Legislative News

SBA Issues New FAQs for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness

2020-10-26T17:10:29-04:00October 26th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Stimulus Programs|

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released guidance Tuesday confirming that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness applications are not due on Oct. 31. Fears of a late-October PPP surprise came to the SBA’s attention because the program’s loan [...]

IRS Provides ACA Reporting Relief for 2020

2020-10-14T07:27:55-04:00October 14th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

The IRS released very important guidance concerning employers’ obligations under the Affordable Care Act. Notice 2020-76, released October 2, 2020, addresses a broad array of topics under the ACA compliance umbrella. This post addresses two issues of critical concern [...]

OSHA Clarifies COVID-19 Reporting Hospitalization and Fatality Requirements

2020-10-27T16:22:53-04:00October 7th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Legislative News, Safety Tips|

On September 30, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding an employer's obligation to report to OSHA cases of work-related COVID-19. The FAQs build upon previous OSHA guidance governing when and how [...]

Update: Massachusetts “Right to Repair” Battle is Heating Up

2020-09-23T18:18:13-04:00September 23rd, 2020|Automotive Industry News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

We continue to keep a close eye on this issue that would affect vehicle maintenance and repair in Massachusetts. Here's the latest, courtesy of Automotive News: A long, drawn-out battle over "right to repair" from nearly a decade ago [...]

Maine DOL Updates Lost Wages Assistance Program

2020-09-18T16:05:04-04:00September 9th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News, Maine News|

FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Maine for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. Additional unemployment benefits from FEMA will be paid out mid-month. Maine Department of Labor gave an update on the funds on Friday. $300 [...]

Legislative Update: Guidance Issued on Payroll Tax Deferral

2020-09-24T12:56:32-04:00August 31st, 2020|Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Late on Friday, August 28th, 2020, the IRS issued much-anticipated guidance on the payroll tax deferral that was ordered by President Donald Trump in a presidential memorandum on Aug. 8 (Notice 2020-65). The notice allows employers to defer withholding [...]

Update on Drug Pricing: White House Issues Executive Orders To Lower Drug Prices

2020-08-24T12:16:35-04:00August 14th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Legislative News|

On July 24, 2020, President Donald Trump issued the following series of executive orders in an effort to lower drug prices: Executive Order on Lowering Prices for Patients by Eliminating Kickbacks to Middlemen: directs federally qualified health centers to [...]

Update: Massachusetts Right to Repair Law

2020-07-27T10:29:25-04:00July 27th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Voters in Massachusetts will have the opportunity to decide in November whether independent auto service facilities should have access to telematically transmitted vehicle diagnostic and repair data. The Massachusetts Right to Repair Committee recently turned in 24,000 signatures, well [...]

N.H. Bill Would Impose New Insurer Requirements in Wake of COVID-19

2020-07-20T08:18:44-04:00July 20th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News, New Hampshire News|

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed H.B. 1166. If voted into law, this legislation would require the state to provide free personal protective equipment to small employers, eliminate cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment, and extend paid [...]

The Employee Retention Credit and How it Can Help Your Business

2020-07-15T12:23:33-04:00July 15th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, SBA Stimulus Programs|

Organizations that have been impacted financially by COVID-19 may be able to take advantage of a refundable tax credit called the Employee Retention Credit. The credit is designed to encourage organizations to keep employees on their payroll and is [...]

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