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Not So Fast! Workplace Mask Mandates May Not Be Over Just Yet
For a printable PDF version of this article, please click here. After more than a year of masking and social distancing to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are looking forward to the day when we can ditch the mask, breathe freely, and see ou...
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The American Rescue Plan Act—Key Takeaways for Employers
For a printable PDF version of this article, please click here. On March 11, 2021 President Biden signed the much-anticipated American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) into law. While there are a wide range of impacts from this massive and intricate p...
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Vaccines Open Up in Washington for Construction Workers
The big news from Governor Inslee’s March 18th news conference is that workers in congregate settings (restaurants, manufacturing, and construction) will now be eligible for vaccines. See Governor Inslee’s announcement. In addition to construction w...
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PPP Update: Temporary Changes to Increase Lending to Small Businesses and Sole Proprietors
This week, the Biden-Harris administration announced a number of reforms to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aimed at increasing lending to small businesses and sole proprietors, as detailed further in this fact sheet released by the White House...
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Stimulus Legislation Brings Substantial Changes to Trademark and Copyright Law
Congress tucked major trademark and copyright legislation into the almost 6,000 page COVID-relief stimulus package it passed in the waning days of 2020. Overall, these changes will make it easier for rightsholders to pursue infringement claims going...
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New Washington Bill Seeks to Assist Policyholders with COVID-19 Business Income Loss Claims
A Washington State Senate bill introduced last week, Senate Bill 5351, takes aim at insurers’ arguments that their policies do not cover losses caused by COVID-19 and/or related closure orders. According to insurers, their promise to pay for business...
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