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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Virginia Increasing Restaurant Inspections, Fines

The state of Virginia, which in 2019 became a democrat trifecta state for the first time, this week became the first state to adopt an emergency workplace standard specific to the coronavirus pandemic. Governor Ralph Northam announced a new Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which mandates that workers be provided with personal protective equipment this week.…

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Missouri Cuts, Colorado Hikes Stimulus Tax Issues

The states of Missouri and Colorado this week took very different actions relative to the impact of federal stimulus payments for the coronavirus pandemic will have on the state’s taxpayers. In the Show Me State, republican Governor Mike Parson signed a bipartisan tax bill that excludes stimulus payments authorized by the CARES Act from being…

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Upcoming Webinars

The US Department of Labor (DOL) has a couple of webinars scheduled over the next couple of weeks that will be very beneficial for many.  Coordinating with both the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) DOL will present “Navigating COVID-19: A Virtual Guide for the Employment Community” at 2:00 PM CDT…

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COVID Considerations

As we’re seemingly experiencing a resurgence of sorts in the number of coronavirus infections in some states and regions around the country, the loosening of restrictions is being paused in some states and outright reversed in still others. Further, interstate travel restrictions are now being applied and expanded by a number of states – New…

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SBA Releases PPP Loan Information

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) this week released the list of recipients of Paycheck Protection Program loans made across the country. The release was delineated by the size of the loan granted to a business. For loans above $150,000, the information includes the borrowing entity name and address as well as the number of…

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