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USEPA Interim Guidance on Cleanup Sites During COVID-19 and Remediation in New Jersey

In Corporate Resources by Porzio

On April 10, 2020, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued interim guidance to its regional offices to evaluate ongoing cleanup activities while maintaining the health and safety of the public during the COVID-19 crisis. The interim guidance “focuses on decision making at emergency response and longer term cleanups sites where EPA is the lead agency or has direct oversight of, or responsibility for, the cleanup work,” including, but not limited to, Superfund cleanups, Resource Conservation Recovery Act corrective actions, Toxic Substances and Control Act PCB cleanups, Oil Pollution Act spill responses, and Underground Storage Tank Program actions.

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Newark Police Issue Summonses to Manufacturers for Violating Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders 104, 107, and 108

In Corporate Resources, Uncategorized by Porzio

Despite the EOs, the Newark Police Department has issued summonses to Newark-based manufacturers and their employees for having too many employees on the floor and at the work place. During one visit, the police told the manufacturer the company could not have over 50 employees on the warehouse floor. At another manufacturer, the manufacturer was told it could not have over 10 employees working at one time. Both times the Newark Police incorrectly interpreted and applied Executive Orders 104, 107, and 108. Other companies and their employees have been fined. These summonses violate the EOs because Governor Murphy has deemed manufacturing companies as essential to the public and supply chain, and stated that they can remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic provided manufacturers reduce staff to the minimum staff required to perform essential functions. Porzio has been working with the manufacturers to address the issues they are facing.

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SBA – Paycheck Protection Program Guidance

In Corporate Resources, Employer Resources by Porzio

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has published guidance for the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) contained in The CARES Act. The PPP is designed to help small and mid-sized businesses offset the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning April 3, 2020, small businesses, including nonprofits and sole proprietorships, can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and certain other expenses through existing SBA lenders.

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The Legal Impact of the Coronavirus On Your NJ and NY Business

In Corporate Resources, Employer Resources by Porzio

We are living in uncertain and unprecedented times, and businesses are not exempt from the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Government shutdowns and workforce restrictions have left business owners guessing as to whether their companies are “essential” or “non-essential,” and can remain open under lockdowns imposed by state governments. Recent Executive Orders by state governors Murphy and Cuomo identify the “essential” industries and business that can remain open during the lockdowns provided the businesses follow workplace distancing practices.

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5 Tips for Managing Business and Legal Risk for Manufacturers and Supply Chains during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In Corporate Resources by Porzio

We are living in uncertain and unprecedented times, and businesses are not exempt from the impact of COVID-19. Government shutdowns, workforce restrictions, and the stock market’s plunge have unsteadied the economy and affected businesses large and small as they fight to adapt to the “new normal” while trying to maintain a “business as usual” approach. Business owners need to manage today but must look ahead to identify and prepare for risk caused by the COVID-19 virus.