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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Florida Shortens Statute of Limitations

On June 30, Florida Governor Ron Desantis signed into law HB 255, which shortens the timeframe an employee has to take legal action in cases where the Florida Commission on Human Rights (FHRC) does not make a determination on the possible validity of the allegation within the prescribed time. Previously, when a complaint was filed…

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NLRB Tightens Union Elections Rules

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) this week proposed yet another change to the legal parameters governing union elections, continuing to refine that process. The major change published in the Federal Register this week would eliminate the requirement that employers provide available personal email addresses and telephone numbers of all eligible voters during a union…

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