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The ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses to adapt again and again to a seemingly endless series of legal, regulatory and economic challenges. Fox attorneys are closely tracking the latest developments to help clients adjust, persevere and thrive under difficult circumstances.

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New and Noteworthy

Congress Extends Paycheck Protection Program Application Deadline
Paul Edelberg, a partner in the firm's Corporate Department, provides details on Congress' recent extension of the deadline for Paycheck Protection Program Loan applications.

SBA Updates Guidance, Sets Application Date for Grants Aiding Shuttered Venues, Talent Representatives
The Small Business Administration announced that it expects to open the application process for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program on April 8. In this alert, Heidy Vaquerano and Melissa Sanders provide an update on eligibility and how the grants interact with the Paycheck Protection Program.

A Guide for Employers to the American Rescue Plan Act
ARPA is an enormous and intricate piece of legislation with direct consequence for employers. In this alert, Jeffrey S. Horton Thomas, Susan Foreman Jordan and Steven K. Ludwig break down the most significant developments, from fully subsidized COBRA premiums to extended tax credits for employers voluntarily providing employees paid leave and more.

Predicting a Renewed Focus on White-Collar Crime Under President Biden’s DOJ
In this two-part series, White-Collar Criminal Defense & Regulatory Compliance Co-Chair Matthew Adams and attorney Marissa Koblitz Kingman explore the outlook for white-collar prosecutions under the new administration, particularly as they relate to trillions of dollars in federal funding distributed through COVID-19 relief programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program. In part 2, Zeroing In: Early Trends in White-Collar Prosecutions Under Biden’s DOJ, the authors look at specific areas that are prime for enforcement.

Senate Passes $28.6 Billion in Restaurant Relief
The Biden administration's American Rescue Plan includes debt-free relief for qualifying restaurants in the form of grants that can be used to cover pandemic-related revenue losses. In this alert, Hospitality Practice Co-Chair Carolyn Richmond and attorneys Glenn Grindlinger, Steven Ludwig and Timothy Gumaer of the firm's Labor & Employment Department explain how the program will work.

New COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Provides Relief for Multiemployer Pension Plans
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 includes several significant provisions designed to provide relief to multiemployer pension plans, contributing employers and plan participants. Michael G. McNally of the firm's Employee Benefits & Compensation Practice outlines how Congress decided to provide assistance to seriously underfunded plans.

Real Estate Tax Appeals During the Pandemic – 10 Key Takeaways
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the commercial real estate market, property owners may look to reduce their property taxes. David Galle, Mary Nicolau and Alexander Wixted of the firm's Corporate and Real Estate departments, provide practical guidance that applies nationwide.

DOJ Announces First Criminal Prosecution for Misuse of Health Care-Related COVID-19 Relief Funds
The Justice Department has widened its crackdown on COVID-19 fraud, announcing the first criminal case alleging misuse of federal relief funds designated for medical providers. Matthew Lee and Marissa Koblitz Kingman of our White-Collar Criminal Defense & Regulatory Compliance Practice discuss enforcement clues that can be gleaned from this first prosecution.

Reducing Risks of Software Implementation Disputes During COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to alter how business is done, companies are increasingly implementing new software to enhance their capabilities and increase efficiencies. In this alert, Clair Wischusen and Michael Eidel, partners in the firm's Litigation Department, detail steps businesses can take to reduce the risk of software implementation disputes.

Employment Issues and the COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 vaccines are gradually becoming more available. As distribution widens, many employers may consider requiring workers to be vaccinated. Whether or not they take this approach, businesses face a variety of employment-related issues involving inoculation. Glenn Grlndlinger, a partner in the firm's Labor & Employment Department, explains in this client alert. 

COVID-19 and Clinical Laboratories: Licensing Requirements for Diagnostic Testing
Clinical laboratories across the country have ramped up diagnostic testing capabilities to meet the critical need for COVID-19 testing. Edward Cyran, Elizabeth Litten and Anahita Anvari of the firm's Health Law Practice detail the state and federal laws labs must comply with, despite provisions in recent federal laws and waivers designed to make testing more accessible.

For Existing PPP Borrowers, Stimulus Bill Expands Forgivable Uses and Eases Tax Consequences
The $900 billion Consolidated Appropriations Act modified the Paycheck Protection Program in a variety of business-friendly ways. In this alert, Gabe Herman, a member of the Corporate Department, outlines provisions that are likely to benefit both existing PPP borrowers and businesses that receive a second PPP Loan.