Minimum Wage Very Much in Play

Although even the President himself opined a few weeks ago that the minimum wage increase would likely be stripped out of the American Rescue Plan Act, the issue is still very much alive and could possibly be passed as part of the $1.9 trillion relief bill. Prevailing wisdom had the wage hike dead once Senator…

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Alabama, Indiana Enact Business Liability Shields

When Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed SB.1 into law last week, the Hoosier State became the most recent to enact a liability shield law to protect businesses from lawsuits regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The new Indiana law provides protection from frivolous lawsuits for businesses, schools, health care providers, governments and other entities from lawsuits alleging…

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Wisconsin Amends Tax Law for PPP

An ongoing problem with the acceptance of Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness has been with the tax treatment by a business’ home state of the forgiven monies and the expenses the PPP funds have paid for. While the federal government addressed the issue with the passage if the most recent COVID relief bill in December,…

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Business and Consumer Confidence

While the COVID vaccine becomes more available and more states relax some of their onerous restrictions on business operations, both business and consumer confidence continue to play on the metaphorical see-saw. A survey by the National Federation of Independent Business found the outlook of small business owners improving slightly with 15% of its respondents reporting…

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SBA Expands Its Menu of Assistance

Perhaps its other programs have been overshadowed by the popularity of the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program, but the Small Business Administration is now offering an expanded menu of help for small businesses. When Congress approved an additional $284 billion for PPP loans in December, it also expanded the benefits…

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DOL Delays New Tip Pooling Rule

Call it the “Final Rule” that isn’t, as the Department of Labor has now delayed the implementation of its Final Rule on tip pooling under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Tip Regulations Final Rule was just finalized in late December and was set to become effective on March 1, 2021. However, in one…

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Competing Minimum Wage Proposals

With the Biden administration and Congressional leadership continuing to push to more than double the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour) to $15 per hour, a different approach is expected to be introduced next week in the US Senate. Republican Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) are planning to propose legislation next week that…

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Other Minimum Wage Issues

While that political theater is playing out on Capitol Hill, the issue of a federal minimum wage hike continues to play out in different ways across the country. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its report on the Raise the Wage Act, which is one of the vehicles in Congress that would mandate…

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Pay Equity Bill Refiled in Congress

The federal Paycheck Fairness Act has been reintroduced in Congress for the current session, while another half-dozen state legislatures are considering similar mandates within their state borders. The federal legislation, filed by Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro, requires more transparency by companies regarding worker compensation and would also ban employers from asking applicants about their salary…

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Boston Café Wins Rent Reprieve in Court

A Massachusetts Superior Court judge has ruled that a London-based Caffe Nero chain café cannot be forced to backpay rent for the months during the early days of the pandemic when they were shut down by a state mandate. Judge Kenneth Salinger ruled that the café, which closed permanently in October, was still legally bound…

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