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Category: Business Law

RANSOMWARE and CIVIL LIABILITY

In a world where the attention in many businesses has focused on keeping their workplaces COVID-free, cyber criminals have begun preying upon the security vulnerabilities created by COVID. For example, ransomware attacks have increased exponentially in 2020; security experts believe a significant portion of the increase is attributable to lack of “work from home” cybersecurity measures.  Prior in person communications are now completed entirely over email––without necessary safeguards.  This situation is ripe for  nefarious phishing—an attacker sends an email to an unsuspecting employee, the employee clicks on a link or attachment, the act of clicking on the link infects the employee’s computer and ultimately the company’s entire network.  After an […]

WEBINAR: EMPLOYER’S GUIDE to BACK TO SCHOOL

‘Back to School’ has always been a time of huge changes in the lives of employees and employers… but in 2020, amid a global pandemic, it takes on an entirely new meaning. Employees are struggling to balance their responsibilities at home and at work, while Employers are trying to navigate new and changing regulations and expectations – while trying to run an effective and productive organization! So join Mary Lisa Mireles, Labor and Employment Law Attorney at Rosenblatt Law Firm, and Michele Fite, HR Consultant for OneDigital, along with an expert panel, on Wednesday, August 19th, as they discuss what you CAN do, what you SHOULD do, and what you […]

BUSINESS JOURNALS ARTICLE – JAMES ROSENBLATT FEATURED

Appearing on an expert panel alongside 14 other legal and business professionals, our own James Rosenblatt was featured in an article by The Business Journals. The article, titled Overcome hurdles in your organization with these 15 tips, provides advice for pushing your business forward while preparing for potential roadblocks in the future. Check out the article here. Be sure to visit our business law practice page to see what we’ve accomplished for our clients.

SMALL BUSINESSES CAN STILL APPLY FOR THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (“PPP”) AS OF JULY 6, 2020

Congress has given small businesses more time to access PPP funding.  The PPP loan’s previous application deadline was June 30, 2020. However, on Saturday, the President signed legislation into law authorizing the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) to resume accepting applications on July 6, 2020. The new deadline to apply for a PPP loan is August 8, 2020. The SBA has the most updated version of the application on their website. The goal of PPP loans is to help small businesses maintain their businesses and pay their employees during the challenging financial conditions presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.  While the original terms were more restrictive and loan applications and forgiveness applications […]

NEW PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (“PPP”) LOAN FORGIVENESS APPLICATION IS NOW AVAILABLE

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) released two new applications for PPP loan forgiveness on June 18, 2020, which mirror recent revised requirements for PPP loans. Due to widespread criticism of the original forgiveness application’s complexities, these modifications were implemented in efforts to make the borrower’s forgiveness process easier.  Both the “EZ” application, for certain borrowers, and the revised standard forgiveness application are shorter and more user-friendly.  The SBA has also established a helpline to aid borrowers in completing their applications.  The EZ application: (Form 3508EZ) The EZ application is a two-page form which allows borrowers flexibility by requiring fewer documents and calculations. To use the EZ application, borrowers must be: […]

BEXAR COUNTY EXECUTIVE ORDER REQUIRES FACE COVERINGS

On Wednesday, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued an executive order in response to growing cases of Covid-19 in the San Antonio area. This order requires that commercial businesses implement and enforce a health policy for customers and staff which includes protective face coverings as a minimum. Businesses failing to comply could be subject to fines of up to $1000. Local businesses are moving to enforce such policies. To see how some San Antonio businesses are handling it, check out this article reported by local news station KSAT. As always, Rosenblatt Law Firm has legal experts standing by to answer your questions.

BUSINESS JOURNALS ARTICLE – JAMES ROSENBLATT

Appearing on an expert panel alongside 14 other legal and business professionals, our own James Rosenblatt was featured in an article by The Business Journals. The article, titled Want to get better at networking? Try these 15 creative strategies, provides useful and unique networking advice for professionals of all industries. Check out the article here. Be sure to visit our business law practice page to see what we’ve accomplished for our clients.

THE PPP FLEXIBILITY ACT

On Friday, June 5th, the President signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (the “Flexibility Act”), which brought good news to those who have applied for any received Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans.  The Flexibility Act brought some significant changes to the CARES Act, which originally authorized PPP loans.  The major highlights are as follows: One of the biggest struggles for borrowers has been maintaining the minimum 75% loan expenditure required to be spent on payroll and related expenses.  The Flexibility Act decreased the minimum percentage required to be spent on payroll and related expenses to 60%, meaning 40% can be used on acceptable non-payroll expenses […]

BUSINESS JOURNAL FEATURE – JAMES ROSENBLATT

Discussing the implications of business funding, our own president, James Rosenblatt, was recently featured on an expert panel for an article by The Business Journal. The article, titled 11 factors to consider when you’re choosing a business funding strategy, provided advice for business owners seeking to fund their operations, with answers coming directly from James and 10 other business professionals. Check out the article here. Be sure to visit our business law practice page to see what we’ve accomplished for our clients.

UPDATES ON SMALL BUSINESS LOANS AS OF APRIL 23, 2020

Today, the President signed into law a $310 billion second round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), $50 billion for emergency disaster lending, and $10 billion in Small Business Administration (“SBA”) disaster grants.  The SBA is expected to begin taking loan applications again next week. In the first round of funding, many large public companies applied for and received relief funds through the PPP, leaving thousands of small businesses without funding. However, this new round of funding coupled with the changes described below will help small businesses get a second shot at getting their PPP loan approved. It is expected, this second round of funding will be quickly […]