Paycheck Protection Program: Legislative Update (Part 2 of 2)

Earlier this month, Congress passed and the president signed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, expanding the “covered period” (see yesterday’s post for details) from eight to 24 weeks. In other words, thanks to the modifications in H.R. 7010, employers now have an extra 16 weeks in which to spend their PPP loan …

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Paycheck Protection Program: Regulatory Update (Part 1 of 2)

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a new loan program created within the Treasury Department’s Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the CARES Act, was designed to provide an avenue of potential loan forgiveness for those businesses whose borrowing and spending met certain requirements. Today in Part 1, we’ll go over the main points of …

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PIA Comments on Paycheck Protection Program Rule

On May 15, PIA National submitted a response to the interim final rule promulgated by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) regarding its implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP was created by H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Pub. L. 116-136). In the CARES Act, Congress authorized …

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IRS Says Small Business Loans Are Taxable Income

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2020-32, which announced that business expenses that are normally tax deductible but are expected to be forgiven as part of loans provided in accordance with the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, …

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PIA Continues to Engage with Commissioners

As the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 (also referred to as the novel coronavirus) continues to upend the insurance industry and the economy as a whole, PIA National has offered to collaborate with state insurance leaders via the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR). PIA National is represented …

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Insurance Commissioners Vote to Reexamine Rebating

During the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) recent Fall National Meeting in Austin, TX, the Innovation and Technology Task Force, led by Commissioner Jon Godfread (ND), voted to develop amendments to the Unfair Trade Practices Act (Model #880) to address rebating. Commissioner Godfread noted that anti-rebating laws have existed in some form or another …

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Commissioner Spotlight: Maine Superintendent Eric Cioppa

In the first entry in our new “Commissioner Spotlight” series, we are focusing on the head of the Maine Bureau of Insurance, Superintendent Eric Cioppa. Superintendent Cioppa began his career in insurance as a statistician for the Insurance Bureau before becoming Supervisor of Maine’s Workers’ Compensation Section. After that, he became Deputy Superintendent in 1998. …

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Overtime Rule Update Finalized by Department of Labor

Earlier this year, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule as part of its consideration of potential revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to update the exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay (of 1.5 times their regular pay rate) for “executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees.” PIA National submitted comments in …

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