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Mar 29, 2020

Inside the CARES Act: Five-Year Carryback for Net Operating Losses and Taxable Income Offset

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) relaxes the limitations on a company’s use of losses. Under the current rules amended by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”), net operating losses (“NOLs”) are subject to a taxable-income limitation and cannot be carried back to reduce income in a prior tax year. » Read More

Mar 29, 2020

Inside the CARES Act: Loan Payment Subsidies for Certain Loans as Part of the CARES Act of 2020

In addition to the expansion of the Small Business Act’s (“SBA”) business loan program and the SBA’s disaster loan program, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) authorizes loan payment subsidies for certain loans. » Read More

Mar 29, 2020

Inside the CARES Act: COVID-19 Loan Forgiveness Relief—a Section 1106 Primer

Section 1106 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides loan forgiveness for certain qualifying Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. A “covered loan” is a loan added under new Section 7(a)(36) of the Small Business Act, which was added by the CARES Act itself. » Read More

Jul 26, 2019

New Jersey Law Bans Employers from Asking About Salary History

On July 25, 2019, Acting Governor Sheila Oliver signed a law that bans employers from asking job applicants about their salary history.  (A similar law was vetoed by former Governor Chris Christie in 2017.)  New Jersey joins a growing number of states and cities that have, or are considering, passing salary history bans. » Read More

Feb 12, 2019

Governor Wolf Introduces Plan to Raise State Minimum Wage

Although all eyes were on Washington last Tuesday for President Trump’s State of the Union address, Pennsylvania’s top executive delivered an important speech of his own in Harrisburg that same day.  In his annual budget address, Governor Wolf reiterated his call to increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25/hour » Read More

Jan 31, 2019

EEOC Is Up and Running after the Shutdown, Reporting on Settlements and New Litigation Involving Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

With the partial shutdown of the federal government, the EEOC was essentially closed, offering limited services.  Time to file a charge of discrimination was not extended and individuals who were within 30 days of the deadlines for filing were instructed to do so via hard copy, as the on-line portal was unavailable.  » Read More

Jan 30, 2019

New York Bans Discrimination Against Transgender Employees

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo approved pro-LGBTQ+ legislation.  The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (“GENDA”) bans discrimination against transgender and non-binary employees working in New York.

GENDA amended New York’s Human Rights Law to include gender identity and gender expression.  » Read More

Jan 14, 2019

2019 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for Workers’ Compensation Announced

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently announced the 2019 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for workers’ compensation. For injuries occurring on and after January 1, 2019, the maximum compensation rate is $1,049.00 per week, which represents a 2.3% increase.

If you have any questions about the information contained in this blog or any other questions related to workers’ compensation law, please feel free to contact me at bhollenbach@norris-law.com » Read More

Dec 13, 2018

Employers Face Increased Cybersecurity Obligations

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently decided a case that may increase an employer’s cybersecurity obligations for electronically stored employee information.  In Dittman v. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a class of UPMC employees filed a negligence action alleging that UPMC breached a duty of reasonable care by not protecting their electronically stored information.   » Read More