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Date: March 18, 2020

Updated April 13, 2021

COVID-19 has affected all of us in some way, shape or form, and its implications will likely be felt by businesses and individuals everywhere for the foreseeable future. Our thoughts and hearts are with those who have been impacted by the coronavirus, as well as their loved ones.

Foster Garvey is closely monitoring the developing situation with COVID-19. The firm's priorities are the health, safety and well-being of its employees, clients, families and the community. Find out how Foster Garvey is taking steps to minimize the spread of the coronavirus

To help clients prepare for and navigate the issues or potential disruptions that may arise during these unsteady and challenging times, attorneys across our firm have assembled vital resources in the following areas:

Alcoholic Beverage & Cannabis

WSLCB Allows Restaurants to Deliver Pre-Mixed Cocktails During Pandemic
May 7, 2020

Impact of "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Order on Washington Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries
March 24, 2020

Modifications to Help Liquor and Cannabis Board Licensees During COVID-19
March 19, 2020

CARES Act / SBA Loan Programs

It Pays to be Small: New Guidance Gives PPP Loans Under $2 Million a Safe Harbor
May 13, 2020

New Government Guidance Clarifies PPP Loan Eligibility, Promises Enforcement
May 1, 2020; Updated May 7, 2020

The CARES Act and Portfolio Companies: Preliminary Guidance on Affiliation Rules
April 3, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program: SBA Guidance and Application Available
April 1, 2020; Updated April 6, 2020

Congress Passes CARES Act: Stimulus Package Includes $349 Billion for SBA Guarantees of Forgivable Loans for Small and Medium Sized Businesses
March 27, 2020

Contract Enforcement and Avoidance

Enforcement and Avoidance of Contracts in New York After COVID-19 Events
March 25, 2020

Contractual and Extra-Contractual Defenses Implicated by Response to COVID-19 in Washington
March 23, 2020

Enforcement and Avoidance of Contracts in Oregon After COVID-19 Events
March 20, 2020

Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy

Update to Small Business Reorganization Act and Chapter 11 Cases Due to COVID-19
May 7, 2020, RMA Portland Metro Chapter

(Not-So) Small Business Reorganization Act: CARES Act Expands SBRA Eligibility
April 6, 2020


Minimizing Hotel Liability in a COVID-19 World
January 2021, Today's Hotelier

Will COVID-19 Impact Hotel Business Insurance Claims?
May 13, 2020, Hotel-Online

The Potential New Normal for Restaurants
May 13, 2020, Cheers

Does Restaurant Business Insurance Cover COVID-19 Claims?
May 12, 2020, FSR Magazine

WEBINAR: Business Disruption Due to COVID-19: Possible Insurance Solutions for the Hospitality Industry 
April 9, 2020

Health Care

Is It Time to Adjust Physician Compensation Models in Light of the COVID-19 Crisis?
April 1, 2020

Insurance Coverage

Maximizing Recovery From Insurance For Your COVID-19 Losses
March 18, 2020

Intellectual Property

The Impact of COVID-19 on IP Contracts
April 13, 2020, IPWatchdog

Labor, Employment & Immigration

FFCRA Update: Recent Court Decision Striking Key Portions of the DOL’s Final Rule May Impact Employers
August 12, 2020

Extended Rights for “High-Risk” Employees in Washington State
July 31, 2020

OSHA Imposes New Requirements on Employers to Investigate Potential Transmission of COVID-19 in the Workplace
May 20, 2020

Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act
May 14, 2020

Surging Unemployment Claims Pose New Challenges to Employers – Are You Ready?
April 24, 2020

New Proclamation from Governor Inslee Empowers “High-Risk” Employees and Creates New Duties for Washington Employers
April 16, 2020

Borrowers Beware: Some CARES Act Loans Require a Union Neutrality Pledge
April 1, 2020

Updates on the New Federal Paid Sick Leave and Paid Child Care Leave Laws
April 1, 2020

COVID-19 and the Workplace: What an Employer Should Know About the New Federal Leave Laws
March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Office Closures & H-1B Employees
March 19, 2020

Litigation / Alternative Dispute Resolution

Oregon Presses Pause on Statutes of Limitation During the Pandemic
July 17, 2020

Property Tax

Will 2021 Bring Property-Tax Relief?
January 6, 2021, Commercial Property Executive

Oregon: Property Tax Relief Not Expected for 2020
March 24, 2020, American Property Tax Counsel

Washington: COVID-19 Update
March 24, 2020, American Property Tax Counsel

Pro Bono

Washington State COVID-19 Benefits FAQs
March 18, 2020

Public Finance & Municipal Government

Bond Compliance: Important Reminders During COVID-19 Outbreak
April 15, 2020

Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental

Oregon Extends Eviction Ban, Allows Deferred Loan Payments and Prohibits Foreclosures
July 6, 2020

Seattle City Council Adopts Multiple Ordinances for Rental Properties
May 19, 2020

Washington Governor Extends Eviction Moratorium to June 4th and Prohibits Rent Increases for Commercial Leases
April 23, 2020

Seattle City Council Rejects Emergency Legislation That Would Have Facilitated Permit Processing During COVID-19
April 21, 2020

Oregon Governor Extends Eviction Moratorium to Commercial Leases
April 16, 2020

Frustration of Purpose in New York Commercial Lease Disputes – What We Can Learn From Past Disasters
April 15, 2020

Seattle Mayor’s Office Proposes Emergency Action to Keep City’s Land Use Process Moving During COVID-19 Slowdown
April 3, 2020

