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CARES Act Provider Relief

  The CARES Act provides $100 Billion in relief to hospitals and other healthcare providers.  Beginning Friday, April 10th, the first $30 Billion of these funds were provided directly to Medicare participating healthcare providers.  These funds were automatically deposited based on a calculation of 2019 Medicare fee for service claims.    These... Read More

Main Street Lending Program

  The U.S. Treasury released information today on its Main Street Lending Program (“MSLP”).  Many at this point are familiar with the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) created by the CARES Act; the MSLP is being billed as the corresponding mid-size business program.  More details are yet to come, however:  The MSLP will enhance support for small... Read More

Do Health Care Providers Have Legal Immunity When Treating COVID-19 Patients?

  On April 1, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an executive order granting legal immunity for health care providers treating patients with COVID-19.  This order granted immunity from civil liability for health care facilities, professionals, and volunteers for any injury or death that occurs while they are providing health care services in... Read More

COVID-19 – Additional Employer Funding Sources

  Many businesses are asking questions about new SBA loans available under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Oftentimes businesses are not aware of other new resources available in the form of refundable advance tax credits — reimbursing the cost of employee wages paid in connection with COVID-19. In many cases, the credits available can... Read More

Rapid Testing – What Employers Need to Know

  The FDA is granting unprecedented flexibility to labs to develop and offer COVID-19 tests across the country.  As one example, Abbott recently announced a new test that may deliver results within 13 minutes.   This test, and others being developed, may be key components in the ability to widely test individuals outside of a hospital environment... Read More

H-1B Lottery Concluded – Petitions May Be Filed Beginning April 1

  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced earlier this week that the H-1B electronic registration process and the FY2021 lottery has concluded. Employers are now eligible to file a FY2021 H-1B cap-subject petition — provided they electronically registered the beneficiary in the H-1B registration process, and the registration... Read More

Relaxed Regulations for Food and Beverage Sales

  As restaurants, bars, and breweries struggle to adjust to our new social-distancing normal, the state has relaxed some of the regulations on how these businesses can continue to provide alcohol to their customers.  Specifically, there has been significant flexibility provided as to what, and how, beer or liquor can leave the facility.   All... Read More