Upcoming Webinar Wednesday Event

Members are able to register now to attend our next Webinar Wednesday event scheduled just over two weeks hence.  On Wednesday, September 16 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST, we will present “Modernize Your Business: Finance Tips for Franchise Owners during COVID-19”. This timely and informative presentation will feature Gregg Genovese, a partner with The…

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

I suspect there aren’t many who haven’t seen the video of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the hair salon this past weekend – when hair salons were restricted from conducting any business inside their establishments – only outside hair dressing appointments were permitted by San Francisco but it was just one of several displays…

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ICE Extends I-9 Flexibility

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ten days ago issued another temporary extension of the flexibility in the compliance rules regarding the Form 1-9 for another few weeks. Under this latest 30-day extension, the requirement for in-person, physical inspection of the identity and employment eligibility documentation of new hires is deferred again and is…

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PPP Payroll Period Will Soon Expire

Absent further action by Congress to extend a further financial lifeline to small businesses, the period in which employers are required to maintain payroll as a condition of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness is coming to a close (24-weeks since first receiving a payment). Unfortunately, businesses that have reopened, but are not yet financially…

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CDC Updates COVID Guidance

They didn’t quite say the customer’s always right, but in some ways, one can infer that message from the latest COVID guidance issued by the US Center for Disease Control (CDC). Earlier this week, the CDC released a new guidance urging employees not to try to force customers to follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines! In fact,…

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Illinois Taking Mask Mandate to Next Level

On Wednesday of this week, August 26, new regulations kicked in across the state of Illinois with the implementation of Governor J.B. Pritsker’s new coronavirus dictates. His new policy departs dramatically from the popular protocol employed around the country in that it mandates diners wear face coverings when interacting with servers and/or other restaurant staff…

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States Lining up for Federal Jobless Benefits

Despite Congressional gridlock on a new coronavirus relief bill executive action taken by the Trump administration will provide extended federal jobless benefits amounting to $300 per week for unemployed residents in participating states. At this juncture, at least 26 states have already signed up for the benefit while some have indicated a willingness to also…

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FDA/OSHA Release Joint Food Safety Checklist

Against the backdrop of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) teamed up with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) yesterday to produce a detailed food safety checklist for the benefit of the food service industry. The checklist, which covers all aspects of food operations from growing and harvesting to…

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Business Lobby Opposes Payroll Tax Order

Just a week after asking in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for clarity on President Trump’s Executive Order allowing deferral of Social Security payroll taxes, the  US Chamber of Commerce this week came out in opposition to it. In a letter sent this week to Mnuchin, Speaker of the House Pelosi and Senate…

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Tennessee Codifies Liability Shield

The Volunteer State followed the lead of its neighboring Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas this week when Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed the COVID-19 Recovery Act into law. The new law, which became effective with the Governor’s signature on August 17, provides that businesses, healthcare providers, schools, non-profits and other entities and individuals will not be…

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