State & Local Updates

Start Spreading the News: New York City Small Businesses May Be Eligible for NYC-Specific COVID-19 Relief Funds
April 6, 2020

New York Permitting Online Notarizations in Light of COVID-19
March 25, 2020


Eligibility for Federal Stimulus Benefits Appears to Be Benign, But When You Peel Away the Onion, a Major Flaw Appears
April 13, 2021

There and Back Again: A Tax-Focused Tale of COVID Relief for Businesses
March 2021, Oregon Business Lawyer

There Is a Santa Claus After All – Lawmakers Deliver a Wonderful Holiday Gift to Businesses and Their Owners in a Time of Need
December 22, 2020

The Changing Face of Employer State Tax Reporting and Payment Obligations in the Coronavirus Telework "New Normal"
October 2, 2020

No Final Word From Congress – It Is Late in the Game and We Still Do Not Know If the Use of Forgiven PPP Loan Proceeds on Business Expenses Will End Up Being Deductible
September 8, 2020

Potential Payroll Tax Deferral Is Available – Employers Must Understand the Program and Use Extreme Caution Before Blindly Jumping Into the Deferral Pool
September 1, 2020

What House Bill 4212 and Chief Justice Order No. 20-027 Mean for Oregon Taxpayers
July 28, 2020

He Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune – The IRS Announces in Notice 2020-142 That It Is Now Time for Taxpayers to Resume Paying Taxes
July 8, 2020

Required Minimum Distributions From Retirement Plans Have Been Waived for 2020 – IRS Notice 2020-51 May Give Taxpayers That Have Already Received Distributions a “Mulligan” If They Act Timely
July 2, 2020

We Can Work It Out: The SBA Continues Providing Guidance on the PPP and Loan Forgiveness
June 23, 2020

Taxpayers May Want to Wait to File Their PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications
June 19, 2020

The Oregon Department of Revenue Formalizes Guidance on Estimated Tax Penalties Under the Oregon Corporate Activity Tax
June 10, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Alert – Application Deadline Remains June 30, 2020
June 9, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 Is Now Law
June 5, 2020

Lawmakers May Not Have Abandoned Small Businesses After All – The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 May Be Just What the Doctor Ordered
May 28, 2020

Let the Good Times Roll – The SBA Issues Interim Final Rules on PPP Loan Forgiveness, Including Guidance on the Payment of Bonuses and Hazard Pay, Loan Prepayments and the Loan Forgiveness Application
May 28, 2020

Having Employees Working Remotely May Become the New Norm – There May Be Tax and Other Traps Lurking Out There for Unwary Employers
May 26, 2020

Love Thy Landlord – Prepayment of Rent with PPP Loan Proceeds May Not Be a Good Idea
May 21, 2020

News From the Washington Department of Revenue to Taxpayers Subject to Its Business and Occupations Tax – Whether It Is Welcome News Is Yet to Be Determined
May 18, 2020

PPP Loans May Not Be as Advertised for Businesses Shut Down During the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 13, 2020

More Good News for Oregon Taxpayers – The Oregon Department of Revenue Got It Right
May 7, 2020

Taxpayers May Get to Have Their Cake and Eat It Too After All – Senate Bill 3612 Could Be the Silver Bullet That Makes Things Right After the IRS Issued Notice 2020-32
May 6, 2020

The IRS Has Determined That Taxpayers Who Obtain PPP Loan Forgiveness Cannot Have Their Cake and Eat It Too
May 1, 2020

The CAT Still Has Sharp Teeth, but the Oregon Department of Revenue Has Temporarily Dulled Them a Bit
April 30, 2020

A Taxpayer’s Ability to Use Net Operating Losses Was Significantly Restricted by the TCJA, but the CARES Act Temporarily Loosens Things up – The Proper Use of NOLs Could Prove To Be an Important Strategy in Your Game Plan During These Challenging Times
April 16, 2020

The IRS and Treasury Are Working Overtime to Provide Taxpayers with Joy, Hope and Optimism During These Trying Times
April 13, 2020

Some Clarity to the Murky: Temporary Rules Relative to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Have Been Issued
April 7, 2020

Tax Aspects of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
April 6, 2020, Tax Notes State (Virtual Voice)

The Cavalry Has Arrived – Congress Passed and President Trump Signed Into Law the CARES Act
March 30, 2020

Treasury Delivers Some More Good News – Notice 2020-20
March 27, 2020

The Oregon Department of Revenue Has Now Granted Relief to Oregon Taxpayers
March 25, 2020

The IRS Will Put the American People First — No, Really (But Only for a Limited Time)
March 25, 2020

Important Update: Families First Coronavirus Response Act
March 25, 2020

Tax Aspects of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
March 24, 2020

Positive Tax News Keeps Rolling In – Treasury Provides Expanded Tax Relief With Notice 2020-18
March 20, 2020

Treasury Delivers Some Good News in a Time When Good News Is Rare
March 19, 2020

Transportation & Logistics 

COVID-19 as a Force Majeure: Likely Impacts of the Coronavirus Spread on Transportation Contracts
March 19, 2020

Trusts & Estates

Trusts & Estates Cases in the COVID-19 Era – An Update on the Courts
April 28, 2020

We strongly encourage everyone to keep current with updates by state and local public health departments in your area, and view the CDC’s guidance on what you need to know about COVID-19 and what to do if you are sick with coronavirus.

If you have any questions or concerns related to COVID-19, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team.


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