Banking & Finance Law Report

Wage withholding in a remote working environment

Employers generally must withhold income taxes on behalf of employees based on where the employee works. Typically this determination is simplified by the location of the employer’s offices. The COVID-19 pandemic and corresponding stay-at-home orders have altered the working situations for most Americans. Employers must now consider the impact of employees working remotely and confirm that income tax withholding is properly executed given these unprecedented circumstances.

My colleague Gary Schulte explains in this Employer Law Report blog.

 

SBA issues two more borrower-friendly PPP forgiveness applications

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued two new borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness applications: the EZ Application and a revised Forgiveness Application. The changes come in response to the recent passage of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act as well as pressure to simplify the forgiveness process for borrowers. My colleagues Jack Beeler, Jack Meadows and Cat Rice explain the two new options and additional changes to the forgiveness program in this Porter Wright Law Alert.

 

Drop your pencils: The PPP Flexibility Act is here

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers across the nation have struggled to meet the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) guidelines, with many resorting to new and creative payroll expenditures to meet spending minimums and qualify for full forgiveness of the loan. On June 3, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed House Bill 7010, the “Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020”, which was promptly signed by the president the following day.  My colleague Cat Rice explains the PPP Flexbility Act in this Porter Wright Law Alert.

UPDATE: Main Street Lending Program

Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve Board provided another update to the terms of the Main Street Lending Program that is intended to provide financing opportunities to small and medium–sized businesses. My Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin initially announced the details of the program on April 9, 2020. My colleagues Jack Beeler and Jack Meadows explain the details in this Porter Wright Law Alert.

 

 

Main Street Lending Program terms updated

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Main Street Lending Program is expected to be up and running within days.  The program is intended to provide financing opportunities to small and medium–sized businesses. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced details on the program on April 9, 2020 and updated the terms recently with a second set of FAQs. My colleagues Jack Beeler and Jack Meadows explain in this Porter Wright Law Alert.

Antitrust concerns, price gouging, hoarding and protecting your business during the COVID-19 pandemic

We’ve seen some incredible collaborations and innovations during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have also seen price volatility during these uncertain times.  While these may not be top of mind for some, antitrust law and consumer protection law still apply and ignoring them could be costly for businesses down the road.  Porter Wright’s Jay Levine discussed these topics with partner Allen Carter in a three-part Antitrust Law Source podcast series focused on antitrust law and price gouging.

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Think twice before hitting “record”

It is simple enough: press record and you can easily share your internal video conference call, re-watch it later, or forget it and move on. You move on until you receive a discovery request or a subpoena for information if the company is sued. Now, your internal video call is discoverable and may be seen by those outside your intended viewership.

My colleagues Abby Chin and Molly Crabtree delve into this issue on the Technology Law Source blog.

Paycheck protection: Lender considerations before round two

Lenders are getting some much-deserved rest after enduring nearly two weeks of processing applications for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which ran out of funds in the early hours of Thursday, April 15 – tax day. The program has been sharply criticized by lenders and borrowers alike, citing confusing guidance and technological glitches with the SBA e-Trans system, to the overwhelming sense that the program was underfunded and biased given the expanded eligibility criteria.

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How to claim COVID-19 tax credits via payroll

Employers may claim the Employee Retention Tax Credit and the tax credits available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) for relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. They do this first, by reducing the employer portion of Social Security taxes, and then, by reducing the employer’s payroll deposits in an amount equal to the refundable portion of the accrued credits, instead of depositing said amount with the IRS.

My colleagues Victoria Hanohano-HongGerhard SchulteMark Snider and Dave Tumen explain to to claim these credits via payroll in this Employer Law Report blog.

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