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April 2021

CSG COVID-19 Resource Center

Last updated April 1, 2021

Welcome to the CSG COVID-19 Resource Center. Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC (“CSG”) has established a multidisciplinary COVID-19 Crisis Management Task Force and this COVID-19 Resource Center to help clients and the business community address the numerous legal, regulatory and commercial implications they are facing now and may experience in the weeks and months ahead.

When a crisis occurs, it is imperative to have sound advice to establish best practices and understand how to navigate the new and varied business and legal issues which may arise.

The challenges arising from the COVID-19 outbreak are far-reaching: affecting workplace safety and health, employee relations, commercial contracts, supply chains, and business travel – among a myriad additional critical issues.

The CSG COVID-19 Crisis Management Task Force is closely monitoring the evolving and serious series of events arising out of the outbreak and the various federal, state and local responses and stands ready to provide guidance to supplement your ongoing business continuity efforts and address your liability posture.

Please visit this page regularly for helpful, real-time insight.

Back to Business: Navigating the Liability Roadmap

Initial Considerations for Managing Third Party Liability in a Post-COVID World

Banking & Finance

Closing-Apart-Together: Best practices and procedures for remotely closing loan transactions

COVID-19 Government Relief Programs

New Jersey Business Magazine: Law Firms Prove Vital for High-Tech Startups

The New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 Explained

SBA Releases Procedural Notice for PPP Loans and Changes of Ownership

Small Business Administration Releases New and Improved Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Applications

Small Business Administration Releases Additional Paycheck Protection Program Guidance

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 Heads to President's Desk

Applications Will Open on June 9 for Phase 2 of the NJEDA's Emergency Grant Program

NJEDA Announces $50 Million Expansion of Emergency Grant Program for Small Businesses and Non-Profits: More Funding, Larger Grants, Expanded Eligibility

Small Business Administration Releases Critical Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness and Application Review

SBA Finally Releases Loan Forgiveness Application for Paycheck Protection Program

Small Business Administration Extends "Safe Harbor" Deadline to Return Paycheck Protection Program Funds to May 14th

President Trump Signs Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

The SBA Issues Guidance on PPP Loans for Self-Employed Individuals

SBA Issues Clarification of "Payroll Costs," Applicability of Affiliation Rules and Answers Other Questions

Paycheck Protection Program to Begin April 3rd

Employer-Provided Tax-Free Disaster Relief Payments

New Economic Assistance Programs for New Jersey Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19

New York City Implements COVID-19 Relief Measures for Small Businesses

Expansion of Access to Small Business Administration Loans and Forgiveness of Loans: Is The CARES Act Too Good to be True?

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Small Businesses

Corporate & Securities

Is the COVID-19 Pandemic a "Natural Disaster"? An Analysis of the SDNY's Force Majeure Ruling in JN Contemporary Art, LLC v. Phillips Auctioneers LLC

New Jersey Business Magazine:
Helping small businesses survive and thrive

ConstructionDIVE: The Dotted Line: 4 ways to interpret construction contracts amid coronavirus

Governor Murphy Announces Plan to Reopen New Jersey

Securities Fraud in the Age of COVID-19: Now Is Not the Time to Relax Compliance Programs or Internal Controls

New Jersey Businesses Required to Report PPE Inventory Under Executive Order No. 109

Challenges Raised by "Essential Business" Designation

SEC Staff Provides Guidance for Upcoming Shareholders' Meetings

Premerger Notification Office Allows Temporary e-Filing in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 and its effect on contract performance

SEC Announces Filing Extensions Amid COVID-19 Concerns


COMMERCE Magazine: COVID-19 has changed protocols, but the work and projects continue across the Garden State

EPA Sets Termination Date for Temporary Policy Suspending Certain Monitoring and Reporting Requirements Due to COVID-19

NJ Governor's Executive Order 136 Tolls Timeframes for DEP Review & Extends Filing Deadlines

Environmental Concerns Related to COVID-19

New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Issues an Emergency Order in Response to COVID-19

Family Law Is coronavirus straining marriages? N.J. divorce lawyers predict a wave of pandemic splits

New Jersey Law Journal: How to Best Navigate the Virtual Family Law Mediation Process

Co-Parenting with COVID-19

A Silver Lining for Family Law Practitioners and Litigants in These Uncertain Times

Food & Beverage

ROI-NJ: State to offer restaurants temp permits to serve alcohol on expanded outdoor seating areas

FoodDive: Coronavirus casts a spotlight on risks facing food workers, employers

Governor Murphy Expands Indoor Dining Capacity and Eliminates Curfew Starting February 5 at 8:00 a.m.

