Massachusetts AG Launches Small Business Grants

It’s not even a drop in the bucket compared to the federal Paycheck Protection Program that just this week ran out of $349 billion in small business loans, but the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey just yesterday launched her own grant program to assist small businesses suffering under the coronavirus crisis. Attorney General…

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Dueling Senate Objections Block Additional PPP Funds

Democrats and Republicans in the US Senate each blocked proposals from “across the aisle” yesterday in the latest political standoff in DC. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to pass legislation to add an additional $250 Billion to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on top of the original $349 Billion appropriated for the program approved…

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Action Alert on PPP

In light of the Senate failure to pass additional funds as detailed above, the House is now working on its own version of legislation to amend the CARES Act and expand the PPP, but party politics will continue to play a role and we need your help to make sure franchisees are protected. The Coalition…

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Treasury Releases New Guidance and Q&As on PPP

Speaking of the Paycheck Protection Program, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released a new version of the Q & A guidance on the program on Wednesday of this week. The SBA, in consultation with the US Department of Treasury have made a number of refinements to the program since it passed Congress last week and…

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DOL Releases FFCRA Recordkeeping Rule

As you will recall, the PPP is a major part of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Recovery Act) which was Phase 3 of the federal legislative response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was preceded by the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA), which provided paid sick leave nationally through the end of…

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Another 6.6 Million Unemployment Claims Filed

The news from the Department of Labor (DOL), was no better yesterday than it was the past two weeks as another 6.6 million Americans filed first time claims for unemployment insurance in the face of the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Last week’s total of 6,648,000 claims was adjusted upwards during the week by an increase of…

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California Business Asks Minimum Wage Freeze

In the face of the unprecedented coronavirus crisis and the havoc that the global pandemic is wreaking on the American economy, California business groups have called on Governor Gavin Newsom to delay the next installment in the gradual raising of the California minimum wage. When the $15/hour wage law passed in 2016, Governor Jerry Brown…

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Forget Freedom, the Mask is Mandatory!!

Without diminishing the seriousness of the coronavirus crisis that is causing such suffering and hardship, one must worry about Liberty when it is deemed illegal for residents of San Bernardino County in California to step out in public without covering their face with a mask. All religious services in the county must take place virtually…

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Paycheck Protection Program Begins Today

One of the more significant benefits for small business interests contained in the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Paycheck Protection Loan Program (PPP) officially began its application process today, and late last evening, the Small Business Administration released its Interim Final Rule for the program. It would appear that…

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FFCRA Sick Leave Mandate Effective Now

With the CARES Act being signed into law last week, one could mistakenly look past the requirements contained in the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) passed and signed into law the previous week, but you do not want to do that! The FFCRA became effective on Wednesday of this week, April 1, and mandates…

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