SBA Publishes PPP Flexibility Loan Forgiveness Interim Final Rule and Updated Applications

On June 19, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published an update to its Interim Final Rules (New IFR) to reflect changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) put in place under the new Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 … Continue reading

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Presidential Proclamation restricts non-immigrants’ entry into U.S.

President Trump’s Proclamation suspending the entry of foreign nationals on certain employment based nonimmigrant visas into the United States takes effect at 12:01 EST on June 24, 2020.  The Proclamation suspends the issuance of visas for those in the following … Continue reading

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Modernizing the FLSA: DOL Gives the 7(i) Exemption a Makeover

Section 7(i) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides an often overlooked, but useful, exemption to an employer’s overtime obligations for certain commission-based employees of retail and service establishments. However, to claim the exemption, employers must first determine: are … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Confirms LGBTQ Employees Are Protected Under Title VII

Courts have struggled to uniformly decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate because of a person’s “sex,” protects employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or transgender … Continue reading

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A Summary of the EEOC’s New COVID-19 Guidance

The EEOC has once again updated its COVID-19 guidance. Here is a quick summary of the new questions and responses: D.13. Is an employee entitled to an accommodation under the ADA in order to avoid exposing a family member who … Continue reading

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Congress Adds More Flexibility to Paycheck Protection Program

On June 3, the United States Senate passed the “Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act” (Act), which is designed to create additional flexibility for borrowers under the terms of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The Act previously passed the United States House … Continue reading

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SBA Publishes Loan Forgiveness Interim Final Rule

On May 22, the Small Business Administration published its long-awaited Interim Final Rule regarding loan forgiveness requirements (IFR) for the Paycheck Protection Program. The new IFR confirms several key terms included in the Loan Forgiveness Application and also provides some … Continue reading

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SBA Publishes Loan Forgiveness Application for Paycheck Protection Program

On May 15, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published its long-awaited Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions for Borrowers (Application). The Application clarified certain forgiveness rules and calculations for the Paycheck Protection Program, although there remain several open issues that we expect … Continue reading

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School’s Out for Summer – Can I Get Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid leave to employees for a variety of reasons, including when the employee cannot work or telework because the employee’s child’s school or day … Continue reading

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Employees’ Refusal to Work Over Coronavirus Concerns

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, most businesses were faced with making difficult decisions regarding their workforce. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, in April, the unemployment rate rose to 14.7 percent totaling 23.1 million unemployed. While the number … Continue reading

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