Other COVID Restriction News

In other venues, similar court actions have taken place over the past couple of weeks. We advised you just over one month ago about the federal court in Pittsburgh invalidating a statewide shutdown and stay-at-home order by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. Well, last Friday Governor Wolf made good on his promise to veto HB 2513,…

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Minimum Wage Act Exemption Increasing in PA

Winning exemption from Pennsylvania overtime requirements recently became that much more difficult when the Pennsylvania Department of Labor (PDOL) published its latest guidance. Effective October 3, 2020, the new guidance increases the minimum weekly salary threshold to be exempt under the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act (PMWA) white-collar exemption to $684 per week (the same as…

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PA Governor Vetoes Loosening Restrictions

Fresh on the heels of the decision by US District Court judge William Stickman that Governor Tom Wolf’s limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings, business shutdowns and stay-at-home mandates were unconstitutional, the Pennsylvania legislature passed its own measures relaxing some of the restriction the governor announced for bars and restaurants in the Keystone State. Despite…

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Court Tosses PA Shutdown Mandate

In the first such decision rendered since the coronavirus pandemic first struck the U.S. back in March, a federal court in Pittsburgh ruled early this week that a statewide shutdown and stay-at-home order issued by the governor of Pennsylvania is unconstitutional. U.S. District Court judge William Stickman IV found that despite being well-intentioned, the order…

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Granting Small Business $urvival

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, states and local communities are taking dramatically different approaches to helping small businesses recover from the shutdown and the general economic turmoil that the pandemic has yielded. In that vein, several have announced small business grant and loan programs in the past (New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and…

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Other State Issues to Note

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont last week issued an Executive Order that creates a rebuttable presumption in the Nutmeg State that any employee who contracts the COVID-19 virus likely did so in their workplace. In such an instance, the employer has every right to deny the worker’s claim however under the language of EO 7JJJ, the…

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Independent Joe #62 May/June 2020

What a difference a day makes. Or to update that rhetorical message, what a difference three months makes. Yes, it was just three short months ago when states like Florida, Texas, Arizona and a host of others across the south and southwest were seemingly enjoying some inexplicable level of immunity from the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses…

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Family Values Forge the Foundation for this Pennsylvania Franchise Group

When Don and Annette Miller opened their first Dunkin’ Donuts 40 years ago in western Pennsylvania, they never anticipated it would be the first of a network of successful family-run stores. Franchising wasn’t even part of the young couple’s plans at the time, but when Don lost his job unexpectedly, they heeded the nudge of…

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Renewed Effort for Liability Shields

Prompted largely by a spike in the number of coronavirus lawsuits filed against businesses, efforts to create federal liability protections have been resurrected. As we’ve advised in past issues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has called the creation of federal liability shields his “red line” for the next legislative aid package. Since May 1,…

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Pennsylvania Bill Would Lift Stay-At-Home Order

Apparently President Trump is not the only elected official itching to open the economy back up as quickly as possible. The Pennsylvania legislature passed legislation this week that would override Governor Tom Wolf’s current stay-at-home order and require the state to align with federal guidelines on which businesses will be allowed to reopen during the…

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