Senate OKs “CARES” Act, House Votes Today

The US Senate yesterday finally passed the $2 trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) by a rare bipartisan and unanimous vote, but the unprecedented stimulus bill faces some challenges in the US House. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi originally had hoped to pass the legislation by unanimous consent (avoiding recalling the House…

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“CARES” Act Summaries

We want to emphasize that any analysis of the pending $2 trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) that you may read – whether provided by DDIFO or any other organization is NOT YET FINAL, as the legislation is still pending in Congress. That said, we have a preliminary summary from the…

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COVID-19 Webinars

Join the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) and the International Franchise Association (IFA) at 11:45 a.m. ET this morning for a webinar providing a more detailed look at the Paid Leave requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act, signed into law by the President last week along with some of the provisions pending in…

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State Loan Programs

Aside from the loan and other financial components contained in the pending federal CARES Act, a number of states and cities are also looking to create and fund business loan programs to help get the economy back on track. Toward that end, 10 days ago the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program was launched…

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Municipal Loan Recovery Programs

In addition to CARES Act funds and state loan programs, a number of municipalities around the country have also launched recovery loan fund programs of some sort. The City of Chicago topped the nation in funding when Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the creation of the $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Loan Fund recently. The…

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DOL Issues New Guidance on FFCRA

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) may only be one week old, but the Department of Labor has already issued a further guidance on the law that effectively changes some of the provisions of the statute. For openers, the latest DOL Guidance states that the law now takes effect on April 1st and that…

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IRS Removes Cap & Clarifies Impact of Deferment

Two weeks ago, President Trump declared a national emergency with regard to COVID-19. Acting on that declaration, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last week postponed the April 15 tax filing deadline for an additional 90 days – until July 15, 2020. As welcome as that postponement may have been, the agency also limited tax deferments…

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EEOC Updates ADA and COVID-19 Guidance

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a new guidance on the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act, as both of them relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. It advises that it will continue to enforce anti-discrimination laws as they relate to reasonable accommodations about medical inquiries and encourages employers to…

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Communicating on COVID-19

With information on the COVID-19 crisis changing on an almost constant basis, DDIFO is committed to bringing you as much valuable information and insight as possible to help you and your business through these unprecedented challenging times. At the same time, we know you’re getting emails and updates from a host of other sources and…

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Interactive Conference Call on Coronavirus Response Act

All Dunkin’ franchisees will want to register to participate in a Coalition of Franchisee Associations interactive conference call at 2:00 PM ET today, March 20. The conference call, entitled “What the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means to Franchisees”, will be led by Glenn Spencer, senior vice president for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Employment…

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