COVID-19 NEWS

  • PPP Updates: Deadline Extended, Partial Loan Forgiveness

    July 2, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    By Jack Gannon Jr. Attorney at McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C July 2, 2020 The application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) has been extended from June 30 to August 8 of this year, giving borrowers additional time to apply for PPP loans.  The relevant bill was passed by the Senate on June 30 and then by the House …

  • Reopening the Economy: Part 5

    June 26, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    By Preston W. Rose Attorney at McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C. June 26, 2020 On June 26, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott released Executive Order No. GA-28 reinstituting stricter rules for Texas businesses.[1]  This comes on the heels of the Governor’s announcement a day prior, which paused further phases of reopening and placed a ban on elective surgeries in certain counties.  …

  • Reopening Update: What Employers Need to Know

    June 24, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    By Amy Kearney Attorney at McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C. June 24, 2020 On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued guidance to assist both employers reopening non-essential businesses and their employees returning to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The full text of the guidance can be found at the following link:  …

  • OSHA Guidance for Construction Employers and Workers

    June 12, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    By Christopher M. Anaya Attorneys at McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C. June 12, 2020 OSHA recently announced the launch of a webpage with coronavirus-related guidance for construction employers and workers, which can be found at the following link: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/construction.html. The webpage includes a disclaimer to make clear that the information provided is intended to assist employers in providing a safe …

  • Important Updates Regarding Your PPP Loan

    June 10, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    By Jack Gannon Jr. Attorney at McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C June 10, 2020 In an earlier article, we summarized key information that borrowers under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) need to know.  Despite initial guidance and instructions from the Small Business Association (“SBA”) and the United States Department of the Treasury (“U.S. Treasury”), many questions were left unanswered and …

  • Reopening the Economy: Part 4

    June 8, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    By Preston W. Rose Attorney at McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C. June 8, 2020 On June 3, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Phase 3 of his plan to reopen Texas.[1]  For a summary of Governor Abbott’s previous guidance, please see my earlier articles: Reopening the Economy: Part 1, Reopening the Economy: Part 2, and Reopening the Economy: Part 3.  …

  • Reopening the Economy: Part 3

    May 19, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    By Preston W. Rose Attorney at McGuire, Craddock & Strother May 19, 2020 On May 18, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Phase 2 of his plan to reopen Texas.[1]  For a summary of Gov. Abbott’s previous guidance, please see my earlier articles: Reopening the Economy: Part 1 and Reopening the Economy: Part 2.  Some of Gov. Abbott’s changes go …

  • Reopening the Economy: Part 2

    May 8, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    By Preston W. Rose Attorney at McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C. May 8, 2020 On May 5, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott released additional statewide guidance pertaining to the reopening of the Texas economy.[1]  For a summary of Governor Abbott’s previous guidance, please see my earlier article: Reopening the Economy: Part 1.  Some of Governor Abbott’s changes go into effect …

  • Now That You Have Your PPP Loan, Here’s What You Need to Know

    May 4, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    By Jack Gannon Jr. Attorney at McGuire, Craddock & Strother May 4, 2020 We previously provided a brief summary of the loan initiative created by the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”).  Businesses across the country are now receiving their PPP loan funds, and with the recent increase in …

  • Reopening in the Wake of COVID-19: What Employers Need to Know

    May 1, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    By Jennifer Ryback and Amy Kearney Attorneys at McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C. May 1, 2020 The timeline[1] for reopening workplaces in the wake of COVID-19 will look different for each business and will need to be individually tailored depending on the business’s industry and geographic location, among other factors.  As essential businesses continue to operate and nonessential businesses begin …

  • Reopening the Economy: Part 1

    April 30, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    By Preston W. Rose McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C. April 30, 2020 With some areas in the United States starting to see gradual decreases in hospitalizations and other coronavirus (“COVID”) statistics, many business owners are starting to wonder how the economy will start reopening after government mandated restrictions begin to ease.  This article will provide a general overview of the …

  • An Update on Construction as “Essential”: CISA Publishes Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 3.0

    April 23, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    By Chris Anaya McGuire, Craddock & Strother April 23, 2020 As you may know, Governor Greg Abbott recently issued an Executive Order relating to the statewide continuity of essential services and activities during the COVID-19 disaster.  The Executive Order clarified the meaning of “Essential Services” by adopting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, …

  • New Dallas County Ordinance Requires Public to Wear Face Masks at Essential Businesses

    April 16, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    By Jennifer Ryback McGuire, Craddock & Strother April 16, 2020 Dallas County has amended its “Safer At Home Order” to require cloth face coverings in certain situations, effective at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 17. To read the full text of the Amended Order, visit: https://www.dallascounty.org/Assets/uploads/docs/covid-19/orders-media/041520-DallasCountyOrder.pdf. To the greatest extent possible, the Amended Order requires some form of covering over …

  • Construction as “Essential”: Reconciling Governor Abbott’s Executive Order with the Dallas County Amended Order

    April 3, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    By Chris Anaya McGuire, Craddock & Strother April 3, 2020 Last month many local jurisdictions enacted shelter in place orders. These orders differed in their definitions of essential businesses and services, which created confusion for businesses that operated in more than one jurisdiction. On March 31, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA 14 (the “Order”) relating to statewide …

  • Summary of Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act (“KAWPEA”), a part of the CARES Act

    April 2, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    Grady Dickens McGuire, Craddock & Strother April 2, 2020 KAWPEA allocates $349 billion to a program administered by the Small Business Administration.  The program is structured as a loan, but it acts more like a grant program with the intention to encourage employers to retain their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This memo will provide a broad overview of KAWPEA …

  • Application of Force Majeure Clauses and Common Law Doctrines of Impossibility and Frustration of Purpose in the Wake of COVID-19 under Texas, New York, and Delaware Law

    April 1, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    By Lauren Neeley & Amy Kearney McGuire, Craddock & Strother April 1, 2020 In an effort to minimize the financial ramifications of the global coronavirus or “COVID-19” pandemic, clients and practitioners alike are turning to contractual provisions and common law doctrines to defer, and even excuse, performance of contractual obligations. The first two sections of this article briefly summarize the …

  • THE DOL ISSUES GUIDANCE ON THE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT (“FFCRA”)

    March 25, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    Jennifer Ryback McGuire, Craddock & Strother March 25, 2020 The Department of Labor has published a number of resources on the new FFCRA, which can be accessed here: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic. Notably, the Questions and Answers make clear that the effective date of the FFCRA is April 1, 2020, which is different than the April 2, 2020 originally anticipated.  The Questions and …

  • THE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT: A SUMMARY FOR EMPLOYERS

    March 19, 2020 - Posted in: COVID-19 News

    Jennifer Ryback McGuire, Craddock & Strother March 19, 2020 President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) into law on March 18. The FFCRA’s provisions will go into effect within 15 days and will be effective through December 31, 2020. Congress is expected to consider additional measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a summary of the …