All Around Biz Interruption Insurance

A Boston-based federal district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed last May by the Massachusetts-based high-end seafood chain, Legal Sea Foods. US District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton agreed with defendant Strathmore Insurance Company that the COVID-19 virus did not result in the requisite physical damage to Legal Sea Foods’ property, notwithstanding government ordered shutdowns…

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SC Okays Business Liability Shields

Two different state senate bodies recently passed legislation that will shield various businesses from liability for COVID-19 infections. In Kentucky, where the house had passed liability shield legislation in January, the state senate passed its owned version which protects businesses from pandemic related lawsuits unless the business engaged in “wanton, willful, malicious or grossly negligent…

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COVID Capacities Increasing

Following more slowly on the trend set by Texas and Mississippi when last week they removed all COVID related restrictions and shutdowns, a number of states this week have further relaxed their COVID related mandates on businesses operating at a percentage of full capacity. Specifically, the states of Arizona and Maryland have each announced that…

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Don’t Overlook Other Laws

Mentioning the state of Connecticut in the above paragraph reminds us that there are still other laws and mandates on the books relating issues other than COVID-related matters of which employers must be mindful. In that vein, we hasten to point out that the first quarterly payment from employers for the Connecticut Family and Medical…

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Life After Dunkin’

There’s a couple of clear examples that there is indeed life after Dunkin’ for those who’ve toiled in the corporate offices over the years. First off, how could we not note that former longtime Dunkin’ President and CEO Robert Rosenberg is apparently getting back in the game by partnering with former Sonic executive Clifford Hudson…

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DDIFO Webinars

As we advised you last week, we have a couple of great webinars scheduled later this month. The first of which is Create a Competitive Edge in Hiring, presented by DDIFO Business Member firm Paradox. This program will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. The program will feature Paradox…

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Is PPP in the Home Stretch or Due for Extension?

As the calendar takes us deeper into March, the current iteration of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is closer to its scheduled March 31 expiration – but reports of its death may be exaggerated as pressure is building nationally to extend the program. With the House passing the American Rescue Act of…

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A Rose by Any Other Name

Parliamentarian rulings be damned, Senate democrats are looking at different options to circumvent the ruling of the Senate Parliamentarian last week that a provision in the House-passed American Rescue Act of 2021 (Covid-19 relief bill) is ineligible for passage under budget reconciliation rules (which only require 50 democratic votes for passage rather than 60 votes…

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The Warren Wealth Tax is Back

Notwithstanding that she never won a single primary – losing even her home state – Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has resurrected the centerpiece of that failed campaign, the Ultra-Millionaire Wealth Tax Act for consideration in the US Senate. Were it to be passed into law, the bill would create an annual tax of 2 percent…

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US House Passes Equality Act

As a precursor to passing COVID-19 Relief including the $15 minimum wage as explained above, the US House also last week passed the Equality Bill, for a second time and sent it to the Senate for consideration. The Equality Act, which also passed the House in 2019 but died in the Senate, amends Title VII…

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