House Bill Would Extend $600 UI Premium

The challenge of hiring enough qualified workers to staff your QSRs would be that much more difficult under the latest CARES Act proposal heading to a vote in the US House as early as today.  Among the wish-list of goodies in the latest $3 Trillion stimulus proposal is an extension through January 2021 of the…

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Tosses Stay-At-Home Order

In a judicial rebuke of Governor Tony Evers, the Supreme Court for the state of Wisconsin overturned the Governors stay at home order, which the Governor extended until May 26. The court ruled in a 4-3 decision that the order was invalid as the administration did not issue follow proper rulemaking procedures. Under “rulemaking”, the…

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California Plows Ahead With Minimum Wage Hike

As we have advised in the past, a provision in the California minimum wage law that former Governor Jerry Brown insisted upon allows for postponement of a mandated increase in the minimum wage during uncertain economic times. Hard to fathom but apparently the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression doesn’t meet that standard for…

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Treasury Updates Guidance/Tightens PPP

The US Treasury Department this week released an updated guidance document for the Paycheck Protection Program along with an updated FAQ that can be critical for many borrowers. The new rules (Question #40) provide that an employer will not be penalized regarding loan forgiveness, if they offer a laid-off employee their job back and the…

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SBA Extends Safe Harbor for PPP Loan Returns

The US Department of the Treasury and the Small Business Administration (SBA) this week also issued new guidance on the question of who is actually eligible to receive a Paycheck Protection Program loan (PPP). This information is critical!  Franchisee law firm Dady & Gardner, P.A. advises that when businesses applied for a PPP loan, they…

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EEOC Posts then Pulls New Guidance

You had to look quickly this week if you wanted to see the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s new guidance on accommodating employees with medical conditions in the age of the coronavirus pandemic. The agency posted an updated guidance on Tuesday, May 5 and shortly after posting, pulled the guidance down because it was being “misinterpreted…

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Webinar on Reopening Today at Noon

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) is sponsoring another “don’t-miss” webinar today, May 8 from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM. Attorney Robert Bernstein, a partner with the Laner Muchin Law Firm out of Chicago will be presenting: Reopening Your Business: A Legal Guide for Franchisees. As COVID-19 restrictions on businesses begin to ease in a…

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Congress Eyes Next Round of Relief

Notwithstanding the partisan divide that continues in the Nation’s Capital, Congress is looking at possibly passing another multi-billion to trillion dollar economic relief package when the House returns to DC next week. Republicans and Democrats are divided over what to include, but they have each been floating different ideas that we want to keep watch…

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DDIFO Webinar Next Friday

MS Consultants LLC will be presenting a DDIFO webinar next Friday, May 15 from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 PM. This DDIFO-sponsored webinar, “Retaining Cash – New Tax Laws Help!” will feature Jeff Hiatt and Dave Fabian from MS Consultants, LLC providing important updates and insights into keeping more of your cash and how some recently…

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Masking Mandates

As the national patchwork of “stay at home”, “safer at home” and “non-essential business closing” orders gets murkier, it becomes that much more important for us to know what the limits are for the different areas in which we operate. Understanding and knowing the limits of this city, that county and the other state can…

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