Get the information you need to help navigate the legal and business challenges brought on by COVID-19.
Ireland Stapleton’s attorneys are closely monitoring the business implications caused by the Coronavirus and are working to provide you with information to help you protect yourself, your employees, and your business in a rapidly evolving situation. To help our clients navigate this situation, we are centralizing all our COVID-19 materials here, and we will continue to update this resource page for you.
Pandemic Drives Hospitality Law Innovation
September 8, 2021 — Ever wonder why staff at bars and restaurants are trained to never let you leave with an alcoholic drink? The reason dates to the end of Prohibition, when state alcohol regulations were formed, focusing on alcohol served within the confines of an establishment’s physical premises. It took 88 years and a global pandemic to shift this rule, as many states – including Colorado – allowed to-go sales of alcohol to help the hospitality industry survive widespread business shutdowns. Read more.
Colorado Property Owners: What to Look For in This Year’s Notices of Valuation
May 3, 2021 — Each Notice of Valuation will include an updated valuation for each piece of property, based on property values during the two-year period from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020, with the most important date being June 30, 2020 (the “Assessment Date”). The new valuation will then be used to calculate property taxes for tax years 2021 and 2022, which will then be due in 2022 and 2023, respectively. Read more.
Important Updates on HFWA Leave for COVID-19
December 7, 2020 — The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (“CDLE”) published new guidance that impacts every Colorado employer. Further, the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) tax credits have been extended for employers. This update outlines important employment law updates applicable to all Colorado employers as of January 1, 2021. Read more.
Colorado COVID Stimulus Package Economic Benefits Explained
December 7, 2020 — The Colorado General Assembly concluded its Special Session on December 2, 2020, by authorizing $300 million in COVID relief funding. Ireland Stapleton’s government affairs, regulatory law, and business law attorneys explain what the stimulus means for you, your business, and your community. Read more.
Colorado COVID Relief: Improving Broadband Internet Access
December 7, 2020 — Colorado’s legislature passed $20 million in grant funding for education providers to improve broadband internet access. Read more.
Colorado Legislature Provides COVID-19 Stimulus for Food and Beverage Industry
December 7, 2020 — December In its December 2020 Special Session, the Colorado legislature targeted financial relief for the state’s restaurants, bars, and hospitality operators. The bill package is the most direct form of monetary aid for Colorado’s food and beverage industry during COVID-19. Read more.
Colorado Commercial Property Taxes: The Uncertain Effects of Amendment B and COVID-19
November 13, 2020 — In a recent victory for local governments and special districts throughout the state, Colorado voted to repeal the state’s 1982 Gallagher Amendment (“Gallagher”), opting to freeze the existing residential and non-residential property tax rates at their current levels. Read more.
How Restaurants Can Navigate COVID-19 During Winter
November 9, 2020 — Few businesses have been hit as hard as restaurants by the pandemic, and the winter months in Colorado will bring new challenges. Governor Jared Polis and state and local officials are determined to keep COVID-19 from spreading, but also must keep Colorado’s economy afloat. It’s a delicate balancing act with restaurants often caught in the middle. Read more.
How COVID-19 Affects the Rights of Those Living in Senior and Residential Living Facilities
August 25, 2020 — Residents and operators of nursing, senior, and other residential living facilities find themselves making difficult choices as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Operators of any residential facility walk a fine line in balancing residents’ desires and rights for freedom of movement, taking measures to keep residents and staff safe, complying with state and local regulations, and managing liability risks. Read more.
Worker Protections Under Colorado’s New Public Health Emergency Whistleblower Law
August 4, 2020 — Effective July 11, 2020, the Public Health Emergency Whistleblower (“PHEW”) law provides workers with protections from discrimination or retaliation for raising safety or health concerns related to a public health emergency. PHEW also protects workers who choose to wear their own personal protective equipment. Read more.
Restaurant Takeout and Delivery of Alcohol Extended into 2021
July 20, 2020 — In late March, Governor Jared Polis, acting under emergency powers, issued an executive order that temporarily suspends certain alcohol beverage statutes, allowing on-premises restaurants, bars, and breweries and others to sell, deliver, and provide alcohol for takeout to customers who are over the age of 21 and who also purchase food. In July, the Governor’s signed Senate Bill 20-213 passed by the Colorado General Assembly, which extends alcohol takeout to the end of June 2021. Read more.
New FAQs on the Paycheck Protection Program
May 13, 2020 — The Small Business Administration issued a new FAQ regarding the Paycheck Protection Program this morning that eases borrower concerns about the certification of need issue. Read more.
