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What Does Reopening a Safe and Strong Oregon Mean for Construction?
Governor Kate Brown’s May 15 executive order (No. 20-25), “Reopening a Safe and Strong Oregon,” provides for a phased reopening of recreational and economic activity in Oregon on a county-by-county basis as certain threshold prerequisites are met. Al...
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Estimated Corporate Activity Tax Payments and Penalty Waivers
As previously reported, the Oregon Department of Revenue has not extended the filing or payment deadlines for the Oregon Corporate Activity Tax during the ongoing COVID-19 saga, but has been instructed not to impose penalties on taxpayers that can do...
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Let’s Get Back to Work! Construction Industry Personnel Considerations and Resources Related to COVID-19
With the recent reopening of Phase 1 construction in Washington and the eagerly awaited resumption of projects throughout the Pacific Northwest, we thought it might be helpful to provide a quick snapshot of the key regulatory guidance and tailored Mi...
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Straight Talk for Managing Your Business When "Normal" Disappears
With businesses facing a barrage of daily challenges, it becomes important to focus on key decisions that can make a difference. We address three of these key issues in this post: your contractual obligations, keeping in mind added legal obligations...
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Governor Inslee Greenlights Re-Opening of Construction Projects That Meet Social Distancing and Other Required Safety Measures
On April 24, 2020, Governor Inslee signed an order re-opening construction projects that meet detailed safety requirements across all sectors (residential, commercial, public, etc.). Under Governor Inslee’s 30-point plan, work may only be resumed on...
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COVID-19: Modifications to Loans May Have Unintended Tax Consequences
Apr 13, 2020
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As we previously discussed, on March 22, 2020, federal banking regulators published the Interagency Guidance ("the Guidance") to encourage lenders to, among other things, enter into short-term loan modifications (if prudent and appropriate) with borr...
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