After several days of debate, Senate Republicans have offered their version of the “Phase Four” economic stimulus and COVID recovery bill. Of particular note to those in the ESOP community, this package of bills does not yet include S. 4236—the bill introduced by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) that would offer grants to companies that create or expand an ESOP.
The package is a first draft and will likely change significantly as both parties work to hammer out an agreement. As currently written, this group of bills would offer the following items.
Economic Recovery and Investment Through Employee Ownership Program
On July 21, 2020, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced S. 4236, a bill to establish a federal grant program to encourage economic recovery through business investment and the creation and expansion of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). The bi-partisan bill has been co-sponsored by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and was referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.
Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced the Temporary Federal ESOP Grant Program Act, legislation to recapitalize businesses as they resume operations by helping them to create or expand an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).
This is an incredible milestone for the ESOP community. Thank Senator Johnson by clicking this link: https://ctt.ac/0jS3b
Read the full release from Senator Johnson's office below:
Virginia sets rules that employers must follow or face penalties; other states could use Virginia's rules as a model.
On June 22nd, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of the Treasury released revisions to the interim final rule on forgiveness and the interim final rule on loan review procedures for PPP loans.
Companies planning to re-open their doors have a new resource to help them: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released guidance employers should use when developing policies and procedures that ensure the safety and health of their employees.
Wednesday, The Small Business Administration (SBA) released two important documents related to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
New guidance from The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) outlines the differences between cloth face coverings, surgical masks and respirators.
PPP loan recipients gain new flexibility, while retaining loan forgiveness.
On May 15, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published a Loan Forgiveness Application that provides long awaited information regarding loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP generally provides that borrowers are eligible for forgiveness of their PPP loans based upon certain qualifying expenses that arise during the eight-week period commencing on the date the loan was funded (which is known as the Covered Period).