COVID-19 Information

Crowley Fleck, PLLP’s approach to addressing COVID-19

March 16, 2020

Crowley Fleck is actively monitoring the impact of COVID-19 in our communities, together with our ongoing commitment to continue to provide the highest quality legal services to our clients during these unprecedented times. Crowley Fleck’s primary focus during this time is to prioritize the health and safety of all members of the firm, our clients, and our communities as a whole, while also continuing to meet the legal needs of our clients. Crowley Fleck’s goal during this time is to minimize any impact to our clients and to provide the same quality of legal services that our clients expect and that we expect of ourselves. Crowley Fleck remains open for business and is focusing on the use of our technology to both protect the health and well-being of the members of our firm and our clients. In effort to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19 both within the firm and our communities, the majority of our attorneys and support staff will be working remotely, and we will have reduced staff in each of our offices to manage essential business functions.

With the firm’s well established remote work technologies, we expect our phone and email systems will continue to run in their ordinary course. However, to ensure continuity of client services, we have also set up Emergency Contacts which you can reach at:

Phone Number: (406) 255-7393
Email Address: emergency@crowleyfleck.com

Please see our full release here.

Governor Bullock Issues New Directive on Phased Reopening of Montana

April 22, 2020

Employers should be advised Montana will soon begin a phased reopening after a month-long shutdown in response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 (“COVID-19”) pandemic. On April 22, 2020, Governor Steve Bullock issued a directive providing Montanans with new guidance for this phased reopening of Montana (the “Directive”). Under Phase One of the Directive, Montana’s stay-at-home order will expire, local schools may choose to reopen, and most non-essential businesses will be allowed to resume operations.

Please see complete information here.

Governor Bullock Issues New Directive on Phased Reopening of Montana

CARES Act

March 31, 2020

The CARES Act, which was passed on Friday March 27, 2020, and signed into law over the weekend, expands the economic relief options available to small businesses and employers. Highlights of the new Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) and updates to the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (“EIDL”) are summarized below.

CARES Act

SBA Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loan

March 25, 2020

Small businesses and nonprofits in all 50 states who have experienced a “substantial economic injury” from the COVID19 shutdowns can now apply for an SBA Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loan (“EIDL”). Guidance from the SBA is ongoing and likely to evolve, so please contact your local SBA representative or your contact at Crowley Fleck for the most up to date information. We are available to answer any questions or help our clients and neighbors in any way we can in these challenging times.

Please see complete information here.

SBA Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 25, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Employers are required to post this information for employees to review.

Please see the printable poster at The Department of Labor website.

https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf

New Coronavirus Law Temporarily Overhauls Federal Employment Law

March 19, 2020

Employers should be advised Congress has passed the first major legislation responding to the evolving novel coronavirus COVID-19 (“COVID-19”) pandemic.  Please see the link below to Crowley Fleck’s Employment Law Practice Group’s newsletter.

New Coronavirus Law Temporarily Overhauls Federal Employment Law

CDC Guidelines Help Employers Prepare for, and Respond to, Coronavirus Outbreak

March 11, 2020

The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 (“coronavirus”) continue to grow in the United States, and across the globe. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recently assessed “it is likely that this virus will cause a pandemic.” In the face of this developing public health emergency, the CDC has issued interim guidance identifying steps employers should take to plan for, and respond to, a potential coronavirus outbreak in their local communities.

CDC Guidelines Help Employers Prepare for, and Respond to, Coronavirus Outbreak