Communicating on COVID-19

With information on the COVID-19 crisis changing on an almost constant basis, DDIFO is committed to bringing you as much valuable information and insight as possible to help you and your business through these unprecedented challenging times. At the same time, we know you’re getting emails and updates from a host of other sources and…

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Paid Sick Leave Mandates

US House leadership has introduced legislation that was to be voted yesterday that in the face of the coronavirus, would mandate paid sick leave for all Americans, among other provisions. As to the sick leave mandate, the initial draft of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act would mandate up to 14 days of paid sick…

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Back To The Future!

Tune up the DeLorean! The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed a resolution eliminating the 1982 deadline (yes, 38 years after the deadline passed) for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The change comes largely in response to Virginia – becoming a democratic trifecta state in 2019 for the first…

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Senate Eyes September for Tax Extenders Fix

Senate Finance Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) this week released reports from 3 of 6 task forces established to review and advise on the tax extenders issue. Grassley and ranking minority member Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) are hoping for solutions on which of the tax breaks should be consolidated, made permanent or rejected. It is expected…

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Cortez Masto Files SBA Franchise Loan Transparency Bill

The ranking minority member on the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) filed legislation last week to protect entrepreneurs who are considering purchasing a franchise.  The SBA Franchise Loan Transparency Act of 2019 (SB 2383) would require that before a lender could make a government-backed loan to a franchise, the franchisee…

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House Planning July Vote on $15 Minimum

By the end of next week, the US House will likely be recessing for the July 4th holiday and when it reconvenes thereafter, House democratic leaders anticipate bringing the “Raise The Wage Act” up for a formal floor vote. The legislation, filed by Education & Labor Committee Chairman Representative Scott (D-VA), would raise the current…

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House Ways & Means Marks Up Tax Extenders Package

The House Ways and Means Committee yesterday marked up a tax extenders package to resolve some of the tax relief programs that expired over the past year or two. At this point however, it does not appear that the democratic proposal addresses accelerated depreciation on new equipment, but it does address other tax incentives that…

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Tax Extenders Bill Circulating

House Democrats have reportedly come up with a draft tax extenders package that would roll back the 2017 tax law estate tax parameters and expand both the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. The draft tracks with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal’s (D-MA) stated preference to…

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US Senate Forms Federal Family Leave Group

The issue itself has been kicking around for a couple of years now, but the US Senate Finance Committee this week advanced the priority of the issue with the appointment of a bi-partisan work group to study federal family leave. Senator Maggie Hassan, a democrat from New Hampshire will co-chair the federal family leave work…

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Paycheck Fairness Committee Vote Coming Next Week

The US House Rules Committee announced last week that it was scheduling a committee meeting for amendments and discussion of HR 7, the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act, on March 25. The legislation, as currently drafted, would require employers across the country to demonstrate that any and all pay disparity between a man and a woman…

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