Bipartisan Effort to Resurrect RRF

Although it is not anywhere close to reality just yet, QSR franchisees and other restaurant operators can take some solace in bipartisan efforts currently underway in Congress to resurrect and recapitalize the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has again joined with…

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New California Employment Landscape

A number of significant changes in California employment and related laws will take effect tomorrow that employers should be aware of. Earlier in the fall, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an array of bills into law – some of which have already become effective – that will have an impact on employers in the Golden State.…

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ERTC: Back in Play?

Notwithstanding the deep political divisions that continue to fester in the Nation’s Capital, there seems to be bipartisan agreement about correcting one major problem for small business by reinstating the business-friendly Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC). Republicans Carol Miller (R-WV) and Kevin Hern (R-OK) joined Democrats Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and Terri Sewell (D-AL) in filing…

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Unemployment in a Mandate Maze

In the chaos that results from conflicting vaccine mandates (federal, state & local) and some prohibitions thereof, the business community is left with little direction as to how to operate. As an case in point, at least four states – currently Florida, Iowa, Kansas and Tennessee – have enacted laws in recent weeks that allow…

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Biden To Sign Away ERTC Monday

When President Biden signs the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill on Monday, the media will focus on the billions for earmarked for highway, rail, port, broadband and other infrastructure upgrades, but there will likely not be many mentions of the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC). Despite the popularity of the ERTC, Congress ended the bill…

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Pandemic Risk Insurance Act Refiled

The office of New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has announced that she has filed a revised version of the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act (PRIA) to establish a federal backstop for financial losses due to a future pandemic or public health emergency. The latest iteration of PRIA provides that the government would absorb about 95 percent…

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Mandatory Retirement Plans Spreading

The addition of a mandatory retirement plan for private employers in New York state as well as New York City represents just the latest in this growing trend of retirement plan dictates. The idea took seed back in 2012 with California taking the lead (of course!) and first exploring the notion of enacting a state…

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California Dreamin’

But some are bad dreams for certain employers! Fresh off surviving a recall election just two weeks ago, California Governor Gavin Newsom, signed a couple of pieces of legislation into law over the past two weeks that won’t bode well for business going forward. Assembly Bill 1003, provides that employers found guilty of intentional theft…

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More About Third-Party Delivery

It seems as though of late reporting on some issue relating third-party delivery firms and municipalities taking action against them is becoming a weekly feature! About a month ago, we advised that New York City joined San Francisco in capping delivery fees; then the City of San Diego was mandating an itemized breakdown of fees…

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W&M Starts Reconciliation Mark-up

Earlier this week, the U.S. House Committee on Ways & Means announced that it would begin marking up the budget resolution that House and Senate leadership hope to pass without Republican support. “Mark-up” is that point in the legislative process where the responsible committee determines which specific issues are added or removed from the legislation…

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