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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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SBA Releases Interim Final Rule for PPP Loans of $50,000 or less

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The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently released an Interim Rule that primarily affects sole proprietors.

There are approximately 3.57 million outstanding PPP loans of $50,000 or less, totaling approximately $62 billion of the $525 billion in PPP loans. Approximately 1.71 million PPP loans of $50,000 or less were made to businesses that reported having zero employees (presumably not counting the owner as an employee) or one employee.

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President Trump’s Payroll Tax Deferral Order

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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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Responding to Suicidal Students

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This is National Suicide Prevention Week, and this year it comes amid reports of increased suicides and depression during the pandemic. Those of us who work with children and teenagers are likely to encounter clients who express suicidal thoughts. The good news is that there are many resources that can help us respond.

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Day Camps Can Operate During the School Year

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Until recently, “Day Camps” in Georgia could only operate during school breaks. Governor Kemps’s August 15, 2020, Executive Order expressly suspended that application requirement for some programs for the duration of Georgia’s Public Health State of Emergency. Further, the most recent Executive Order repeated that suspension and expressly stated that Day Camps that provide “Supervision” and/or a physical location for children five (5) years of age or older to participate in digital or distance learning during school hours can operate during the school year as long as the state of emergency lasts.

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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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Accommodating Anxiety and Depression During the Pandemic

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One unfortunate side effect of coronavirus measures has been an increase in anxiety among our children. Most of the reports are anecdotal, but one study of Chinese students showed a significant increase in anxiety and depression among children quarantined for a mean of 34 days. Closer to home, 30% of parents participating in a May 2020 Gallup poll reported harm to their child’s emotional or mental health. These problems come on top of already rising rates of teen suicide.

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Mandated Reporting in a Virtual Environment

Many Georgia school systems are beginning the 2020-2021 school year in a virtual learning environment. However, the virtual learning environment does not absolve school teachers, school administrators, school counselors, visiting teachers, school social workers, or school psychologists from the mandated reporting requirements for suspected child abuse set forth in O.C.G.A. § 19-7-5. As long as one of these persons has reasonable cause to believe that suspected child abuse has occurred, they must report to the Division of Family and Children Services within 24 hours “from the time there is reasonable cause to believe that suspected abuse has occurred.”

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Challenges Specific to Childcare & Youth Organizations

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Earlier this year, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in direct response to the reality that many working individuals would be forced to miss work due to COVID-19 related reasons.  After a long spring and summer, childcare and youth organizations subject to the FFCRA are now grappling with how to bring their employees back and comply with this new law.

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Cyberbullying

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With so many children learning virtually this fall and otherwise having to keep in touch with their friends by electronic, cyberbullying is likely to be a bigger problem than usual. According to an industry study last year, almost 30% of children had experienced some sort of cyberbullying before the pandemic isolated everyone. Another study estimates that cyberbullying has almost doubled since the pandemic began.

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