COVID-19

03.01.2022 | Podcasts

Legal Judg(e)ments Podcast, Episode 9, Who Decides?

In discussing Avila v. Boston Public Health Commission, Bob and Jordana Greenman talk about whether Boston’s eviction moratorium violates “due process of law” and how campaign rhetoric may have led to the implementation of this law. Visit www.legaljudgements.com for more information and to listen to the entire season. Read More

11.08.2021 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

Federal Appeals Court Halts Vaccine Mandate

On Saturday, November 6, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit temporarily blocked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). See Bernkopf Goodman’s Client Alert for more information on the ETS. The federal appeals court held the ETS,… Read More

11.04.2021 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

OSHA Vaccine Mandate Released

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a temporary emergency COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). Effective January 4, 2022, employees of private businesses with 100 or more employees, including part-time employees, will be required to either be fully vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. Read More

10.15.2021 | Podcasts

Legal Judg(e)ments Podcast, Episode 1: The Pandemic Comes to Court

Bernkopf Goodman partner Robert Stetson is joined by Andrea Martin to discuss her groundbreaking case of UMNV 205 – 207 Newbury LLC v. Caffe Nero Americas, Inc. They also discuss how swimming led to this momentous application of the doctrine of frustration of purpose in the middle of a pandemic. Read More

01.20.2021 | Client Alerts

Latest CARES Act Includes Significant, Albeit Temporary, Provisions to the Bankruptcy Code Affecting Commercial Landlords, Tenants and Suppliers

On December 27, 2020, the second CARES Act was signed into law, providing an additional $900 billion in pandemic relief. Less publicized are several changes the Act made to the United States Bankruptcy Code that are applicable to commercial landlords, tenants, and suppliers. A summary of these changes follows: Altered… Read More

01.11.2021 | Client Alerts

PPP Loans and Taxes

The CARES Act provided that PPP loan funds that are forgiven will not be included in gross income for tax purposes (contrary to the general tax rule that forgiveness of indebtedness is included in a taxpayer’s gross income). The $900 Billion COVID-19 Relief Bill that became law in late December… Read More

01.05.2021 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

Small Business Relief Program: Massachusetts Relief Available for Small Businesses Including Restaurants and Bars

Governor Baker has targeted small businesses in Massachusetts since October 2020 with the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation’s initial funding, but previous stimulus money and budget allocations were insufficient to keep up with the need. Effective immediately, Governor Baker is now allocating more funds to help restaurants, bars, and other small… Read More

11.13.2020 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

Limited Time for Boston Businesses to Apply for $6 Million in Grants

Mayor Marty Walsh has announced three new funds to distribute $6 million of federal aid to small Boston businesses, but the deadline to apply is one week away. This welcomed aid from the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development is designed to provide rent relief to small businesses, grants to minority-,… Read More

08.13.2020 | Client Alerts | Covid-19

If You’re a Small Boston Business, Don’t Forget the Reopen Boston Fund

If you’re a small business that must physically engage closely with the public through a direct service and have 25 or fewer employees with a brick and mortar space in the City of Boston (excluding chain or corporate franchises), you may be eligible for a grant. The Reopen Boston… Read More

07.30.2020 | Covid-19 | Publications

Benefits of Captives: They Can Insure Against Pandemics

This article was originally published on the Boston Business Journal’s website.  View the article here. What do the overwhelming majority of Fortune 500 companies have in common? They are in the insurance business and have created wholly-owned insurance companies, referred to as “captives,” to insure risk. Many small and… Read More