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For a business of any size, a single hack could threaten the entire company. Precautionary measures can help protect you from financial calamity. The headlines about rising costs and interests rates are everywhere. But what about the rising costs of scams? By now, you probably heard a story of someone you know falling for an e-mail scheme and sending money overseas. But unlike the schemes of old, people are not falling for the “Nigerian prince”…
If the federal government wrests worker safety enforcement from the state Industrial Commission, Arizona employers will face greater regulatory compliance burdens. By Andrew Wenker (480-534-4879 or email ) having a written plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; providing personal protective equipment to workers; ensuring social distancing where possible; and providing paid time off for workers to become vaccinated or recover from side effects. Because Arizona had laws and regulations in place that would potentially…
The state’s newly passed budget reduces the top rate for high-income taxpayers from 8% to, eventually, a flat 2.5% and counters the impact of the Prop. 208 surtax. On June 30, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation, passed by House and Senate Republicans on party-line votes, that, according to a Governor’s Office statement, “paves the way for the largest tax cut in state history.” The new law provides a maximum tax rate of 4.5% (the…
Not many people like to be told what to do – especially by the federal government – but complying with tighter OSHA standards and keeping your workforce intact are good for business. Employer efforts to protect workers from Covid-19 are a focus of the Biden Administration. On January 21, the President issued an Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety , which, among other things, requires the Labor Department to: “review [OSHA] enforcement efforts…
Photo Credit: Ian Hutchinson @ Unsplash The $900 billion coronavirus relief bill that became law Sunday evening offers important benefits for most employers, small businesses and families. Here are some of the highlights. STIMULUS PAYMENTS TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES Households will receive a maximum of $600 per adult and $600 for each child. The payments start phasing out when 2019 individual adjusted gross income exceeds $75,000 ($150,000 for married couples filing jointly) or when head-of-household…
Whether the coronavirus has relieved either party of its contractual responsibilities depends on the specific facts of your situation and the wording of your agreement. As you work your way through the recent economic downturn and rebound, you may have concerns about meeting your contractual obligations or enforcing the obligations that other parties owe to you. In adapting your business practices to comply with CDC guidelines and the Governor’s orders, it is critical that you…
Whether the coronavirus has relieved either party of its contractual responsibilities depends on the specific facts of your situation and the wording of your agreement. As you work your way through the recent economic downturn and rebound, you may have concerns about meeting your contractual obligations or enforcing the obligations that other parties owe to you. In adapting your business practices to comply with CDC guidelines and the Governor’s orders, it is critical that you…
After expiring on June 30, the PPP business loan program is back in business through August 8. On July 4, President Trump signed legislation that extends the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for five weeks. The PPP had expired on Tuesday, June 30, with $130 billion in loan money still unspent. It resumed accepting applications on July 6 and will continue through August 8. The PPP provides loans designed to provide a direct incentive for small…
As workers return to their workplaces, employers should be alert to whether employees’ COVID-19 illnesses are work-related and thus recordable. Under OSHA’s most recent interpretation of its recordkeeping requirements, COVID-19 is a recordable illness, and most employers (see exceptions below) are responsible for recording cases of COVID-19, if the case: is confirmed to be COVID-19 (see footnote 2 in OSHA’s May 19 memo; is work-related (see footnote 3 in the same memo); and involves one…
As workers return to their workplaces, employers should be alert to whether employees’ COVID-19 illnesses are work-related and thus recordable. Under OSHA’s most recent interpretation of its recordkeeping requirements, COVID-19 is a recordable illness, and most employers (see exceptions below) are responsible for recording cases of COVID-19, if the case: is confirmed to be COVID-19 (see footnote 2 in OSHA’s May 19 memo; is work-related (see footnote 3 in the same memo); and involves one…