July 8, 2020

Precautions for Re-Opening and Changes to PPP Guidelines; What You Need To Know

Employers Should Proceed Cautiously as Businesses Reopenand Employees Return to Worksites:
As businesses begin to reopen and employees return to the workplace, federal, state and local agencies have issued guidelines to assist employers. These guidelines are worth reviewing and we provide links below. Additionally, if you require assistance with return to work policies and/or Emergency Paid Sick Leave or Emergency Paid Family Medical Leave Act Leave Policies, please reach out to us:
CDC Guidance for Reopening Offices: Click Here
CDC Free Printable Signage: Click Here
OSHA Guidance for Responding to COVID: Click Here
CA Department of Industrial Relations Guidance for Responding to COVID: Click Here
FEHA Privacy Issues related to COVID Diagnosis: Click Here
LA County Department of Public Health Reopening Order: Click Here
LA County Department of Health Guidance for Reopening Offices: Click Here
Senate Passes Bill to Give Flexibility for Small Business Coronavirus AidThe Senate passed legislation on June 3, 2020 providing flexibility to small businesses receiving forgivable loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). This new law, if signed by Trump, provides small businesses with more time to use the money just before the pending deadline to forgive the first round of payments. The thrust of the PPP Flexibility Act is to provide businesses 24 weeks — instead of eight — to spend loans received under the PPP and have the loan forgiven. The new law also relaxes a requirement that 75% of the loan go toward payroll, lowering the threshold to 60%. Several business groups, including the restaurant industry, advocated for such changes. Among other considerations, eight weeks was not enough time given that the COVID-19 pandemic forced many businesses to remain shuttered longer than the PPP anticipated when it passed in late March as part of the Cares Act.
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