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New DOL Rule Permits Bonuses and Enhanced Pay with Fluctuating Workweek

May 26, 2020

The DOL has issued a final rule that allows employers greater flexibility in paying bonuses and other enhanced pay to employees paid on the “fluctuating workweek” basis. According to the DOL’s announcement, the new rule provides that incentive-based payments like bonuses, hazard pay and commissions, paid to employees in addition to their fixed weekly salaries … Read more

Massachusetts Begins Phase 1 for Reopening

May 18, 2020

The Governor has issued today his first phase order for reopening business in Massachusetts under Covid19 protocols. Here is the brief summary: WHAT IS OPEN? Under Phase 1, while essential businesses will obviously remain open, manufacturing and construction may now open today with new protocols calling for 6 foot distancing where possible and the wearing … Read more

SBA Provides Details on PPP Loan Forgiveness

May 18, 2020

After many weeks of uncertainty, the Small Business Administration has finally published an application for forgiveness of loans issued under the Paycheck Protection Program, which answers many of the questions raised by the statute and clarifies what was previously unclear. You can download the application from the SBA website here. Here are some of the … Read more

New Coronavirus Legislation Introduced in the House and Senate

May 14, 2020

Businesses across the country are beginning to reopen and state stay-at-home orders are slowly lifting. While we all try our best to find a way to get back to some kind of normalcy, there is a sense among some in Congress that there remains more that needs to be done to address the challenges created … Read more

More DOL Guidance on CARES Act Unemployment Expansion – Workshare Programs

May 6, 2020

Hoping to provide some financial relief to millions of U.S. workers, Congress passed the CARES Act back in March. Among other tings, the Act provides expanded Federal unemployment benefits to workers who lost jobs because of coronavirus and were eligible for state unemployment benefits. But this expanded unemployment has had the unintended consequence of creating … Read more

NH Governor Sununu Issues Stay At Home Order 2.0

May 1, 2020

On May 1, 2020, Governor Chris Sununu issued a new emergency order with revised stay-at-home guidelines and a timeline for certain business openings. The entire Stay At Home Order 2.0, which remains in effect until May 31, 2020, can be found here. New Hampshire appears to be leading the region in setting forth its planned, … Read more

No PPP Loan, No Problem?

April 30, 2020

For several weeks now, the news cycle concerning the COVID-19 bailouts has been dominated by controversies surrounding the Paycheck Protection Program and the loans available to “small businesses.” The first round of funding ran out in under two weeks with only approximately 5% of the nation’s small businesses obtaining funds. Companies ranging from Shake Shack, … Read more

New DOL Guidance on CARES Act Unemployment Expansion

April 29, 2020

The DOL issued new guidance to the states for implementation of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) under the CARES Act. In doing so, the DOL answered a number of questions about who is eligible for benefits, how claims can be filed, how are benefits are calculated, and, importantly, what happens when you call workers back to … Read more