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The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As of March 21, 2020, small businesses located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories of American Samoa,…

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The deadline for filing tax returns will be postponed three months to July 15 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced. The decision comes after widespread complaints over the administration’s previous plan to give people who owed the IRS an additional 90 days to pay, without penalties or interest, yet still required…

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PRES. TRUMP SIGNS FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT PREPARE TO PROVIDE PAID SICK LEAVE AND FMLA – APRIL 2 EFFECTIVE DATE Last evening, President Donald Trump, upon final Senate passage hours earlier, signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The Act is an economic stimulus plan that attempts to address the impact of…

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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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