Month: January 2021

Senators and House members introduced legislation to help taxpayers survive the pandemic, with tax credits for developers revitalizing homes in “distressed” neighborhoods and enabling small businesses to pay essential expenses. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, who are both members of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced a bipartisan bill Thursday, the Neighborhood Homes
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An employee works inside an Office Depot Inc. Susana Gonzalez | Bloomberg | Getty Images Company: ODP Corp. (ODP) ODP Corp. is a provider of business services, products and digital workplace technology solutions to small and medium businesses. The company has a fully integrated business-to-business distribution platform of approximately 1,300 stores and online presence. The
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The headquarters of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C. JHVEPhoto | iStock Editorial | Getty Images The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to become a more aggressive consumer watchdog under the Biden administration and while the coronavirus pandemic hurls financial challenges at millions of Americans. Consumer advocates say the bureau was almost
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Small businesses in Nebraska, Oklahoma and other rural states have been the most successful at getting federal pandemic relief in the $284 billion round of aid that opened this month, buoyed by a new rule that authorizes loans to many farms that didn’t qualify before. Measured by their share of the nation’s small-business payroll, four
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A stack of Starlink internet satellites just before a launch. SpaceX SpaceX is preparing to begin production of the next-generation of its Starlink internet satellites, according to a company job posting, with the company having deployed more than 1,000 first-generation satellites in orbit to date. A posting on the company’s careers page, open at the time
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Not wanting to touch anything is having a dramatic impact on consumer habits. Amid the coronavirus crisis, Americans are abandoning cash almost entirely in favor of “tap and go” transactions and have finally embraced contactless and digital payment methods after years of reluctance.  Fewer and fewer adults use printed or minted U.S. currency at all any more.
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The Internal Revenue Service is clarifying its guidance on provisions of the coronavirus relief legislation providing tax credits to employers offering paid sick leave and family leave to workers. The IRS updated Friday the frequently asked questions page about the tax credits. The tax credits were part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
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We already had a legal framework for recurrent home working and a separate one for “occasional” home working, but up until now there was no clear guidance on the mandatory home working imposed by the Belgian government as a measure to combat the pandemic. Clarity at last, however, as the National Labour Council voted through
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If there is one thing we know about the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that it will end. Not today, certainly, and not even in the next few months (and perhaps more importantly, not all at once — say, on a particular Tuesday afternoon — but over a period of weeks and months, as vaccination becomes more
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NOTE FROM ROBIN: In this limited-edition “Biden Time” series, I provide regular updates on the new President’s appointments and other actions that will be of interest to employers. President Joe Biden continued to rock along in his first full week in office. Here are the highlights: “C’mon, man! I love employers! I read Employment & Labor Insider every
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