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Governor DeWine expanded Ohio’s responsible restart program and added several categories of businesses to the list of businesses that may reopen beginning June 10th: Aquariums Art galleries Country clubs Ice skating rinks Indoor family entertainment centers Indoor sports facilities Laser tag facilities Movie theaters (indoor) Museums Playgrounds (outdoor) Public recreation centers Roller skating rinks Social clubs Trampoline parks Zoos The following may open June 19th: Amusement parks Casinos and racinos Water parks Outdoor theatres Sector…
UPDATED 6/17/20 with SBA interim guidance and new application Businesses that took PPP loans now have more flexibility to spend the money than the original CARES Act and the IRS and SBA regulations permitted. More information and regulations on this new expansion should be forthcoming. The law is the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (HR 7010). Among the changes: Extends the covered period to spend the PPP funds from 8 to 24…
The CDC issued updated guidance for employers, including a user-friendly checklist for employers to prepare workplaces for return to work. Among the recommendations: Encourage employees to stay home when sick; provide flexible sick leave Physically ensure separation among employees Promote hygiene – frequent hand washing and sanitizing Post CDC posters on hand hygiene and coughing and sneezing etiquette Encourage employees to wear cloth face coverings when social distancing is difficult to maintain Consider daily in-person…
OUTDATED: Congress passed the Flexibility Act that changed many of the rules below. See this post.   The SBA issued new rules for PPP loans–most of which I already gleaned from the PPP loan forgiveness application form in my post on May 19th. Congress also is considering various proposals that would loosen many of the restrictions on the use of PPP loan amounts, relative to loan forgiveness. Recall that PPP loans are authorized…
Without advance notice or request for comment, OSHA issued a revised enforcement memo stating that it will enforce record keeping requirements as they apply to confirmed, work-related COVID-19 illness. A COVID-19 case must be recorded on the OSHA 300 log if: It is a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis; It is work-related; and It involves one or more of the general recording criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7 (death, days away from work, restricted work or transfer to…
OUTDATED: Congress passed the Flexibility Act that changed many of the rules below. See this post.   On May 15, 2020, the SBA released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application form, available here. Borrowers should use this form upon completion of the eight-week period covered by the loan forgiveness. Some previously open questions that were answered by the new form: FTEs are based on 40 hours per week, rather than 30…
Governor Mike DeWine announced a new list of business openings to come. The current timeline for the phased reopening of Ohio is as follows: 5/15: Barbershops, salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, and other personal care services (protocols are available here and for licensed massage therapy, cosmetic therapy, and acupuncture here) 5/15: Restaurant patio dining (protocols are available here) 5/21: Restaurant inside dining (protocols are available here) 5/21: Campgrounds (protocols are available here
OUTDATED: Congress passed the Flexibility Act that changed many of the rules below. See this post.   UPDATED 5/14/20: Borrowers receiving PPP loan funds under the CARES Act have until May 14, 2020 to return those funds, without penalty, if they no longer qualify for the funds or no longer want them. How might a previously qualifying small business no longer qualify? Why would a small business want to return PPP money subject to…
Many employers are busy worrying about declining revenue, stay-at-home government mandates, and keeping employees safe. Most have not considered the impact that changes imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic might have on their employee benefits. Dependent care FSAs Many employees experienced recent closures in their children’s schools and day cares. Employees that enrolled in dependent care FSA programs for 2020 during open enrollment may have a triggering life status change related to the closure of their…
With a global pandemic comes wage and hour considerations that may not have been issues for employers pre-pandemic. (1) Business expenses With employees working remotely, workers are incurring necessary business expenses related to Internet access, print cartridges, personal cell phones, data plans, paper, and other equipment. In addition, even employee-provided face coverings (when required) and thermometers (when used for pre-shift health screenings) are business expenses. The business expenses born by the employee cannot, in their…