State/Local Updates Around the Country

Staying out west for the moment, on January 25, the Seattle City Council voted – unanimously – to pass an ordinance mandating that certain grocery store employees receive hazard pay during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Seattle minimum wage is currently $16.69 per hour and the hazard pay mandate will add $4 for each…

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Next Wednesday DDIFO Webinar

Be sure to register now for our next presentation in the DDIFO Wednesday Webinar Series, which will be held next Wednesday, February 17 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST. “3 Proven Methods to Finding Hourly Employees in 2021” presented by DDIFO Business Member Workstream, will feature Beau Hoge, Lead Hiring Specialist at Workstream detailing different…

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Senate Approves Restaurant Relief Measure

Late yesterday, the US Senate endorsed a restaurant relief amendment to the budget resolution filed jointly by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday. The budget resolution is the start of the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill that includes the federal minimum wage increase to $15 per hour.…

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Pending Stimulus Bill Includes $15 Minimum Wage

Earlier this week, the US Senate voted to begin debate over stimulus legislation that would use a budget reconciliation process to avoid a potential filibuster by Senate republicans. Budget reconciliation requires only a simple majority of the Senate for passage and comes into play when legislation is deemed to have an impact on the federal…

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SBA Launches Targeted EIDL Program

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) this week officially relaunched the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL) under its new name: Targeted EIDL Advance. Part of the initial CARES Act in 2020, the program quickly exhausted its funding, but was replenished back in December with an infusion of additional funds along with more targeted eligibility…

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DOL Ends Employer Self Reporting Program

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it had ended the employer self-reporting wage and hour program that was implemented by the Trump administration. The Payroll Audit Independent Determination program (PAID), which was launched in 2018, allowed employers to self-report potential wage and hour violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and…

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Hearing on Biden’s Labor Nominee

The US Senate confirmation hearing on Secretary of Labor nominee Mayor Marty Walsh was held yesterday by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. There did not appear to be any significant issues with Mayor Walsh’s nomination and in the wake of that hearing, one can anticipate that Mayor Walsh will be confirmed…

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Some States Stepping Up Business Relief

Over the past few weeks, we have been glad to be able to advise you of some additional state-sponsored COVID relief and business assistance programs. This week, we’re happy to report on a couple of more that are in the works. First in Harrisburg last week, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a $912 million COVID relief…

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Pandemic? What Pandemic?

As the effort to more than double the federal minimum wage across the country gathers steam with a democratic trifecta at the federal level – albeit a slim one, tone-deaf state politicians continue to pile on small business woes. A couple of examples, as referenced above while the Pennsylvania legislature is putting over $900 million…

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With ‘Help’ Like This . . .

In New York, which accounts for the 2nd highest coronavirus death rate in the country at 225 deaths per 100,000 residents, even while dramatically underreporting COVID nursing home deaths, the state Department of Labor last week issued guidance ordering that if an employer requires an employee to stay home for fear that the employee has…

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