IRS Issues COBRA Guidance

A few weeks ago, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released its much-anticipated guidance on an individuals premium costs and an employers tax breaks for continuation of COBRA coverage. Among the provisions in President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) is a temporary 100% reduction in an individual’s COBRA health coverage premium following either…

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Chicago Wage Theft & Illinois Sick Leave

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has filed a set of ordinances with the City Council, that would dramatically change the landscape for businesses within the Windy City. The Mayor’s package, which she has dubbed the “Chi Biz Strong Initiative”, defines a business as guilty of wage theft if it fails to timely pay a covered employee…

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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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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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DDIFO Chicago Meeting

We’re safely getting back into the swing of member meetings and following all CDC protocols when our first meeting since before the pandemic is held at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare Hotel on Wednesday, June 16. The program, Thriving as a Franchise Employer in the New Normal, will begin at 11:30 AM and feature Chicago-based labor…

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Northeast Regional Meeting

We’ll be following up our Chicago meeting with the Northeast Regional Meeting just one week later on Wednesday, June 23 at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center. Again beginning at 11:30 AM, we’ll focus on the myriad changes to labor and employment law that directly impact you as a franchisee and an employer in…

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States Tightening Unemployment Rules

With no indications from Washington DC that the President or Congressional leaders recognize how the $300 unemployment premium is exacerbating the labor shortage, a number of governors around the country are taking action on their own to help get their citizens back to work. As of this writing, no fewer than 12 governors – coincidentally…

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Tax Filing Deadline Monday

A couple of months ago, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a one-month postponement of the filing deadline for individual taxpayers to file their 2020 tax returns to May 17. That date is Monday, and taxpayers should be prepared to file their returns or an extension by the end of the business day. In addition,…

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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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DOL Withdraws Gig Worker Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) officially rescinded the Trump-era independent contractor rule, which gave employers more leeway in classifying gig workers as independent contractors rather than employees. Announcing the decision, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh categorized the decision as helping to “preserve essential worker rights and stop the erosion of worker protections that would have…

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