More States Stepping Up with Relief Programs

Although they may not be offering immunity, a number of other states are offering additional business assistance programs and loosening their purse strings with more funds for business relief. In that vein, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy signed legislation last week that provides up to $14 billion in corporate tax relief to businesses in the…

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Ohio Modifies Employment Discrimination Law

Concluding a long two-decade endeavor by Ohio business interests, Governor Mike DeWine this week signed House Bill 352 into law in the Buckeye State. The legislation, which has been strongly pushed for years by the defense bar as well as business advocates, reduces the statute of limitation on complaints of discrimination within the workplace. Previously,…

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Upcoming Webinar Events

We pleased to announce a couple of new webinars have been scheduled that you may want to attend. DDIFO will host another very timely webinar sponsored by the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) on Tuesday, January 26 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST. Updates to Labor and Employment Law will feature attorney Rob Bernstein, a…

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Massachusetts PFML Reporting Deadline is January 31

When Massachusetts enacted Paid Family and Medical Leave, it also created a whole new bureaucracy to manage the new benefit, the Department of Family and Medical Leave. And as we know too well, with each new bureaucracy comes a plethora of regulations, red tape and reporting deadlines. It is in that vein that we want…

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Miscellaneous

We noted some weeks back that congratulations are in order for a former Dunkin’ employee, but other news precluded us from getting to it sooner. Former northeast regional vice president for Dunkin’ Bill Bode has been promoted to the position of Chief Operations Officer at New Hampshire-based fitness franchise Planet Fitness. Elsewhere, we took note…

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“I Have a Dream”

It seems a worthy exercise time and again to reflect on the wisdom of those giants who’ve come before us. Considering all we’ve experienced as a nation in the past year (without even mentioning the pandemic) from riots . . . to political upheaval . . . to the great divide we continue to see…

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On The Horizon with a Federal Trifecta

Well, it seems the unlikely has happened and Georgia voters turned the formerly-red state solid blue this week and with it, flipped the US Senate to democratic control. With the White House, US House of Representatives and now the US Senate all being in democratic control, what can we expect to see coming out of…

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COVID Stimulus Replenishes PPP

Although there will be further guidance coming on the particulars of the latest COVID Stimulus bill from a regulatory standpoint, the legislation became law when the President signed the bill last week. Of primary import to small business owners, the law restores the tax deductibility of business expenses that were paid for with PPP loan…

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FFCRA Paid Leave Allowed, Not Required

Another important provision of the New Stimulus Bill, signed into law on December 27, is the extension of the paid sick and family leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Those provisions were set to expire on December 31, 2020, but have now been extended with a caveat – it is voluntary…

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SBA Extends EIDL Program

Back a week before Christmas, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the deadline to apply for a COVID-19 pandemic Economic Injury Disaster Loan has been extended to December 31, 2021. To date, SBA has approved $197 billion in low-interest loans, which provide U.S. small businesses, non-profits, and agricultural businesses working capital funds. Economic Injury…

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