PPP and EIDL Loans Exempted

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts caught up with the federal government and many other states this past week when Governor Charlie Baker signed many parts of HB 90 into law. Of primary importance to small business owners, the legislation excludes proceeds from Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans along with Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advances from…

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New York Budget Imposes New Taxes

The New York General Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo reached agreement on a spending plan for the current fiscal year that calls on several significant tax increases to balance the $212 billion spending plan. Notwithstanding billions of dollars coming in federal largesse from the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, New Yorkers will…

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Reversing Course on Liability Shields

Well, this item might not affect our smaller business subscribers, but it’s worth taking note of nonetheless. As businesses across the country continue to push for adoption of liability shield legislation relating COVID-19 lawsuits, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed legislation repealing liability protections he granted health care facilities just last July! You…

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Court Enjoins Dallas Sick Leave

A federal court in Dallas Texas has permanently enjoined the city of Dallas from implementing its paid sick leave law finding the 2019 ordinance to be in conflict with state law. The Texas Minimum Wage Act (TMWA) establishes the minimum wage in the state currently at $7.25 per hour, the same as the federal rate.…

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Connecticut Sexual Harassment Training

Connecticut small business owners – those with three or more employees – are cautioned that the extended deadline to complete sexual harassment training expires in just 10 days. The Times Up Act went into effect on October 1, 2019 requiring that all employees be provided two hours of training within their first six months of…

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Opportunity Knocks

It may not seem like a regular category for Small Regular No Sugar!, but herein we’re calling attention to a new Business Member of DDIFO and the business opportunities that Little Caesars Pizza may offer you. The company advises us that single or multi-unit opportunities are available now in a host of different regions including…

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Miscellaneous

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reported this week that small business job openings set a new record in the month of March with 42% of the responding firms reporting that they had job openings last month. Further, NFIB reports that 56% of business owners added workers during the month while 25% of those…

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PPP Extended to May 31

President Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law this week and small businesses around the country now have an additional 60 days to apply for the SBA forgivable loan program.  Further, on top of the additional time allowed to apply, the law also gives the Small Business Administration (SBA) an additional 30…

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Biden Unveils Latest $2 Trillion Spend

President Biden unveiled another $2+ trillion legislative proposal earlier this week – ironically, just one day off from April Fool’s Day – that has been hyped as a major infrastructure investment and indeed it is. The proposal calls for $620 billion in clean water, high speed internet access and housing as well as another $615…

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Increasing the OT Threshold

The old phrase “you ain’t seen nothing yet” sprang to mind last week when we learned of an effort by some Congressional democrats to more than double the existing overtime threshold to over $82,000! In a letter to newly installed Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Representatives Mark Takano (D-CA) and Alma Adams (D-NC) along with Chairman…

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