MA Mandates Emergency Paid Sick Leave

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill that grants employees up to 40 hours of emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) for COVID-related illness, quarantine and vaccinations. Effective immediately upon signing through September 30, 2021 or until program funds expire, the new law (H.3702) entitles employees to the additional leave for an…

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Were You Aware of House 3702?

If you weren’t aware of Maine trying to end at-will employment, or that House Bill 3702 was signed into Massachusetts law last week or you don’t know what its passage may mean for your Dunkin’, then you would be well-advised to register now for the June 23 Northeast Regional Meeting at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel…

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Labor Shortage Front and Center

Notwithstanding the record number of job openings across the country, the lure of an additional $300 in unemployment benefits continues to outweigh the value of an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work for too many small businesses. In its monthly jobs report, the National Federation of Small Business (NFIB) reported that in the…

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New York Launching Grant Program

As the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program and Restaurant Revitalization Funds expire or run out of funds, New York will begin accepting applications on June 10 for what the state is calling the Small Business Recovery Grant Program. The grant program, proceeds from which must go to reimbursable pandemic related expenses incurred between March 1, 2020…

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It’s Time!!!

As states around the country prepare to end their states of emergency and lift all restrictions on business operations, we are anxious to get back to some semblance of normal. In that vein, we will sponsor two IN-PERSON meetings next month at which, we will cover some very important and timely information. On Wednesday, June…

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In-Person Protocols

Being able to deliver critical education and information to our members has been a long time coming, and at long last, it is here! We’re thrilled to be getting back in the business of serving our members and all Dunkin’ franchise owners with in-person programming and interactive meetings. We’ve all been through a lot over…

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RRF Funding Portal Closes Monday

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced yesterday that the application portal for the agency’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) would close at 8:00 PM next Monday, May 24. Notwithstanding that the RRF was funded with almost $29 billion and was thought to be a big benefit for the entire restaurant industry, the program has exhausted…

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Remaining COVID Relief $$ Going Too

It’s a similar situation with SBA’s popular Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was funded for a 2nd round of forgivable business loans in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. The PPP loan portal was closed to most applicants earlier this month despite the fact that the program was officially extended until May 31.  There…

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SBA Exhausting PPP Funds

Although the Small Business Administration (SBA) is slated to continue taking applications for the popular Paycheck Protection Program until the end of this month, it appears the agency has exhausted its funds for most lenders.  The SBA acknowledged earlier this week that it was not accepting applications for new loans from most lenders – but…

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Court Tosses Eviction Moratorium

A Washington DC-based federal judge has thrown out the eviction moratorium prompted by the coronavirus pandemic and imposed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) last year. The federal moratorium on residential evictions has been extended three times since it was first implemented under President Trump last September, was most recently extended by President Biden…

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