SBA Extends Safe Harbor for PPP Loan Returns

The US Department of the Treasury and the Small Business Administration (SBA) this week also issued new guidance on the question of who is actually eligible to receive a Paycheck Protection Program loan (PPP). This information is critical!  Franchisee law firm Dady & Gardner, P.A. advises that when businesses applied for a PPP loan, they…

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Congress Eyes Next Round of Relief

Notwithstanding the partisan divide that continues in the Nation’s Capital, Congress is looking at possibly passing another multi-billion to trillion dollar economic relief package when the House returns to DC next week. Republicans and Democrats are divided over what to include, but they have each been floating different ideas that we want to keep watch…

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Masking Mandates

As the national patchwork of “stay at home”, “safer at home” and “non-essential business closing” orders gets murkier, it becomes that much more important for us to know what the limits are for the different areas in which we operate. Understanding and knowing the limits of this city, that county and the other state can…

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Covid-19: Navigating the New Normal

In our lifetimes, we haven’t seen anything quite like the coronavirus pandemic. It is a fast-moving phenomenon that makes it hard to predict what will happen in a day, let alone a week or a month. As the nation shifted into a near quarantine in response to the outbreak, Dunkin’ franchise owners changed the way…

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Covid-19: The Legal Side of Business Interruption Issues

Covid-19 has thrown our way of living into treacherous and unchartered waters. We recognize that the impact to your business and your family is severe and broad. Through no fault of your own, you could be facing dire financial circumstances. The pain inflicted on businesses is as widespread as it is deep. It is critical…

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A Mix of States Eye Re-Openings

Opinions of whether, how and when individual states should re-open for business in light of the coronavirus crisis are as diverse as one can imagine. That said, there are no fewer than a dozen states across the nation committed to opening their economies as soon as today. Four states (Alaska, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee)…

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OSHA & EEOC Issue Reopening Guidance

With COVID-19 still dominating national news and many states considering reopening processes and timeline options, the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have both issued updated guidance on COVID-19 and its impact on the workplace after re-openings. In its guidance, OSHA underscores that its guidance neither creates new…

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New I-9 Form Effective Today

Beginning today, May 1, 2020 employers must use the newer Employment Eligibility Verification Form (with the revised date of 10/21/19-found in the bottom left-hand corner). Form I-9 is published by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and changed periodically to address current issues. For the past three months, notwithstanding the coronavirus crisis, employers have…

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NRA Launches Restaurants Act Website

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has launched a new industry website geared to COVID-19 related education and industry advocacy. Restaurantsact.com, managed by the NRA, is a veritable one-stop hub of critical information for restaurants, employees, customers and industry partners. It offers an exceptional interactive map of each state across the country as well as the…

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DOL Revises FFCRA Regulations

The Department of Labor (DOL) has published revisions to its regulations on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Phase II of the COVID-19 economic recovery legislation. As revised, the regulations allow employers to require employees to use employer-provided paid leave (paid time off, vacation, etc.) and expanded family and medical leave concurrently, except in…

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