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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SBA Releases PPP Forgiveness Form

Last Friday, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released the Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application form along with instructions for completing it and applying for loan forgiveness. The application consists of four parts: the PPP Loan Forgiveness Calculator, the PPP Schedule A, the PPP Schedule A Worksheet and the Borrower Demographic Information Form. The documents…

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OSHA Expands Inspections & COVID-19 Reporting

On Tuesday of this week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new policy regarding inspections and enforcement during the coronavirus pandemic as well as the obligation of employers to record COVID-19 cases within their workforce. Beginning Monday, May 26, the agency will begin to resume the usual level of in-person inspections of…

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DOL, IRS Extend COBRA Deadlines

The US Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) earlier this month issued a Joint Rule extending certain time frames for group health plans and other welfare and pension plans. In accordance with this latest Rule, plans must disregard the period from March 1, 2020 until 60 days after the announced end…

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Targeting the Golden Arches Over Time

A class action lawsuit was filed this week in Chicago against McDonalds alleging the company hasn’t acted sufficiently to protect its employees in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. If you take the longer view, you can see the allies lining up and checking the requisite boxes over the past few months to initiate such…

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SBA Finalizes Further Guidance

On Wednesday of this week, the Small Business Administration (SBA) posted its latest guidance/clarification on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The guidance was provided as Question 46 in the Department of the Treasury Q&A relating the PPP.  You may recall as we advised you last week, the then-prevailing guidance stated that borrowers would have to…

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Treasury Expands Applicability of Tax Credit

Last week, the US Department of the Treasury announced in a letter to members of the US Senate that it will revise its initial guidance prohibiting employers from claiming the Worker Retention Tax Credit. That guidance disqualified employers from claiming the credit when paying for their workers’ health benefits but not providing wages. In response…

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Tosses Stay-At-Home Order

In a judicial rebuke of Governor Tony Evers, the Supreme Court for the state of Wisconsin overturned the Governors stay at home order, which the Governor extended until May 26. The court ruled in a 4-3 decision that the order was invalid as the administration did not issue follow proper rulemaking procedures. Under “rulemaking”, the…

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Treasury Updates Guidance/Tightens PPP

The US Treasury Department this week released an updated guidance document for the Paycheck Protection Program along with an updated FAQ that can be critical for many borrowers. The new rules (Question #40) provide that an employer will not be penalized regarding loan forgiveness, if they offer a laid-off employee their job back and the…

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