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H.R. 748 and How Sole Proprietors and Small Businesses Will Benefit

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 11:15

On March 27th IHMM published its analysis of H.R. 748, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This $2.2 trillion legislation has broad and deep impact on virtually the entire economy of the United States.Today we are publishing the background information specifically for sole proprietors and small businesses, as these companies also benefit from H.R. 748.Read here >>  H.R. 748 and Sole proprietors and small businesses  

EPA Announces Enforcement Discretion Policy for COVID-19 Pandemic

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 11:17

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is mindful of the health and safety of the public, as well as our staff, and those of Federal Agencies, State and Local Governments, Tribes, Regulated Entities, Contractors, and Non-governmental Organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency is taking these important considerations into account as we all continue our work to protect human health and the environment.

Analysis of H.R. 748, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 10:14

On March 25, the U.S. Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), a $2 trillion stimulus package designed to provide aid to states, industry and workers during the coronavirus outbreak. The sweeping, bipartisan legislation is the result of round-the-clock negotiations between Senate leadership and Trump Administration officials. The House is expected to take up the bill today.

H.R. 748, ‘‘Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act’’ or the ‘‘CARES Act’," Heads for the House

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 16:36

The $2.2 trillion emergency relief bill unanimously approved by the Senate late last night now moves to the House where passage on a voice vote is scheduled for Friday. The sprawling 880-page bill, which is the biggest economic rescue package in U.S. history, includes direct checks to more than 150 million U.S. households and sets up new loan programs for small businesses and other coronavirus-impacted industries.

SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 13:57

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The SBA loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.

Maryland Governor mandates the closure of all nonessential businesses effective as of March 23, 2020, at 5 p.m.

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 12:53

On March 23, 2020, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan mandated the closure of all nonessential businesses by executive order effective as of March 23, 2020 at 5 p.m. A person who knowingly or willfully violates the order may be subject to imprisonment of up to one year or a fine of up to $5,000, or both.

COVID-19 and the American Workplace

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 12:46

The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).FFCRA will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health

Solicitation for Public Comments on Section 209 of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 17:53

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services seeks public comment regarding Section 209 of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act.Congress passed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPAIA) in June 2019. Section 209 of this legislation states that the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall submit to Congress a report containing recommendations related to maintaining an adequate national blood supply.

No Sail Order and Suspension of Further Embarkation

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 17:51

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a component of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announces the issuance of a No Sail Order and Suspension of Further Embarkation on March 14, 2020 for all cruise ships that are not voluntarily suspending operation.Read more >> https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/03/24/2020-06166/no-sail-order-and-suspension-of-further-embarkation

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