Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, today is announcing the latest application data results for the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), passed as part of the American Rescue Plan. The RRF has received more than 147,000 applications from women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged business owners, requesting a total of…

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Over the past year, there have been several federal laws passed as part of the governmental response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, the Paycheck Protection Program, and the American Rescue Plan Act, among others. Many of these laws have impacted how employers handle issues like…

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Background The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted into law in March 2020, was designed to assist eligible business concerns with fewer than 500 employees that have suffered Coronavirus (COVID-19)-related disruptions. The basic purpose of the PPP was to encourage small businesses to keep…

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Not only has it been a growing trend for businesses to hire employees or independent contractors who take care of their work out of office, but in the current COVID-19 pandemic, many other businesses have been forced to adopt remote work, with their employees. Managing your employees in an office setting requires a fairly common…

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As the United States goes through the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, small businesses are reacting to the changing situation, having learned from the earlier waves. This wave could impact business during the holiday season, and is impacting everything from benefit plans to employee demographics. Learn more in some of our top headlines for…

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Did your business take out a loan as part of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) earlier this year? Are you eligible to obtain loan forgiveness? The U.S. Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration have put together an explanation of which businesses are eligible for loan forgiveness, and an application process. Learn about the legislation…

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All businesses must stay in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has introduced a lot of changes that have impacted how employees are working. To help you keep up with what is required, the Department of Labor has issued guidance focused on issues like teleworking. Learn more about…

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In the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the issue of masks and other face coverings has been a prominent topic, as both governments and businesses decide whether to implement public mask mandates. If your state or local government requires masks, what are your responsibilities as an employer? And if your state and local governments do not require…

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With many businesses still operating remotely, communication is different than we’re used to. Especially as we enter benefits enrollment season, it is crucial that employers are careful to develop a plan to effectively reach all employees, providing information for their workers to understand the various programs and their options. Learn more about how to identify…

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Business owners are responsible for keeping up with all kinds of regulations and laws that are constantly changing—and more so than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic, as new guidelines and programs are being put into place all the time. Our Eye on Washington series is a monthly look at all the relevant changes that impact…

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