We know that you are struggling daily and trying to manage your personal lives and businesses in light of recent challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The full impact of the virus on our collective health, safety, and economic well-being are yet to be seen. We remain hopeful that our collective efforts to blunt the impact quickly prove successful.
But during all this uncertainty, we want our clients, friends, and the community to know they can count on the fiercely loyal service of Chambliss. Our commitment is that we are and will remain available to help work through any legal issues and challenges encountered.
In addition, we provide below a resource list for our clients, friends, and community. We hope these links to our client alerts, articles, and resources relating to COVID-19 legal issues will assist you as you navigate these difficult times.
We hope you remain safe and know that we are here if you need us.
LEGISLATIVE AND OTHER LEGAL UPDATES
04.02 Jim Catanzaro Provides Insight on CARES Act to Local Nonprofits
Jim Catanzaro, chair of Chambliss’ charitable and public purpose organizations group, will join local nonprofits in the Chattanooga area for a live webinar hosted by Venture Forward to discuss the Paycheck Protection loan assistance available from the Small Business Administration...
03.31 Support for Health Care Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Cares Act provides specific support to health care providers during the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic—including the authorization of small business loans with attractive forgiveness provisions to providers with under 500 employees and the expansion of accelerated and advanced Medicare payments...
03.31 Important Additional Guidance from DOL for Leave Effective April 1
The Department of Labor (DOL) continues to provide guidance concerning an employer's obligations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act). Key issues have now been addressed, significantly including the definitions of "health care provider" and "emergency responder" for purposes of leave exclusion, as well as the elements that must be met for a "small business" exemption to the Act...
03.31 Chambliss Estate Planning - Weekly Client Update
The Chambliss Estate Planning Team is sharing a weekly newsletter with COVID-19 updates for individuals, families, and their loved ones. It includes links to helpful resources, articles from our team, and tips for coping during these uncertain times…
03.30 DOL Continues to Answer Key Questions on the New Paid Leave Requirements
Employers have continued to struggle with questions over how to implement the paid sick leave and paid expanded FMLA requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which becomes effective April 1. Although formal regulations have yet to be published, the Department of Labor has updated its guidance to answer some additional critical questions. Here is a summary of the key takeaways...
03.26 New Executive Order Further Relaxes Licensing and Practice Requirements in Tennessee
On March 26, 2020, Gov. Bill Lee issued Executive Order No. 20 amending previous Executive Order No. 15, which significantly modified various licensing and other entry barriers to providing care amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Highlights of the new order include...
03.26 Federal and State Governments Act to Facilitate Use of Telehealth During COVID-19 Pandemic
As health care providers across the country take steps to initiate or increase use of telehealth to provide patient care while complying with “social distancing” or “shelter in place” directives, federal and state governments have taken, and continue to take, numerous steps to facilitate greater use of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic...
03.26 Proposed Stimulus Bill Includes Significant Changes to the Bankruptcy Code
The CARES Act passed by the Senate and expected to pass the House in response to the COVID-19 pandemic includes two significant changes to the bankruptcy code that may impact many businesses and individuals.
03.25 Department of Labor Issues First Guidance Clarifying Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Provides Model Notice
Late yesterday (March 24, 2020), the Department of Labor issued the first of its anticipated guidance concerning the paid leave obligations in the newly enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act. While the guidance largely summarizes what we already knew about the new law, it does provide some important clarifications...
03.25 Proposed Stimulus Bill Would Provide Critical Small Business Assistance
Early on March 25, 2020, the Administration and Senate Republican and Democrat leaders reached agreement on key terms of the proposed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). Senate passage is expected later today, followed later by anticipated passage by the House and then signature by the president...
03.25 Gov. Bill Lee Issues New Executive Order to Limit Non-Emergency Health Care Procedures
On March 25, Gov. Bill Lee issued the following executive order restricting the provision of all (i) non-emergency dental and oral procedures (like hygiene visits and cosmetic procedures), and (ii) non-emergency elective surgical procedures in a hospital or outpatient surgical facility...
03.24 Health Care Providers Can Be Excluded from the New Paid Leave Law, But What About Staff?
As you may know by now, the newly enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides that employers may exclude health care providers and emergency responders from taking newly provided paid sick leave or expanded FMLA related to the COVID-19. While this has been a positive development for our health care clients, a key question is consistently asked: what about the staff and non-licensed providers that support those health care providers?...
03.24 Chambliss Estate Planning - Weekly Client Update
The Chambliss Estate Planning Team is sharing a weekly newsletter with COVID-19 updates for individuals, families, and their loved ones. It includes links to helpful resources, articles from our team, and tips for coping during these uncertain times...
03.20 Both IRS Tax-Filing and Tax-Payment Due Dates for 2019 Tax Year Extended to July 15, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has stated that all taxpayers and businesses will have until July 15, 2020, to file and make tax payments for tax year 2019 without interest or penalties. Accordingly, the normal IRS tax-filing and tax-payment date of April 15, 2020, has now been postponed for three months to July 15, 2020...
