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Federal judge vacates portions of FFCRA legislation

Federal judge vacates portions of FFCRA legislation

A federal court in New York has struck down portions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The court ruled the U.S. Department of Labor exceeded its authority with the final rule on four components of the act: The work-availability requirement. The definition of health care provider. An employee being required to secure employer…
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Department of Homeland Security further extends I-9 verification flexibility as COVID-19 pandemic persists

Department of Homeland Security further extends I-9 verification flexibility as COVID-19 pandemic persists

The relaxed requirement for employers to conduct in-person employment eligibility verification through Form I-9 will continue for at least another month.    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are again extending employment eligibility verification requirements due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, employers that are operating in…
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What OSHA says about the proper use of face coverings in the workplace

What OSHA says about the proper use of face coverings in the workplace

With the use of facemasks now more prevalent in the workplace as a means to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wants to ensure employers and employees are using face coverings properly. Many have turned to cloth face coverings as a form of protection, while others use respirators. Surgical…
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SBA adds $10K grant to COVID-19 funding options

SBA adds $10K grant to COVID-19 funding options

Businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic now have another funding option through the Small Business Administration. The organization is accepting applications for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advance of up to $10,000. The SBA describes it as a grant, which doesn’t have to be repaid. That money, the SBA says, provides “emergency economic relief”…
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New law brings sweeping changes to SBA’s COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program

New law brings sweeping changes to SBA’s COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program

Big changes are coming to the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. The U.S. Senate approved the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 on June 3 following the May 28 approval in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill was signed into law on June 5. The new law amends the signature lending program…
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SBA details PPP loan forgiveness application, calculation instructions

SBA details PPP loan forgiveness application, calculation instructions

Hoping to have your Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiven? There’s now an application for that. The Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of the Treasury have released the application and provided instructions to assist borrowers with that process. The PPP Loan Forgiveness Application is available here. Borrowers will need to provide information including their…
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