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COVID-19 Information and Legal Resources

Welcome to Hanson Bridgett’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center – an online toolkit to help clients confront and address legal issues arising from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including a series of targeted alerts available below. Hanson Bridgett has assembled a multidisciplinary response team available to help our clients navigate the myriad unique issues presented by the developing worldwide pandemic, and to protect their companies and employees.

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Added May 29, 2020:

Judicial Council Revises Its Deadline for Tolling Civil Statutes of Limitations, Including for CEQA Actions

Business Disruption Strategies Alerts

No Deduction for You: Notice 2020-32 Restricts PPP Loan Deductions but Prominent Lawmakers Balk May 1, 2020

CARES Act Update: New SBA Guidance on PPP Loan "Necessity" April 20, 2020

Top Ten Signals that your Company is or may be a Candidate for Bankruptcy April 20, 2020

SBA Issues Guidance on PPP Loans for Law, Accounting, and Other Service Partnerships April 15, 2020

The Main Street Lending Program: How it Works and Who is it For? April 14, 2020

PPP Loans Coming for Independent Contractors and Self-Employed Individuals April 8, 2020

Workouts and Restructurings in the COVID Era April 7, 2020

CARES Act Extends Certain Bankruptcy Provisions to Expanded Group of Small Businesses April 6, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Loans – Affiliation Rules Updated April 6, 2020

Can Qualified Small Businesses Get a PPP Loan under the CARES Act? April 3, 2020

UPDATE: CARES Act: Paycheck Protection Loans and Eligibility for Loan Forgiveness April 1, 2020

Planning for and Negotiating Mergers & Acquisitions In Light of COVID-19 March 30, 2020

CARES Act: Paycheck Protection Loans and Eligibility for Loan Forgiveness March 27, 2020

Cannabis Industry Law Alerts

Governor's Office Designates Cannabis an Essential Business March 23, 2020

Shelter-in-Place Implications for Cannabis Dispensaries March 18, 2020

Construction Law Alerts

Bay Area Counties Issue New Orders Permitting Construction to Resume with Conditions May 5, 2020

New Orders from 6 Bay Area Counties Require Face Coverings to be Worn During Work in Most Circumstances April 23, 2020

Owner Alert: Recent Guidance on the CARES Act Offers Hope for Modification of Distressed Construction Loans April 13, 2020

Guidelines for Construction Owners Responding to COVID-19 April 13, 2020

Guidelines for Contractors Responding to COVID-19 April 3, 2020

Risk Management Advisory: Considerations for Engineers in Responding to COVID-19 March 24, 2020

Corporate Law Alerts

The Force of Force Majeure in Supply Chain Contracts March 26, 2020

Force Majeure and Other Contract Performance Defenses In The Face Of COVID-19 March 19, 2020

Obligations of Boards of Directors in Light of COVID-19 Restrictions March 13, 2020

With Scrapped Events Mounting, Publishers Find a Key Revenue Diversification Avenue Blocked March 12, 2020

Employee Benefits Law Alerts

IRS Issues Cafeteria Plan Relief to Address COVID-19 Pandemic May 12, 2020

Employee Benefit Plan Deadlines Extended Due to COVID-19 May 11, 2020

Relief for Employee Benefit Plan Fiduciaries Due to COVID-19 May 11, 2020

COVID-19 Related Employee Benefits Issues for Governmental Employers April 3, 2020

UPDATED: IRS and DOL Issue COVID-19 Related Tax Credit Guidance April 2, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Paid Leave and Other Leave-Related Benefits April 2, 2020

IRS Form Released for Advance Payments of COVID-19 Payroll Tax Credits April 2, 2020

UPDATED: Additional Payroll Tax Credits for Small and Large Employers Under the CARES Act April 2, 2020

CARES Act – Important Changes to 401k or other Retirement Plans March 30, 2020

Group Health Plan and Cafeteria Plan Issues Related to COVID-19 March 30, 2020

IRS and DOL Issue COVID-19 Related Tax Credit Guidance March 25, 2020

UPDATED Employee Benefits Questions and Answers Related to COVID-19 March 25, 2020

Environmental Law Alerts

Judicial Council Revises Its Deadline for Tolling Civil Statutes of Limitations, Including for CEQA Actions May 29, 2020

Companies Can Bank On Continued U.S. EPA Enforcement Against Unregistered Pesticide Products May 27, 2020

A Role for Water Treatment Systems in Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic May 5, 2020

New Bay Area Shelter-in-Place Orders Allow for the Resumption of Environmental Site Remediation and Agricultural Operations April 30, 2020

EPA Makes Good on Promise to Crack Down on Sham COVID-19 Cleaners and Disinfectants April 29, 2020