Indoor Dining Resumes in New Jersey: What Restaurant Owners Need to Know

New Jersey Announces Outdoor Dining Protocols and Process to Allow Liquor Licensees to Expand Premises

New Jersey Residents Can Now Order a Cocktail To Go

In Good News for Licensees and Consumers, Bill Would Allow the Sale of Mixed Drinks in To Go Cups

New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Issues Charges in COVID-19 Related Violations of State Alcohol Laws

New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Requires Special Rulings Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 33:1-12.39 and N.J.S.A. 33:1-12.18 to be Submitted Electronically

New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Extends the 2020-2021 License Renewal Deadline to September 30, 2020

How can liquor licensees sell and deliver alcohol during the COVID-19 shutdown?


Healthcare & Hospital

COVID-19 Has Not Slowed Down HIPAA Enforcement

New Jersey Issues Guidance on Resuming Elective Surgeries and Invasive Procedures

CMS Issues Guidelines for Resuming Essential Non-COVID-19 Care

HHS to Distribute $30 Billion in Immediate Relief as Part of the $100 Billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund

CMS April 3rd Correction to Previous Telehealth Billing Guidance - Modifier 95 Required

The CARES Act Earmarks $100 Billion for Eligible Health Care Providers

New Jersey Agencies Loosen Telemedicine/Telehealth Restrictions During COVID-19 Emergency

Governor Murphy Issues Executive Order 109 Requiring the Suspension of Elective Surgeries and Invasive Procedures

CMS COVID-19 Telehealth Waiver and Associated Announcements Regarding Cost-Sharing Waivers and HIPAA Enforcement

The COVID-19 Pandemic - Does HIPAA Apply to My Business?


SEVP Modifies Temporary Exemptions for Nonimmigrant Students Taking Online Courses During Fall 2020 Semester

President Trump Issues Proclamation to Suspend Entry for Certain Nonimmigrant Aliens and Extend Immigrant Visa Restrictions

Trump's Executive Order Temporarily Suspends Immigration for Certain Green Card Categories

Modifications in Department of Homeland Security and Department of State Immigration Services Due to COVID-19

COVID-19 and Immigration Considerations for U.S. Employers

Intellectual Property

USPTO Announces Deferred-Fee Provisional Patent Application Pilot Program to Foster Innovation in Combating COVID-19

USPTO Announces Further Filing Relief for Small and Micro Entities

USPTO Implements Prioritized Examination Program for Trademark Applications Covering Qualifying COVID-19 Medical Products and Services

USPTO Extends Two Month Priority Petition for COVID-19

United States Patent And Trademark Office Announces Continuing Relief Measures In Light of Expiration of Most Extensions on May 31, 2020

United States Patent and Trademark Office Extends Patent and Trademark Deadlines If Delay Is Due to COVID-19

United States Patent and Trademark Office Announces Certain Fee Waivers In Response to COVID-19



NEW: The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Critical Update for Employers Voluntarily Providing Paid COVID Leave

 Shot in the dark: Can employers mandate COVID vaccines? And should they? Answers aren't simple, employment attorneys say

ROI-NJ: Ask the Experts - Do employees have to use PTO if they can't work?

