School Prayer and Other Religious Expression: Important 2020 Updates

​To what extent is public school prayer and other religious expression legally protected?  This may seem like an academic question, since children are now largely limited to remote learning. As teachers, parents, and children look ahead to resuming in-person school activities, the U.S. Department of Education’s updated “Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer and Religious Expression in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools” provides helpful clarification about applicable religious freedom protections. Such guidance may be particularly important for those who have found comfort and hope through their faith, while living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coming Back to Work: The Careful COVID-19 "New Normal"

Time to re-open?  Business owners, houses of worship, and other nonprofit leaders are waking up daily to new announcements about gradual re-openings in this next coronavirus phase of trial-and-error efforts.  Given significant concerns to be balanced as well as evolving medical implications of COVID-19, how should employers resume in-person work practices?

Updated SBA "Safe Harbor": Presumed "Economic Uncertainty" for PPP Forgivable Loans

Good news! The Small Business Administration released updated guidance today clarifying "economic uncertainty" certifications made by PPP borrowers. Under Q&A #46 the requisite good-faith certification of economic uncertainty will be conclusively presumed for loans of less than $2 million. As set forth in the SBA’s answer, this “safe harbor” allowance takes an essentially prudential and easily applicable approach.