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Emergency Orders Issued by Florida Water Management Districts

Following the “Safer at Home” Executive Order issued by Governor DeSantis on April 1, 2020 and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Emergency Final Order responding to COVID-19, two of Florida’s five water management districts (WMDs), the Northwest Florida Water Management District and St. Johns River Water Management District, have already issued emergency orders […]


Significant Operational Changes for Health Care Providers in the CARES Act

The “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or “CARES Act” included significant economic stimulus provisions but also included many provisions that impact our health care system. The health care provisions can be placed in three categories: The first includes changes in public health systems including the Food and Drug Administration, Ready Reserve Corps and […]


USCIS Announces FY2021 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions May Be Filed as of April 1

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently announced that H-1B cap-subject petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2021, including those petitions eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may now be filed with USCIS if based on a valid selected registration. A petitioner is only eligible to file an FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition if they electronically registered the […]


State Environmental Order Issued for COVID-19

Following the “Safer at Home” Executive Order issued by Governor DeSantis on April 1, 2020, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) published an Emergency Final Order (EFO) responding to COVID-19 applicable to activities and entities regulated by FDEP. The EFO contains eight substantive points, in addition to the findings of fact and conclusions of […]


Department of Labor Clarifies Paid Leave Requirements

Late yesterday afternoon, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division posted a temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The temporary rule addresses critical issues, such as the definition of health care provider, guidance on when paid leave is required, which employees and employers are covered by the […]




Planning Considerations in the New Normal

As the year 2019 was winding down, we, along with our clients, were optimistic about 2020. The stock market was hovering around its all time high and the U.S. economy was continuing to ascend. Many clients who owned closely-held businesses were operating in a sellers’ market and were beginning to take the necessary steps to […]


IRS Shows it is Putting “People First” with New Initiative

Last week, the IRS announced the People First Initiative, providing taxpayers with relief from several issues, such as postponing compliance deadlines and easing payment guidelines. The People First Initiative has an anticipated start date of April 1, 2020 and is scheduled to run through July 15, 2020. Some pivotal aspects of the People First Initiative […]


Congress Delays FASB Loan Loss Standard for Banks and Credit Unions

On the legislative side, in what appears to be an unprecedented move, the stimulus package passed by the Senate on March 25, 2020 and by the House on March 27, 2020, and signed by the President later that day, contains a provision that would provide temporary relief from the FASB’s “current expected credit losses” accounting […]



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