COVID-19

Back to Work: A Step-by-Step Guide to Reopening the Workplace During a Global Pandemic
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If you’d prefer to hear this KTC Client Alert as a Podcast, it is available here.   On May 1, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee announced that the stay-at-home order will be extended through May 31, 2020. With this announcement, Governor Inslee revealed a phased approach for reopening recreational, social, and business activities in Washington State.…

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The Main Street Lending Program
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Many businesses have found themselves too large to qualify for a Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan as established under The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), signed into law on March 27, 2020. However, Congress also designed the CARES Act to stimulate other relief programs. Among other things, the CARES Act…

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SBA Affiliate Rules CARES Act
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As of publishing, there appears to be a concerted effort by industry and at least some elements of Congress to broaden the exemption of the application of the “affiliate rules” described below so that much of the analysis below would become moot. Yesterday, Speaker Pelosi’s office sent a letter to the Treasury Department urging them…

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Expanded SBA Loan Programs Under the CARES Act
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We are providing our clients periodic updates to address the rapidly changing work environment in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Today’s update is focused on the expanded Small Business Administration (“SBA”) loan programs available under the $2.2 trillion emergency aid legislation titled the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) that was…

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Temporary Restrictions on Evictions and Foreclosures in Seattle
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The spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the government imposed and suggested restrictions and guidance to attempt to slow that spread, have resulted in significant impacts to the economy as a whole and to individuals and small businesses throughout the United States. The City of Seattle, the State of Washington and the federal government…

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Business Interruption Caused by COVID-19: Is it Covered?
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As economic losses from the COVID-19 pandemic mount, businesses and employers of all types-restaurants, manufacturers, distributors, event sponsors, educational institutions, health care facilities, just to name a few, are asking: Do I have insurance coverage for my losses? This Alert provides some basic information about insurance coverage for Business Interruption and is a starting point…

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Commercial Lease Obligations in the Time of COVID-19
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As of March 25, 2020, all non-essential businesses, including all restaurants, bars, entertainment and recreational facilities, in Washington State (with few exceptions) have been ordered to close for at least two weeks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 (the Novel Coronavirus). This order will likely be extended for additional time if the…

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COVID-19 FAQs for Employers
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We have prepared the following guidelines for our clients in these rapidly changing times. If you have any specific questions about how to handle a situation relating to COVID-19, please do not hesitate to call your KTC employment attorneys. 1. Unemployment Benefits & Paid Family Medical Leave for COVID-19 related absence/layoff. New State of Washington…

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COVID-19 Response from Karr Tuttle Campbell
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To our Clients: Like all of you, we are closely monitoring the rapidly developing situation regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) across our country and the world. I want to let you know what we are doing to respond to this public health crisis. Our highest priority is the health and safety of…

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