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Business Litigation Blog Things to Consider When Doing Business in Arizona: Unique Aspects of Arizona Law – From Cumulative Voting to Blue Pencils, Blind Trusts and Guns at Work September 24, 2015 Arizona is a great place to do business. It boasts an excellent regulatory environment, envious climate, skilled workers, fair tax rates, good transportation facilities, and a growing pool of consumers. In addition, CNBC ranked Arizona among the top fifteen of its “America’s
COVID-19 Blog Voting in Arizona During the COVID-19 Pandemic August 24, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the lives of most Americans. Most major events have either been postponed or canceled. However, the 2020 presidential election will take place on November 3rd.   How can we exercise our fundamental right to vote while remaining safe and socially distant?  This article explores an alternative option for voting in-person for Arizonans: Ballot-by-Mail. The Center for Disease Control…
Corporate and Business Blog Reopening Arizona: Gyms Must Comply with New ADHS Requirements August 10, 2020 Arizona gym and fitness center owners are now dealing with a new kind of “resistance training” that takes the form of ordinances, laws, regulations, guidance, and practical considerations for operating in the age of COVID-19.  The most recent and notable being Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Order (EO) 2020-43 and the resulting legal battle.  In particular, EO 2020-43 ordered “indoor…
Real Estate Blog COVID-19 AND LIMITING INDOOR DINING IN ARIZONA July 10, 2020 The State of Arizona has recently seen a dramatic increase in the number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19.  On July 9, 2020, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-47, entitled Reducing the Risk, Slowing the Spread, Limiting Indoor Dining. Executive Order 2020-47 mandates new rules for restaurants and other dining establishments that have indoor seating.  More specifically, it provides that…
Labor and Employment Blog Supreme Court’s LGBTQ Discrimination Decision Impacts Arizona Employers June 16, 2020 Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act makes it unlawful for a covered employer “to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual… because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”  For a number of years, both courts and employers have grappled with the question of whether…
Real Estate Blog IRS Guidance Provides More Coronavirus Relief to Qualified Opportunity Funds and Their Investors – Including Additional Time To Invest June 9, 2020 On June 4, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) further extended the period for some investors to reinvest capital gains into qualifying opportunity funds (QOFs) because of the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Under the opportunity zone incentive described in Section 1400Z-2 and associated regulations (Incentive), a taxpayer with…
Corporate and Business Blog Business as Usual Under Governor Ducey’s Curfew Declaration June 1, 2020 Businesses are confused about what Governor Ducey’s May 31st curfew declaration means for them. For example, one valley restaurant closed at 6:30 p.m. so its employees could make it home before the start of the 8:00 p.m. curfew. That, like other reported business adjustments across the state, was unnecessary. It is true that the curfew generally prohibits anyone from (1)…
Corporate and Business Blog Avoid SBA Audits and Penalties by Documenting Entitlement to COVID-19 Emergency Assistance May 14, 2020 (updated to include new SBA guidance) When the government announced the Paycheck Protection Loan Program (PPP), it chose to rely on Borrower certifications, rather than normal underwriting, to issue the loans.  Recent announcements and guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Small Business Administration have announced their intention to audit Borrowers with loans in…
Real Estate Blog COVID-19 AND REOPENING BUSINESSES IN ARIZONA May 7, 2020 Arizona, like many states, will gradually allow the reopening of businesses that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  On April 29, 2020, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-33, Returning Stronger.  On May 4, 2020, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-34, Building on COVID-19 Successes.  The purpose of these Executive Orders is to permit the reopening of certain non-essential…
Real Estate Blog COVID-19 AND SMALL BUSINESS EVICTIONS IN ARIZONA April 30, 2020 In an effort to protect small businesses, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-21 Prohibiting Small Business Evictions.  While the Executive Order was issued primarily to prevent commercial landlords from evicting commercial tenants, there are other provisions in the Executive Order that are designed to provide financial relief to these small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. First, the Executive Order temporarily…