SBA Extends EIDL Deferment

The Small Business Administration (SBA) this week announced that it was extending the deferment period for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) borrowers to 30 months from the time when the loan was first approved. The EIDL program provided nearly four million small businesses with more than $350 billion in emergency funding during the COVID…

Read More »

Drop Mask Mandates, Extend HERO Act

As we advised you last week, the state of New York is just one of several state and local governments that have recently dropped masking mandates as COVID infections from the omicron variant decline across the country. At the same time however, New York has extended the application of the so-called HEROES Act for another…

Read More »

CFA Webinar

As we know from the recent experience that Starbucks stores have gone through and that we’ve reported on above, efforts to unionize have been increasing at an unprecedented rate. From your local union branch to the White House, franchised businesses are being targeted for unionization across the country. In timely response, the Coalition of Franchisee…

Read More »

FTC Stepping to the Plate

With a renewed focus on bad actors within the franchise industry, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took a significant step this week when the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit against franchisor Burgerim alleging in a four-count lawsuit that the company violated Section 5 of the FTC with false and misleading representations to potential…

Read More »

More Battles on the Union Front

In case the ongoing unionizing efforts in QSRs wasn’t enough, One Fair Wage, the union advocacy arm of the Restaurants Opportunities Center (ROC) United, has appealed a decision dismissing a lawsuit challenging the validity of the tipped minimum wage to the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th District. In the One Fair Wage,…

Read More »

New York Extends Mask Mandate

It’s been a bit of a roller coaster over the past few weeks for the New York statewide mask mandate imposed by Governor Kathy Hochul back on December 13, 2021, but the mandate will now remain in place at least through next Thursday, February 10.  Originally set to expire on January 15, then extended to…

Read More »

ACA Reporting Deadlines

Considering how the Trump administration, the then-republican controlled Congress and the courts pecked away at mandates of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (a.k.a. ObamaCare), it’s easy to forget that there are still obligations under the ACA with which employers must comply. In that vein, ACA reporting deadlines under the federal law for Applicable Large Employers…

Read More »

Employer Plans Pay for COVID Tests

Notwithstanding the fanfare with which DOL announced the ETS and its subsequent withdrawal (as detailed above), there was very little notice made about a new joint guidance issued by DOL along with the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury requiring employer health plans – whether fully insured or self-insured – to cover…

Read More »

Federal Contractor Wage Rising

For those who may operate Dunkin’ stores on federal property, associated labor costs will be rising again with the implementation of a federal employee and contractor minimum wage increase to $15 per hour no later than Sunday, January 30, 2022.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released guidance last week directing all government agencies to…

Read More »

Court Dismisses AB5 Lawsuit

The District Court for the District of Southern California has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the validity of California’s AB5 law. The challenge, which was filed by the International Franchise Association (IFA) along with DDIFO, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and the Supercuts Franchisee Association (SFA) back in November 2020, centered around California‘s ABC…

Read More »