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– Disclosures revealing that celebrity-owned businesses and major nonprofits tapping into emergency small business aid will likely lead to tighter limits on the paycheck protection program.
– Tight races 2020 threaten to widen the GOP’s gender gap in the Senate.
– Homeowners are moving forward on FY2021 funding for the Ministry of Labor, providing additional cash to unemployment agencies struggling to cope with increased claims during the pandemic.
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PPP DISCLOSURES PUT THE PRESSURE ON CONGRESS FOR THE LIMITS: Monday disclosures that major lobbying firms and well-connected businesses have benefited from the paycheck protection program “sparks new calls to monitor whether many loan recipients from the program should have received the money.” our reports Zachary Warmbrodt.
Loans can be canceled if employers maintain their payroll, but lawmakers have considered ways to ensure that the money gets to the companies hardest hit.
WHAT AWAITS YOU: President of the Small Business Senate Marco rubio (R-Fla.), Launched plans for new types of loans that would be available exclusively to businesses with 300 or fewer employees and who can prove they have suffered significant revenue losses this year. And a bipartisan group of lawmakers who want to allow businesses to apply for a second paycheck protection program loan are also proposing that the additional help be limited to smaller businesses whose revenues have been affected, Zach writes.
AFTER: “New data shows lawmakers have secured millions in aid for small businesses,»By Mélanie Zanona, Zach and Sam Mintz
THE GOP WOMEN’S PROBLEM: Senate Republicans could lose nearly half of the women currently in their caucus in November, with four of the nine women in the GOP Senate facing competitive races in Arizona, Maine, Georgia and Iowa, our report Marianne LeVine and James Arkin.
“Republicans faced with a difficult electoral environment from top to bottom of the ballot, especially since the voters of the suburbs turned away from the party en masse out of antipathy for President Donald Trump, ”write Marianne and James.
IT HAS THE POWER: Losing those Senate seats would not only be a setback for the diversity of the GOP, they write. Along with other battlegrounds in North Carolina, Colorado, and Montana, these four key races could decide which party controls the Senate.
KEY WORK PLAYERS: Among those facing tight races, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst was part of the caucus efforts expand paid leave options for parents. And Maine Sen. Susan collins co-author of the Paycheck Protection Program.
A PRESSED CONGRESS TO HELP BLACK COMPANIES: Lawmakers negotiating the next small business bailout face increasing pressure to direct more aid to hard-hit minority employers who have struggled to access hundreds of billions of federal dollars, our Zachary reports with Megan Cassella.
“Business groups and consumer advocates are pushing Congress to rethink a model that relied heavily on distributing funds through private lenders over concerns that smaller businesses lack relationships with traditional banks, ” they write.
“Driving took on greater urgency in recent weeks, as economic data and surveys have revealed that black business owners in particular have been disproportionately devastated by the coronavirus recession. ”
ADVANCES ON THE WORK EXPENDITURE INVOICE: The House Work-HHS-Education Credit Subcommittee advanced its 2021 expenditure bill Tuesday without amendments.
In numbers : The legislation would provide $ 12.7 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Labor, $ 254 million more than what the agency received in fiscal 2020 and $ 1.6 billion more than what the White House asked for. This is a significant increase in a year when owners, under Two-year bipartite budget agreement for 2019, only have $ 2.5 billion in funds to divide among non-defense spending.
Unemployment insurance: Notably, $ 2.6 billion would be set aside for unemployment insurance, $ 109 million more than in fiscal 2020. More than $ 900 million would go to states to help agencies do this. in the face of rising unemployment claims.
Protection of workers: DOL agencies responsible for worker protection, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Wages and Hours Division, would receive a small increase under the bill.
Childcare: It would also include $ 5.9 billion for the block grant for child care and development, an increase of $ 100 million from fiscal 2020.
And after?: Committee of the Whole will correct the bill next week when amendments are proposed.
DOL TO FAST-TRACK RULES ON THE STATUS OF GIG WORKER: The Trump DOL hopes to finalize regulations before the end of the year that would specify whether a worker should be classified as an employee or an independent contractor, Bloomberg Law’s Ben Penn reported Last week.
The question is a burning issue in the gig economy, as many workers at Uber, Lyft, and Doordash are classified as independent contractors who are not protected by federal minimum wage and overtime laws. the new regulations was revealed the last regulatory agenda released last week – and Penn reports that DOL wants to do it in just six months, a much shorter time frame than regulations typically take.
A source informed directly on the situation confirmed to Morning Shift that DOL plans to move the rule quickly, and said DOL management would not have included it on the regulatory agenda if they did not believe they could finalize it this year.
BUT… The settlement could be threatened under the Congressional Review Act at the next Congress if Democrats win the White House and control of Congress in the fall. This law provides for a fast-track procedure allowing Congress to overturn a regulation published in the previous 60 legislative days via simple majority votes.
LAYOFFS FALL IN MAY … BUT DON’T TAKE YOUR BREATH: Layoffs in May fell to 1.8 million, the Ministry of Labor reported Tuesday, close to pre-coronavirus levels and a significant drop from the 9.9 million observed in April. The number of hired workers also increased by 2.4 million to 6.5 million at the end of May, the biggest monthly jump and the most hires since DOL began recording data in 2000.
While DOL’s latest employment report on vacancies and workforce turnover summary represents the situation on the last day of May, it also provides a more detailed overview of the activity which suggests that the labor market is recovering. Hiring into government jobs changed little from April to May, according to the JOLTS report, and this trend continued in June, according to last week’s jobs report. Local governments have been shaken through layoffs during the pandemic, as business closures have drained tax revenues.
REALITY CHECK: The data confirms the labor market started to rebound in late May and follows a positive employment report in June, representing data from mid-June, which showed the unemployment rate had fallen to 11.1% last month. But as Megan Cassella and your host Rebecca reported last week, as the virus returns and states implement new closures, the job market is likely worse off than these data points suggest.
DISMISSAL NEWS: “More layoffs to come for employees of hotels, casinos,“from the Las Vegas Review Journal
AND: “The resurgence of Covid-19 threatens the rebound in travel,From the Wall Street Journal
1 IN 5 ADULTS HAVE MOVED DUE TO A PANDEMIC OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS HAD: A survey by Pew Research released on Monday found that 22% of Americans have moved or know someone who has moved as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Fourteen percent said they knew someone who had moved, 6 percent said they allowed someone to move in, and 3 percent said they had moved themselves. Young people were the most affected, with 37% of 18-29 year olds reporting having moved, giving someone permission to move in, or knowing someone who has moved.
– “A century after women won the vote, majority of Americans see work to be done on gender equality“, From the Pew Research Center
– “Immigrant advocates say U.S. policy change puts workers at riskFrom the Associated Press
– “NBCUniversal News Group president wants 50% diverse workforceFrom the Los Angeles Times
– “Emergency Stimulus, Tax Credit Scams Keep IRS Investigators Busy, from POLITICO
– “DOL must hand over Amazon security data to journalism, by Bloomberg Law
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