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Paycheck Protection Program Reopens on Monday January 11th

The Department of the Treasury and the Small Business Administration have issued interim final rules on the revised Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP was originally part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and ended on August 8,...

DOL Issues Updated Guidance on FFCRA Leave

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released updated guidance on COVID related leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act FFCRA as amended by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Under the FFCRA, covered employers were required to offer...

I-9 Update

DHS Extends Remote Inspection Rule Due to COVID-19The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has again extended its temporary rule allowing employers to remotely inspect documents related to the Form I-9 for new hires working remotely until January...

Numerous States Raised Minimum Wage on January 1, 2021

Numerous States Raised Minimum Wage on January 1, 2021On January 1, 2021 employees who earn minimum wage in the following twenty (20) states will see a rise in in their hourly earnings.Alaska - $10.34Arizona - $12.15Arkansas - $11.00California -...

President Signs COVID-19 Relief Bill

Sunday, December 27th, President Trump signed the COVID-19 Relief Bill that was passed under the Consolidated Appropriations Act on December 21st. The President had previously raised doubts about whether he would sign the massive legislation after, among...

COVID-19 Relief under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

COVID-19 Relief under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives finally reached agreement on a new round of COVID-19 relief on Monday, December 21st which was then attached to “must pass” budget legislation. The...

EEOC Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released updated guidance on COVID-19, the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and other EEO Laws. Their publication is in a question-and-answer format covering many areas of concern, including circumstances...

DOL Clarifies Overtime Calculations for Piece-Rate Employees

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued an opinion letter to help employers understand and calculate overtime for employees who are paid on a piece-rate basis where workers have both productive and non-productive work hours.Piece rate compensation is...

COVID-19 OSHA Safety Violations Total Nearly $2.5 Million in Fines

OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that they have fined over 179 worksites for a sum of nearly $2.5 million due to coronavirus-related violations. Under OSHA rules, it is an employer’s responsibility to keep workers...

CDC Updates Definition of “Close Contact”

On Wednesday, October 21st the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a press conference announcing an updated definition of what constitutes “close contact” relating to the coronavirus. Under the previous definition, the CDC held that a...

A Releases Simplified PPP Loan Forgiveness App

On October 8, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in conjunction with the Treasury Department released a simplified loan forgiveness application for loans provided under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The simplified application shall be...

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