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IRS Planning on 50% Increase in Small Business Audits this Year

IRS Planning on 50% Increase in Small Business Audits this Year

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is planning to bump up its audits of small businesses as well as their investors by around 50% this year. In part, this is due to years of consistently low rates of examination among small businesses. According to this story from Bloomberg, a surge in audits is expected and will be for “companies ranging from…

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EEOC Releases Updated Guidance on Employer Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policies

EEOC Releases Updated Guidance on Employer Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policies

Recently, the EEOC (US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) updated its ongoing COVID-19 guidance with questions and answers that specifically address mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies within the workplace. In short, the guidance provided suggests that employers can implement and enforce mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for employees. However, there are certain exceptions and caveats to be aware of. What to know about…

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How You Can Reevaluate Business Contracts Amid COVID-19

How You Can Reevaluate Business Contracts Amid COVID-19

Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, all businesses have been forced to adjust how they operate. Given changes in resources, labor, and even the ability to travel, some businesses have been left struggling to fulfill their contractual obligations. Consequently, businesses are left wondering what relief they are entitled to as a result of the pandemic, as well as what…

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County Judge Wolff says ‘fines will start’ if businesses insist on not requiring masks amid seeking authority from Gov. Abbott to implement local stay-at-home orders

County Judge Wolff says ‘fines will start’ if businesses insist on not requiring masks amid seeking authority from Gov. Abbott to implement local stay-at-home orders

During Monday night’s coronavirus briefing, County Judge Nelson Wolff said there have been more than 700 compliance checks around the county to ensure that businesses are requiring masks within their establishments – a mandate that went into effect early last week without opposition from Texas Governor, Greg Abbott. The governor had previously issued an executive order that banned local governments…

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Civil Rights Law Protects LGBT Workers from Discrimination, Supreme Court Rules in Landmark Case

Civil Rights Law Protects LGBT Workers from Discrimination, Supreme Court Rules in Landmark Case

On Monday, in a ground-breaking decision, the Supreme Court ruled that federal law protects LGBT workers from discrimination. With this ruling, employers who fire workers for being gay or transgender will be violating civil rights laws. This decision comes just days after the Trump administration announced it was going to remove nondiscriminatory health-insurance and health-care protections for LGBTQ people. The…

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Senate Passes Changes to Small Business PPP Loan Program

Senate Passes Changes to Small Business PPP Loan Program

On Wednesday evening, the Senate passed by voice vote a House-passed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) reform bill. This brings Congress one step closer to enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, which will give small businesses owners more flexibility in using PPP loan money. The PPP was enacted in order to help small businesses with an emergency loan as…

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Texas Supreme Court Orders Debt Collection and Eviction Proceedings to Resume

Texas Supreme Court Orders Debt Collection and Eviction Proceedings to Resume

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, the Texas Supreme Court had issued a temporary pause on both debt collection and eviction proceedings. Now, the Texas Supreme Court is saying that these proceedings can resume this month. Translation? Businesses and debt collectors are going to start asking for payment and/or filing lawsuits. What is Going into Effect and When? Evictions The first day…

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How a Business Lawyer Can Help Your Business

How a Business Lawyer Can Help Your Business

As a business owner, it’s important to develop relationships with various professional services that can help your business, financially and legally. Among the two most important are an accountant and, you guessed it – a business lawyer. Whether a new entrepreneur or established business owner, navigating the requirements and complexities of the law for businesses can be daunting for most.…

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