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Indoor dining resumes in Philadelphia at 25% capacity

Beginning September 8,  indoor dining resumed in the city of Philadelphia under specific restrictions that are largely consistent with indoor dining restrictions statewide. The City’s new indoor dining restrictions include, but are not limited to:

  • Restaurants cannot be filled to more than 25 percent capacity.
  • No more than four diners per table.
  • Tables must be arranged so that diners at separate tables are at least six feet apart or have an impermeable barrier between them.
  • Servers must wear both masks and face shields for additional protection.
  • No bar service. Alcohol can be served only for on-premises consumption when in the same transaction as a meal.
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Governor Wolf Announces Restaurants May Increase Indoor Occupancy to 50 Percent Starting September 21

A press released from Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania announced September 8th, 2020 that restaurants may increase their indoor occupancy to 50 percent of occupancy (based on fire code) beginning September 21, 2020.   The press release can be read in full HERE.

Also beginning September 21, 2020, restaurants that serve alcohol will be required to end alcohol sales at 10:00 PM.

The release also provided information about the establishment of a Pennsylvania government database (Open & Certified Pennsylvania) where restaurant owners planning to expand to 50% of occupancy must self-certify they are strictly complying with public health safety guidelines and orders.… Read More

Pennsylvania’s ​Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) – extra $300 unemployment benefit now available

The Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation provided information  for unemployed Pennsylvanians eligible for an extra $300 unemployment benefit made available from the federal government to support Americans who became unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 related virus mitigation measures.

The below information can also be accessed HERE.

​Lost Wages Assistance Program

The federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program gives Pennsylvania $1.5 billion to provide an extra $300 a week in additional funds to individuals that are unemployed (or partially unemployed) because of COVID-19.

LWA Program Eligibility

  • You must be fully or partially unemployed due to COVID-19, and
  • You must have a weekly benefit rate + dependent allowance totaling $100 or more, and
  • You must receive a payment each week from one of the qualifying programs:
    • Unemployment Compensation
    • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation
    • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
    • State Extended Benefits
    • Shared-Work
    • Trade Readjustment Allowances
You will certify only ONCE for the LWA program.
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FFCRA paid leave updates including DOL guidance on eligibility for in a remote learning environment

On March 18, the  Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law to respond to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Included in the legislation was a provision requiring employers (generally businesses with less than 500 employees with an exemption for public health employees)  to provide Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Paid Medical Leave when employees met certain criteria.  The paid leave would be funded by the federal government through payroll tax credits.

The effective date for the emergency paid leave provision was April 2, 2020 and the Department of Labor announced the regulations for implementation through a temporary rule issued April 1, 2020 that expires December 31, 2020.Read More

PPP interim final rule adds provisions for owner-employee compensation exemptions and eligibility of certain non-payroll costs

The Small Business Administration issued an interim final rule (IFR) on August 24, 2020 to address applicability of owner compensation rules for minority interest owners and the eligibility of non payroll costs.

Certain owners exempt from PPP owner-employee compensation rule

The IFR provides guidance to borrowers relative to the applicability of owner-employee compensation rules.  Specifically, it exempts owners with less than a 5% ownership stake from applying the owner-employee compensation rule.  The exemption is intended to cover owner-employees who have no “meaningful” ability to influence decisions over how loan proceeds are allocated.  The exemption from the rule only applies to owner-employees of S or C corporations, not partnerships or limited liability companies.Read More

Additional guidance released from IRS on President Trump’s payroll tax deferral executive order

President Trump signed four COVID-19 related executive orders on August 8, 2020 after Congress failed to pass economic relief legislation.  Included in the executive orders was a payroll tax deferral for American workers earning, generally, less than $100,000 on an annualized basis.  The order did not include details on implementation, repayment terms of the deferral, or other critical pieces of information needed to determine if businesses would participate.  On August 28th, the Treasury Department and IRS issued further official guidance on the payroll tax deferral.

According to IRS Notice 2020-65, employers can defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of certain payroll taxes on wages paid from Sept.Read More

PPP – New FAQs added; Appeal Process IFR released.

The Small Business Administration updated their Paycheck Protection Program and Forgiveness related FAQ documents on August 11, 2020.  They also published an interim final rule (IFR) related to the appeal certain SBA loan review decisions.  We are reviewing the new IFR and will provide an overview of the content soon.

 The forgiveness FAQ responses provide long clarity regarding the impact on forgiveness of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grant advances.

Per the updated FAQ, lenders will be able to confirm the amount of a borrower’s EIDL advance on the SBA Forgiveness platform and the SBA will automatically deduct the amount from the forgiveness amount submitted by the borrower. Read More

NJEDA E-Commerce Technical Assistance Program

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Second round of applications for PA small business grant program begins today; ends August 28th.

We reported earlier on the availability of small business grants for Pennsylvania businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health measures.  See our earlier post for more information about the program by clicking HERE. The second and final round of funding is open starting today through 11:59 PM on Friday, August 28.

Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf announced the grant program earlier this year.  The grant program was made available as a component of the 2.6 billion in federal stimulus funds allocated to the state  through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES).

Eligible applicants not awarded in the first round do not need to reapply and will be rolled into the next round for consideration.… Read More

US Department of Commerce invests $35.5 million in CARES Act Funding to capitalize revolving loan funds to support small businesses across PA

The Economic Development Administration announced the awarding of $35.5 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants to capitalize and administer Revolving Loan Funds that will provide gap financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Award funds must be disbursed and lent or used for administrative costs (as permitted by the authorized budget) within 24 months of the award start date. At the end of this period, EDA may recoup any unspent funds, which will be added to the funds available for new CARES Act awards.

The full announcement can be read HERE.

The EDA investments announced 8/3/2020 are:

  • Regional Development Funding Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will receive a $7.6 million EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to capitalize and administer a RLF to provide loans to coronavirus impacted small businesses in Allegheny County.
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