Although COVID-19 increasingly affects regulatory bodies, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has largely continued business-as-usual (see its Coronavirus website). This post discusses the USPTO’s operational status, its effect on innovative companies, and… Read more
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The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced last week it was exercising its enforcement discretion to temporarily waive certain HIPAA penalties against healthcare providers. This change will allow for the more flexible good faith provision… Read more
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact how we live and work, banks have been confronted with a host of regulatory and legal issues to address. Here are some of the more important: Customers Affected… Read more
The COVID-19 pandemic has many people thinking about estate planning. Most adults in the United States have no Last Will and Testament or have an outdated will that that does not address their current life… Read more
The COVID-19 pandemic has had, and will continue to have, a wide impact on businesses in every sector of the worldwide economy. Changes in response to the virus are occurring by the minute, creating a… Read more
Healthcare providers must continue to be cognizant of patient privacy and HIPAA requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the HIPAA Privacy Rule remains in effect during a public health emergency, the U.S. Department of Health… Read more
The COVID-19 outbreak has caused economic disruptions, furloughs, and job losses. Business downturns as a result of the pandemic may cause employers to look at reducing or eliminating employer contributions to the company’s 401(k) plan…. Read more
The Virginia Department of Taxation, in Tax Bulletin 20-4 issued March 19, announced that any income tax payments due during the period from April 1, 2020, to June 1, 2020, can now be submitted at… Read more
Amplifying and superseding its prior Notice 2020-17, the IRS issued another notice on Friday afternoon, March 20, postponing the income tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020. IRS Notice 2020-18 delays the tax filing due… Read more
February 7, 2020: The Virginia State Health Commissioner declared COVID-19 a disease of public health threat. March 12: Via Executive Order No. 51 (EO51), Governor Ralph S. Northam declared a state of emergency due to… Read more