Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program Reopens: Details & Resources

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program, originally scheduled to reopen on Saturday, is now open as of today, Monday, April 26, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

New COVID-19 Relief Provides Tax Benefits for Small Businesses and Individuals in Massachusetts

On April 1, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a new COVID-19 relief legislation package with tax impacts for small business owners and individuals.

Is Your Business Eligible for a Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant?

The American Rescue Plan Act introduced several new relief programs for small businesses, including the Restaurant Revitalization Fund—designed to provide relief for restaurants and other food and drink establishments that were hit hard in the last year as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Round Three of Stimulus Payments: Everything You Need to Know

Last week President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act, which included many relief provisions for taxpayers, including a third round of economic impact payments. Like the first two rounds, taxpayers will not need to take any action to receive their stimulus payment.

Exclusive New PPP Application Window Established for Smallest Businesses

On Monday, the Presidential administration announced that on Wednesday, February 24th, a new two-week Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan application window will open specifically for businesses with fewer than 20 employees.

The Future of Recruiting: 5 Considerations for Staffing Firms

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers have shifted to a remote workforce—and in turn, the staffing industry has had to pivot as well, implementing remote recruiting, hiring, and onboarding strategies. While some employees have now returned to the office, many are continuing to work remotely, and will for the foreseeable future. And with employers and employees finding that a remote work strategy can be just as effective, while saving costs for employers and providing a better work-life balance for employees, remote work is definitely here to stay on a larger scale than ever before. So what does this mean for the staffing industry?

PPP First and Second Draw Loans: Do You Qualify?

The SBA began accepting new PPP applications on a limited basis last week through community financial institutions and as of today, the program is now open to all lenders.

Economic Impact Payments Are on Their Way

The IRS and the Treasury department began issuing a second round of Economic Impact Payments last week as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Most individuals making up to $75,000 per year will receive a direct payment of $600; married couples making up to $150,000 per year will receive $1,200; and eligible individuals with children will receive $600 for each qualifying child dependent. Dependents who are 17 and older are not eligible for the child payment.

3 Insurance Considerations for Employers with a Remote Workforce

As businesses have navigated the COVID-19 pandemic over the course of 2020, many were forced to shift to a remote workforce temporarily. As the pandemic continues, employers and employees have adjusted to this new way of working, and many companies are now considering shifting to this model permanently. This change can provide many benefits, including reduced overhead, increased communication, improved employee satisfaction, and reduced carbon footprint. However, there are impacts to risk exposure as well.

Unemployment Benefits Fraud: What to Be on the Lookout For and 7 Steps to Prevent Further Fraudulent Activity

Identity theft has become increasingly common over the last several years, and with more people collecting unemployment benefits than ever before due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a sharp increase in unemployment benefits fraud among our clients.