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Daniel C. Conlon, Esq., dconlon@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-3951 I previously wrote about how the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) created a $28.6 billion dollar Restaurant Revitalization Fund to help struggling food and beverage businesses.  While the fund was created in March, the Small Business Administration, the federal agency that administers the fund, has not awarded any money yet.  START YOUR APPLICATION Last week, F&B businesses collectively cheered the SBA’s announcement that it would begin accepting applications from eligible entities. …
Kenneth G. Scholtz, Esq., kscholtz@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-3903Alexandra N. Boyer, Esq., aboyer@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-3924 Just two days before the nationwide eviction moratorium was set to expire on March 31st, the Biden administration re-extended it through June 30th.  The extension allows tenants who continue to struggle financially during the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid eviction for non-payment of rent.  Tenants who qualify for protection from eviction, based on financial hardship, must provide proof via CDC Affidavit. …
Daniel C. Conlon, Esq., dconlon@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-3951 The following article provides additional information regarding government relief grant money that is available to hospitality businesses who suffered lost profits in 2020 due to COVID-19. Click here to view the original post on this topic. Additional federal grant money will soon be available to restaurant businesses. On Thursday, March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) into law, which appropriates $1.9 trillion in relief and economic stimulus…
Daniel C. Conlon, Esq., dconlon@tuckerlaw.com, (412) 594-3951 Allegheny County announced that its COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP) will begin accepting applications at noon on Monday, March 15 at https://alleghenycounty.us/CHIRP. The program allows businesses in the hospitality industry that were affected by the pandemic to receive grants of up to $50,000 to offset losses. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? •     Businesses that lost 25% or more in gross receipts between 2019 and 2020; •     Businesses…
As the COVID summer of 2020 drew to a close, the Centers for Disease Control issued a nationwide moratorium on evicting tenants from residential properties, in an effort to promote public health and stem the tide of the pandemic.  This CDC eviction moratorium went into effect on September 4th, and applied to any eviction based on non-payment of rent due to unemployment or reduced income.  The CDC created an affidavit for tenants to sign, and…
Ed Wodarczyk The CMS, DOL and Treasury Departments recently and jointly issued FAQs about how group health plans are required to cover COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing without cost-sharing.  The guidance makes clear that private group health plans generally cannot use medical screening to deny this testing to individuals who may be asymptomatic.  For example, individuals wishing to confirm that they are COVID-19 negative prior to visiting a family member generally would be eligible for testing without…
By Daniel C. Conlon and Evan C. Pappas Restauranteurs across Pennsylvania breathed a collective sigh of relief this week as the three-week ban on indoor dining ordered by Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine came to an end. A struggling industry once again must pick up the pieces left behind after this abrupt change in their business model; rehiring waitstaff, replenishing inventory, and reevaluating menus. Despite strong mitigation measures, the COVID-19 crisis is…
Ken Scholtz The new pandemic aid legislation was eight months in the making, includes 5,600 pages, and $2.3 trillion in aid and spending.  With national unemployment at a record high, and moratoriums on evictions, and utility shutoff abeyance soon set to expire, media outlets have focused on the impact of the bill for individual Americans.  In a rare alignment, our outgoing President and Democratic lawmakers have voiced the shared opinion that $600 direct payments to…
After a seemingless endless wait, news of COVID vaccine distribution has business owners, government offices and school district administrators faced with a legal question they could not have foreseen at the beginning of 2020.  Can we require employees to get a vaccine?  The short answer is yes, but there are some exceptions to note, and potential pitfalls to avoid in dealing with employees who refuse a vaccine. An employer can require employees get a vaccine, subject to…
By Ian Grecco The Pennsylvania Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act 73 P.S. § 501, et seq. (“CASPA”) was enacted to protect the right to payment of contractors and subcontractors who perform improvements on real property.  CASPA provides for interest, penalties, attorneys’ fees, and costs if a contractor is not timely paid.   CASPA applies to all private construction projects except for residential buildings of six units or less that are under construction simultaneously or where the…