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Today, April 24, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, provided additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established under the CARES Act. This PPP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document will be updated on a regular basis. Borrowers and lenders…

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Supplemental funding for the CARES Act has been voted on and approved by the House and Senate and was just signed by the President. The original CARES Act was signed by the President on March 27.  The original CARES Act included $349 billion for the popular Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and increased funding for the Economic Injury Disaster…

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In a press conference yesterday afternoon, Governor Noem announced the implementation of two executive orders. In the first order, she removed the word “should” from her March 23 order and replaced it with the word ‘shall’. Governor Noem reiterated her original statement, saying, “If you wish to operate [a business in South Dakota], this is…

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Minnesota Stay at Home Order Begins at 11:59 p.m. Friday through April 10 At 2:00 pm yesterday, Governor Walz issued an executive order that requires all persons currently living within the State of Minnesota to stay at home or in their place of residence except to engage in the Activities and Critical Sector work set…

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Latest Executive Orders: vehicle and driver regulations, paid leave for state employees Minnesota Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-06 to exempt vehicles and drivers providing direct assistance for emergency relief efforts in response to COVID-19 from certain regulations including provisions on truck weights and hours of service. Walz also signed Executive Order 20-07 providing paid leave…

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Impacted Employees Can Apply For Unemployment Insurance Benefits Immediately Yesterday the Governor issued an Executive Order waiving the waiting period on unemployment insurance, potentially making benefits available to COVID-19-impacted employees immediately. In addition to employees impacted by lay-offs through no fault of their own, the program has been modified to cover employees who cannot work due…

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota’s (BCBSND) top priority is ensuring the health and well-being of all North Dakotans during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. They continue to monitor the situation and are following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as state and federal guidelines and recommendations. BCBSND has developed an action plan…

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© 2020, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., All Rights Reserved. During the early morning hours of March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” (H.R. 6201) by an overwhelming vote of 363-40. The bill now heads to the Senate where it is expected to pass sometime…

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What is the “Right to Repair” Movement? It’s much bigger than You Might Realize… Years ago, special interest activists began to promote legislation that is commonly misrepresented as “Right to Repair.” Proponents state that they simply want the information necessary to perform repairs of products such as combines and tractors, along with everything from cell…

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