Collecting the ERC with Lateral Solutions – Up to $26K per Employee!

The Employee Retention Credit is designed to reward businesses – like your Dunkin’ shop – that adapted to COVID, stayed in business and kept people employed during the pandemic. And that reward is real money – in the form of checks from the IRS up to $26,000 per full-time employee! Surprisingly, many business still haven’t…

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NLRB Amends Mail-In Union Ballot Rule

In a decision prompted by the ongoing Starbucks unionization battles, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday issued a decision in which it modified one of the six factors relating Regional Director discretion in allowing a union representation mail ballot versus an in-person manual ballot election, due to COVID-19 related conditions. Under the terms of…

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“Hero Pay” Program Takes Effect

Earlier this month, the state of Connecticut launched the application process for its new Hero Pay program for essential workers. The program, funded with a $30 million appropriation in the state budget, may provide up to $1,000 in a pandemic pay premium for eligible, private-sector essential workers. To qualify, employees must be deemed essential workers…

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Minnesota Enacts Frontline Worker Pay

Just at the end of last month, on April 29, 2022, Governor Tim Watz signed into law SB 2677, which replenished the unemployment trust fund, and among other things, created the Frontline Workers Payment Program. The program, which became effective immediately upon the governor’s signature, provides for payments to eligible employees in a very broadly…

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Rising Rates, Rising Risks?

What a time to be in business. As the pandemic recedes and we emerge from the past two years of COVID, many are looking for silver linings in the economic cloud. The job market is robust, the unemployment rate has fallen close to pre-pandemic levels at 3.6 percent, wages are rising and consumer spending is…

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Loosening the Grip of COVID?

As infections from the coronavirus pandemic have plummeted across the country, one would think a loosening of restrictions would logically follow and in many states, it has and we’re seemingly on the road back to “normal”. Under new Governor Glenn Youngkin, Virginia this week officially repealed its Emergency Temporary Standard addressing COVID-19 in the workplace…

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New Guidance on COVID Caregivers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) early this week issued a new guidance on employers responsibilities and obligations regarding employees who may be caregivers for children, elderly or other vulnerable individuals relative to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact that it may have had on them and their ability to work. The agency reiterated that…

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COVID Chapter Closing?

With Russia invading Ukraine, gas prices soaring to record levels and inflation reaching heights not seen since the 1970s, the COVID coronavirus pandemic – with its infection and hospitalization rates dropping dramatically – is slowly but certainly being pushed into history. The vast majority of states have now lifted their mask mandates that in some…

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Drop Mask Mandates, Extend HERO Act

As we advised you last week, the state of New York is just one of several state and local governments that have recently dropped masking mandates as COVID infections from the omicron variant decline across the country. At the same time however, New York has extended the application of the so-called HEROES Act for another…

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