Other Important State Reminders

As we advised you a couple of weeks ago, the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act requires that employee contributions to the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority were to be deducted beginning January 1 and remitted to the state on a quarterly basis. Well, we want to remind you once again that the first quarterly payment…

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Upcoming Events –

Until we can get together again for more substantive meetings and presentations in person, DDIFO continues to bring you important and timely information through our Wednesday Webinar series of presentations from our Business Members. And, next week is no exception – although next week, our Wednesday Webinar will actually be held on Tuesday due to…

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Dunkin’ Doings

The Joy in Childhood Foundation announced that it has begun processing applications for cash grants for summer camps offering services for children with illnesses. The grants can be as much as $500,000 and in the past have been awarded to such facilities as Camp Sunshine, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and Camp Okizu,…

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Starbucks

Last week, Starbucks announced that the company would be testing out cold pressed espresso in a limited number of stores throughout 2021. The cold pressed espresso was initially introduced at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle in 2017.  In addition, the company also announced that it would be rolling out large print and braille menus later…

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House Votes to Extend PPP

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted, by an overwhelming margin of 415 – 3, to approve a two-month extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  The PPP is currently set to expire on March 31 but under the House-passed measure, the SBA would continue to accept and approve applications from businesses for the…

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IRS Extends Tax Filing Deadline

On Wednesday of this week, the Internal Revenue Service along with the U.S. Department of Treasury announced that the filing deadline for individual taxpayers has been extended for an additional month, to May 17, 2021. The extension only applies to individual taxpayers – not business taxes – and is automatic and therefore does not require…

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But a New Taxman Cometh

Notwithstanding the magnanimity of the Internal Revenue Service in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and extreme winter storms in some states, reports have the Biden administration putting together a package of new tax increases – the first since 1993 – that’ll raise taxes on many individuals and businesses across the nation. Needless to say,…

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DOL Rolling Back on Joint Employer

It’s no surprise, but becoming more apparent with each day that the positions taken by the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board under President Biden will be more closely aligned with the anti-business posture adopted under the Obama administration than the free-market positions espoused under President Trump. As a glaring case in…

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Other State COVID-Restrictions Loosen

The steady march of states loosening some of their COVID-related restrictions continued with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signing an order to ease restriction on businesses and gatherings. Now, restaurants and bars there can offer indoor dining at 75 percent of capacity with parties limited to six people and on-site dining required to close at 11…

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New York Mandates Paid Vaccine Leave

Notwithstanding the struggles that many, if not most, small businesses have undergone during the coronavirus pandemic, New York is piling on with its latest mandate – the third paid leave mandate in a year – this time, paid vaccination leave for their employees. The embattled New York governor, accused of sexual harassment by seven women…

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