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DOL Revises FFCRA Regulations in Response to Court Decision

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued revisions to regulations that implement the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The revisions were issued in response to a New York federal court decision that struck down parts of the regulations. The revisions take effect Sept. 16, 2020.   Continue reading

LIHTC Recapture Bonds for Affordable Housing

There are many different uses for surety bonds in the Affordable Housing industry. In our surety practice, we work frequently with contractors and developers on LIHTC deals – from performance and payment bonds for the contractor to completion or “subdivision” bonds for the LIHTC developer.

LIHTC Recapture Bond

Recently, after noticing the growing need from clients and Affordable Housing leaders, we decided to develop a LIHTC Recapture Bond program. Disposing of or purchasing a LIHTC property prior to the end of the 15-year compliance period can be a significant challenge as many institutional tax credit investors are hesitant to allow a change in ownership during the tax credit compliance period. In the past, the IRS required a bond; while that requirement is no longer in place, many investors are requiring a surety bond or another form of collateral.  Seeing this need in the market, we have partnered with an international surety company to develop a proprietary surety product.  Continue reading

Virginia Releases Final Emergency Temporary Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention

 

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry has released the final version of the Emergency Temporary Standard for Infectious Disease Prevention: SARS-CoV-2 Virus That Causes COVID-19.  This standard applies to every employer, employee and place of employment in Virginia that is within the jurisdiction of the VOSH program.  The standard will take immediate effect upon publication in a newspaper of general circulation in Richmond, Va.  This publication is anticipated the week of July 27.  Continue reading

Virginia Adopts Workplace Safety Standards for COVID-19 Pandemic

On July 15, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Safety and Health Codes Board voted to approve an emergency temporary standard on infectious disease prevention.  The final version of the standard is currently not available due to the text being finalized.  It is anticipated the emergency temporary standard will take effect the last week of July.  This standard shall apply to every employer, employee and place of employment in the Commonwealth of Virginia within the jurisdiction of the VOSH program.  Continue reading