Biden Signs COVID Bill into Law

  Earlier this week, the House of Representatives approved the Senate changes to the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill and President Biden without any delays at all, signed it into law yesterday. Aside from the direct stimulus payments of $1400 to most Americans under certain income levels, the bill includes an additional $7.25 billion going…

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COBRA Rules Changed

Some of the provisions in the COVID Relief bill make significant short-term changes to the rules governing the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA). Specifically, the legislation, which President Biden will sign into law today, allows individuals eligible for coverage under COBRA to maintain their employer-sponsored coverage after a layoff, furlough or reduction…

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House Passes PRO Act

Wasting no time in the wake of passing the $1.9 trillion Covid Relief legislation, the U.S. House also this week passed the latest iteration of the Protecting Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) and sent it to the Senate. The legislation, which has passed the House in prior sessions only to die in the then-republican…

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Biden Fires EEOC General Counsel

Just weeks after he fired NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb, whose appointment didn’t expire until November 2021, and subsequently the agency’s acting General Counsel Alice Stock, President Biden last week also fired Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) General Counsel Sharon Fast Gustafson, whose appointment to the post was valid until 2023! Both individuals, each of…

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All Around Biz Interruption Insurance

A Boston-based federal district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed last May by the Massachusetts-based high-end seafood chain, Legal Sea Foods. US District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton agreed with defendant Strathmore Insurance Company that the COVID-19 virus did not result in the requisite physical damage to Legal Sea Foods’ property, notwithstanding government ordered shutdowns…

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SC Okays Business Liability Shields

Two different state senate bodies recently passed legislation that will shield various businesses from liability for COVID-19 infections. In Kentucky, where the house had passed liability shield legislation in January, the state senate passed its owned version which protects businesses from pandemic related lawsuits unless the business engaged in “wanton, willful, malicious or grossly negligent…

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COVID Capacities Increasing

Following more slowly on the trend set by Texas and Mississippi when last week they removed all COVID related restrictions and shutdowns, a number of states this week have further relaxed their COVID related mandates on businesses operating at a percentage of full capacity. Specifically, the states of Arizona and Maryland have each announced that…

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Don’t Overlook Other Laws

Mentioning the state of Connecticut in the above paragraph reminds us that there are still other laws and mandates on the books relating issues other than COVID-related matters of which employers must be mindful. In that vein, we hasten to point out that the first quarterly payment from employers for the Connecticut Family and Medical…

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Life After Dunkin’

There’s a couple of clear examples that there is indeed life after Dunkin’ for those who’ve toiled in the corporate offices over the years. First off, how could we not note that former longtime Dunkin’ President and CEO Robert Rosenberg is apparently getting back in the game by partnering with former Sonic executive Clifford Hudson…

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DDIFO Webinars

As we advised you last week, we have a couple of great webinars scheduled later this month. The first of which is Create a Competitive Edge in Hiring, presented by DDIFO Business Member firm Paradox. This program will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. The program will feature Paradox…

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