Clock Ticking on PPP Forgiveness

As we look to our businesses rebounding further in 2022 and ensuring compliance with new mandates and ongoing business regulations, we must also keep one eye on the calendar for other deadlines and obligations. Toward that end, and for those of you who received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan from the 2nd draw, authorized…

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New York Extends Heroes Act Again

As it has over the past several months, the state of New York has again extended the designation of the COVID-19 virus as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby extended the provision of the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act). The designation is required for the application of the HERO Act…

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ERTC: Back in Play?

Notwithstanding the deep political divisions that continue to fester in the Nation’s Capital, there seems to be bipartisan agreement about correcting one major problem for small business by reinstating the business-friendly Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC). Republicans Carol Miller (R-WV) and Kevin Hern (R-OK) joined Democrats Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and Terri Sewell (D-AL) in filing…

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Economic Trends

The omicron and delta variants of the COVID virus may be slowing the nation’s economic recovery, but they are not slowing down the inflation rates at all. In fact, the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported this week that the producer price index (PPI) – inflation before reaching the consumer – rose…

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Court Expands Mandate Injunction

In the latest in a string of legal losses for the Biden administration over its vaccine mandates on private employers, a federal district court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction this week prohibiting the government from enforcing its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for federal contractors. The ruling follows nationwide injunctions issued against the vaccine mandate for private…

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New York City Vaccine Mandate

Despite the courts enjoining the federal government from imposing a vaccine mandate on the employees of private businesses, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has no intention of letting the legal process play out in the courts before he vacates the mayor’s office in a number of weeks. The lame-duck de Blasio, whose term…

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OSHA Extends Vaccine Comment Period

Although the President’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for a national vaccine mandate for employers with 100 or more workers has been put on hold by the federal courts, the administration is proceeding under the assumption that it will ultimately be upheld and implemented. Earlier this week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the agency…

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Federal Contractor Mandate Stayed

Similarly, the Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors was also enjoined this week when a U.S District Court Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove in the Eastern District of Kentucky, granted a preliminary injunction early this week covering the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Initially thought to only apply to contracts for services, it had been…

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LA Begins Restaurant Vaccine Passport

Los Angeles began enforcing its vaccine passport requirement on restaurants and a host of other businesses on Monday of this week. Arguably, the strictest vaccine mandate in the nation, Los Angeles now requires restaurants, gyms, theaters, hair salons and other businesses to see proof that patrons have been vaccinated before they are to be allowed…

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Court Stays, OSHA Suspends ETS

Some important happenings this week with regards to the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates for employers with 100 or more employees. Following up on its original order granting an emergency stay against the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), the Circuit Court of Appeals for the 5th District, headquartered in New Orleans, went one better this week and…

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