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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, […]

NEW DEADLINE TO REQUEST EXEMPTIONS TO OPERATE CERTAIN BUSINESSES – FRIDAY APRIL 3, 2020 AT 5:00 P.M.

4/2/2020 | Articles & Alerts, News & Resources

Governor Wolf’s FAQ’s for Life-Sustaining Businesses were updated again on April 1, 2020. Importantly, the revised FAQ’s now state in # 2 that: “All exemption requests MUST be submitted no later than 5:00P.M. on Friday April 3, 2020.” Therefore, if you believe your business or project would qualify for an exemption from the order closing various businesses, you must file for an exemption by the new deadline. If your business is not on the list of “Life-Sustaining” businesses that may […]