California Court Dismisses Prop 65 Lawsuit

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has finally put an end to a nine-year old court case in California where the Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) challenged a state regulation issued by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) exempting chemicals in coffee from being listed as carcinogens as required…

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Stay Current with Federal and State Posters

Every so often, we like to remind our small business owners of some of the myriad mandates and dictates with which they must comply. One of those that we all can easily overlook is the requirement to post certain information relating federal and/or state laws. Federal law requires that all employers with less than 50…

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Business Lobby Opposes Payroll Tax Order

Just a week after asking in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for clarity on President Trump’s Executive Order allowing deferral of Social Security payroll taxes, the  US Chamber of Commerce this week came out in opposition to it. In a letter sent this week to Mnuchin, Speaker of the House Pelosi and Senate…

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And on the Flipside, There’s DC

Taking a different tack, the DC City Council on July 28 passed and the Mayor signed the Protecting Businesses and Workers from COVID-19 Emergency Amendment Act of 2020. This new law mandated that employers within the Nation’s Capital implement new social distancing measures and worker protection policies within one week, by August 20. Further, it…

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Suit Filed Challenging GMO Rule

Although signed into law back in 2011 by President Obama during his first term in office, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) or at least certain aspects of it are still being implemented by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA guidance governing it is still being challenged, with the latest suit filed just…

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Wisconsin Employers Must Submit by Tomorrow

There’s precious little time, but the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has given employers a deadline of tomorrow, August 15, 2020 to fill out and submit Form UCB-18823-E for employees who filed their initial COVID-19 related unemployment claims for weeks after May 15, 2020. The department recently announced that employers must move quickly to…

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Philadelphia Salary History Ban

The City of Brotherly Love officially joins the list of governments prohibiting private employers from asking prospective job applicants about their salary history at the beginning of the month. The Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance becomes effective on September 1 after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in February overturned a 2018 lower…

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SBA Releases New FAQ on Loan Forgiveness

Speaking of the Paycheck Protection Program, in conjunction with the Department of the Treasury, the Small Business Administration (SBA) this week released an updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guidance for businesses seeking forgiveness of their PPP loans. The FAQ provides plain language direction regarding such items as: payment requirements where a borrower submits a loan…

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Court Strikes Several DOL Rules on FFCRA

With the DC focus on the next iteration of COVID-19 legislative relief, one could easily forget the earlier economic stimulus laws and their implementation, but the courts this week kept the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in the forefront.  The FFCRA made as many as 61 million workers eligible for paid sick leave and…

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Philly Enacts Whistleblower, Delivery Restrictions

The city of Brotherly Love has been approaching business needs from a completely different angle during the pandemic. Just over a month ago, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law the nation’s first COVID-19 whistleblower ordinance. The “Employee Protection in Connection with COVID-19 Emergency Health Order”, or the Essential Workers Protection Act as it has…

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