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PENNSYLVANIA PASSES A NEW LAW ALLOWING MUNICIPALITIES TO CONDUCT REMOTE PUBLIC PROCEEDINGS & TOLLING OF CERTAIN DEADLINES DURING THE COVID-19 DISASTER

5/6/2020 | Articles & Alerts, General, News & Resources

On April 20, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Senate Bill No. 841 permitting governmental authorities, boards, and commissions to conduct public meetings and hearings remotely by telecommunications during the COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration which began on March 6, 2020 (“Emergency Declaration”). The new law, which went into effect immediately upon the Governor’s signature, and will expire automatically when the Emergency Declaration ends, also suspends the time periods for governmental action on a wide range of permit and […]

PENNSYLVANIA CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY ALLOWED TO RESTART ON MAY 8

5/6/2020 | Articles & Alerts, General, News & Resources

On April 20, 2020 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine issued Amendments to existing Orders that had prohibited non-life essential construction activity in Pennsylvania because of the COVID pandemic. The Amended Orders authorize “limited” residential and commercial construction activity in Pennsylvania (which had been previously restricted) to commence starting on May 8, 2020. Such activity includes residential and commercial construction and residential and commercial tenant fit out work. Amended FAQs issued with the Amended Orders state […]

DEP AND EPA TO ASSIST HOLDERS OF ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITS

5/4/2020 | Articles & Alerts, General, News & Resources

In accordance with Governor Wolf’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency of March 6, 2020 and the Governor’s powers pursuant to the Emergency Management Code, 35 Pa.C.S. §7301, the Governor has authority to suspend regulatory obligations and other legal obligations where strict compliance will prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with the COVID-19 emergency. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) has announced the availability of a process for requesting temporary suspensions of environmental permitting and regulatory compliance obligations. Regulated […]

GOVERNOR MURPHY APRIL 8, 2020 EXECUTIVE ORDER RESTRICTS NJ CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY

4/23/2020 | Articles & Alerts, Events & Seminars, News & Resources

On April 8, 2020 New Jersey Governor Murphy issued an Executive Order which restricts certain construction, manufacturing, and retail activity in New Jersey. The Order became effective on April 10 at 8:00 p.m. and will remain in effect until further notice. Penalties for violations of this Order may be imposed under, among other statutes, N.J.S.A. App. A:9-49 and -50. A copy of the Order may be found here. As to construction activity in New Jersey not previously restricted, the Order […]

Treasury Issues Additional Guidance and New Application Form for Paycheck Protection Program Loans

4/6/2020 | Articles & Alerts, General, News & Resources

On April 2, 2020, the United States Treasury and the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued additional implementation guidelines and requirements for its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)—a key component of the CARES Act stimulus package intended to incentivize small businesses and sole proprietorships to maintain payroll during the COVID-19 crisis by providing them with access to forgivable loans for payroll and overhead through existing SBA lenders (“PPP Loans”). In the new guidelines, the SBA clarifies certain provisions of the CARES Act, […]