A Pandemic Upsets Supply Chains as Proposition 65 Enforcement Soars and New Regulations Take Effect April 21, 2020

EPA Promises Crackdown on Sham COVID-19 Cleaners and Disinfectants April 14, 2020

New EPA Guidance for Site Field Work Decisions Impacted by COVID-19 April 14, 2020

U.S. EPA's Temporary Enforcement Policy Provides Needed Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic March 30, 2020

Complying with Environmental Requirements During COVID-19 March 24, 2020

Government Law Alerts

Top Ten Recommendations for Virtual Brown Act Meetings (PDF) May 20, 2020

New Orders from 6 Bay Area Counties Require Face Coverings to be Worn During Work in Most Circumstances April 23, 2020

Public Works Projects in the Bay Area May Proceed Under COVID-19 Orders April 16, 2020

Governor's Executive Order N-42-20 Restricts the Ability of Water Service Providers to Shut Off Water Service April 6, 2020

FPPC Extends Deadline for Form 700 Filings to June 1, 2020 March 30, 2020

Executive Order Relaxes Brown Act Requirements Further March 20, 2020

Newsom’s Executive Order on COVID-19 Loosens Teleconference Rules for Public Meetings under the Brown Act and Bagley-Keene Act March 13, 2020

Insurance Recovery Law Alerts

Business Interruption Insurance May Cover Losses Related to Coronavirus March 16, 2020

Labor & Employment Law Alerts

Ready to Return to Work? Perhaps Not – San Francisco Temporarily Expands Paid Leave for Employees Impacted by COVID-19 April 24, 2020

Protecting Employees on the Front Lines: Interim Cal/OSHA Guidance for Skilled Nursing and Long-Term Care Facilities April 9, 2020

Employers Need to Check for Local COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Ordinances April 9, 2020

COVID-19: Top Ten Issues for Employers Considering Layoffs, Furloughs or Reduction in Hours April 2, 2020

The CARES Act Increases Unemployment Compensation Coverage and the DOL Clarifies Exemptions to the FFCRA March 30, 2020

CARES Loans Come With "Union Neutrality" Price Tag March 27, 2020

Notice to Employers: California WARN Act Notice Requirements Suspended March 19, 2020

Employer Notice: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Becomes Law March 19, 2020

Employer’s Notification Requirements of Possible COVID-19 Exposure March 18, 2020

California Employment Development Program Provisions Relating to COVID-19 March 16, 2020

Workplace Safety and COVID-19: California and Federal OSHA Issue Employer Guidelines March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Employer Requirements for Reporting & Recordkeeping Under California OSHA March 13, 2020

Land Use Law Alerts

Recent Changes to CEQA-Related Procedures from COVID-19 April 27, 2020

Construction of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly to Continue in Santa Clara County April 17, 2020

CEQA Update: No Change to Administrative Deadlines, Noticing, or Filing Requirements Following Governor Newsom's 'Stay at Home' Order April 1, 2020

Privacy, Data Security and Information Governance Law Alerts

Privacy Alert: Zoom or Not to Zoom?April 17, 2020

COVID-19 and CCPA: No Delay in Enforcement March 31, 2020

Real Estate Law Alerts

San Francisco Extends Commercial Eviction Moratorium April 22, 2020

Requesting Rent Abatement: A Practical Approach During the COVID-19 Pandemic April 3, 2020

Newsom Temporarily Bans Evictions of Residential Tenant’s Impacted by COVID-19 March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Considerations for Landlords & Property Managers March 19, 2020

Newsom Order Facilitates Local COVID-19 Eviction Restrictions March 19, 2020

California Governor's Executive Order to Utilize Hotels for Emergency Purposes March 16, 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Considerations for Private Lenders March 16, 2020

Senior Housing and Care Law Alerts

CDPH Requires all California Skilled Nursing Facilities to Submit 'COVID-19 Mitigation Plan' Creating New Documentation Concerns May 13, 2020

CMS-Mandated COVID-19 Reporting Requirements and Enforcement Actions Coming for Skilled Nursing May 8, 2020

Eviction Guidance for California Senior Communities During COVID-19 Pandemic April 14, 2020

FFCRA Health Care Provider Paid Sick Leave Exemption Expanded And CARES Act Increases Unemployment Compensation Coverage March 28, 2020

UPDATE: Coronavirus Preparation and Response March 25, 2020

Coronavirus Preparation and Response March 9, 2020

Coronavirus Preparedness and Response for Senior Living Communities February 27, 2020

Tax Law Alerts

New Guidance Released Regarding Carryback of Net Operating Losses Under the CARES Act April 13, 2020

IRS Allows Amended Partnership Returns for Bonus Depreciation and Other CARES Act Changes April 9, 2020

California Property Tax Payments and COVID-19 April 1, 2020

Modifications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 in the CARES Act March 27, 2020

