COVID-19 Measure: SBA Resumed Accepting New Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Applications

2020-04-27

This article incorporates updates based on (i) the extended application deadline in response to the President signing the Paycheck Protection Program’s extension legislation on July 4, 2020 (new application deadline: August 8, 2020), (ii) the updated PPP loan forgiveness application and the new EZ version of the application published by the SBA on June 17, 2020, and (iii) the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act signed on June 5, 2020.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) resumed accepting new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from July 6, 2020 upon the coronavirus stimulus bill and amendments being signed into law.  The new application deadline is August 8, 2020.  The PPP is designed to provide small businesses


COVID-19 Measure: Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Overview

2020-03-28

On June 15, 2020, the SBA resumed accepting new applications not only from and U.S. agricultural businesses but also from qualified small businesses.  Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by Section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)) (see SBA webpage).

Small businesses and private, nonprofit organizations may apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  An EIDL is a long-term, low interest rate loan that purports to support small businesses


Changes to Overtime Rules in 2020: Washington State and Federal Laws

2019-12-25

The earnings thresholds and other conditions necessary to exempt employees from overtime rules will change on July 1, 2020 under the Washington Minimum Wage Act and on January 1, 2020 under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  The changes will generally affect management-level and professional employees who are considered exempt


Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave Program will Start in 2019

2018-11-15

Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Program will take effect January 1, 2019.  This is an insurance program that provides insurance payments to employees when the employees take a leave to care for their family or for medical reasons.  The following two steps will implement this program


Washington Paid Sick Leave Law: Comparison to Seattle Paid Sick & Safe Time Ordinance

2018-01-01

On January 1, 2018, the paid sick leave law will take effect in the State of Washington. Under the law, non-exempt employees will be entitled to one hour paid sick leave for 40 hours of work. The following chart presents a summary of the law. A similar ordinance, the paid sick and paid safe time (“PSST”), has been already in effect in the City of Seattle. The chart shows a comparison of the new Washington law versus the existing Seattle ordinance. Please use the chart to see if either is applicable to your business.