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Term Sheets Finalized for Main Street Lending Program

The Main Street Lending Program (“MSLP”) is designed to provide support to small and medium-sized businesses during the current pandemic. The availability of additional credit is intended to help companies that were in sound financial condition prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic maintain their operations and payroll until conditions normalize. The loans will be provided by funds invested by the Department of Treasury. The terms sheets have been finalized for the program, which should be up and running shortly.

Unless extended, the MSLP loans will only be available through September 30, 2020. They are intended to provide longer term credit than the PPP loans and MSLP funds are to be used to enable employee retention. Although MSLP loans are full recourse and non-forgivable, they have very favorable terms such as the deferral of principal and interest payments for the first 12 months of the loan. Also, in certain instances MSLP loans may be unsecured.

There are three types of loans under the MSLP:  (1)  Main Street New Loan Facility (“New Loan”), (2)  Main Street Priority Loan Facility (“Priority Loan”), and (3) Main Street Expanded Loan Facility (“Expanded Loan”). The criteria for eligibility are the same for all three programs. A borrower must meet the following criteria to apply for the program: 

  1. Borrower must have been in business prior to March 13, 2020;
  2. Borrower must be eligible to receive loans from the SBA as amended by the CARES Act;
  3. Borrower must be a US business;
  4. Borrower must make all certifications required;
  5. Borrower must have less than 15,000 employees or 2019 annual revenues of less than $5 billion;
  6. Borrower must not be an air carrier that received funding under the CARES Act; and
  7. Borrower can only participate in one loan program – New Loan, Priority Loan, or Expanded Loan – and cannot participate in the Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility.  However, the Borrower is still eligible if it received a PPP loan under the CARES Act.

Each loan type differs based on the borrower’s credit and outstanding debt. The term sheets for each loan can be found at the following links: New Loan, Priority Loan, and Expanded Loan.

Please contact your primary BMD attorney for further questions.  

HHS Announces an Additional $20 Billion In Provider Relief Grants

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced an additional $20 billion in new funding for providers on October 1, 2020. Eligible providers include those that have already received Provider Relief Fund payments as well as previously ineligible providers, such as those who began practicing in 2020, and an expanded group of behavioral health providers confronting the emergence of increased mental health and substance use issues exacerbated by the pandemic. The new Phase 3 General Distribution is designed to balance an equitable payment of 2% of annual revenue from patient care for all applicants plus an add-on payment to account for revenue losses and expenses attributable to COVID-19.

DOL Proposes New Rule Regarding Independent Contractor Status - But How Will the Election Affect Its Future?

On September 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a new proposed rule regarding employee and independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The full text of the proposed rule is available here. The rule's drafters intend to reduce uncertainty and enhance the precision and predictability of the long-standing "economic reality" test, which currently relies on a multifactor balancing test.

Major Change to Franklin County, Ohio Eviction Process: Landlord Testimony Required

Although there is currently a nationwide temporary halt on all residential evictions through December 31, 2020 in place, the eviction process in Franklin County – which processes the highest number of evictions in the State of Ohio at approximately 18,000 a year – recently changed significantly.

UPDATE: Governor Dewine Signs HB 606 Granting Short Window of Immunity from COVID-19 Personal Injury Lawsuits

The Ohio General Assembly, in Am. Sub. H.B. No. 606, is in the final stages of passing a law that will prohibit lawsuits seeking damages from COVID-19. This includes injury, death, or loss to person or property if the lawsuits are based, in whole or in part, on the exposure to, or the transmission or contraction of the coronavirus, unless the defendant in the lawsuit acted intentionally or recklessly. In circumstances where this immunity does not apply, H.B. 606 prohibits such claims being aggregated and brought as a class action.

Revised Department of Labor FFCRA Guidance, Effective September 16, 2020

In response to attacks on the legality of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Final Rule regarding the Families First Coronavirus Act (“FFCRA” or the “Act”), which took effect in April 2020, the Department of Labor issued new guidance on Friday, September 11th to formally address ongoing questions and concerns related to the COVID-19 legislation.