SCOTUS Blocks Large Employer Mandate!

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled that the employer mandate imposed by the Biden administration exceeds the authority of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) putting an end to the vax or test mandate. The decision comes just days after the mandate technically took effect on January 4, although the…

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Bipartisan Effort to Resurrect RRF

Although it is not anywhere close to reality just yet, QSR franchisees and other restaurant operators can take some solace in bipartisan efforts currently underway in Congress to resurrect and recapitalize the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has again joined with…

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SCOTUS Hears Vaccine Mandate Today

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hold a special session today, January 7, 2022, to hear oral arguments on the large employer vaccinate-or-test mandate of the Biden administration. You’ll recall that the Appellate Court for the 5th Circuit Court had previously issued a temporary restraining order against the mandate back in November.…

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COVID as an ADA Disability

The Department of Justice along with Health and Human Services have issued an updated guidance relating questions of applicability of COVID-19 under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The guidance defines “long-COVID” which includes issues resulting from COVID exposure that last four or more weeks. In the wake of that guidance, the Equal Employment Opportunity…

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Additional News on Wages

As if the ongoing labor shortages coupled with these dramatic increases in minimum wages weren’t having a big enough impact on businesses still struggling to recover from the COVID pandemic, some communities are piling on with additional mandates for business beginning tomorrow. A perfect case in point is the city of Portland Maine, where the…

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SCOTUS to Judge Final Round

The final round in the heavyweight fight over a couple of the Biden vaccine mandates – including the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for private employers with 100 or more workers – is set to be argued before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on January 7. In taking up the issues, the…

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More States, Cities Adding Mandates

As the nation now awaits the final decision by SCOTUS on these vaccine mandates, more states and cities are imposing their own versions of vaccine-or-mask mandates. In fact, just over the past week or two, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, and Chicago, have all announced new local vaccine mandates for consumers to enter…

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California OSHA Re-adopts State ETS

Meanwhile, the California state OSHA is not waiting for SCOTUS to rule on the Biden employer mandate – last week, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board voted to readopt the state ETS with some revisions and putting it in effect on January 14, 2022 for a 90-day period, ending April 14, 2022. Just a week ago, the…

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Clock Ticking on PPP Forgiveness

As we look to our businesses rebounding further in 2022 and ensuring compliance with new mandates and ongoing business regulations, we must also keep one eye on the calendar for other deadlines and obligations. Toward that end, and for those of you who received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan from the 2nd draw, authorized…

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New York Extends Heroes Act Again

As it has over the past several months, the state of New York has again extended the designation of the COVID-19 virus as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby extended the provision of the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act). The designation is required for the application of the HERO Act…

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