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Vaccines Open Up in Washington for Construction Workers
The big news from Governor Inslee’s March 18th news conference is that workers in congregate settings (restaurants, manufacturing, and construction) will now be eligible for vaccines. See Governor Inslee’s announcement. In addition to construction w...
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PPP Update: Temporary Changes to Increase Lending to Small Businesses and Sole Proprietors
This week, the Biden-Harris administration announced a number of reforms to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aimed at increasing lending to small businesses and sole proprietors, as detailed further in this fact sheet released by the White House...
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Stimulus Legislation Brings Substantial Changes to Trademark and Copyright Law
Congress tucked major trademark and copyright legislation into the almost 6,000 page COVID-relief stimulus package it passed in the waning days of 2020. Overall, these changes will make it easier for rightsholders to pursue infringement claims going...
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New Washington Bill Seeks to Assist Policyholders with COVID-19 Business Income Loss Claims
A Washington State Senate bill introduced last week, Senate Bill 5351, takes aim at insurers’ arguments that their policies do not cover losses caused by COVID-19 and/or related closure orders. According to insurers, their promise to pay for business...
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Considerations for Employers Contemplating a COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
Now that the vaccine for coronavirus disease 2019 ("COVID-19") is being rolled out, and various politicians and dignitaries are being vaccinated publicly, everyone seems to be asking the same question: can employers require their employees to be vacc...
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COVID-19 Stimulus Package Provides Grants for Shuttered Entertainment Industry Venues and Businesses
On December 27, 2020, the $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief stimulus package was signed into law, providing a wide range of benefits, grants, and payments for various businesses and individuals. While significant attention has been given to direct pay...
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