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Lewis Rhodes, Attorney, Marine Veteran
Dear Friends and Colleagues:  As we head into the Fourth of July Holiday, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on this 245th Birthday of this great Nation.  We have never been perfect, but we have always aspired to be. That is what truly makes the United States so special. We are founded on
Matthew Brennan, Business Attorney
NEWS RELEASE Contact:  Merritt Green (mgreen@gcpc.com)  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         Matthew Brennan (mbrennan@gcpc.com)  June 23, 2020     Telephone:  703-556-0411 McLean, Virginia:  General Counsel, P.C. is honored to have Mr. Matthew Brennan join the firm.  For the past 25 years, Mr. Brennan represented clients at Brennan & Waite, P.L.C., a firm he
U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that Title VII’s prohibition on discrimination protects gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers. The 6-3 decision makes clear that employers cannot discriminate against gay or transgender workers for being gay or transgender. These protections apply to all employers with 15 or more employees. The Supreme Court’s decision was
PPP Loan Forgiveness Easier
Congress just passed new legislation with significant changes to the PPP forgiveness terms.  Titled the  Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, Congress’s goal was to ease the burden on businesses  for allocating and spending PPP funds within a finite period of time. Passing with overwhelming bi-partisan support, President Trump is expected to sign this Act into law. 
Virginia Marijuana Possession Legislation
On May 21, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam signed a bill decriminalizing simple possession of marijuana under Virginia law. Under the new legislation, it is still unlawful to possess marijuana, with medical exceptions, but possession will now result in a civil penalty of no more than $25. Simple possession of marijuana will no longer lead to
Updating Employee Documentation
Recently, the Virginia General Assembly passed a collection of new laws that transform employment law in Virginia, creating more protections for employees. While previously Virginia had been considered a reasonably business-friendly state, the changes resulting from these new laws will create challenges for employers in Virginia. These new laws cover a series of employment law
Post Covid-19 Company Meeting
While businesses are reopening and employees are returning to the workplace, things aren’t quite “business as usual.” Employers must manage the return to the office, keeping in mind the health and safety of their employees and customers, as well as federal, state, and local regulations. Employers may also have to consider what to do if
Small Business Administration Seal
As promised, today the SBA published its latest round of guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) and the “good faith” certification. We have discussed this topic in detail here and here. Back on April 23rd, in light of public outcry over large, publicly traded companies receiving PPP loans, the SBA clarified that only companies
Thermal scanner for workplace
As we move through the COVID-19 pandemic, employers continue to balance the risks of operating in these trying times. One question many employers have is whether they can monitor employees’ health, including requiring employees to submit to a temperature check before being allowed to work. Under usual circumstances, taking an employee’s temperature would be a
First DOJ Government Stimulus Fraud Case
As we noted here back on April 23rd the SBA published new guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) around the certification that the “loan request [is] necessary to support the ongoing operations” of the borrower. Specifically in that guidance, the SBA noted that having access to other sources of sufficient liquidity would prevent a borrower from making
Johnny Depp actionable defamation claims
John Depp, commonly known as “Johnny Depp,” filed suit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, claiming defamation based on four statements made in Heard’s op-ed in the Washington Post in December 2018.  The Fairfax County Circuit Court considered his defamation claims and determined which alleged defamatory statements were “actionable” providing valuable guidance.  For more information on
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Link to recording for Government Contracts, CARES Act PPP and 3610
We recently held an interactive session with government contractors following up our earlier post about provisions in the CARES Act Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and section 3610 that affect those companies doing business with the U.S. Government. In the session, we do a deeper dive and answer questions from government contractors about when and how
Requirements for CARES Act PPP
The SBA published new guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program on April 23rd. To no one’s surprise given the press around the first wave of the loans, the SBA ratcheted up the certification requirements for these loans. In a PPP loan application, a borrower needs to certify that the “current economic uncertainty makes this loan
Virginia Supreme Court Richmond VA
On April 22, 2020, the Virginia Supreme Court issued its Third Order Extending Declaration of Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Emergency through May 17, 2020. Under this extended order, which affects all Circuit Courts and General District Courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the courts have suspended all statute of limitations and case-related deadlines
U.S. Capital where the CARES Act was put into law
NOTE: more information on this subject is also available in this recording of an interactive session with government contractors about these provisions. You May be Eligible for Reimbursement for Paid Leave Now that the dust has settled on the Paycheck Protection Program (which is also just about out of funding), it is time to look
Main Street Lending Option
On April 9, the Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve published the regulations governing the Main Street Lending Program. This program is funded under the CARES Act and is designed to support small and mid-sized businesses who did not qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). However, this program may also be available to
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