As part of NRTA member company Crowell & Moring’s ongoing effort to keep clients informed about the most significant developments stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, they are offering a webinar series focused on issues that are immediate in terms of their impact, as well as issues that are just around the corner. Their focus is helping clients to anticipate issues, take proactive steps, develop appropriate responses, and execute sound legal, business and operational plans.

They have scheduled several robust programs for the coming week as outlined below. The webinar series on the COVID-19 Stimulus Law kicks off on Monday with two programs, one targeted at government contractors and a discussion of Section 3610 and another focused on the big picture and the “Top Ten Things You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Stimulus Law.” Beginning Tuesday, there will be one or more webinars each day focused on the critically important small business, distressed company, tax, healthcare, and related employment and ERISA provisions. They recognize that there is keen interest in how to save and secure money, so in addition to the COVID-19 Stimulus Law programs, the company is offering a number of other webinars that will discuss timely topics that align with this critical business focus.

We hope you find these timely programs to be of value. Please join us.

Monday, March 30 at 1:00 pm EDT
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“COVID-19 Stimulus Law”) Section 3610 — Seeking Relief When Contractor Employees Cannot Perform as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Coronavirus pandemic continues to cause disruptions across nearly all industrial sectors, including the government contracting industry. As contractors attempt to respond to challenges in providing support to government customers, meeting contract and staffing requirements, and adhering to contract terms and a constantly shifting landscape, Congress has provided an additional avenue of relief to certain contractors dealing with COVID-19 related impacts. On March 27, Congress passed the COVID-19 Stimulus Law. Section 3610 of the legislation provides assistance in connection with contractor employees that (1) cannot perform work on certain sites during the COVID-19 pandemic and (2) cannot telework because their job duties cannot be performed remotely.
Speakers: Stephen McBrady, Nkechi Kanu, Skye Mathieson, and Charles Baek

Monday, March 30 at 4:00 pm EDT
The Big Picture: Top Ten Things You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Stimulus Law
Join a Crowell & Moring team of former Capitol Hill staff and lawyers who have scoured and digested the COVID-19 Stimulus Law and will provide both a big picture summary of the law, including the top ten things you need to know about it. Prepare yourself for internal meetings this week on what it means for your company, your employees and you. Learn what questions you should be asking next, as well as how to prepare to apply for any possible benefits.
Speakers: Jim Flood, Scott Douglas, Paul Pollock, Scott Lessne, Amy O’Sullivan, Starling Marshall, Tom Gies, Jacinta Alves, and Jerrica Mathis

Tuesday, March 31 at 1:00 pm EDT
Business Disruption in a Pandemic: What Lease Issues Do You Need to Consider?
The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a myriad of lease issues for commercial tenants who have closed stores, offices and other commercial properties. These commercial tenants are now analyzing whether to abate rent during the closure and communicating with their landlords. Join us for a discussion of our top level conclusions and steps you can take now to protect your interests.
Speakers: Greg Call, Allyson McKinstry, Tracy Reichmuth, and Rebecca Suarez

Tuesday, March 31 at 4:00 pm EDT
COVID-19 Stimulus Law Paycheck Protection Program and SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Lifelines for Small Businesses:  Are You Eligible, How Do You Apply, and What are the Key Terms/Benefits?
With the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) and funding for the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (“EIDL”) grants unlocking over $350 billion to cover urgent business costs, including payroll costs, employee benefits and leave, mortgage interest payments, debt refinancing, rent and utilities, the COVID-19 Stimulus Law has extended an essential lifeline targeted at eligible small businesses. However, a threshold question is analyzing eligibility under the PPP and EIDL. Join us for a discussion of this program, as well as what companies are entitled to, and how to access this loan financing to sustain your businesses and your workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional materials will be available prior to the webinar, including a step-by-step eligibility questionnaire and responses to the key initial questions on the scope of the PPP.  For more information on emerging issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to subscribe to periodic updates from our team, please visit our comprehensive online Coronavirus Resource Center.
Speakers: Amy O’Sullivan, Olivia Lynch, Jeffrey Selman, and Paul Pollock

