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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Biden Signs COVID Bill into Law

  Earlier this week, the House of Representatives approved the Senate changes to the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill and President Biden without any delays at all, signed it into law yesterday. Aside from the direct stimulus payments of $1400 to most Americans under certain income levels, the bill includes an additional $7.25 billion going…

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COBRA Rules Changed

Some of the provisions in the COVID Relief bill make significant short-term changes to the rules governing the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA). Specifically, the legislation, which President Biden will sign into law today, allows individuals eligible for coverage under COBRA to maintain their employer-sponsored coverage after a layoff, furlough or reduction…

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All Around Biz Interruption Insurance

A Boston-based federal district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed last May by the Massachusetts-based high-end seafood chain, Legal Sea Foods. US District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton agreed with defendant Strathmore Insurance Company that the COVID-19 virus did not result in the requisite physical damage to Legal Sea Foods’ property, notwithstanding government ordered shutdowns…

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SC Okays Business Liability Shields

Two different state senate bodies recently passed legislation that will shield various businesses from liability for COVID-19 infections. In Kentucky, where the house had passed liability shield legislation in January, the state senate passed its owned version which protects businesses from pandemic related lawsuits unless the business engaged in “wanton, willful, malicious or grossly negligent…

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COVID Capacities Increasing

Following more slowly on the trend set by Texas and Mississippi when last week they removed all COVID related restrictions and shutdowns, a number of states this week have further relaxed their COVID related mandates on businesses operating at a percentage of full capacity. Specifically, the states of Arizona and Maryland have each announced that…

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Is PPP in the Home Stretch or Due for Extension?

As the calendar takes us deeper into March, the current iteration of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is closer to its scheduled March 31 expiration – but reports of its death may be exaggerated as pressure is building nationally to extend the program. With the House passing the American Rescue Act of…

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A Rose by Any Other Name

Parliamentarian rulings be damned, Senate democrats are looking at different options to circumvent the ruling of the Senate Parliamentarian last week that a provision in the House-passed American Rescue Act of 2021 (Covid-19 relief bill) is ineligible for passage under budget reconciliation rules (which only require 50 democratic votes for passage rather than 60 votes…

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Turning the Corner – Or Enough’s Enough?

As we pass the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic hitting the United States in earnest and the accompanying business lockdowns, mask mandates and social distance dictates, many elected officials are moving to get back to normal. Atop the list seems to be Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order this past Tuesday rescinding…

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