EEOC Pushes Out Deadline

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) has announced that it has extended the reporting deadline for 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 reports until October 25, 2021. The EEO-1 is a mandatory annual report for private employers with 100 or more employees and requires submission detailing demographic work data by race/ethnicity, sex and job categories. Originally…

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COBRA Subsidy Notice Deadline Approaching

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law by President Biden back in March, required that “assistance-eligible individuals” (AEIs) be provided a 100% subsidy of their COBRA premiums through September 30, 2021. A separate provision of the ARPA requires that plan administrators give advance notice to AEIs when their COBRA subsidy period is coming…

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NLRB GC Makes Plans Known

It took quite a bit of time for newly installed General Counsel at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Jennifer Abruzzo to win final Senate confirmation to the post, but she’s not wasting any time in setting a new tone for the agency now that she’s in the position.  Shortly after she was sworn into…

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Attorney Generals Write Congress for PRO Act

Having just advised of the NLRB General Counsel and her strong unionizing proclivities, you should also be aware that the campaign to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) and implement its many egregious provisions is now in full swing. Just two weeks ago, 17 Attorneys General from around the country –…

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Governor Expands New York Recovery Grant Program

Newly installed New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced this week that she was expanding the eligibility to the state $800 million small business recovery grant program to allow businesses with 2019 revenues up to $2.5 million to qualify for the grant program. The Pandemic Business Recovery Initiative, which was initiated under former Governor Andrew Cuomo,…

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Mass. Governor Proposes $1B in UI Relief

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker proposed a supplemental budget that would utilize $1 Billion in federal pandemic relief funds to replenish the state Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. During the height of the coronavirus pandemic with its accompanying layoffs, shutdowns and business closures, the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, funded by a payroll tax on employers,…

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With an Eye on the Calendar

As we get ready to close out the summer months, there are a number of dates approaching where new laws – or changes to existing laws – will become effective that you need to be aware of. We’ve previously advised you that effective September 1, the sexual harassment laws in the state of Texas will…

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CFA Lobby Day

We’re just over two weeks away from the 2021 Coalition of Franchisee Association Lobby Day and your participation has never been so important. As evidenced by the news items already detailed above, having franchise owners like yourself personally explain to members of Congress the impact of such issues as joint employer, replenishing the RRF and…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Congratulations are in order for a couple of Dunkin’ franchisees who also happen to own a number of other brands. Ali Chunara & Shamsu Charania, owners of The Falcon Group, multi-unit Dunkin’ franchisees in the Greater Atlanta market were recognized by Franchise Business Review as one of the 2021 Franchise Rock Stars in the Multi-Unit…

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Replenishing Restaurant Revitalization

Efforts continue in Congress, albeit unsuccessfully at this point, to replenish funding for the popular Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). This most recent effort was lead by Maryland Senator Ben Cardin along with Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, and would have provided for an additional $48 billion in new funding for the RRF. The program was originally…

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