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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Is PPP in the Home Stretch or Due for Extension?

As the calendar takes us deeper into March, the current iteration of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is closer to its scheduled March 31 expiration – but reports of its death may be exaggerated as pressure is building nationally to extend the program. With the House passing the American Rescue Act of…

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A Rose by Any Other Name

Parliamentarian rulings be damned, Senate democrats are looking at different options to circumvent the ruling of the Senate Parliamentarian last week that a provision in the House-passed American Rescue Act of 2021 (Covid-19 relief bill) is ineligible for passage under budget reconciliation rules (which only require 50 democratic votes for passage rather than 60 votes…

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The Warren Wealth Tax is Back

Notwithstanding that she never won a single primary – losing even her home state – Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has resurrected the centerpiece of that failed campaign, the Ultra-Millionaire Wealth Tax Act for consideration in the US Senate. Were it to be passed into law, the bill would create an annual tax of 2 percent…

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US House Passes Equality Act

As a precursor to passing COVID-19 Relief including the $15 minimum wage as explained above, the US House also last week passed the Equality Bill, for a second time and sent it to the Senate for consideration. The Equality Act, which also passed the House in 2019 but died in the Senate, amends Title VII…

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Turning the Corner – Or Enough’s Enough?

As we pass the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic hitting the United States in earnest and the accompanying business lockdowns, mask mandates and social distance dictates, many elected officials are moving to get back to normal. Atop the list seems to be Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order this past Tuesday rescinding…

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Hazard Pay for Frontline Workers

If as the old sayings go, Orange is the new Black, and 50 is the new 40, then hazard pay for ‘frontline workers’ is the new paid sick leave. Currently the benefit – between $4 and $5 more an hour – is mostly limited to grocery workers, but some have already talked about the need…

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States Tee Up More Employment Laws

A quick glance at some of the legislation pending in the current legislative sessions – which have mostly just begun – give us some cause for concern in a number of states. California, of course, has a selection of bills pending that would be largely detrimental to business interests. Perhaps most egregious is a bill…

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Upcoming Events

We’ve got a number of items you’ll want to get on your calendar for the coming months. First off, we have 2 more informative webinars scheduled for later this month, but we haven’t finalized all the details just yet. Notwithstanding, make a note in your calendar for DDIFO webinars on Wednesday, March 24 and Tuesday,…

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Where’s the Consumer’s At?

Keeping an eye on the sentiments of the consumer as some restrictions are lifted or rolled back across the country. Well first, just a slight majority are comfortable going out to dine at a restaurant. According to the latest data from Morning Consult, 51 percent of Americans feel safe going out to eat, up from…

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