ICE Extends I-9 Flexibility

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ten days ago issued another temporary extension of the flexibility in the compliance rules regarding the Form 1-9 for another few weeks. Under this latest 30-day extension, the requirement for in-person, physical inspection of the identity and employment eligibility documentation of new hires is deferred again and is…

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PPP Payroll Period Will Soon Expire

Absent further action by Congress to extend a further financial lifeline to small businesses, the period in which employers are required to maintain payroll as a condition of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness is coming to a close (24-weeks since first receiving a payment). Unfortunately, businesses that have reopened, but are not yet financially…

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CDC Updates COVID Guidance

They didn’t quite say the customer’s always right, but in some ways, one can infer that message from the latest COVID guidance issued by the US Center for Disease Control (CDC). Earlier this week, the CDC released a new guidance urging employees not to try to force customers to follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines! In fact,…

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Illinois Taking Mask Mandate to Next Level

On Wednesday of this week, August 26, new regulations kicked in across the state of Illinois with the implementation of Governor J.B. Pritsker’s new coronavirus dictates. His new policy departs dramatically from the popular protocol employed around the country in that it mandates diners wear face coverings when interacting with servers and/or other restaurant staff…

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States Lining up for Federal Jobless Benefits

Despite Congressional gridlock on a new coronavirus relief bill executive action taken by the Trump administration will provide extended federal jobless benefits amounting to $300 per week for unemployed residents in participating states. At this juncture, at least 26 states have already signed up for the benefit while some have indicated a willingness to also…

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Competitor News

Starbucks announced this week that it was joining the so-called Time To Vote Coalition, a group of some 700 companies that are encouraging their employees to register and vote in the 2020 election. In addition, Starbucks plans to include tools for customers to register to vote and confirm the location and method for them to…

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Dunkin’ Doings

We thought of focusing on the new donut infused beers that Harpoon Brewery will be producing in partnership with Dunkin – hitting store shelves sometime next month, but that urge was probably driven by the recent heatwave that hit New England. Instead however, we think it more prudent to instead send our congratulations out to…

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Upcoming Webinar Wednesday Event

Members are able to register now to attend our next Webinar Wednesday event scheduled just over two weeks hence.  On Wednesday, September 16 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST, we will present “Modernize Your Business: Finance Tips for Franchise Owners during COVID-19”. This timely and informative presentation will feature Gregg Genovese, a partner with The…

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FDA/OSHA Release Joint Food Safety Checklist

Against the backdrop of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) teamed up with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) yesterday to produce a detailed food safety checklist for the benefit of the food service industry. The checklist, which covers all aspects of food operations from growing and harvesting to…

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DOL Issues Interim Rule on Employee 401K Values

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) this week issued an interim final rule increasing the level of long-term transparency available to employees to assess their retirement income. Specifically, the rule implements part of the SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019) that amended ERISA by requiring a…

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