Tax Day Extended to July 15 – Now Matches Payment Deadline March 20, 2020

The IRS and FTB Delay Tax Deadlines by Up To 90 Days March 18, 2020

San Francisco Offers Relief to Local Small Businesses in Response to COVID-19 March 16, 2020


Business Is Disrupted Webinar Series

Preserving Liquidity, Restructuring Your Balance Sheet & SurvivingWebinar #3 - May 27

In our third Business Is Disrupted webinar, Hanson Bridgett attorneys discussed strategies for survival in these perilous times. Topics included:

  • Preserving and enhancing liquidity
  • Addressing onerous credit facilities, contracts and leases
  • Taking advantage of tax code changes and insurance policies
  • The pros and cons of chapter 11
  • Recent changes to the bankruptcy laws that are very advantageous to small businesses

On-Demand Video »
On24 Registration Required

Getting Ahead of Privacy IssuesWebinar #2 - April 29

In our second webinar in this series, Hanson Bridgett attorneys explained how COVID-19 intersects with privacy issues impacting your business, including:

  • Cybersecurity issues implicated by working remotely
  • An update on the California Consumer Privacy Act
  • Workforce-related issues employers should be considering and planning for as businesses reopen

On-Demand Video »
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Strategies for These Unprecedented TimesWebinar #1 - April 7

In this first webinar in the series, Hanson Bridgett attorneys focused on three key areas effecting many of our clients:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Evictions
  • CARES Act Paycheck Protection Loans

Presentation Slides (PDF) »

On-Demand Video »
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Paycheck Protection Program Information Fact Sheet »

Paycheck Protection Program Application Form »

Coronavirus Webinar:

Key Issues for Employers
March 19

On March 19, our Labor & Employment attorneys hosted a webinar on “Coronavirus Issues for Employers.” Below please find the presentation materials for download as well as the recording of the webinar.

Presentation Slides (PDF) »

On-Demand Video »
On24 Registration Required

Response Team

Michelle Akerman
Andrew Bassak, Lead
Judith Boyette
David Gehrig
Paul Gordon
Christopher Karachale
Constance Liu
Raymond Lynch
Diane Marie O'Malley
Elizabeth Masson
Nancy Newman
K. Bradley Rogerson
Jonathan Storper

Hanson Bridgett Reacts

Update on Our Efforts to Address the Coronavirus

Coronavirus Is Forcing Big Law Out of Office—What They Can Learn

Short-Term Work Around or the New Normal? Firms Cope With Covid-19 Reality


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19

World Health Organization: COVID-19 Updates

CISA: Critical Infrastructure Sectors

US Department of Labor


Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice - FAQs


Judicial Council of California - Statewide Emergency Order March 30

California Department of Public Health - Guidance Documents

Cal/OSHA Interim Guidelines for General Industry on 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease

Cal/OSHA Interim Guidance for Protecting Health Care Workers from Exposure to Coronavirus Disease

CalChamber Advocacy Employers Resources

Executive Orders

Executive Order N-66-20 May 29

Executive Order N-54-20 May 8

Executive Order N-54-20 April 22

Executive Order N-42-20 April 2

Executive Order N-41-20 April 1

Executive Order N-40-20 March 27

Executive Order N-39-20 March 27

Executive Order N-38-20 March 27

Executive Order N-37-20 March 27

Executive Order N-36-20 March 24

Executive Order N-35-20 March 21

Executive Order N-34-20 March 20

Executive Order N-33-20 March 19

Executive Order N-32-20 March 18

Executive Order N-31-20 March 17

Executive Order N-30-20 March 17

Executive Order N-29-20 March 17

Executive Order N-28-20 March 16

Executive Order N-27-20 March 15

Executive Order N-26-20 March 13

Executive Order N-25-20 March 12

County and Local Orders

Counties Alameda County May 18 Mask Order April 17 Contra Costa County May 18 Mask Order April 17 Fresno County May 20
Los Angeles County April 10 Addendum May 8 Marin County May 15 Mask Order April 17 Mendocino County March 24
Monterey County April 3
Napa County April 22
Orange County March 30
Riverside County April 6
Sacramento County May 26
San Benito County March 31
San Diego County May 27
San Francisco County May 22 Mask Order April 17 San Mateo County May 28 Mask Order April 17 Santa Barbara County May 26
Santa Clara County May 18
Health Officer's Order April 8 Mask Guidance April 17 Santa Cruz County March 31
Solano County May 21
Sonoma County March 31 Mask Order April 13 Amendment May 22 Ventura County March 31
Yolo County April 30

Cities & Municipalities Berkeley April 29
Fresno March 26
Irvine March 17
Palm Springs April 7
Tracy March 18