Mass. Governor Proposes $1B in UI Relief

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker proposed a supplemental budget that would utilize $1 Billion in federal pandemic relief funds to replenish the state Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. During the height of the coronavirus pandemic with its accompanying layoffs, shutdowns and business closures, the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, funded by a payroll tax on employers,…

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With an Eye on the Calendar

As we get ready to close out the summer months, there are a number of dates approaching where new laws – or changes to existing laws – will become effective that you need to be aware of. We’ve previously advised you that effective September 1, the sexual harassment laws in the state of Texas will…

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Replenishing Restaurant Revitalization

Efforts continue in Congress, albeit unsuccessfully at this point, to replenish funding for the popular Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). This most recent effort was lead by Maryland Senator Ben Cardin along with Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, and would have provided for an additional $48 billion in new funding for the RRF. The program was originally…

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OSHA Updates COVID Guidance

Last week, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued updated guidance on preventing COVID-19 in the workplace. The guidance, entitled Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of Covid-19 in the workplace, is meant to help employers protect (1) unvaccinated employees (including people who are not fully vaccinated) or otherwise at-risk employees, including those who are immunocompromised,…

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New York City, Frisco Require Vaccine for Indoor Dining

The Big Apple and San Francisco are leading the charge to require vaccine “passports” in order to dine indoor at restaurants within the two cities. The New York dictate actually became effective this past Monday, August 16 however, formal enforcement is not set to begin until September 13. In response to the Executive Order by…

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SBA Launches PPP Forgiveness Portal

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) this week officially launched its new streamlined Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness portal, for loan recipients of $150,000 or less in 2nd draw PPP funding. The program will open to the broader general public on Wednesday of this week, August 4. Although at the present time, the forgiveness portal…

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Billions Remain in EIDL Program

Notwithstanding the end of the Paycheck Protection Program and the launch of the forgiveness portal as detailed above, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) still has more than $27 billion left in its Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance (EIDL) grant program months after the program launched. Notwithstanding the availability of billions more in funding,…

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New York Heroes Act Trigger Date

New York put the HEROES Act on the books back in May of this year, but the new law has a number of different triggers that employers in the Empire State should be aware of. The first of those comes next Thursday, August 5, 2021, when employers are required to adopt a worker health and…

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ENTRÉE Act Filed in Congress

With the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) completely out of funds and shut down for the last month – and against the backdrop of trillions of dollars being proposed for infrastructure and progressive legislative priorities – another bill to replenish the RRF was filed again this week. The Entrepreneurs Need Timely Replenishment for Eating Establishments Act…

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New York State Picking Up the Slack

While the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) languishes in Washington DC, the state of New York is moving forward with its own small business grant program and this week began making payouts to approved applicants. The New York COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program actually launched over a month ago and has received over 50,000…

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