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CARES Business Loans – What’s Changed – What’s Gone Wrong

April 9, 2020 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) provided, among other things, $349 billion in “Paycheck Protection Program” loans. The PPP loans were to give immediate relief by funneling money directly to small businesses through Small Business Administration–approved lenders.The Department of Treasury said money would be flowing as of April 3.  That didn’t [...]

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Updated Guidance, Warnings and Information

April 2, 2020 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

Confusion continues to abound regarding state and local shutdown and stay-at-home orders (a list that seems to grow larger by the hour), the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).  We have some important new guidance for the industry, some developing issues and some questions [...]

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Coronavirus Business Loans Now Law – Industry Help

March 30, 2020 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

The President has signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), and we want clients and friends to understand how this relates to our industry. The SUMMARY You have less than 500 employees.  You go to your bank and tell them you want to sign up for the Paycheck Protection Program loan.  [...]

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CARES Act – Other Provisions for Contractors to Be Aware Of

March 30, 2020 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

The President has signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), and we want clients and friends to understand how this relates to our industry. Earlier today we issued an alert regarding how a contractor can take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program loan, which is essentially free money being given out [...]

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Shutdown Orders Begin to Tighten – Updated Guidance

March 29, 2020 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

Things are moving fairly quickly at both the state and federal levels – state shutdown orders are very fluid, and often are enacted with little thought of definition – something that tends to then come in fits and spurts in the following weeks. It may help to know that, generally speaking, there are three shutdown [...]

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Lawsuit Shakedowns Begin on Webpage Accessibility

July 2, 2016 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”) broadly prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The ADA is supposed to make sure that someone with a disability is allowed the same rights and access to places and services that everyone else has. But because we didn’t really have any websites back in 1990, the [...]

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New Federal Overtime Regulations Go Effective December 1st

June 28, 2016 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

Last month the Department of Labor adopted a rule updating the federal overtime regulations as of December 1, 2016. The Department stated that this update fulfills President Obama’s goal of improving the American workplace and “will go a long way to ensuring every worker is compensated fairly for their hard work.” Estimates are that this [...]

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Maryland Ends Subcontractor Licensure – Contract Changes Required

June 4, 2016 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

As a result of the passage of Senate Bill 285, the Maryland Home Improvement Commission (“MHIC”) will eliminate the Subcontractor License category as of July 1, 2016. From that date forward, all home improvement subcontractors may work without a license when performing home improvements for an MHIC licensed contractor in the State of Maryland. The [...]

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Maryland Quickly Moves to a 5-Day and 7-Day Rescission

May 27, 2016 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

Fresh burdensome legislation signed by Governor Hogan brings a new rescission right to door-to-door sales of home improvements in Maryland. As of June 1, Maryland is expanding the cancellation period for home improvement contracts from 3 business days to 5 business days – but if the consumer is at least 65 years old then the [...]

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NLRB: Businesses Liable for Leased/1099 Workers

October 28, 2015 | from AdminBerenson | No Comments »

In mid-September the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) continued its efforts to expand worker rights and unionization abilities. In a highly controversial and potentially far-reaching decision, the NLRB voted to hold waste management company Browning-Ferris responsible for the treatment of the company’s third-party leased employees. Texas-based Browning-Ferris had hired Leadpoint Business Services out of Arizona [...]

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