During these unprecedented times our hearts and thoughts go out to all of those being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The well-being of our ALFA International member firm attorneys, clients, families, vendors and staff, is of the utmost importance and we encourage everyone to closely follow the guidelines of the CDC and the WHO in order to stay well and prevent the spread of this virus.
ALFA International lawyers and law firms – from every jurisdiction across our country and the world – are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. To that end, ALFA International has set up this page to be a central repository for links to helpful resources for you and your colleagues, including:
COVID-19 QUICK REFERENCE GUIDEs
The reference guides below provide a brief overview and links pertaining to executive orders and useful resources within each state or country as well as information related to how courts are addressing pending litigation.
Click HERE for the International COVID-19 Reference Guide PDF
These documents will be updated with new information as it becomes available so please check back often.
PAST: Understanding the Paycheck Protection Program
Click HERE for a recording of the April 2nd webinar.
PAST: Navigating the Ever-Changing Landscape of COVID-19
Click HERE for a recording of the March 26th webinar.
MEMBER FIRM ALERTS (UPDATED APRIL 3, 2020)
Paycheck Protection Program Interim Regulations
In the evening of April 2, 2020, mere hours before the application period was set to open, SBA and Treasury published interim regulations, a revised Borrower’s Application, and Lender’s Application for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). These rules are immediately effective, although there will be a 15 day comment period after which final rules will be issued which supersede the interim rules. Click HERE to read KMK Law's overview of the material changes these regulations made to the PPP program as well as a longer summary of the important confirmations, clarifications and changes made in the regulations.
Click HERE for the Interim Final Rule announcing the temporary implementation of the “Paycheck Protection Program,” to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) 7(a) Loan Program.
Click HERE for the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Application revised by the SBA on April 2, 2020.
COVID-19 Policy Update — What the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Means for You
On March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or “Act”) which provides support to both individuals and businesses. Click HERE to read Lewis Wagner's answers to some frequently asked questions and links to resources.
COVID-19 and Force Majeure Issues
The COVID-19 crisis will undoubtedly impact the ability of businesses to fulfill their obligations under existing contracts. Click HERE to read Stoll Keenon Ogden's overview of three overarching areas of law to contemplate in excusing nonperformance due to unforeseeable circumstances: (1) force majeure clauses; (2) Uniform Commercial Code provisions; and (3) common law.
COVID-19 Immigration Update (Canada)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are various implications for the immigration world, including for those already in Canada, as well as those looking to travel to, or return to Canada, from abroad. In particular, there are travel restrictions in place for land and air travel, which will particularly impact foreign nationals that may wish to enter Canada for work or similar purposes. Click HERE to read Stewart McKelvey's overview of current travel restrictions and other related immigration issues.
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