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June 5th Client Call – Updates to PPP, Loan Forgiveness, Reopening & HR

When we met on the Client Call this past Friday, we were awaiting the president's signature on legislation amending terms of the PPP and loan forgiveness. As anticipated, this legislation has since been signed. We strongly encourage all to become familiar with the revised information. As discussed, HR 7010 amends the Paycheck Protection Program and Loan Forgiveness terms.  These changes include: 1. Covered period extended from 8 to 24 weeks. 2. Can spend more proceeds on non-payroll cost (60/40). Mark cautions: BE CAREFUL with this. The bill seems to create an all or nothing regarding loan forgiveness with the 60% of payroll cost. 3....

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PPP forgiveness changes coming as Senate passes House bill

The U.S. Senate passed the House version of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) legislation Wednesday night, tripling the time allotted for small businesses and other PPP loan recipients to spend the funds and still qualify for forgiveness of the loans. The bill passed in a unanimous voice vote hours after Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson initially blocked it. Among the key provisions is a change in the threshold for the amount of PPP funds required to be spent on payroll costs to qualify for forgiveness to 60% of the loan amount. The Senate approval sent the House bill, called the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, to...

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Employee Compensation and Benefits During Closures and Furloughs

As business closures increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are faced with questions about compensation and health benefit coverage for their employees. Government relief measures may provide compensation for businesses and individuals in certain situations. In other cases, existing rules on employee rights will apply. Paid leave may be required for some employees by federal or state law. Also, some state insurance regulators are requiring insurance carriers to provide policyholders with additional flexibility regarding premiums and coverage, and some carriers are making similar changes independent of state requirements. This Compliance Overview provides a summary of the issues that employers may encounter...

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Reopening Guidance for Employers

Regulations and guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve. In this presentation, Legal Content Director Erica Storm for an update on compliance issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the latest information from the DOL, EEOC and OSHA on employer requirements, as well as updates on new COVID-19 relief efforts. This presentation requires a SIMA HR360 Log In.  If you are unable to log in, please attempt a password reset or contact COVID-19_Update for Employers...

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Work-life Balance Considerations Post Coronavirus   

The coronavirus pandemic has sparked one of the largest social experiments in history. Virtually overnight, businesses across the world have been forced to rethink how they operate. Decisions made during this uncertain period will resonate for years and may serve as the base for a new, remote lifestyle post-coronavirus. Employee work-life balance is especially important for employers to consider—namely, how old standards play into new working arrangements and how employers can help relieve potential employee burdens. Old Standards, New Problems The classic, white-collar 9-to-5 work shift has been around for decades—an employee works their eight hours a day, then goes home. This standard...

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May 22 – Client Call

Mark Jones is joined by Brian Taylor and John Lester of Atlantic Union Bank to discuss PPP loans and loan forgiveness. Brian, a Business Banking Market Manager, and John, a Commercial Banking Relationship Manager work closely with bank manager and retail leadership to support business owners. Together Mark, Brian and John shed light on what we know today of the PPP and expectations for the loan forgiveness process. View the playback here....

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Repayment Extension Granted by the SBA

Question: FAQ #31 reminded borrowers to review carefully the required certification on the Borrower Application Form that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.” SBA guidance and regulations provide that any borrower who applied for a PPP loan prior to April 24, 2020 and repays the loan in full by May 7, 2020 will be deemed by SBA to have made the required certification in good faith. Is it possible for a borrower to obtain an extension of the May 7, 2020 repayment date? Answer: SBA is extending the repayment date for...

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U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offering disaster assistance in response to COVID-19 

The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (the Act) that passed on March 6, 2020 allows small businesses that have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans through SBA. Small businesses and nonprofits can apply for working capital loans of up to $2 million.  The following are key details of the Act as it pertains to the low interest rate loans.  You can also learn more by visiting the COVID-19 disaster assistance page on SBA’s website.  State governors must first request access to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Once the declaration is made, information on the application process for disaster loan assistance will...

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Coronavirus Bill Requiring Paid Employee Leave Signed Into Law, Tax Credits for Employers

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) into law. The Act requires employers to provide paid leave for some employees related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, among other measures and also provides for a series of tax credits to employers and self-employed individuals to help cover lost income due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Act takes effect no later than 15 days after it is signed by the president. Emergency Paid Sick Leave The Act requires two weeks of paid sick leave for government workers and employees of companies with fewer than 500 employees....

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