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End of State of Emergency and Impact on Remote Notarizations

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that New York’s COVID state of emergency, in place since March 7, 2020, has expired as of today, June 24, 2021.  What this means in terms of remote notarization of documents is unclear as the Governor had issued Executive Order 202.7 providing for remote notarization of documents, which had been extended through and including July 5, 2021.  In essence, we have conflicting guidelines as to how to treat this issue. 

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New York State Court Updates to Eviction and Foreclosure Matters

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

On May 24, 2021, a series of Administrative Orders were issued affecting procedures in residential evictionscommercial evictions, and foreclosure matters. Attorney Alexis M. Florczak provides updates. 

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The Main Street Lending Program – An Alternative to PPP

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

The Main Street Lending Program (“MSLP”) is the second COVID-19 loan program being offered to small- to medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition prior to the onset of the pandemic, but were either unable to take advantage of the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) or are in need of additional funding after already receiving a PPP loan.  There is one critical difference between the MSLP and PPP however; the MSLP loan is not forgivable and must be repaid.

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Examining Risk Transfer in Construction Agreements

Friday, July 10th, 2020

Well written risk transfer clauses are essential in the defense of a construction site accident and may mean the difference between the continuation or failure of an owner’s or general contractor’s family business.

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A Whirlwind Introduction to Our New Series on Business Contracts

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Now more than ever, we urge our business friends and clients to take this time to reflect on how commercial activities were conducted before the pandemic in the hope of changing the way you effectively conduct business going forward, with the purpose of mitigating or at least reducing your legal risk of exposure.

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PPP Changes Will Benefit Small Business Owners

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 was signed into law on June 5th, making the program's lending terms more favorable to small businesses.

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With WNY Poised for Phase 2, Is Your Business Ready to Re-open?

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

This alert summarizes some of the key issues that businesses must consider as they make plans to reopen, including putting together a workplace safety plan.

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Eviction Moratorium Extended Though August 20th – What Does That Mean For Landlords?

Monday, May 11th, 2020

On May 7th, New York Governor Cuomo extended the moratorium on commercial and residential evictions due to COVID-19 related hardships by another 60 days—through August 20, 2020.

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What Happens to Your PPP Loan Forgiveness Amount if a Laid Off Employee Rejects an Offer to Rehire?

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

For those businesses who obtained a PPP loan, in order to have it forgiven, they may need to get their staff off unemployment and back on the payroll.  But what if a laid off employee rejects an offer to rehire?

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Governor Cuomo and White House Announce Initial Plans for Reopening the Economy: Is Your Business Ready?

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

While plans to reopen the economy are still in their earliest stages, now is the time for employers to start preparing to reopen their businesses.

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Loan Forgiveness or Not? Pointers for PPP Utilization

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine presents a set of business/operational recommendations, which, depending on your particular situation, you may find helpful in managing your PPP loan to maximize loan forgiveness.

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Empire State Development Issues Updated Guidance on “Essential Business”

Sunday, April 12th, 2020

Empire State Development recently issued updated guidance on the meaning of “Essential Businesses” in relation to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive orders pertaining to the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SBA Issues Final Interim Rule for Paycheck Protection Program

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration issued its Interim Final Rule for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Hurwitz & Fine summarizes a few important takeaways.

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Lawrence Ross Featured in Training Industry, Inc.

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Interpersonal Relations and Behavioral Concerns in the Workplace" in September 4, 2019 Training Industry.

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New York Expands Its Telemedicine Regulations

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Recent amendments to the New York State Office of Mental Health’s (OMH) Telemental Health Services regulations, enacted this month, aim to improve access to mental healthcare. The amended regulations added more categories of mental health professionals approved by OMH to provide care to mental health patients through “telehealth.”

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Update to the SHIELD Act

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Recently, the New York legislature passed the SHIELD Act and is currently awaiting the Governor’s signature. There is strong speculation that the Governor will sign the SHIELD Act into law. Given the likelihood of the Governor’s signature, we wish to remind you of some of the important changes the SHIELD Act will have on New York law.

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