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Latest PPP guidance offers challenges

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The latest news indicates additional headwinds for small business owners related to tax deductions and, for loans of at least $2 million, loan forgiveness under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. Here are couple of key takeaways for business ...

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Is the pandemic an excuse for sanctionable conduct?

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As we enter our ninth month of the pandemic and COVID-19 numbers are surging across the country, lawyers and judges alike are bracing for newfound full or partial shutdowns. As shutdowns occur, our court systems will undoubtedly slow down, creating ...

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Facebook and its obligations

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These days, we spend a lot of time online — probably more than we should. And for most of us, especially during the pandemic, a good percentage of our after-work downtime occurs on social networks. We share (and sometimes overshare) ...

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Nothing nefarious about executive orders

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Here are three popular myths about executive orders: They are a way to bypass Congress. They are an insult to the Constitution. They are new and a product of the imperial presidency. Even among serious and experienced observers, there is ...

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When life blows up your well-laid plans

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Job loss, business failure, involuntary retirement, divorce, disability or the death of a breadwinner — these are just some of the ways our finances can force us to come up with a Plan B. That’s never as simple as downloading ...

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Commercial tenants should pay attention to SNDAs

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When commercial landlords borrow against their real estate, their mortgage lender will typically require signed Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreements from current and future tenants. Commercial tenants should resist the temptation to treat SNDAs as “mere forms” and instead carefully ...

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Mediation can help create an equitable workplace

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Traditionally, when analyzing risk management and its role within HR, areas of consideration generally include hiring practices, new employee onboarding, employee exit policies, employee management, and occupational health and safety. Analyzing these areas through the lens of diversity, equity and ...

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Day trading is a bad idea, especially now

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The current day trading boom will end as these frenzies always do: in tears. While we wait for the inevitable crash, let’s review not only why day traders are doomed but also why most people shouldn’t trade, or even invest ...

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Managing mistrust in mediation

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I often hear lawyers and parties express frustration over the adversarial nature of some mediation sessions. They want to negotiate openly without posturing. But enough lawyers engage in overly competitive tactics to make the process arduous and aggressive at times. ...

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Don’t put off deals until after the election

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Ever found it near-impossible to balance your checkbook, fill out a government form, figure out your Rubik’s Cube, or do anything that requires concentration when the neighbor is running a stump grinder? So, you just wait till the racket stops ...

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