Independent Contractor Rule Clears OMB

One week ago, the White House budget office wrapped up its review of a rule that would make more workers qualify as “independent contractors” under federal law. The completion of the OMB review generally signals that the final rule will be published soon in the Federal Register. The proposed version of the rule would create…

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New York City Keeps Piling On

Apparently incapable of recognizing the unprecedented difficulties that fast food franchisees are facing throughout the course of the coronavirus pandemic, New York City seems intent on adding misery to misery. Just before the Christmas holiday, the New York City Council passed a pair of bills targeting franchised fast food chains. The first – and perhaps…

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Another Look at the Calendar

As this is the last Small Regular No Sugar before the New Year, we want to again remind you to be aware that many laws and business requirements will change with the turn of the calendar. Toward that end, be aware that a number of changes will occur in California employment law on January 1,…

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Ohio Begins Workers Comp Dividend Payments

As we told you several weeks ago, the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) yesterday began paying out an aggregate $5 billion to employers across the Buck-Eye state. Over 178,000 employers will receive the dividends, which come from the surplus in the state workers compensation fund, a result of closings caused by the COVID pandemic…

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DDIFO Joins IFA in Lawsuit vs California AB5

This week, DDIFO joined the International Franchise Association (IFA), the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and the Supercuts Franchisee Association in filing a federal lawsuit challenging California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) law. Filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of California, the lawsuit contends that AB 5 is preempted by the…

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OSHA Updates FAQ on Face Coverings

In the seemingly non-stop evolution of face covering mandates, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has again updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guidance on face coverings, this time to coincide with CDC recommendations. In response to the posed question of whether OSHA will consider face coverings to be an integral part of…

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SBA Must Release PPP Loan Recipients

A federal judge has given the Small Business Administration (SBA) until next Thursday, November 19, to release the names of all businesses that received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program. Washington DC-based U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg ruled that borrower information – including the loan amounts from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as well…

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SBA Circulating “Loan Necessity” Questionnaires

The Small Business Association (SBA) last week began sending out a new questionnaire, the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Necessity Questionnaire (SBA Form 3509), to businesses that received PPP loans in excess of $2 million during the coronavirus pandemic. The agency is demanding new details about individual business operations in order to justify the aid and…

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Time Off Obligations for Employee Voting

While we’re on the subject of voting, employers must be aware of their requirements in some states to not only allow their workers time off to go and vote, but to pay them for that time as well. We found this article with the enclosed map particularly helpful in identifying the states where employees are…

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IRS Increases Retirement Limits for IRA & 401K Plans

In response to the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on the US economy, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) earlier this year implemented an easing of the rules governing Individual Retirement Accounts and various other (401k, 403, 403b, etc.) retirement plans. This week, the agency announced the inflation-adjusted figures and extended many of the enhanced contribution limits…

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