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IRS and DOL Update

On Friday, the Internal Revenue Service and the DOL made announcements on how employers will be able to recover for monies paid to employees for sick leave.   Additionally, the DOL also stated it would not bring an enforcement action against employers for any violations within the first 30 days the law is in effect so long as the […]

COVID-19 Update – Greenville SC

On Monday, March 23, 2020, Greenville City council members voted to enact a temporary curfew for Greenville’s downtown district.   This temporary order goes into effect on Wednesday, March 27, 2020 and will be enforced daily from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.  This is a temporary measure and will automatically expire in 60 days. We at the Paterra […]

SBA Disaster Loans

Some 30 million American small businesses have become some of the first victims of the Coronavirus.    In an effort to help business owners find relief the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)is offering up to $2 million in Economic Injury Disaster Loans for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus.   Below is a link to SBA’s page on the loan […]

President Trump signs into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Yesterday, March 18, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The law provides free COVID-19 screening, paid leave, and enhanced unemployment insurance benefits for people affected by COVID-19. The law will potentially have a major impact on small to medium businesses, as it removes the 50-employee requirement for FMLA. […]

COVID-19: Top Questions and Answers for Small Businesses

As the U.S. tightens restrictions regarding the spread of COVID-19 many business,  especially small to medium size businesses, are struggling with how to manage the current restrictions with their employees and customers.   We at Paterra Law are working with businesses to help answer those questions for our clients.  With that in mind, we are answering some of the […]

S.C. Governor Issues New Order regarding Coronavirus

Late Tuesday, March 17, 2020, S.C. Governor Henry McMaster issued the following orders. These are not requests, but mandates which must be followed:  Restaurants and bars must close dine in service starting Wednesday, March 18.  McMaster is encouraging and recommending curbside and takeout services at restaurants.  Prohibiting public events of more than 50 people at publicly owned […]

DOL Wage and Hour Division Announces Record Year

On October 31, 2019, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has announced that in Fiscal Year 2019 it recovered a record $322 million of wages owed to workers. WHD also set a new record for compliance assistance events in FY 2019, holding more than 3,700 educational outreach events – including on-the-ground presentations and […]

DOL issues Final Overtime Rule

Today the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final rule raising the salary requirement under the FLSA making employee  who make less than $35,568 eligible for overtime pay. The new rate will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. To be exempt from overtime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, employees must be paid a salary […]

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