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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 October 18, 2022:

Governor Plans to Lift COVID-19 State of Emergency, Limiting Agencies’ Ability to Meet Remotely

Business Disruption Strategies Alerts

COVID-19 Legislation: New Paycheck Protection Program Loan Rules Allow Second Round Funding and Deductibility of Expenses Paid with Forgivable Loan Proceeds January 5, 2021

Negotiating VC Term Sheets in a Recession June 11, 2020

Federal Reserve Continues to Revise Main Street Lending Program June 11, 2020

More Flexibility for PPP Loans Under New Legislation June 9, 2020

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

San Francisco Imposes Quarantine on Travelers and Commuters from Outside the Bay Area with Two Exceptions for Construction Workers January 4, 2021

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

Form W-2 Reporting Requirement for COVID-Related Paid Leave Could Apply to Governmental Employers This Year January 26, 2022

Termination of Governor's COVID Stay-at-Home Order Triggers Review of Rehired Public Sector Retirees June 17, 2021

New Payroll Tax Credit Available in 2021 for Public Colleges, Universities and Governmental Healthcare Entities – Q&A January 6, 2021

IRS Provides Rules for W-2 Reporting of COVID Paid Leaves July 29, 2020

IRS Issues Guidance on 2020 Waiver of Required Minimum Distributions July 23, 2020

IRS Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Leave-Based Donation Programs July 7, 2020

IRS Issues CARES Act Guidance for Retirement Plans June 23, 2020

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

Governor Plans to Lift COVID-19 State of Emergency, Limiting Agencies’ Ability to Meet Remotely October 18, 2022

California Indoor Mask Mandate Update February 16, 2022

Brown Act in a Time of Pandemic: the Governor Vetoes AB 339 October 8, 2021

California Legislature Takes Aim at Brown Act Teleconferencing Requirements September 13, 2021

Top Ten Recommendations for Virtual Brown Act Meetings (with video) July 17, 2020

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

Health Care Law Alerts

New California Law Imposes Additional Infection Preventionist and Reporting Requirements on Skilled Nursing Facilities October 5, 2020

Long-Term Care Facility COVID-19 Testing Requirements and Revised COVID-19 Focused Survey Tool September 4, 2020

Governor's Executive Order Extends Deadlines For FQHCs And DHCS In The Audit And Appeals Process During The COVID-19 State of Emergency July 17, 2020

Insurance Recovery Law Alerts

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

Labor & Employment Law Alerts

New Masking Guidance for California Employers March 4, 2022

California Re-Issues 80 Hours of COVID-19 Sick Leave Mandates – SB 114 February 11, 2022

Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Requirements for COVID-19-Related Absences January 26, 2022

New CDPH Recommendations and Revisions to Cal/OSHA's COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards in Effect on January 14 January 13, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Permits Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Program To Proceed Without Religious Exemption, But EEOC Continues the Exemption In Latest Guidance June 17, 2021

Third Time's A Charm: Cal/OSHA Standards Board Passes Revisions To Its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard After Two Aborted Attempts June 17, 2021

Important Update to the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards June 10, 2021

Cal/OSHA Passes Revisions to Its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards June 7, 2021

EEOC Issues May 28 Updated FAQ's For Employer COVID-19 Vaccination Programs June 1, 2021

California Employers Face New COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Requirement March 23, 2021

San Francisco Court Declines to Halt Enforcement of Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard Regulations February 26, 2021

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues Updated Guidance for Employer COVID-19 Vaccination Programs December 18, 2020

Cal/OSHA Issues FAQ Guidance Regarding Its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard December 4, 2020

California's Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board Passes an Extensive COVID-19 Emergency Regulation Regarding The Spread Of COVID-19 In Workplaces November 23, 2020

New Bill Expands Cal/OSHA Enforcement Rules Over COVID-19 Related Illnesses For All Employers September 21, 2020

AB 1867: California's New Supplemental COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law September 11, 2020

New York Federal District Judge Rejects Key Aspects of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) – What Employers Need to Know August 12, 2020

California Emergency Paid Sick Leave Ordinances July 30, 2020

California Issues New COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening July 30, 2020

First Group of COVID-19 Cases Filed in California Federal and State Courts Includes Class and Individual Claims Brought On A Variety of Grounds June 3, 2020

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

California Legislature Passes Bill to Maximize Creation of Public Transportation Infrastructure September, 2020

CEQA Reform in the COVID Era? The California Senate Housing Production Package Moves Forward June 4, 2020

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

CMS Updates Skilled Nursing Survey Process to Cover Mandatory Staff Vaccination Requirements February 11, 2022

California Legislation Extends Protections for Tenants Experiencing COVID-19-Related Financial Distress; Broadens Financial Assistance for Eligible Landlords and Tenants July 8, 2021

California Extends COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium; Provides Financial Assistance for Eligible Landlords and Tenants February 3, 2021

Private Pay Assisted Living Providers Are Eligible for HHS Provider Relief Payments – But Only Briefly September 3, 2020