ConstructionDive: Contractors consider COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives for Hesitant Workers

Employers Can Voluntarily Extend FFCRA Benefits Through March 31, 2021

Back to School 2020: Employer FFCRA Obligations

NJ Warn Act Amendments Postponed Due To COVID-19 Health Crisis

OSHA Issues Workplace Posters to Reduce Risk of Coronavirus Exposure

Department of Labor Guidance and Form Notice Issued for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

New Jersey Expands Paid Leave Benefits To Cover Those Impacted By COVID-19

Coronavirus in the Workplace: Recent OSHA Guidance

New York Paid Leave for Quarantined Employees

Governor of New Jersey Issues Stay at Home Order Closing All Non-Essential Retail Businesses

Complying With Harassment, Discrimination And Retaliation Laws And Policies During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus Relief Act Signed Into Law: What Employers Need to Know

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: House Passes Bill Mandating Two Forms of Paid Leave

Employers' Best Practices for Managing Responses to the Coronavirus


New Jersey Law Journal: 'Much Adapting Required' - Litigators Brace for More of the Same, and a Few New Curveballs

COMMERCE Magazine: Managing Risk and Avoiding Liability During COVID-19

Various Sectors Affected by Wave of COVID-19 Bills Signed into Law on April 14 by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

New Jersey's Emergency Pricing Law Triggered by the COVID-19 Crisis Requires Clarity

Civil Court Deadlines and Operations

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Signs Executive Order 106, Prohibiting Residential Evictions Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Privacy & Data Security

COVID-19 Fraud Warnings from the FBI: Do Not Let Fear Allow You to be Phished

Privacy Laws, Duty to Warn and Communication Considerations Concerning COVID-19

Practical considerations for employers as their workforce goes remote amid COVID-19 outbreak

Professional Liability

Attorneys: Six Tips to Protect Yourself from Malpractice Claims in Today's COVID-19 Environment

Attorney Ethics Considerations in the Age of Coronavirus


Property Taxation & Valuation

New Legislation Establishes July 1, 2020 as the Filing Deadline for All 2020 Property Tax Appeals

New Jersey Supreme Court Issues Order Extending Filing Deadlines for 2020 Tax Appeals

Qualified Opportunity Zones

IRS Issues Long-Awaited Coronavirus Relief for Qualified Opportunity Funds

Real Estate, Development & Land Use

Real Estate NJ: Relaxed deadlines could bring new attention, momentum to Opportunity Zone projects

New Jersey Law Journal: A Changing Landscape - Balancing Rights and Interests in Retail Leases

New Jersey Law Journal: This NJ Order Just Made It Easier to Evict, Foreclose on Commercial Properties

ROI-NJ: Virtual reality: Land use, zoning approvals enter uncharted waters as in-person meetings are forced online by COVID pandemic

ROI-NJ: Land bank law can help relieve stress on economy hurt by COVID-19

Real Estate NJ: Landlords brace for fallout, search for solutions with retailers battered by COVID-19 shutdown

Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions

New Jersey Begins Re-Opening Process

In Continued Effort to Flatten the Curve, Governor Murphy's Executive Order 122 Places Restrictions on Non-Essential Construction

Local Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Adjustment to Conduct Business as Usual During the COVID-19 Crisis Says the NJDCA - Virtually or Telephonically

Franchise Secrets: How Franchisees Can Navigate Lease Issues During COVID-19

Renewable Energy & Sustainability

Solar Investment Tax Credit Extension Included in COVID-19 Relief Bill Signed by President Trump


Expand Tax Relief for Tax Fil

Treasury Secretary Sets Credit Date

Tax Benefits Available Under the $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package

IRS Issues Employer Credit and Tax Extension Guide

IRS, New and New Jersey All Extend Tax Deadlines

Second Coronavirus Law Provides Tax Credit for Employers and Self-Employed

Coronavirus Tax Relief Means Millions of Taxpayers Have Until July 15th to Pay Their Taxes

Trump Administration Requests Delay of Tax Filing Deadlines as Coronavirus Relief Measure

Trust & Estates

Wealth Transfer Planning Opportunities in the Current Environment

Why Clients are Reviewing their Estate Plans Now

Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Internal Revenue Service

State of New Jersey

State of New Jersey Department of Health

New Jersey Courts

New York State Department of Health

NYC Health 


State of New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce

US Senator Cory Booker's Coronavirus Pandemic Resource Guide for New JerseyansNew Jersey Board of Public Utilities

New Jersey Board of Public Utilities