Restaurant Revitalization Fund Accepting Applications

$29 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund Accepting Applications  Restaurants began submitting applications May 3, 2021, to the Small Business Association (SBA) for a grant program geared toward combating the economic impact of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry. The grant program, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, was allocated $29 billion from the $1.9 trillion economic relief bill passed earlier this year. Through the fund, eligible restaurants can receive up to $10 million per business or up to $5 million for a single physical location. Recipients…

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States Update Employee Sick Leave Requirements

States Update Employee Leave Requirements For Coronavirus In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, states have passed new laws and issued new regulations and guidance about employee leave taken for COVID-19 reasons. These provisions are in addition to the federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, passed on March 18 as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). In general, employee sick leave permitted under new state COVID-19 rules and guidance varies with…

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DOL Guidance on COVID-19 Relief for Employee Benefit Plans

On Feb. 26, 2021, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) issued Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01 to provide guidance on the duration of the COVID-19-related relief regarding certain employee benefit plan deadlines during the Outbreak Period. The relief requires employers to disregard the Outbreak Period when enforcing certain employee benefit plan deadlines and gives plan sponsors additional time to distribute plan notices and disclosures. Under federal law, this period cannot exceed one year. Because the Outbreak Period began on…

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Amazon Care: Amazon’s Telehealth Service, Launches Nationwide by Summer

On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, Amazon announced an upcoming expansion of its health care service, Amazon Care. Amazon has been servicing Amazon employees in Washington state since late 2019. The service puts individuals in touch with health care professionals via an app, 24 hours a day. In the Washington area (where Amazon is headquartered), Amazon employees can also use the app to schedule at-home health care visits and prescription delivery. In a matter of months, it will be expanding its Telehealth services…

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5 Virtual Recruiting Strategies of 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, hiring managers are struggling to get candidates in the door. Recruiting budgets have been slashed and departments are wondering how to coordinate interviews, let alone find talent. How can teams adapt? The answer is virtual recruiting. Virtual recruitment is the process of pursuing, vetting and on boarding candidates electronically. It’s been around for years, but, during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s proven to be one of the best methods for acquiring new talent. This article offers five tips for…

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