CBO Reports on Bonus Unemployment Benefit

One provision of the aforementioned CARES Act that struck me as counterintuitive to expediting the economic recovery from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic was the payment of an additional $600 weekly to the unemployed. Although the additional funds are not authorized beyond July 31, 2020, some in the House of Representatives want to extend…

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State and Local Issues of Note

With so much of the nation’s focus these past three months on the COVID-19 pandemic – and more recently, protests over the tragic killing of George Floyd, state and local issues that can impact your business could easily be overlooked. In the hope of keeping you informed of some of those possible oversights, we advise…

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More Business Liability Shields Put in Place

Last week, we advised you of some of the movement in different states around the idea of shielding private businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits so long as they operate within the parameters of various government edicts (state or federal regulations, executive orders or guidance. Up to this point, the focus has almost exclusively been protecting the…

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In-N-Out Joins Business Interruption Insurance Lawsuit

A legal challenge against insurance providers for denying losses claimed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic welcomed another voice last week. In-N-Out Burger, the privately-held California-based burger company filed suit against Zurich American Insurance, with which the chain has a $250 million “all risk” policy. The company argues their coverage policy “contains no exclusion…

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SBA “Finalizes” Forgiveness Program Again

Last Friday night, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) to govern the forgivability of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. The IFR provides that forgiveness is available for payroll costs, including bonuses and hazard pay, paid OR incurred during the Payroll Covered Period for employees up to the compensation ceiling of…

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US House Passes PPP Flexibility Act

Notwithstanding the above, more changes will likely be coming again regarding the Paycheck Protection Program and its loan forgiveness provisions, as the US House yesterday passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (HR 7010) and sent it to the US Senate. The legislation, if passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President,…

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OSHA and CDC Issue Joint Guidance

Last week, we reported separately on an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance as well as one from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) relating safety inspections/reports and reopening guidance respectively.  In our rush to get the most timely information out to our readers, we didn’t connect the two issues as clearly as we…

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De Blasio Signs Business Relief Package

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this week signed a small business relief package that the New York City Council approved just last week. The package, which consists of seven different bills, includes legislation that imposes limits on third-party delivery services, extends the suspension of sidewalk café fee collection and protects commercial tenants from…

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State and Local Governments Offering Loan Programs

A number of states as well as local communities have begun offering their own loan programs to help businesses recover from the coronavirus shutdowns. For example, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of a new $100 million loan program this past week entitled the New York Forward Loan Fund. Monies from the fund…

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States Also Pursuing Liability Shields

One of the more popular topics on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s agenda seems to be legislating protection for businesses as they re-open in an effort to get the economy back on track. The Senate Leader has stated specifically that the next coronavirus relief legislation that will be sent to the President must include Business…

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