Down to The Wire

Congressional leaders indicated that a COVID-19 relief package was “close, but not yet final” yesterday as they worked on reaching compromise language on a few outstanding issues. The situation however is very fluid with a host of issues potentially addressed – or created – by the legislation. That said, there is no actual legislative language…

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Tax Writers Try for Extenders in COVID or Funding Bill

Although it may have seemed to be the ultimate longshot at times, Senate Finance Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) is hopeful of adding expiring tax breaks (aka tax extenders) to the omnibus appropriations bill and COVID-19 relief package coming together this week. Senator Grassley said the must-pass nature of COVID relief in particular increases the likelihood…

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SBA Releases EIDL Details

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which managed the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) as well as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) among other loan programs, released detailed information about both EIDL and PPP earlier this month in accordance with a court order. The programs, both of which were designated in early March to…

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Another Look at the Calendar

As this is the last Small Regular No Sugar before the New Year, we want to again remind you to be aware that many laws and business requirements will change with the turn of the calendar. Toward that end, be aware that a number of changes will occur in California employment law on January 1,…

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Virginia Tightens Face-Covering Mandate

Effective early this week, the state of Virginia imposed still even more stringent face-covering requirements on all businesses across the state. The new mandate, which went into effect on December 14, requires all individuals age five or older to wear face masks at all times in settings shared by others – indoors or outdoors –…

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Dunkin’ Deal Done

On December 15, Inspire Brands completed the acquisition of Dunkin Brands. New financing is in place and Dunkin’ has stopped trading as a public stock. Dave Hoffmann has stepped down as CEO and been named special advisor to Inspire CEO Paul Brown to guide the integration of Dunkin’ into Inspire Brands. Much progress was made…

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Coronavirus Restrictions, Limits and Closings

As we approach the end of 2020, (aka the year from Hell) we note a number of other order that some governors, mayors, county executive or other elected officials have mandated that we weren’t able to include elsewhere and thought it would be best to just run through them. In that vein, Philadelphia Mayor Jim…

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Jobless Claims Jump Again Heading into Holidays

In a notice released yesterday morning, the Department of Labor Employment and Training Division reported that the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits jumped again last week to 885,000, the highest weekly total since September. Claims were 23,000 higher than the previous week’s figures and come as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the…

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Miscellaneous

McDonalds corporate sure knows how to “rob Peter to pay Paul”, as the old saying goes. The company hosted a webcast earlier this month to advise its franchisees (Peter) that a long-time company subsidy used to keep the price of a Happy Meal down would end on New Year’s Day 2021. Further, the company is…

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year!

As next Friday is Christmas Day and the following one is New Years Day, we will not be publishing the next two weeks. Our next issue will be out on Friday, January 8, 2021. Given that fact, we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and to those who don’t celebrate Christmas, a Happy…

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