Businesses across the country have clamored to take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP or P3) offered under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an economic shutdown that left many businesses struggling and workers unemployed. The opportunity for a low-interest or even forgivable loan to continue operations during the shutdown was too good to overlook. But subsequently-issued regulations have given shape to the program in unexpected ways, in some cases limiting forgiveness.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of life across the globe. The pandemic’s impact on worker’s compensation claims remains to be seen. Chief Administrative Law Judge Bradley A. Crouser and Chairwoman Rita Hedrick-Helmick of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Review recently featured in a teleconference with West Virginia workers’ compensation attorneys to discuss COVID-19’s effect on West Virginia workers’ compensation proceedings and the shifts being made as a result of the pandemic.
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Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC has followed West Virginia Governor Jim Justice's directives in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19 and protect our employees, clients, communities and healthcare systems. As part of those efforts, we have transitioned our attorneys and staff to work remotely.
Estate planning usually brings to mind the drafting of a will and maybe the creation of a trust. But estate planning is more than just planning for the distribution of wealth at your death. A comprehensive estate plan includes life planning—making preparations to provide for yourself and your loved ones if life throws you a curve. With the global spread of the coronavirus, many are thinking about estate planning for emergencies—making sure you and your loved ones are provided for in times of economic downturn, poor health, or other adverse events.
West Virginia is one of the few states without an intermediate court of appeals that sits between civil and criminal trial courts and the State Supreme Court. In the Mountain State, the Supreme Court hears appeals from all sources, including workers’ compensation matters. Unlike civil and criminal matters, there is an intermediate court, the Workers’ Compensation Board of Review, but West Virginia Senate Bill 275 (WV SB 275) proposed to create a new court of appeals, which would have had appellate jurisdiction over most matters, including Workers’ Compensation, and it came close to realization. Although the House of Delegates ultimately voted the bill down, the proposals in the bill can inform on future efforts along this vein.