Hinckley Allen is providing legal and strategic counsel to our clients in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. We are advising businesses across industries such as labor and employment, construction, health care, banking and financial services, real estate, and many other sectors affected.
Our lawyers are helping clients identify risks, establish and execute contingency plans and are offering guidance on the many legal and business issues they are facing such as:
- Labor & Employment issues
- Contractual obligations and dispute resolution
- Contract interruption and nonperformance issues
- Force majeure issues
- Small business loan assistance
- Insurance claims, coverage and exclusions
- Health Care
- Lease-related matters
- Tenant and customer defaults
- Loan workouts and modifications
- Bankruptcy concerns
- Privacy matters
- Anti-discrimination risks and allegations
- Securities regulation
- Federal and state legislation and regulations
- Supply interruption and supply chain management
The following is the most recent information from our attorneys, along with a variety of resources, to aid you and your business.
Guidance & Resources from Hinckley Allen
Labor & Employment
- Overview of the DOL Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (4/2)
- What You Need to Know About the CARES Act Employee Benefits-related Provisions (3/30)
- DOL Guidance Issued on Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (3/26)
- President Trump Signs Families First Coronavirus Relief Legislation into Law (3/19)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employment Updates by State (3/18)
- What Employers Should Consider in the Wake of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (3/6)
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions & Answers
- Business and Industry Organization of NH—COVID-19 Information & Resources for Employers
- Connecticut Executive Order 7H—Business Exemptions for Coronavirus
- Governor Cuomo Issues Guidance on Essential Services Under The ‘New York State on PAUSE’ Executive Order
Construction & Public Contracts
- State Legislatures Considering Bills to Extend Business Interruption Coverage for Coronavirus Losses
- How to Handle a Bankruptcy Filing By an Owner or Subcontractor
- Addressing & Mitigating the Impacts of COVID-19 on the Construction Industry
- Mitigate Project Impacts Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Quarantine as a Force Majeure Event
The health care infrastructure is threatened during these challenging times, and regulators are scrambling to provide relief. Our Health Care and Senior Living lawyers are keeping abreast of all the latest developments and can help guide you. We recommend that all providers and health and senior living employers continue to check regulatory sites for new developments and contact our attorneys.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Current Emergencies
- BBA Health Law Section—Resource Guide for Practitioners
- Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association: COVID-19
- New Hampshire Hospital Association: COVID-19 Outbreak Information
- Connecticut Hospital Association: COVID-19 Update Center
Corporate & Business
The Corporate & Business team is keeping abreast of all the latest COVID-19 developments and can help guide you. As you continue to navigate the significant disruptions to your industry, our attorneys are ready to assist.
- SBA Issues Interim Final Rule for Paycheck Protection Program: Key Takeaways for Your Loan Application
- Tax Breaks and Benefits for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
- Payroll Loans and Loan Forgiveness: New Relief Opportunities for Small Businesses under the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program
- Extension of April 15th Tax Payment and Filing Deadline in Response to COVID-19
Government Enforcement & White Collar Defense
With increasing frequency, law enforcement and regulatory agencies are investigating criminal, civil, and regulatory wrongdoing. The Government Enforcement & White Collar Defense team is keeping abreast of all the latest COVID-19 developments and our attorneys are ready to assist.
Our Real Estate Group is advising clients on important issues related to the impact of COVID-19 on existing contracts and leases and on public hearings and deadlines for development projects. Force majeure clauses in leases and other real estate contracts are of critical importance right now. We are also following current legislation and best practices on the use of e-signatures, e-recording and remote online notarization (RON) which could change the landscape of real estate closings.
The situation and stakeholder responses are changing rapidly so it is important to get up to date information. Our attorneys are ready to provide business and legal advice on these issues.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
U.S. Department of Labor
- COVID-19 Overview
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic
Federal Tax Information
In order to stay consistent with ongoing legislature, we urge you to continue to reference the information found on the IRS website.
News & Insight
Hinckley Allen recognizes the increasing disruptions and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 virus as it continues to spread in the U.S. and across the globe. The Firm is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our people, clients, families, and the …
The Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (“Department”) published a Q&A document on the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Through its guidance documents, the Department is providing compliance assistance t…
On March 31, 2020, Presiding Justice Alice B. Gibney of the Rhode Island Superior Court promulgated Administrative Order No. 2020-04, which authorized the Superior Court to implement the COVID-19 Non-Liquidating Receivership Program. The program is intende…