Governor Walz Executive Order 20-15: Special Revenue Funds from Minnesota’s DEED Will Be Used for Small Businesses Emergency Loan Program

March 2020

Many Minnesota businesses are quickly feeling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior newsletters from Fafinski Mark & Johnson have discussed a delay in the deadline to file taxes, federal legislation expanding Family and Medical Leave and providing for paid sick leave for employees affected by COVID-19, and a new SBA loan program to provide… Read more >

Governor Walz Signs Executive Order 20-10 on Price Gouging in Response to Excessive Prices Amid COVID-19

March 2020

On Friday, March 20th, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-10 (“Order”) to combat price gouging during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency. This is one of several executive orders he has recently issued to address the public health crisis presented by COVID-19 and the accompanying economic turbulence. The Order specifically prohibits what it calls “unconscionably excessive” pricing… Read more >

Congress Passes “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” that Provides Historic Protections for Workers Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 2020

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (the “Coronavirus Response Act” or the “Act”). The Coronavirus Response Act provides expansive protections to workers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, including paid sick leave for employees who contract COVID-19 or are serving as caregivers for individuals impacted… Read more >