Further Coronavirus Relief Uncertain; Executive Actions Taken

The White House’s negotiations with Capitol Hill over a fourth coronavirus economic stimulus package failed last week after three weeks of ultimately fruitless talks. The failure to make a deal leaves businesses and employees left to survive financially as coronavirus cases rise, and several states roll back orders to reopen businesses, keeping many of them …

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Paycheck Protection Program Clarifications Continue

In July, PIA National submitted comments on two different regulatory proposals promulgated by the Small Business Administration (SBA) concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Since then, regulatory activity has continued apace in formal and informal ways. The latest entry in the growing literature on How to Interpret the PPP is an August …

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Busy July Ahead for Potential Coronavirus Legislation

As the country continues to grapple with the health and financial effects of the coronavirus, the summer season is upon us, and with it comes an effort by Congress to put together one more large coronavirus relief bill. PIA National spent much of the spring encouraging Congress to provide immediate financial assistance to small businesses …

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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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House Eases Some Paycheck Protection Program Rules

The U.S. House today passed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, by a vote of 417-1. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), would relax restrictions on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and make it easier for businesses to have them forgiven. The legislation allows businesses that have received PPP loans and …

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PIA Supports Liability Reforms Related to Coronavirus

PIA National, along with over a hundred organizations from the business community, today sent a letter to ask Congress to enact temporary and targeted liability relief legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Such temporary protections are necessary to protect businesses from potentially spurious lawsuits arising out of the pandemic. The letter notes that, as parts …

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