On May 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new safety alert for restaurant and food and beverage businesses operating during the pandemic. In the alert, OSHA suggests that restaurants providing curbside and takeout service should reserve parking spaces near the front door for pickup, avoid handing food off directly when possible, and allow workers to wear masks.

Continue Reading OSHA Issues New COVID-19 Alert to Restaurants & Beverage Vendors

Reprinted from Tax Notes State, April 27, 2020, p. 537

“Through multiple proclamations, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) ordered that nonessential businesses close their doors or limit their operations, including restaurants, hotels, casinos, retail shops, barbershops, and beauty salons, as well as places of amusement such as concert halls and movie theaters. For many

COVID-19 Update: By agreement of Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, the Mississippi Legislature will reconvene the 2020 legislative session on Monday, May 18.

The Legislature recessed its 125-day session temporarily on March 18, following the governor’s issuance of a state of emergency related to COVID-19.

Hosemann, Gunn, and members

The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) postponed filing and tax payment deadlines for individuals, businesses, trusts, and estates in a series of notices published over the past few weeks.

The notices directly affect the deadlines for filing and paying income tax, estate tax, gift tax, and generation-skipping transfer tax.

IRS Notice 2020-18 provided relief for individual federal income tax return filing and payments due on April 15, 2020. Individual taxpayers must file and pay federal income taxes by July 15, 2020, to avoid accruing interest or penalties on unpaid federal income taxes for the 2019 tax year.
Continue Reading Treasury and IRS Extend Tax Deadlines for Individuals, Businesses, Trusts, and Estates

On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, the Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry (BCI) held a special meeting via teleconference to consider a Motion to Suspend All Deadlines (the “Motion”). The Motion extends all deadlines related to advance notifications, applications, compliance documentation, other contractual documents, and Industrial Tax Exemption Program local notices of action that are

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently approved the temporary relief proposed by both the Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) relating to compliance with the minimum price and minimum market capitalization continued listing standards of each exchange. In short, the cure period for regaining compliance with these standards is tolled through June 30, 2020. Listed companies that either (1) were in a cure period at the time the temporary relief took effect or (2) receive a notice of noncompliance after the temporary relief took effect and, in either case, have not regained compliance by June 30, 2020, will have their cure period either restart or begin on July 1, 2020. However, note that listed companies that receive a notice of noncompliance during the relevant toll period will still have to issue a press release, file a Form 8-K with the SEC, and, for NYSE-listed companies, submit a compliance plan to the NYSE.

Continue Reading Update: NYSE and NASDAQ Receive Approval for Additional Temporary Relief from Continued Listing Standards During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act), the massive stimulus legislation passed on March 27, appropriated $100 billion for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (the Relief Fund) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to be used “for necessary expenses to reimburse, through grants or other mechanisms, eligible health care providers for health care related expenses or lost revenues that are attributable to coronavirus,” other than expenses or losses that have been reimbursed from other sources (or that other sources were obligated to reimburse). As described in our earlier Client Alert CMS Gives Emergency Dollars to Medicare Providers . . . but With Strings Attached, HHS began the initial distribution of Relief Fund payments on April 10, with $30 billion divided among all providers that received Medicare payments during 2019 in proportion to their relative Medicare reimbursements during that year.
Continue Reading HHS Announces Next Distribution and Priorities for CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payments

Today, the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act (the Enhancement Act) was signed into law. The Enhancement Act increases amounts authorized and appropriated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (Public Law 116–136) (the CARES Act).

The Enhancement Act provides an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under section

The Louisiana Department of Revenue issued Revenue Information Bulletin (“RIB”) No. 20-011, which provides filing and payment extension relief for monthly Louisiana severance tax returns, payments, and reports due on April 25, 2020.

The RIB provides that the filing and payment deadline for the February 2020 monthly oil and gas severance tax return, which

On Thursday, April 23, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and United States Department of Treasury released a new question 31 and related answer as a supplement to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which they previously published and have periodically updated since the program began. The recent addition, which is quoted below, appears to us to demonstrate the effects that public pressure is having on the SBA following the inability of a number of small businesses to participate in the first round of PPP funding:
Continue Reading Updated FAQ Issued Regarding the Paycheck Protection Program and Qualification for Loans