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EEOC issues COVID-19 vaccination guidance

With the advent of the COVID-19 vaccine, employers must wrestle immediately with the decision as to whether to mandate the COVID-19 vaccination. Employers may impose a vaccination requirement on employees subject to certain legally required exemptions. Specifically, exemptions to a mandatory vaccination policy include a refusal to be vaccinated based on a disability or medical condition, or a sincerely held religious belief.
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Pennsylvania announces new temporary COVID-19 restrictions, including indoor dining prohibition

With COVID-19 cases spreading across Pennsylvania to an all-time high and straining healthcare providers, Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine issued orders yesterday, December 10, which impose significant restrictions on activities to mitigate the impact of the virus over the next three weeks.
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COVID-19 immunizations and employee relations considerations

With the imminent possibility of a COVID-19 vaccine, employers must be prepared for questions and concerns related to immunization for the virus. A recent Gallup survey indicated that approximately 42% of Americans would decline an approved COVID-19 vaccination. The same concerns voiced by the general populace most certainly will arise with employees, which will require employers to engage in a balancing act between employee relations between those who have concerns about the vaccine and the employer’s obligation to protect its employees, customers and clients from exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
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IRS issues new guidance on the deductibility of business expenses paid for with PPP funds

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Ruling 2020-27, providing clarity on the ability of a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan recipient (i.e. business owner) to deduct business expenses paid for using PPP loan proceeds. The updated ruling reinforces previous guidance issued in May through Revenue Ruling 2020-32 and if not followed, may increase the audit risk of a business owner by potentially understating their total net income (or overstating their potential loss).
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Pennsylvania gathering limits remain in place, appeals court stays order

A federal appeals court stayed the lower court order declaring Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 gathering limits unconstitutional. This means that the limits will remain in place while the lower court’s order is on appeal. On September 15, 2020, a federal district court in Pittsburgh declared the gathering limits to be unconstitutional, along with Gov. Tom Wolf’s now-suspended stay-at-home and non-life-sustaining business closure orders.
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Federal court denies stay during appeal of ruling on gathering limits – impact for Pennsylvania businesses

On September 22, 2020, the court denied the governor’s stay request. The court held that the governor was not likely to succeed on appeal and distinguished other cases which have upheld the governor’s COVID-mitigation orders on the ground that those rulings were not based on a full factual record like the one developed in this case.
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Lancaster, PA 17601
Phone: (717) 556-1000
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4250 Crums Mill Road, Suite #201
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Phone: (717) 216-5505
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Malvern

100 Deerfield Lane, Suite #240
Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: (484) 328-8500
Fax: (484) 713-5241

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Charleston, SC 29401
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