Which Businesses are “Essential” or “Critical” under the South Carolina Executive Orders?

April 8, 2020

Beginning last week on Wednesday, April 1st, in South Carolina non-essential businesses, venues, facilities, and services were ordered to be closed to non-employees and the public. In the latest Executive Orders issued on April 3 rd & 6th, South Carolina Governor McMaster has further defined which businesses must be closed. The latest “Home or Work…

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Can my PPP loan be forgiven in whole or in part?

April 6, 2020

Payroll Protection Program After the Small Business Administration (SBA) applications under the CARES Act for the Paycheck Protection Program are now possible and many banks have opened their portals and applications are pouring in, the next question is: can the loan be forgiven? The quick answer is: Yes. We suggest that you open a new…

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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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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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COVID-19 “CARES Act” bipartisan stimulus package being finalized in Congress will help small businesses

March 26, 2020

In the early morning on March 25, 2020, the White House and Senate finally reached an agreement on a $2 trillion package to respond to the current economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though a deal has been struck on the key points of the Bill, many details are still being finalized. However, a…

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Immigration and Related Matters

March 25, 2020

USCIS has suspended its operations until at least April 1st – including premium processing of all I-129 and I-140 petitions. Scheduled appointments and interviews are postponed and notice from USCIS should be received confirming postponement. Similarly, the U.S. State Department (DOS) has suspended immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application appointments at all consular posts. DOS has…

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Social Distancing

March 24, 2020

We actively practice it. As of right now, everyone at BridgehouseLaw Charlotte is working from home. Each morning, we have a Zoom meeting, where we check on everyone’s health and wellbeing, we discuss the day ahead. Throughout the day, we are in contact with each other to ensure best quality of service to all our…

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