April 16, 2020 – PHB COVID-19 update for Small Businesses


Updated April 16, 2020

Lapse in Appropriations Notice: SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding.

EIDL applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please get in contact with your banker so that you can be ready when/if additional funds are appropriated to continue the programs. You will receive the best service from a banker you already use.

This sheet is not meant to be all inclusive. You should seek legal advice for a complete analysis of your eligibility and opportunities for federal assistance and benefits under the new legislation.

Employment law attorneys:

Sam Jackson, Member Attorney,  Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC, 511 Union Street, Suite 1600, Nashville, TN 37219, 615-238-6312, 615-202-7281 cell, 615-687-8312 fax, sjackson@bonelaw.com, www.bonelaw.com

Gaylord Gardner, Lodestone Legal Group, Attorney, 256 Seaboard, Suite G-103, Franklin, TN 37067, 615-807-1240, 615-807-1468 fax, ggardner@llgtn.com, www.LLGTN.com

Chuck Mataya, Partner, Bradley, 1600 Division Street, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37203, 615-252-2324, 615-252-6324 fax, cmataya@bradley.com, www.bradley.com

Michael Goode, Attorney, Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C.,  424 Church Street, Suite 2500, Nashville, TN 37219, 615-259-1366, 615-259-1389 fax, 404-680-6295 cell,  mgoode@lewisthomason.com, www.lewisthomason.com

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
If you have employees who are sick with COVID-19, caring for someone who is sick or is unable to work due to their child’s school being closed due to COVID-19, you could be eligible for a payroll tax credit for two weeks of emergency paid sick leave and ten weeks of paid family medical leave. Depending on your situation, you may be entitled to a tax credit of between 2/3rd and 100% of qualifying employee wages. Please contact your attorney or feel free to call one of the above attorneys to find out if your employees qualify.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act)
-For individuals, there will be one time stimulus checks, expanded unemployment benefits, and temporary changes to the rules for retirement account disbursements and HSA uses.
-For employers there are opportunities for payroll tax holidays and credits
-The CARES Act also includes new and expanded rules for business loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Small Business Administration (SBA) loans
The CARES Act provides small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) and 501(c) 3 nonprofits loan programs and payroll tax holidays. You need to speak to your attorney because electing some parts of the CARE Act benefits above could render you ineligible for SBA loans.

These SBA programs have changed dramatically since their inception only two weeks ago. You must continue to monitor the SBA’s website for new information. The SBA is unable to accept new applications. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed.

-Economic Injury Disaster loans (EIDL) Advance: There is an option for a $10,000 emergency advance that you don’t have to repay. When/if funding is restored, you can apply online at this website

-Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The SBA is unable to accept new applications. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed. You must apply through a SBA 7(a) lender. So please contact your bank to apply.

– On April 2, 2020 the Interim Final Rule was published and on April 15, 2020 it was updated.
– On April 15, 2020 additional guidance and rules were issued on Affiliation businesses and faith based applicants.
– You cannot use Families First credits, EIDL and PPP loan funds for the same expense. In other words; no double dipping.

Forgiveness of the loan
-The funds can only be used for employee salaries (up to $100,000 annual salary), mortgage interest, rent,               utilities and interest on some other debt.
-We have not seen any additional guidance about these permitted usage. Please monitor the SBA website for   forgiveness guidance.
-We recommend following all requirements of your lender. They will be the ones to certify to the SBA that you have     met the requirements.
-Some lenders are requiring that you maintain a separate bank account and pay only permitted usage.
-At least 75% of the loan must be used for payroll.
-You must maintain schedules and specific invoices to support the usage of these funds.
-Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels.   Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.

– Unforgiven portions will be at a rate of 1% and will have maturities of 2 years.
-The maximum amount that can be borrowed is 2.5 times the average monthly payroll costs during the one-year   period prior to the loan date.
– You can find recently issued frequently asked questions at this website.

SBA Debt Relief: The Act also allows for grants of six months of existing SBA loan payments.

Businesses of the Self-employed and sole proprietorships: We know that self-employed and sole proprietorships are eligible for the programs based on the Interim Final Rule (linked above). On April 15, 2020 Additional Guidance was issued for the self-employed. We will update this summary when we have an opportunity to review this guidance issued just yesterday.