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SBA Certification Questionnaire for PPP Borrowers

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On October 26, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a Notice in the Federal Register seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to collect information about PPP borrowers who received a PPP loan in excess of $2 million. The Notice states collection of information by the SBA would be done through the requirement that those certain PPP Borrowers complete a questionnaire (note: there is one for for-profit entities and one for non-profit entities). The Notice provides for a comment period of 30 days; meaning the published form questionnaires constitute drafts that may change to reflect comments submitted during the comment period. 

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President Trump’s Payroll Tax Deferral Order

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Coronavirus

On August 8, 2020, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum and Executive Order whereby the President directed the Secretary of the Treasury to allow for the deferral of the employee-portion of payroll taxes withheld under IRC Section 3101(a) (6.2% for Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) on wages earned during the period of September 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 (“Deferral Order”).

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State Powers to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccination and Employee Vaccination Considerations for Employers

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Coronavirus

In 1955, Canada used an 18-month polio vaccine trial period to set up a compulsory vaccination program. Facing the same health crisis and given the same time period, the U.S. Federal government chose a limited role in engaging State governments to prepare for and distribute the vaccine. Many claimed the U.S. Federal government’s failure to work with the States to prepare and lead in the 1950s led to distribution problems of the polio vaccine, with many poor communities being overlooked for more than a decade.

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What to Do When Your Employee Refuses to Return to Work Amid COVID-19?

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Coronavirus

The United States is now approximately four months out from when states and localities began to shelter-in-place due to the serious health concerns of COVID-19. Many employers initially scrambled to determine whether to furlough or terminate their employees, while others implemented work-from-home policies and procedures. Although most states have moved into phases two or three of reopening, the ever-growing number of positive COVID-19 cases presents ongoing hurdles for employers seeking to bring employees back into the workplace. So what happens if your employee refuses to return to work? 

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Business Waits for No One, Certainly Not Negative Tests: New CDC Guideline Obviate the Need for Retesting

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Coronavirus

Based on previous guidelines and advice, many business owners are telling employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, to not return to work until they test negative. Sometimes, this means waiting weeks and even months. There are numerous reasons contributing to the problem. First, some patients test positive for weeks after full recovery and no longer being contagious. Second, scheduling a test is getting harder and results are taking longer and longer. Third, the tests being used are still unreliable, with the "quick" ones having the highest rates of false positives and false negatives. In the meantime, businesses are seeing an uptick in business, but cannot fulfill orders or client needs because they have no workers. Some have even had to shut down. It is very surprising, then, that the CDC's new guideline saying a negative test is not necessary has flown under the radar.

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