OSHA Expands Inspections & COVID-19 Reporting

On Tuesday of this week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new policy regarding inspections and enforcement during the coronavirus pandemic as well as the obligation of employers to record COVID-19 cases within their workforce. Beginning Monday, May 26, the agency will begin to resume the usual level of in-person inspections of…

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DOL, IRS Extend COBRA Deadlines

The US Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) earlier this month issued a Joint Rule extending certain time frames for group health plans and other welfare and pension plans. In accordance with this latest Rule, plans must disregard the period from March 1, 2020 until 60 days after the announced end…

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Re-opening Phases and Cautions

As more states and locales around the country begin to re-open their economies or announce plans to do so, it is important that all businesses are aware not only of best practices, but some of the concerns on the flip side of that coin as well. As a case in point, the federal government, and…

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CDC Releases Reopening Guidance

In that same vein, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) last week released reopening guidelines broken down for specific industries – including restaurants. The 60-page guidance “Opening America Up Again”, which is available here as a pdf for download, includes instruction on how to scale-up operations, sanitation practices, social distancing procedures, health monitoring guidelines and…

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Targeting the Golden Arches Over Time

A class action lawsuit was filed this week in Chicago against McDonalds alleging the company hasn’t acted sufficiently to protect its employees in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. If you take the longer view, you can see the allies lining up and checking the requisite boxes over the past few months to initiate such…

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SBA Finalizes Further Guidance

On Wednesday of this week, the Small Business Administration (SBA) posted its latest guidance/clarification on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The guidance was provided as Question 46 in the Department of the Treasury Q&A relating the PPP.  You may recall as we advised you last week, the then-prevailing guidance stated that borrowers would have to…

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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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