Senate Files Latest Relief Bill

Earlier this week, Senate Republicans formally filed their long-awaited latest version of a “Phase 4” economic relief package, titled the “Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act”. The bill contains many of the key legislative priorities that we were working to include, but much work is still needed and there will be lengthy…

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DC Rethinks Impact, Rejects Advertising Tax

Just a few weeks ago, the Washington DC City Council seemed hell-bent on balancing its municipal budget on the backs of already suffering businesses, but at long last, common sense has apparently prevailed. The DC Council approved a $16.8 billion budget for FY 2021 this week and in doing so, abandoned a new 3 percent…

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NY, CT, NJ and Others Expand Travel Orders

Effective tomorrow, August 1, Massachusetts will have the most stringent travel restrictions in the nation with only 8 states being exempted. Aside from the five other New England states as well as New York, New Jersey & Hawaii, visitors to Massachusetts are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival or face $500 per day…

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2020 DDIFO National Conference Cancelled

In light of dramatic travel restrictions, a stubborn resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in a number of states and regions around the country and out of an abundance of caution for our speakers and attendees, we have decided to cancel the 2020 DDIFO National Conference and Hall of Fame Induction. Due to the continuing coronavirus…

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Economic Volatility

As the coronavirus continues to ebb and flow in different regions of the country, causing some states to slow the pace of re-opening for business, the volatility is taking a toll on consumer confidence across the board. According to new data released this week by the Conference Board, consumer confidence dipped in July as COVID-19…

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DOL Issues New FFCRA Guidance, PFML Forms

The US Department of Labor (DOL) issues new additional guidance on return-to-work issues stemming from the First Coronvirus Response Act (FFCRA). These latest DOL rules provide direction for employers in regards to the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as well as the FFCRA. In addition, the…

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OSHA Releases Guidance on Masks

Not to be outdone, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) also released an expanded guidance recently that elaborates on a number of issues/questions related to face coverings in the workplace. The guidance clarified that facemasks are not considered personal protective equipment nor are employers required to provide them to employees. That said however, the…

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SBA Disaster Loan Funds Runs Dry

As the Senate continue to debate next steps in terms of new coronavirus relief actions, a part of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program has run out of advance monies. The EIDL program, which was funded to the tune $20 billion in the CARES Act, provides that businesses that apply for…

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West Coast Wonders

Oakland joined California neighbors, San Francisco and Los Angeles this week, when it gave final approval to a Right to Recall ordinance that gives laid off employees in the restaurant and hospitality industries the specific right to get their job back when their employers reopen. The local mandates, which also apply to the airline, event…

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NRA Urges More Restaurant Relief

As some states walk back their re-opening efforts, the National Restaurant Association has put forth a comprehensive plan for legislative and regulatory action to stabilize the restaurant industry and help re-establish its economic foundation. The “Blueprint for Restaurant Revival” calls for Congress to provide short-term relief for the restaurant industry in the form of a…

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