July 7, 2020
July 1, 2020
July 1, 2020 - Effective today, employees in DC are eligible for paid family leave pursuant to the DC Paid Family Leave Act (the Act). Below is our brief primer on what employers need to know and what to expect when administering paid family leave.
July 1, 2020 - Last night, the Senate unanimously passed a bill that would extend the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline through August 8, 2020. The bill is now set to be taken up by the House.
June 23, 2020
June 19, 2020 - As we reported in our previous alert, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act ("Flexibility Act") into law. The bill makes numerous changes to the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") aimed at improving loan forgiveness procedures and loosening restrictions on PPP funds. In accordance with the Flexibility Act, the Small Business Administration ("SBA") and Department of the Treasury ("Treasury") released revised application forms for businesses participating in the PPP. The new PPP application forms differ substantially from their previous iterations, and borrowers need to be aware of which forms they should use.
June 15, 2020 - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers who discriminate against gay and transgender workers violate Title VII. The Court's 6-3 decision resolves a longstanding circuit split on this issue and extends Title VII protections to LGBTQ+ employees across the country. Justice Gorsuch drafted the majority opinion for the Court, and was joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Ginsberg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan. For employers, we examine the ruling below and offer key takeaways.
June 12, 2020
June 9, 2020 - On May 28, 2020, we wrote about the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (the Act), a new piece of legislation introduced in the House of Representatives. The Act's intended purpose was to give employers more latitude regarding the use of their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans while also increasing loan forgiveness in order to stimulate the economy. Since then, the Senate has passed the Act and President Trump signed it into law. On June 8, 2020, U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza issued a statement regarding the enactment of the Act. Treasury and SBA's proposed enactment makes some significant changes from the Act itself.
June 4, 2020 - As we reported in our previous alert, the bipartisan bill the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, was passed on May 28, 2020 by the House of Representatives. Last night, the Senate passed the bill, which now heads to President Trump for his signature. If signed into law by the President, the bill will make significant changes to SBA's Paycheck Protection Program, including: