Alabama, Indiana Enact Business Liability Shields

When Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed SB.1 into law last week, the Hoosier State became the most recent to enact a liability shield law to protect businesses from lawsuits regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The new Indiana law provides protection from frivolous lawsuits for businesses, schools, health care providers, governments and other entities from lawsuits alleging…

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Wisconsin Amends Tax Law for PPP

An ongoing problem with the acceptance of Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness has been with the tax treatment by a business’ home state of the forgiven monies and the expenses the PPP funds have paid for. While the federal government addressed the issue with the passage if the most recent COVID relief bill in December,…

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Biden Nominates California’s Su for #2 DOL Post

Last week, we reported on the US Senate confirmation hearing for Boston Mayor – Secretary of Labor nominee – Marty Walsh. Well, we now know who has been nominated to serve as his second-in-command, California Labor Secretary Julie Su. She currently heads up the California Department of Labor and Workforce Development and was on the…

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Oregon Fair Franchising Hearing

With pandemic issues swirling around countless minimum wage ihke proposals, we could almost forget about the need for Fair Franchising Legislation in so many states around the country – but we haven’t forgotten. In fact, the Oregon legislature will hold a public hearing next Wednesday, February 17 – via Zoom, of course – on House…

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State/Local Updates Around the Country

Staying out west for the moment, on January 25, the Seattle City Council voted – unanimously – to pass an ordinance mandating that certain grocery store employees receive hazard pay during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Seattle minimum wage is currently $16.69 per hour and the hazard pay mandate will add $4 for each…

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Some States Stepping Up Business Relief

Over the past few weeks, we have been glad to be able to advise you of some additional state-sponsored COVID relief and business assistance programs. This week, we’re happy to report on a couple of more that are in the works. First in Harrisburg last week, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a $912 million COVID relief…

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Pandemic? What Pandemic?

As the effort to more than double the federal minimum wage across the country gathers steam with a democratic trifecta at the federal level – albeit a slim one, tone-deaf state politicians continue to pile on small business woes. A couple of examples, as referenced above while the Pennsylvania legislature is putting over $900 million…

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Florida Senate Advances Liability Shield Legislation

The Florida Senate Committee on the Judiciary early this week passed Senate Bill 72, which provides liability protection from frivolous lawsuits related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation, entitled Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19, protects businesses against a COVID-19 related claim specifically requires a (state) court to dismiss without prejudice any lawsuit where…

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Massachusetts Fixes Tip Pooling Law

With the signing of H.5250, the omnibus Economic Stimulus bill on January 5, the last day of the legislative session, our decade-long effort to correct the Massachusetts tip pooling law finally bore fruit. Governor Charlie Baker last week signed the legislation into law including a critical provision amending the statutory definition of wait staff employee…

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Virginia OKs COVID-19 Employee Health/Safety Standard

The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board has voted to approve a Final Permanent Standard (Final Standard) related to COVID-19. It is anticipated that Governor Northam will soon approve the Final Standard, which sets forth health and safety requirements related to COVID-19 for all Virginia employers and is expected become effective on January 27, 2021.…

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