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  • September 03, 2020 2:00 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    County health officials voted to revoke the mask order one day after they enacted the measure, due to concerns that the public had not been properly notified of the ordinance. Read the full story here.

  • September 03, 2020 1:57 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    An ordinance announced and enacted Friday prohibits alcohol sales in bars and restaurants after 9 p.m. and requires those establishments close by 10 p.m. Curbside pickup and delivery will be allowed to continue after that time. Learn more here.

  • September 03, 2020 1:55 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    The Springfield-based outdoor sports retailer has announced that it's encouraging workers to stay at distribution centers with $1,000 bonuses. Thousands of workers are slated to receive bonuses, according to the company. Read the full story here.

  • September 03, 2020 1:50 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    A Taney County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Branson business owners against the city for its mask mandate. The judge ruled that city aldermen acted within their legislative capacity. Learn more here.

  • September 03, 2020 1:48 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    FDA approves COVID-19 saliva test developed by Wash U researchers

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a test developed by Washington University researchers and Fluidigm, a San Francisco-based biotech company. The test is designed to improve processing time and increase testing volume. Read the full story here.

  • September 03, 2020 1:47 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    White House economic, advisor Larry Kudlow, says negotiations are continuing with Democrats over the next federal coronavirus relief package. He also expressed support for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s desire for more targeted virus relief. Mnuchin has been leading the talks with Congressional Democrats. Specifically, Kudlow expressed support for an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) alongside more money for schools and unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.

  • September 03, 2020 1:41 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    On Friday, U.S. Treasury Department released its guidance implementing President Trump’s Executive Order to defer the employee portion of the payroll tax owed from September 1 until the end of the year. The plan is voluntary for employers and allows payroll tax payments to be deferred until May 1, 2021. The guidance suggests that taxes deferred will be owed by employees rather than employers, but exactly how the IRS tracks who owes what is unclear. The guidance states that companies “may make arrangements to otherwise collect the total applicable taxes from the employee.”

    The guidance is silent on a major concern from businesses of whether they would be on the hook for paying back the deferred taxes of workers who later quit. The guidance also does not address whether individual employees can opt out of the program, effectively leaving it up to the employer to decide. The tax break will only be available to employees who earn less than $4,000 per biweekly paycheck, which is to be interpreted on a paycheck-by-paycheck basis without regard to how much someone earned in another pay period.

    The Trump Administration is promising that the deferred payroll taxes owed will eventually be forgiven; however, legally it would take an act of Congress to forgive payroll taxes owed during the deferral period. MGA cannot say with any degree of certainty whether Congress would act to forgive deferred payroll taxes. MGA members should evaluate the potential risks to its employees and its potential future tax liability before deciding whether to opt into the payroll tax deferral plan.

    BKD CPAs and Advisors has provided some additional helpful resources you can find by clicking HERE.

  • September 03, 2020 1:19 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Please click here to urge your Members of Congress to tell leadership to protect independent businesses from frivolous lawsuits, reward frontline essential workers, strengthen federal nutrition programs, and fix unemployment compensation in the Phase Four COVID-19 relief package.

    Independent grocers are proud to serve the American people during the coronavirus pandemic. We urge Congress to help our industry meet the needs of the public during this challenging time.

    TAKE ACTION

  • August 28, 2020 11:12 AM | Greene (Administrator)

    Federated Insurance is sponsoring a Complimentary Webinar on Workers' Compensation and Managed Care on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at 1:00 PM CST. 

    Register Here

  • August 28, 2020 11:11 AM | Greene (Administrator)

    Schnuck Markets is now giving its Schnucks Rewards customers the option to get e-receipts through email or the grocer's app to reduce waste and person-to-person contact, while also boosting membership in the loyalty program. You can read the full story here.

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