New York Enacts Heroes Act

On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Heroes Act into law but has delayed its effective date until the legislature adopts some “technical corrections” the Governor insisted upon. The law mandates that all employers in the Empire State – regardless of the number of employees – must adopt minimum health and safety requirement…

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Federal Minimum Wage Hike Out, For Now

It would appear that a more than doubling of the existing federal minimum wage from the current $7.25/hour to $15/hour is out of the pending $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill pending in Congress, at least for the time being. In the initial deliberations on the budget resolution (the vehicle by which the Senate will approve…

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New Relief Bill Dead Until After Election

As has been widely reported, President Trump has called off further negotiations with the House over another round of COVID relief legislation coming out of Congress, pointing to the alleged intransigence of House leadership to negotiate in good faith. Consequently, with only 26 days until the Presidential election (but possibly months until a winner is…

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House Passes Relief Bill, Excludes Franchises

Late yesterday, by a highly partisan vote of 214 – 207, House Democrats approved a revised, $2.2 trillion HEROES Act that included $120 billion in direct assistance to independent restaurants, food trucks and bars but specifically excluded franchises! This version is the first that includes the $120 billion proposed by the Independent Restaurant Coalition in…

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Senate Dems May Propose Another PPP Round

While the republican-controlled US Senate refuses to consider the $3 trillion Heroes Act passed two weeks ago by the democrat-controlled US House, a number of democratic Senators have begun talking about yet another round of PPP loans. Democratic members of the Senate Small Business Committee pointed to state economic shutdowns lasting longer than most had…

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