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Congress Authorizes Second Round of PPP Loans (“PPP2”) – How to Apply if You Already Have a PPP Loan

January 12, 2021

On December 27th, the President signed the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021” (H.R. 133) (the “Act”).  In the... Read more

SIGNIFICANT EMPLOYMENT RELATED PROVISIONS OF THE SECOND FEDERAL STIMULUS LEGISLATION, AND NEW CITY OF PITTSBURGH PAID LEAVE ORDINANCE

December 31, 2020
By Pam Connelly
Posted in Business Services, Employer-Employee Relations

The Second Federal Stimulus The second stimulus package passed by Congress in late December 2020 is over 5000 pages long.  Among other things, it contains... Read more

Tax Treatment of Expenses Paid with PPP Loans and EIDL Advances – Part 3

December 30, 2020

On December 27th, the President signed the “ Read more

Denied Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification? How to Appeal a WBE Denial Through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Counsel

December 30, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification could be a valuable tool to help your business access additional opportunities.  This blog post will cover the appeal process for WBE certifications through the... Read more

Eviction Moratoriums—A Light at the End of the Tunnel? It Depends.

December 8, 2020
By Robyn Eisen
Posted in Real Estate

With increased cases of COVID 19, most industries are holding their breath as to how these cases will continue to affect their businesses.  This is especially true for residential landlords.  Since this past March there has been a mix of federal... Read more

Tax Treatment of Expenses Paid with PPP Loans – Part 2

November 30, 2020

On November 18, the IRS, home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm1187, released supplemental guidance on the tax treatment of approved business... Read more

For Title IX and Athletics Professionals in Higher Education, One Less Moving Part

November 24, 2020

Year after year, the issue of sexual misconduct in violation of Title IX on college campuses continues to confront higher education leaders.  The topic is one on which innumerable individuals and special interest... Read more

When Your Disadvantaged Business Enterprise is No Longer Considered Economically Disadvantaged

November 13, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

If you are a woman (WBE) or minority (MBE) owned business, you may have obtained Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification as a way to boost your business through access to federally-funded projects with requirements and/or goals to... Read more

SBA Guidance – Treatment of PPP Loans in M&A Deals and Equity Purchases

November 6, 2020

Recently, the SBA issued Procedural Notice 5000-20057 (the “Guidelines”) [ Read more

HIPAA Breach by Aetna Results in $1,000,000 Payment to Resolve

October 29, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Health Law

On October 28, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”) announced that Aetna Life Insurance Company (and the affiliated covered entity, Aetna) agreed to pay $1,000,000 and enter into a corrective... Read more