Tag: Business

Business Owners: Have You Considered Taking Proactive Measures?

Business owners should consider taking proactive steps to help mitigate the harsh impact of the COVID-19 crisis on their operations and revenues. For example, business owners should evaluate if some or all of the following steps are appropriate for their circumstances:

· contacting lenders to identify options to address debt payments;
· requesting the reduction or deferral of lease obligations;
· considering if any other operating expenses can be reduced, deferred, or eliminated;
· evaluating whether any workforce reductions, such as layoffs or furloughs, are prudent and/or necessary; and
· applying for one or more of the loan or other relief programs available to businesses adversely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The attorneys at Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald LLP are ready to work with you through these challenges and identify opportunities to reduce the burden on your organization. Please contact Paul T. Rushton, the Chair of our Business & Finance Department (prushton@rjglaw.com), Thomas J. MacNeely, the Chair of our Real Estate Department (tmacneely@rjglaw.com), or James P. Valentine, the Chair of Labor & Employment Group (jvalentine@rjglaw.com), to discuss how our team can help with these issues.

Is your business complying with new Orders from the Department of Health?

On Sunday, April 5, the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an Order providing direction and guidance on maintaining and cleaning buildings of businesses that are permitted to continue physical operations. The Order can be found here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/20200405-SOH-Building-Safety-Measures.pdf.

Among other things, the Order directs businesses operating within at least 50,000 square feet to adopt certain cleaning protocols, including, routinely cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces and areas accessible to customers and ensuring that the facility has a sufficient number of employees to perform the protocols and enforce social distancing of at least 6 feet.

If your business is continuing physical operations and needs assistance in complying with this and other Orders from the Department of Health, the attorneys in our Labor & Employment Department can assist you in developing a plan of action and adhering to these and other workplace protocols. Please contact Attorney Jim Valentine at jvalentine@rjglaw.com or Attorney Kieran Casey at kcasey@rjglaw.com if you have any questions or would like more information on operating your business during these uncertain times.