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Preti Flaherty COVID-19 Resources

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Preti Flaherty's attorneys have maintained a constant stream of the most up-to-date information and resources for our clients, business partners, and others struggling to navigate these complex and often confusing times. On this page, we make those resources available as a convenient, singular destination to help you stay as current and informed as possible. Please check back regularly, as we will be constantly updating this information.

Business Law

3/26 - Funding Programs For Businesses Impacted By COVID-19

5/11 - COVID-19 and Contractual Non-Performance

Construction Law

6/2 - Owner's Guide to Mitigating COVID-19 Risks in the AIA A201-2017 General Conditions

5/7 - Contractor's Guide to Mitigating COVID-19 Risks in the AIA A201-2017 General Conditions

4/1 - Construction Alert: Gov. Baker Clarifies Massachusetts Construction Requirements and Possible Future Impacts for New Hampshire

3/27 - NH Gov. Sununu Issues Stay-At-Home Order - Construction Considered Essential Industry

Employment Law

4/3 - DOL Provides Guidance on Exemption from Paid Leave for Small Businesses

3/26 - COVID-19 and 401(k) Plans—Ability to Suspend Employer Contributions

3/25 - Update on Families First Coronavirus Response Bill—Payroll Taxes and Tax Credits

3/24 - Return to Work Protocol for Workers Following an Absence Due to COVID-19

3/20 - Families First Coronavirus Response Bill

3/18 - Alert: COVID-19 Update for ME and NH Employers

Environment Law

4/15 - EPA Decisions to Delay Field Work at Environmental Clean Up Sites Due to COVID-19 Will Be Made on a Case-by-Case Basis

3/27 - EPA Announces Temporary Relaxation of Certain Environmental Compliance and Monitoring Obligations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Energy Law

4/6 - FERC responds to COVID-19 pandemic

3/27 - NERC reports US electric sector prepared for pandemic

3/18 - Legal resources regarding coronavirus response

3/12 - Preparing the electric grid for coronavirus

Freedom of Information

4/23 - As More States Release COVID-19 Cases by Town, Maine Says It Could Take 6 Months

4/16 - Maine - Mills Administration Held Secret Meetings on Pandemic with State Lawmakers

3/29 - Maine Cities and Towns Shift to Virtual Meetings to Carry out Public’s Business

3/20 - Maine - Waterville Coronavirus Panel Illegally Met in Secret

Securities Litigation Blog

4/7 - Maine Securities Administrator Warns of COVID-19-Related Fraudulent Investment Schemes

Maine Legislative Alerts

5/14 - Legislative Alert: Lodging Reservations May Begin Immediately for June 1st Stays

5/11 - Legislative Alert: Reopening and Other Updates

4/21 - Legislative Alert: $480 Billion Stimulus Package Passes the U.S. Senate

4/2 - Legislative Alert Essential Business? Essential Activity? Clarification Here.

3/25 - Legislative Alert: State Grants Request for "Essential Business" Status

3/24 - Legislative Alert: Governor Mills' Emergency Order Regarding Essential Businesses and Operations

3/20 - Legislative Alert: State and Federal Resources RE: COVID-19 Response

3/19 - Legislative Alert: Governor's Emergency Bill - LD 2167

3/18 - Legislative Alert: 129th Second Session Adjournment Update

Maine Workers' Compensation

6/16 - Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Transition to In-Person Hearings Likely to Occur No Sooner Than August 2020; Section 312 IME’s Have Resumed

4/14 - Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Areas of Consideration Due to COVID-19

3/30 - Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Announces New Nature and Cause of Injury Codes and FAQ for COVID-19

3/25 - Maine WC Alert: WCB Orders Remote Hearings Unless In-Person Deemed Necessary

3/20 - Update on COVID-19 and Maine Workers' Compensation

Massachusetts Politics Blog

4/29 - Ideal Stimulus Would Lift Economy While Addressing Global Warming

4/11 - Digital Geo-Tracking Might Have Been Silver Bullet Against COVID-19

4/6 - Things Could Be Worse. State's Rainy Day Fund Could Be Puny.

3/19 - Code for Hoarding: 'Unprecedented Volume of Customers' KO's Bottle Bill.

Municipal Law and Finance

5/21 - State Issues COVID-19 Guidance Document for Reopening Public and Community Buildings

4/22 - Municipal Webinar - Workforce Management Strategies and Legal Developments Resulting from the Pandemic

4/21 - Crazy Times, Even in the Municipal Bond Market

4/14 - Maine State Primary Postponed – What to Do About Municipal Meetings and Budgets?

4/3 - Are Stay at Home Orders an Unconstitutional Taking?

3/26 - DOL Publishes Required FFCRA Poster and Guidance

3/18 - Maine Legislature Passes COVID-19 Omnibus Bill re Public Meetings, Finance, and Other Municipal Concerns

3/16 - Municipal COVID-19 Update

Tax Law

4/2 - Preti Flaherty Announces its COVID-19 Financial Relief Evaluation and Selection Tool

3/26 - FAME Maine Seed Tax Credit Program

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