure obligations

Addressing the impact of the coronavirus-2019 pandemic on your company’s SEC reporting obligations

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What small businesses and lenders need to know about the SBA 7(a) loan program expansion

For businesses with fewer than 500 employees, the expansion will offer a lifeline for smaller companies.

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CMS announces new survey and enforcement priorities

CMS has changed its approach to physical inspections and enforcement activities during COVID-19 crisis.

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Observations on FinTech and COVID-19

Coronavirus has wide-ranging implications for financial technology and electronic transactions

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Employee benefits in the age of COVID-19

As COVID-19 changes the way we work, employers face new challenges with employee benefits.

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Executive Order waives certain Tennessee CON regulatory requirements

Tennessee has suspended some certificate of need requirements for hospital beds during the COVID-19 crisis

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Your SEC disclosure: what you need to know NOW

Regardless of the pandemic's impact, the SEC is placing a priority on accurate and timely information.

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Government poised for massive expansion of 7(a) loan program

A large-scale expansion of the SBA Section 7(a) Loan Program appears to have widespread bipartisan support.

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Expansion of telehealth as a solution in the COVID-19 emergency

CMS is making changes to improve and expand telehealth, but are these changes enough?

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How you can prepare your company for COVID-19 litigation

Prepare now: a flood of litigation could be coming related to the devastation left in the coronavirus' wake.

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Take your business from a reactive to proactive stance

What should you do most immediately to ensure the viability of your business?

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Government offers guidance on working with borrowers affected by COVID-19

The government has provided guidance to financial institutions that are working with borrowers affected by COVID-19.

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Business interruption insurance coverage in times of the coronavirus

There are still many unanswered questions about the impact of business interruption insurance.

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Companies can tap into payroll tax credits for coronavirus-related leave

Small and midsize employers can use two new refundable payroll tax credits for the cost of providing coronavirus-related leave to employees.

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CMS makes changes to provider enrollment in response to COVID-19

Provider enrollment for physicians and non-physician practitioners has been streamlined in response to COVID-19.

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Considering layoffs? CARES Act could offer a lifeline instead

Businesses covered by the CARES Act and who are planning to make large-scale layoffs might consider pressing pause.

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States, cities and counties locking down

Shelter-at-home and stay-at-home orders defining “essential services” have been issued in many states.

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COVID-19 FAQs for Healthcare Providers

As we are bombarded with news regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), healthcare workers are directly on the front lines.

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Nashville issues safer-at-home order; asks non-essential businesses to close

The Metro Public Health Department has issued a Safer at Home Order, beginning midnight Sunday.

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Digging deeper into the Families First Act: FAQ for employers

Here are answers to some of the frequently asked questions regarding the new Families First Act.

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Families First Act – Layoffs and furloughs FAQ

This Q-and-A helps employers protect their company, retain workforce and get back to work as soon as possible.

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Providers press for financial assistance from federal government

National provider associations have urged the federal government to protect healthcare entities from financial losses.

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Delays loom at construction sites

Waller's Chris Dunn agrees, construction and development projects will see delays due to coronavirus.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQ for employers

As employers, you've got questions about the Families First Act. This FAQ is designed to help you.

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What the Families First Coronavirus Response Act means for you

The proposed bill includes many emergency measures to address COVID-19.

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California suspends WARN Act in wake of coronavirus

California suspended the requirements of the WARN Act in the wake of business disruptions caused by the coronavirus.

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EEOC issues ADA guidance on coronavirus

The EEOC has issued guidelines to help employers avoid violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): The role of healthcare employers

Healthcare employees are currently the most likely to be exposed to the disease in the United States.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Occupational Safety and Health Administration FAQ

OSHA has endorsed the interim guidance issued by the CDC as procedures for dealing with the threat from COVID-19.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Healthcare Employers FAQ

While OSHA has said “most are not at significant risk,” it has identified industries that may be at an elevated risk.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Changes support diagnosis, treatment

There are operational steps that can encourage prompt diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of COVID-19.

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An employee has tested positive for COVID-19: Now what?

It may not be a question of “if” an employee will test positive for COVID-19, but “when.”

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Public companies may consider virtual annual meetings

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, public companies may consider virtual annual shareholder meetings.

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Wage and hour and payroll practices in the age of COVID-19

Employers are grappling with the new normal to balance how, where, and when their employees will work.

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Planning for furloughs, layoffs in response to COVID-19

Companies are assessing what impact the outbreak is likely to have on their business.

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Tennessee Department of Health criticized over policy

Tennessee is among states not releasing county data of coronavirus patients.

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Bob Boston discusses business impact of coronavirus

Some businesses are more prepared than others for possible crises.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Coworking with COVID-19

In this strange new world, what can employers do to protect their workers and businesses?

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): SEC issues dilatory relief for issuers

The SEC is offering regulatory relief for certain filing obligations as a result of the coronavirus.

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