Preventing Liability After COVID-19
May 1, 2020 — Businesses will gradually reopen in the coming weeks if COVID-19 infections continue to decline, but they should not regard it as a signal to return to normal. We will see the COVID-19 crisis spawn a wave of lawsuits in the months ahead as struggling businesses and laid-off employees fail to meet their financial obligations. Foreclosures will escalate, there will be defaults on leases and loans, boards will be sued when the value of securities plunge, and the inability to meet the obligations of contracts will produce a raft of litigation. Some of this litigation is inevitable – and already starting to bubble up – but businesses may still be able to limit exposure to lawsuits if they take a cautious approach in the weeks ahead. Read more.
UPDATE: The Paycheck Protection Program
April 24, 2020 — President Trump signed off on an additional $320 billion in coronavirus relief for small businesses seeking relief through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This additional cash infusion adds to the earlier $349 billion of PPP funding that ran out as of April 16, 2020. The information below generally describes the application procedure for applying for relief through an SBA-approved lender. Read more.
IRS Extends Time Sensitive Deadlines, Including for 1031 Exchanges
April 13, 2020 — On April 9, 2020, the IRS released Notice 2020-23 extending important tax deadlines for individuals and businesses. The Notice applies to all “Specified Time Sensitive Actions” which are due to be performed on or after April 1, 2020, and before July 15, 2020. Deadlines falling within that time frame are now extended to July 15, 2020. Read more.
EPA’s COVID-19 Enforcement Policy ‘Not a License to Pollute’
April 7, 2020 — The Environmental Protection Agency relaxed the enforcement of some environmental obligations due to COVID-19. This policy of relaxed enforcement went into effect on March 26 but applies retroactively from March 13. Speaking with Law Week Colorado, Ireland Stapleton environmental attorney Rebecca L. Almon advises that despite the relaxed enforcement, the number one goal is to comply if possible. Read more.
Beware of the Scams
April 1, 2020 — Please be aware that scams already are underway to defraud individuals slated to receive payments resulting from the passage of the CARES Act, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Read more.
The FFCRA Small Business Exemption
March 31, 2020 — According to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), starting April 1, 2020, certain employers must provide employees with emergency paid sick leave and emergency family and medical leave (“paid emergency leave benefits”). However, the FFCRA provides an exemption for small businesses when providing paid emergency leave benefits “would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.” This weekend, the U.S. Department of Labor shed light on the small business exemption. This article summarizes the small business exemption and provides guidance on its application. Read more.
Understanding Business Interruption Insurance
March 28, 2020 — Many businesses carry insurance policies to mitigate financial losses in the event of business stoppages or slowdowns. Several types of policies may cover lost profits and costs when a business cannot continue normal operations. Whether business interruption insurance covers stoppages or slowdowns caused by COVID-19 will depend on the specific language of each policy and the unique facts of each claim. Read more.
$2 Trillion Cares Act Passed into Law — What Does it Mean for You and Your Business
March 27, 2020 — The “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (the “CARES Act”) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The 880-page CARES Act provides more than $2 trillion in federal aid to support business continuity for small businesses, increase unemployment benefits, provide immediate cash payments to individuals, boost public health spending, and provide federal stimulus to stabilize specific industries. Read more.
Families First Act — Posting Notice
March 27, 2020 — As you know from our prior alerts, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Families First Act”), which provides Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family Medical Leave for employees impacted by COVID-19, will go into effect on April 2, 2020. The Families First Act requires employers to post a notice of the two new emergency leave benefits in conspicuous places on the employer’s premises where such notices are customarily posted. Read more.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act for Colorado Special Districts
March 25, 2020 — In a rare bipartisan effort to provide relief to Americans, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Act”) on March 18, 2020. The Act addresses many important issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Important to employers, the Act creates two new emergency leave benefits for families impacted by COVID-19. Michelle B. Ferguson and Josephine B. Reid breakdown this Act for Colorado Special Districts. Read more.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
March 20, 2020 — In a rare bipartisan effort to provide relief to Americans, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Act”) on March 18, 2020. The Act addresses many important issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Important to employers, the Act creates two new emergency leave benefits for families impacted by COVID-19. Read more.
Helping Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
March 15, 2020 — Like you, we here at Ireland Stapleton are closely monitoring the rapidly developing situation with COVID-19. It goes without saying that our priority during this uncharted time is the health, safety, and well-being of our team and their families, our clients, our colleagues, and our communities. Read more.