June 2, 2020
Gibson Dunn’s lawyers regularly counsel clients on issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are working with many of our clients on their response to COVID-19. The following is a round-up of today’s client alerts on this topic prepared by the Gibson Dunn team. Our lawyers are available to assist with any questions you may have regarding developments related to the outbreak. As always, for additional information, please feel free to contact the Gibson Dunn lawyer with whom you usually work, or any member of the firm’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Team.
On Thursday, May 28, 2020, the New York State Legislature fast-tracked a set of bills providing accommodations for renters and property owners affected by COVID-19. The bills have been passed by both the Assembly and Senate. There is no news yet on when or whether Governor Cuomo plans to sign the bills.
The Assembly issued a press release announcing passage of the bills. The bills related to housing are summarized as follows. The only bills that appear to apply to commercial properties are possibly: (1) the two bills relating to property taxes, S8138B and S8122B; and (2) the bill relating to utilities, S8133A, to the extent “any residential customer” includes commercial multifamily operators who submeter utilities to residential users.
The UK government announced the closure of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from 1 July 2020 to those not previously furloughed on or before 10 June 2020, along with other updates in relation to next and final stages of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.
On 29 May 2020, the Chancellor announced how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme will operate over the next five months and eventually terminate on 31 October 2020. Further guidance on the flexible furlough and how employers should calculate claims will be published on 12 June and we will accordingly publish further information.