DOL Revises FFCRA Regulations

The Department of Labor (DOL) has published revisions to its regulations on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Phase II of the COVID-19 economic recovery legislation. As revised, the regulations allow employers to require employees to use employer-provided paid leave (paid time off, vacation, etc.) and expanded family and medical leave concurrently, except in…

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Trump Names 17 Economic Revival Task Forces

The White House announced the creation of 17 industry specific task forces that the President will look to for advice and guidance relative to reopening the American economy.  One of the task forces, focused on the food and beverage industry, consists of twenty-three (23) individual members including restaurant brand CEOs, chefs and restaurateurs as well…

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Virginia Governor Wants Minimum Wage Freeze

In what one could argue is an acknowledgement of the negative impact minimum wage increases can have on businesses, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam last week proposed an amendment to delay a planned increase in the state minimum wage, rather than veto the measure outright. Virginia became the latest democratic trifecta state in 2019 (both branches…

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Pennsylvania Bill Would Lift Stay-At-Home Order

Apparently President Trump is not the only elected official itching to open the economy back up as quickly as possible. The Pennsylvania legislature passed legislation this week that would override Governor Tom Wolf’s current stay-at-home order and require the state to align with federal guidelines on which businesses will be allowed to reopen during the…

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State Insurance Czars Order Refunds/Extensions

The California Insurance Commissioner and the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance both took actions this week to put more money in the pockets of insurance customers. In California, a Bulletin from the Office of Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara requires insurance companies to provide a premium credit, reduction, return of premium or other appropriate…

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Ohio Workers Comp Board OKs Dividend

Following up on a hearing we told you about last week in Small Regular, the Ohio Board of Workers Compensation gave its blessing to a proposal of Governor Michael DeWine that the Board pay out employer dividends in the amount of $1.6 billion as a vehicle to help the state’s business community deal with the…

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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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