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Payroll Protection Program

April 3, 2020

How do I calculate the maximum amount I can borrow? The following methodology, which is one of the methodologies contained in the Act, will be most useful for many applicants. • Step 1: Aggregate payroll costs (defined in detail below in from the last twelve months for employees whose principal place of residence is the…

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ESTA Update

April 2, 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, travelers who entered the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (or “ESTA”) may find themselves in a difficult set of circumstances: should an ESTA traveler depart the U.S. at the end of the 90-day authorized stay with all the obvious risks of doing so, or should the ESTA…

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Dieselklage“ – Sammelklage nach amerikanischem Vorbild

April 1, 2020

In 2018 wurde nun auch in Deutschland die Möglichkeit einerSammelklage, die sog. Musterfeststellungsklage eingeführt. Bei dieser handelt es sich um eine Verbandsklage, welche es Verbänden ermöglicht, für geschädigte Verbraucher eine bestimmte Rechtsverletzung eines Unternehmens feststellen zu lassen. Anlass für die Einführung dieser Klageart war die Vielzahl von geschädigten Verbrauchern durch den Dieselabgasskandal in 2015. Vorrangiges…

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Unemployment Claims during the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 31, 2020

Under the new CARES Act signed into law on Friday, March 28, 2020 unemployment benefits were expanded to provide assistance for more workers than are usually eligible for unemployment benefits (this includes self-employed people and part-time workers). In addition to state benefits, the Act also provides workers an extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits.…

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USCIS to Continue Processing Applications for Employment Authorization

March 31, 2020

The USCIS issued this statement on Monday: “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it will reuse previously submitted biometrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of Application Support Centers (ASC) to the public in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This…

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RFE Response Delay

March 30, 2020

New policy guidelines for RFE/NOID etc. response. If received after March 1, 2020, 60 days added on. USCIS Announces Flexibility for Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are…

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The State of North Carolina’s new “Stay at Home” Order Business Considerations in the times of CoVID-19

March 30, 2020

The Order is similar to many of the restrictions that are currently in place in Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte. As per the terms of the new statewide Order, in the event that the provisions of the County Stay at Home order are more restrictive than the statewide order, then those more restrictive…

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Update: Governor of the State of North Carolina

March 28, 2020

Today the Governor of the State of North Carolina announced that effective Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM all individuals in the State are subject to a new statewide Stay at Home Order. The Stay at Home Order will remain in effect for 30 days, or until April 29, 2020. Stay home, stay healthy…

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The CARES Act – Which businesses will qualify for a Small Business Administration Loan?

March 27, 2020

The CARES Act has officially passed in the Senate and a vote is expected in the House on Friday, March 27th. If the Bill is signed into law as expected, $350 billion will be dedicated to preventing layoffs and business closures while workers stay home during the outbreak. Companies with 500 employees or fewer that…

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Thursday March 26 2020, Mecklenburg County is under a stay-at-home order.

March 26, 2020

As of 8am this Thursday morning, Mecklenburg County is under a stay-at-home order. If you are one of the essential business (see yesterday’s update for more info on that), you need to encourage your employees to actively practice social distancing while in the workplace. As we experience this Covid-19 pandemic, keeping social contact to a…

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