Wednesday, April 1 at 2:30 pm EDT
Coronavirus Stabilization Act of 2020 – COVID-19 Stimulus Law Title IV: Federal Government Financial Assistance to Distressed Industries and Mid-sized Businesses – 2008 Redux? 
Separate and apart from the financial assistance being provided to small businesses through the Small Business Administration, Congress has set aside $500,000,000,000 for wide ranging financial assistance to selected industries and mid-sized businesses characterized as having between 500 and 10,000 employees. The Secretary of the Treasury has been granted sweeping authority, through use of a variety of financial institutions, to structure the form, the terms, the underwriting, and the application process for this financial assistance. With more detailed regulations still several days away, this webinar will provide an outline of the major points of the legislation, including a discussion of the wide latitude being afforded the Secretary of the Treasury to assure that taxpayer funds are appropriately used and protected.
Speakers: Scott Lessne, Jim Flood, Ilana Lubin, and Bryan Brewer

Wednesday, April 1 at 4:00 pm EDT
The $2 Trillion COVID-19 Stimulus Law and Its Impact on the Health Care Industry
On Friday, Congress passed the COVID-19 Stimulus Law in its most recent installment of critical legislation responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. As expected, the legislation includes a number of health care provisions aimed at addressing emergency drug and device shortages; increasing access to care for patients with COVID-19 while providing additional safeguards for other patients; and offering financial relief in the form of, for example, additional appropriations waiving patient cost-sharing, delaying payment reductions, and additional reimbursement.
Speakers: Jacinta Alves and Matt Vicinanzo

Thursday, April 2 at 11:00 am EDT
COVID-19: “Virtual” Sanctions Compliance: Managing Your Team and Getting Your Regulatory Updates While Remote
Join us for a “couch side chat” for tips on how to effectively manage your sanctions compliance program virtually. We will also provide recent sanctions developments you might have missed while you were busy following important health news.
Speakers: Dj Wolff, Michelle Linderman, and Nicole Succar

Thursday, April 2 at 1:00 pm EDT
Business Disruption in a Pandemic: Does COVID-19 Excuse Non-Performance of a Contract
As COVID-19 rapidly evolves and continues to disrupt your business operations in many ways, companies are increasingly confronting the challenges presented by force majeure and related doctrines in their contracts. Join us for a discussion on the five steps companies should consider as a follow on to the alert we previously shared.
Speakers: Bryan Brewer and Luke van Houwelingen

Thursday, April 2 at 4:00 pm EDT
What’s Next for Your Employees: Congress Responds with New Rules for Employment and Benefit Programs
On Friday, Congress passed the COVID-19 Stimulus Law in its most recent installment of critical legislation responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Join us as we discuss the impact of the legislation on a number of employment and ERISA issues, including paid sick leave; enhanced unemployment benefits; payroll tax relief; pension plan funding relief; 401(k) changes to hardship/loan withdrawals and RMDs; employer student loan payments; health insurance coverage issues and COBRA; impact on HDHPs, HSAs, FSAs, HRAs; and executive compensation.
Speakers: Tom Gies, Christine Hawes, and David McFarlane

Friday, April 3 at 1:00 pm EDT
Tax Relief is Here: How to Take Advantage and is There More to Come?
Congress, Treasury, and the IRS have pushed taxes to the front line in the fight against a potential recession due to COVID-19. This webinar will discuss the actions that taxpayers should take now to benefit from tax credits and enhanced deductions under the COVID-19 Stimulus Law; changes to IRS collections, audits, and enforcement; and potential tax changes in the next wave of legislation aimed at inoculating the economy from COVID-19.
Speakers: David Blair, Starling Marshall, Teresa Abney, and Eric Homsi