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COVID-19 Update August 7, 2020

COVID-19 Update August 7, 2020

As it turns out, Congress was unable to fulfill its promise to pass legislation for the next round of stimulus before leaving on recess for the next four weeks. Meanwhile, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses expires this weekend, and $600 extra unemployment ended in July. While we wait for them to reconvene on September 7th, the white house is threatening to create executive orders that will bypass negotiations to get relief to those at-risk businesses and citizens. It is unfortunate that our elected officials are unable to compromise on anything to serve the people in this country.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released the latest round of FAQ’s in consultation with the Department of Treasury to address concerns of loan forgiveness as provides for under the CARES Act as amended by the PPPFA. Additionally, SHRM president posted a guide to claiming unemployment insurance if you can’t return to work due to a lack of childcare during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The EEOC has clarified what to include in documentation for accommodating individuals who are lawfully using opioids. However, illegal drug usage is not a covered disability, so treatments for recovering addicts must prove the consumption legally prescribed. It’s been reported that opioid usage has risen as during these uncertain times, which is troubling because of how addictive some of these substances become. We pray that things improve very soon, allowing all of us to get back to a sense of normality.

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