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On February 8 the Arizona Supreme Court issued a major new gift clause decision, linked here.
To encourage a private university to open a campus in Peoria, the City of Peoria provided various incentives totaling $2.6 million. These were challenged as a violation of the gift clause. The trial court and the Court of Appeals upheld the validity of the City’s expenditures.
In its February 8 Opinion in Schires v. Carlat, the Supreme Court held that the City’s payments violated the gift clause.
Can your company mandate COVID-19 vaccinations to protect employees and customers and try to keep a business open?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a highly anticipated update to its publication, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws.” The new guidance addresses whether employers can require employees be vaccinated before returning to work and how such COVID-19 vaccinations interact with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”).
Payroll Protection Program Updates – Changes to Expense Deductions, New Funding, Expansion of ERC Credit, COVID Leaves and More
On Sunday, December 27th, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “Act”) which enacts many important changes to the Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”). Key changes brought about by the Act include:
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act Leave Mandate Expires December 31, 2020, but Tax Credits Continue: The Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion mandate expires December 31, 2020. After December 31, 2020, employers with fewer than 500 employees will no longer be required to provide paid leave to employees for COVID-19 related reasons.
May you live in interesting times.
Are they done counting yet? (No!) Good to see that Arizona voters (and vote counters) continue to know how to weave a dramatic story full of twists and surprises. Arizona now has two Democratic US Senators, but kept the State Legislature Republican – with or without Senator McGee: still counting….
Here are the results as of Monday morning, November 9, along with some observations from Gammage & Burnham’s team of State and local lobbyists. We’ve been there to help you in 2020, and we will be there to help you in 2021.
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