PIA Asks Dept. of Labor to Implement Revised “Independent Contractor” Definition as Planned

PIA joined a coalition of allies earlier this week in sending a letter to the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL), asking the DOL not to withdraw the final rule revising its interpretation of Independent Contractor Status, which was published on January 7, 2021 in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards …

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PIA Releases 2021 Issues of Focus for Advocacy Day

PIA has released its 2021 Issues of Focus in preparation for its upcoming Advocacy Day, formerly known as the Federal Legislative Summit (FLS). PIA members will highlight these issues during their meetings with their elected representatives on Advocacy Day. PIA deploys its grassroots advocacy resources throughout the year on countless issues of importance to independent insurance agents. …

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Temporary Paycheck Protection Program Limits Imposed by Biden Admin

As we mentioned last month, the December 2020 COVID relief package, formally known as the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act[1], has reanimated the previously-dormant Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), originally created by the CARES Act nearly a year ago. Last week, the Biden administration announced that the PPP will be available only to the nation’s …

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Resurgent Paycheck Protection Program Prompts Regulatory Action

As we mentioned earlier this month, the December 2020 COVID relief package, formally known as the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act, reanimated the then-dormant Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), originally created by the CARES Act nearly a year ago. Since its inception, the program has lent over $600 billion. The Economic Aid Act extends the …

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SBA Simplifies Forgiveness Process for Some PPP Loans

On October 19, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Treasury Department issued interim final rules (IFR) revising the process for some businesses to seek Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness and lender evaluation of loan forgiveness applications submitted in accordance with the new process. These IFR offer additional guidance to further simplify …

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Loan Forgiveness and the Paycheck Protection Program

Earlier this year, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an interim final rule (IFR) regarding the process for appealing SBA loan decisions under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This IFR sets forth the process for a PPP borrower to appeal certain SBA loan review decisions made in connection with a PPP loan to the …

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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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