Posted on May 22, 2020 by email@example.com in Don't Miss This
State Property Tax Payments
As we reported in a previous update, the MN State Legislature did not act to defer the May 15 property tax payment, but many counties have done so. The MN Chamber of Commerce reports that over 40 counties have provided a payment extension of May 15 property taxes. Check out the county-by-county tax guide here. If you have questions, please contact your county directly to see if they have approved an extension.
SBA Issues PPP Loan Forgiveness Application
On Friday, May 15th, the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration released a loan forgiveness application form for the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans and include:
The form and instructions can be found here.
SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities. Stay tuned…
The PPP FAQ document was also updated on May 19th and can be found here.
Congress Moving Separate Bills to Change PPP Loans
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced legislation on May 21st to extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), but it was not acted on before the Memorial Day recess. Rubio said there is bipartisan support for extending the current eight-week time period during which businesses must use the PPP loan money to pay employees and other expenses in order to have the loan forgiven. Rubio’s bill, which is also supported by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), would give businesses up to 16 weeks to use the loans.
The House is scheduled to vote on similar legislation next week. The Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act (H.R. 6886), introduced by Reps. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Chip Roy (R-TX), would permit businesses receiving PPP loans to be able to use the funds for more than the eight weeks and would relax a requirement that 75 percent of the loan money be used for payroll expenses. It would also extend the period for paying back portions of the loan that aren’t forgiven beyond two years.
This stand-alone bill is separate from the $3 trillion HEROES Act that the House passed last week, but which Senate leaders have not agreed to take up.
OSHA Issues Revised Enforcement Guidance
On May 19th, Federal OSHA officials issued updated interim guidance to its state and regional compliance officers. The guidance pertains to employer requirements for recording of occupational illnesses, specifically cases of COVID-19.
The memo outlined the circumstances in which COVID-19 becomes a recordable illness, as well as factors to consider when determining whether an employee’s COVID-19 is work-related. Additionally, the memo indicated that recording a COVID-19 illness does not, of itself, mean that the employer has violated any OSHA standard.
Employers with 10 or fewer employees and certain employers in low hazard industries have no recording obligations; they need only report work-related COVID-19 illnesses that result in a fatality or an employee’s in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye.
The new guidance can be found here.