03.20 Tennessee Small Businesses Now Eligible for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for COVID-19 Economic Disruptions
Small Business Administration economic injury disaster loans are now available in Tennessee. The SBA today accepted Gov. Bill Lee’s certification that Tennessee small businesses are facing substantial economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic...
03.20 Gov. Bill Lee Enacts Significant Measures for Tennessee Providers to Combat COVID-19 Crisis
Last evening, Gov. Bill Lee issued Executive Order No. 15 which, among other critical actions, sets forth a number of significant health care-related provisions summarized below for the benefit of our health care audience...
03.20 TN Governor Issues Executive Order Addressing Unemployment Compensation; TN Dept. of Labor Updates Unemployment Information
On March 19, 2020, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued an Executive Order addressing a wide variety of topics. As to unemployment compensation, the governor suspended certain statutory provisions...
03.18 The Details Employers Need to Know About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The newly enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act fundamentally amends the Family and Medical Leave Act and also enacts the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. The basic result of these two new laws is to provide employees with paid leave for purposes related to the COVID-19 pandemic...
03.18 Addressing the Challenges of HIPAA and COVID-19: A Guide For Businesses
As we begin to grapple with the unprecedented challenges arising out of the COVID-19 outbreak, a question that many employers are being faced with is this – what information can we disclose, and to whom can we disclose it, when some of it may constitute protected health information (PHI) covered by HIPAA?
03.18 Update from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19 / Updated on March 18...
03.17 House Significantly Changes Paid Leave Legislation Through “Technical Corrections”
After passing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act early Saturday morning, the House of Representatives sent the bill to the House Clerk for “technical corrections.” The stated purpose was to permit the clerk to “correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections.”
Last night, the House approved the corrected version, which includes significant, substantive amendments from the version on which we reported earlier this week, as follows...
03.17 U.S. Postpones April 15 Tax Payments for 90 Days for Most Americans
Coronavirus disruption prompts tax agency to extend deadline, waive interest and penalties
03.15 Coronavirus Legislation Would Require Employers to Provide Paid Leave
In an attempt to address the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s workforce, the US House of Representatives passed legislation over the weekend addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This legislation, which the Senate is expected to consider this week, has two key employment law impacts. Chambliss is monitoring the progress of this legislation and will provide further updates based on changes, if any, resulting from the Senate’s review. The proposed legislation is not final as of today...
03.27 Tim Gibbons Joins AGC of East TN for Webinar on Force Majeure Contract Provisions
Tim Gibbons, chair of Chambliss’ construction group, will join members from the local Associated General Contractors (AGC) of East Tennessee chapter on a live webinar to discuss contract considerations for construction companies and associated businesses related to the COVID-19 outbreak...
You Thought It Was Merely “Boilerplate” — the Coronavirus and the Importance of Force Majeure Clauses
With the international spread of the coronavirus and the impact it is having on the supply chains, production, transport, and workforce of commercial entities, as well as the limitations posed for service providers of all kinds, businesses should understand the importance of force majeure provisions applicable to their contracts. “Force majeure” refers to an unforeseeable circumstance that prevents a party to a contract from fulfilling its obligations. Generally, agreements include a force majeure clause in the “miscellaneous” provisions to allocate risk between the parties if one of several named events occurs and performance under the contract becomes impossible or impracticable...
Does Coronavirus Have You Worried?
You're not alone. This is a challenging time where people are looking for direction and clarity. We're in this together. While a lot is still to be determined, we are here to provide direction and clarity. On a personal level, and most importantly, we hope you and your families remain healthy and safe during this unusual time.
Chambliss has made your concerns our priority. For over 130 years, delivering exceptional service to our community has been our first priority, and our dedication to you and your needs will remain unchanged during this unusual time.
At a local level, we have been diligently monitoring the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and following the guidance of federal, state, and community officials for further appropriate steps to safeguard the health of our personnel, clients, visitors, and the public...
SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
U.S. Small Business Administration - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
U.S. Small Business Administration - Disaster Loan Assistance
U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive the Coronavirus
CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION RESOURCES
IRS Disaster Relief Guidance
The IRS issued "Disaster Relief" guidance related to providing assistance through charitable organizations.
MENTAL AND SOCIAL RESOURCES
Tennessee's Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services - List of Resources
CHATTANOOGA/HAMILTON COUNTY RESOURCES
COVID-19 Update from Chattanooga Chamber + Public Health Resources
Hamilton County Health Department Resource Page Including Hotline + Coronavirus (COVID-19) Current Case Information
Wi-Fi Hotspots Across Chattanooga's Neighborhoods
Mayor Berke to announce executive order Thursday suspending dine-in restaurant service
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's office says the mayor will announce a new executive order at 10 a.m. Thursday that will "require restaurants and bars within Chattanooga city limits to suspend dine-in service indefinitely."