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Guidance Issued for PPP First-draw Loan Increases, Reapplications

SOURCE: Journal of Accountancy
DATE: January 14, 2021

Durham, North Carolina The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released procedural guidance Wednesday night that details the requirements for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers to reapply for a PPP loan or request an increase to a PPP loan. The procedural notice applies primarily to first-draw PPP loans approved by Aug. 8, 2020, which is when the first iteration of the program stopped accepting applications.

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Biden's $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Plan Calls for Stimulus Checks, Unemployment Support and More

SOURCE: CNBC
DATE: January 14, 2021

Washington, D.C. President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled the details of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package designed to support households and businesses through the pandemic. The proposal, called the American Rescue Plan, includes several familiar stimulus measures in the hope the additional fiscal support will sustain U.S. families and firms until the COVID-19 vaccine is widely available.

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Employers Fear Not – State Unemployment Agencies Are Implementing Methods for You to Report Employee Refusals to Return to Work

SOURCE: The National Law Review
DATE: January 11, 2021

Washington, D.C. Previously, state unemployment agencies have been slow and inconsistent implementing procedures to address employee refusals to return to work and claimant fraud. The good news is that Congress learned from the problems caused by the previous FPUC provisions and has included a new provision, Section 251, that specifically addresses the difficulty employers have experienced with recalling workers due to the federal bump.

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Congress Delays Medicaid DSH Cuts, Makes Targeted Medicaid Policy Changes

SOURCE: JD Supra
DATE: January 13, 2021

Sausalito, California The Act contains several key Medicaid provisions, including a delay in Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) allotment reductions, new Medicaid supplemental payment reporting requirements for states and codification of non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) rules, described below. But despite the vastness of the legislation, key Medicaid priorities were not included.

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Gig-worker Test Retroactive, California Supreme Court Says in 'Important' Ruling

SOURCE: MarketWatch
DATE: January 14, 2021

San Francisco, California California's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the test the state adopted for determining worker classification is retroactive, which could have big implications for gig companies like Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. The "ABC test" was determined in a state Supreme Court decision in 2018, called Dynamex, and was later codified in Assembly Bill 5, which became law in 2020.

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Concerns Grow over Transportation to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

SOURCE: TheDenverChannel.com
DATE: January 12, 2021

Denver, Colorado As hospitals and local clinics begin making calls to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments, transportation is becoming an issue for Coloradans. Nick Roper with Kaiser Permanente said they're scheduling appointments, but vaccines are limited. He said if one location runs out of the vaccine, appointments will be re-routed to another location.

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Analysis Examines Florida Transportation Project Yields

SOURCE: Transportation Today
DATE: January 11, 2021

Tallahassee, Florida The Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) macroeconomic analysis regarding the state's transportation projects determined the efforts would yield an average of $4 of benefits for every dollar invested. The breakdown showed benefits included investments across all transportation modes--highway, transit, rail, airports, seaports and waterways, and spaceports.

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Talking Vaccines: The New Communications Hurdle for Employers

SOURCE: Smart Brief
DATE: January 13, 2021

Washington, D.C. COVID-19 continues to surge. While the news about vaccines presents a light at the end of the tunnel, the road remains long. The FDA approvals, distribution protocols and rollout of the coronavirus vaccine bring with them a fresh set of challenges for employer-employee communications--and as many questions as answers.

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Drivers and Labor Union Seek to Overturn New California Prop 22 Law

SOURCE: CNN
DATE: January 12, 2021

San Francisco, California The fight over the future of gig economy work in California isn't over. A labor union and a group of gig workers filed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging Proposition 22, or Prop 22, the controversial California ballot measure passed by voters in November that exempts firms like Uber and Lyft from having to classify their drivers in the state as employees rather than independent contractors.

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BMW Becomes the Latest Automaker to Shut Down its Subscription Service

SOURCE: The Verge
DATE: January 14, 2021

Nashville, Tennessee BMW is suspending its two-year-old car subscription service, The Verge has learned. Access by BMW was launched in 2018 in Nashville as a pilot project to test out whether customers would want to have access to a fleet of fancy cars but not necessarily own one. But recent requests to sign up have been met with a disclaimer that the service is in the process of shutting down.

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Why Can't Anyone Build a Thriving and Sustainable MaaS Business?

SOURCE: Urban Mobility Daily
DATE: January 13, 2021

Paris, France If Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is such a great idea, how come it's not a thriving business model yet? There are two types of transport technology professionals: those who have asked that question, and those who don't admit they've asked that question. Mobility pundits and industry outsiders have offered gross mischaracterizations about the core business function and financial models of app-based transport offerings.

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U.S. DOT Releases Pair of Autonomous Vehicle Plans

SOURCE: Planetizen
DATE: January 12, 2021

Los Angeles, California The U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday released the "Automated Vehicles Comprehensive Plan" (AVCP), with stated goals to "promote collaboration and transparency, modernize the regulatory environment, and prepare the transportation system for the safe integration of Automated Driving Systems (ADS)," according to a U.S. DOT press release.

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