New California and Federal Moratoria on Evictions Based on Non-payment: What Senior Living Communities Should Know September 2, 2020

Senior Living Communities Eligible for PREP Act Protection August 19, 2020

Judicial Council of California Votes to End Statewide Judicial Restrictions on Evictions August 17, 2020
Business Realities in the Age of COVID-19 June 22, 2020

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

IRS Reverses Position on Deductibility of Paycheck Protection Program Loan Expenses January 8, 2021

Main Street Lending Program Now Open for Nonprofits July 22, 2020

COVID Relief for Qualified Opportunity Funds June 11, 2020

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


2021 Labor & Employment Mid-Year Briefing WebinarJune 9, 2021

This special mid-year update highlighted recent developments in Labor and Employment Law. The seminar included panel discussions with our Labor attorneys covering federal and state case updates and new laws since January 2021. We also covered everything you need to know about reopening your workplace—from vaccination accommodations, wage and hour issues, to newly filed COVID-related cases.

Presentation Booklet (PDF) »

On-Demand Video »
On24 Registration Required
CLE Credit is not available for On-Demand viewings

2021 Annual Employee Benefits UpdateFebruary 10, 2021

The Employee Benefits Group hosted their annual 2021 update with a look at recent trends and developments in employee benefits from the last year and what employers should expect for 2021; including CARES Act updates, COVID-19 benefits, leave requirements, payroll tax credits and deferrals.

Public Agency
On-Demand* Video »

Presentation Materials (PDF) »

Private Sector
On-Demand* Video »

Presentation Materials (PDF) »

*On24 Registration Required
CLE Credit is not available for On-Demand viewings

2021 Annual Labor & Employment SeminarJanuary 27, 2021

The Labor & Employment Group highlighted recent developments in labor and employment law. The two panel discussions provided an in-depth look at the new employment laws for 2021 and then a focused presentation on COVID-19 laws and issues, including Cal/OSHA developments, workplace issues, and the coming vaccine.

Presentation Booklet (PDF) »

On-Demand Video »
On24 Registration Required
CLE Credit is not available for On-Demand viewings

Labor & Employment Mid-Year Briefing WebinarJune 25, 2020

The first session focused on new and pending regulations, employment case updates, recent developments on AB5, and new electronic disclosure rules.
The second session focused on COVID-19 Labor updates including reopening your workplace, health and environmental considerations for employers, employee benefit issues and newly filed COVID-related cases.

Presentation Slides (PDF) »

On-Demand Video »
On24 Registration Required
CLE Credit is not available for On-Demand viewings

Business Is Disrupted Webinar Series

Shifting Valuation: Down-rounds and Underwater OptionsWebinar #4 - June 23

In our fourth Business is Disrupted webinar, members of our Corporate and Employee Benefits practice groups explored raising capital vs repricing stock options.

Stock Option Repricing

  • Tricks and traps for underwater stock options
  • Tax implications
  • Securities and corporate law considerations

Raising Capital

  • Impact on existing investors
  • Understanding anti-dilution rights
  • Term sheet red flags

On-Demand Video »
On24 Registration Required

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 »
On24 Registration Required

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 »
On24 Registration Required

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


2022 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave
(California, February 19, 2022)

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


2022 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave [Poster] February 18, 2022

COVID-19 Employer Playbook: Supporting a Safer Environment for Workers and Customers July 28, 2020

Safe Reopening FAQs for Workers and Employers July 28, 2020

California Department of Public Health: Guidance for Use of Face Coverings June 18, 2020

Judicial Council of California - Statewide Emergency Order March 30, 2020

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 [2020]

Executive Order N-69-20 June 15

Executive Order N-66-20 May 29

Executive Order N-54-20 May 8

Executive Order N-55-20 April 22

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 June 18, 2020 Mask Order June 5, 2020 Contra Costa County June 16, 2020 Mask Order July 5, 2020 Fresno County May 20, 2020
Los Angeles County May 29, 2020 Safer at Work July 4, 2020 Mask Order June 26, 2020 Marin County May 15, 2020 Mask Order April 17, 2020 Mendocino County July 1, 2020
Monterey County April 3, 2020
Napa County July 8, 2020
Orange County July 3, 2020
Riverside County April 6, 2020
Sacramento County June 29, 2020
San Benito County March 31, 2020 Closure of Activities July 10, 2020 San Diego County July 7, 2020
San Francisco County June 11, 2020 Mask Order May 28, 2020 San Mateo County June 17, 2020 Mask Order May 19, 2020 Santa Barbara County May 26, 2020
Santa Clara County June 5, 2020
Santa Cruz County May 26, 2020
Solano County June 16, 2020
Sonoma County June 18, 2020
Ventura County June 11, 2020
Yolo County April 30, 2020

Cities & Municipalities Berkeley April 29, 2020
Fresno March 26, 2020
Irvine March 17, 2020
Palm Springs April 7, 2020
Tracy March 18, 2020