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Posted on August 6, 2020

Georgia has enacted a law that provides immunity from certain civil lawsuits that may arise in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act (the “Act”) contains sweeping provisions that will provide much needed peace of mind during these uncertain times. However, there are important limitations to the Act’s reach that your nonprofit should consider before relying upon its protections. Read this article to learn more about the protection provided by the Act.

Posted on July 30, 2020

As the realities of managing employees during COVID-19 unfold, government agencies have recently provided more guidance for employers. This article breaks down new developments, including whether an employee returning from furlough may be eligible for FFCRA leave, new CDC return to work guidance and whether an employee has to visit a doctor in person before being eligible for FMLA leave.

Posted on July 17, 2020

Find information on recent guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA”) in this article, including:

    Is Your Employee Eligible For Paid Leave If Their Child’s Summer Camp Has Been Cancelled? The Department of Labor has provided guidance on if and when an employee is eligible for leave related to childcare during the school summer break. In certain situations, if an employee lacks childcare this summer due to cancelled or reduced capacity summer programs, then that employee may be eligible for leave under the FFCRA.
    If an Employee Does Take Leave under FFCRA, How Should That Be Reported? The Internal Revenue Service has provided guidance for employers and their payroll providers on how to report FFCRA wage payments.
Posted on June 30, 2020

As the effects of COVID-19 present financial challenges to nearly every nonprofit organization, some that have endowments may be wondering whether and how much your endowment funds can be used to keep your organization afloat. While a lot depends on the specifics of the endowment, this article is intended to provide an overview of some of the factors and risks nonprofits should consider before accessing, borrowing, or otherwise using funds from an endowment.

Posted on June 29, 2020

Since the introduction of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) on March 27 2020, the federal government has provided numerous updates, changes and clarifications to it. Below is a list of resources from PBPA which capture PPP updates most relevant to small Georgia nonprofits. The most recent resources are listed first.

The Latest on Loan Forgiveness under Paycheck Protection Program

Originally posted on June 24, 2020 and later updated

Clarification on PPP’s Certification of Economic Necessity Requirement for Loans under $2 Million

Posted on June 10, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Applications – How-to-Calculate-Payroll-Costs

Posted on April 27, 2020

Additional Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Funds

Posted on April 23, 2020

COVID-19 Funding Options for Small Nonprofits

Posted on April 8, 2020

Webcast: Your CARES Act and SBA EIDL Questions Answered

Posted on April 8, 2020

How to Get Loans Under The CARES Act: The Paycheck Protection Program

Originally posted on March 27, 2020 and later updated

Posted on June 11, 2020

Insolvency & Bankruptcy: Part 2 of the Options for your Nonprofit in these Tough Economic Times Series

Your organization’s revenue is down, workforce is changing, and facilities are underutilized. What can a nonprofit do? What MUST it do? As your organization considers its options as an entity and a steward, there are several possibilities out there. In this 3-part webcast series, our speakers will:

  • identify the questions your nonprofit should ask during these difficult times
  • provide guidance for your organization on partnership options and processes
  • share information on how so set yourself up in the best position if closure is unavoidable
  • review the steps involved in closing a nonprofit in Georgia
  • consider potential issues around short-term “soft closings”
  • Speakers: John Mills, Taylor English

    View the Webcast

    Posted on June 10, 2020

    On May 13, 2020, the Treasury and the SBA issued a new FAQ #46 which provides an important safe harbor for borrowers that received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of less than $2 million. The CARES Act requires that borrowers certify that “the uncertainty of current economic conditions makes necessary the loan request to support the ongoing operations.” Triggered by businesses that obtained PPP loans yet had significant access to other money to help them through this crisis, the Treasury and SBA issued follow up guidance that unfortunately created confusion for many borrowers as to whether they could make the certification in good faith and even required that loans be returned by May 18th if borrowers were concerned with the sufficiency of their certification of need. This latest FAQ from the Treasury states, “Any borrower that, together with its affiliates, received PPP loans with an original principal amount of less than $2 million will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith.” Since there are no other apparent requirements to qualify for the safe harbor, this effectively takes the certification issue off the table for loans under $2 million.

    The SBA will still review all loans of $2 million and more to determine if the borrower “lacked an adequate basis for the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request.” If the SBA makes that determination, then the loan will be required to be repaid and no forgiveness will be provided.

    Posted on June 9, 2020

    Are you bringing volunteers, clients or others back to your facility? If so, this questionnaire might be helpful to use with volunteers, clients or other visitors to your facility to assist in screening out those with potential exposure to COVID-19. If you use this document, please verify that every statement in the questionnaire is accurate with regard to your facility or make appropriate changes to it. Please see this article and podcast for additional information about returning volunteers to your facility, potential liability concerns, and safety considerations. Please contact your PBPA attorney if you have any questions or need any assistance.

    Posted on June 5, 2020

    On Wednesday, Congress passed The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Flexibility Act and the President is expected to sign it. The PPP Flexibility Act gives more time and flexibility to businesses, including nonprofits, that receive forgivable loans through the PPP. For more information, see THIS ARTICLE.

    Posted on June 4, 2020

    Maybe. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new guidance regarding when employers are required to report cases of COVID-19 in the workplace. If you have an employee who tests positive for COVID-19 and you have any reason to believe the illness may have been contracted at work, please see this link for some information about the new OSHA guidance and contact your PBPA attorney for assistance.