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SBA Releases Details of Second-Draw PPP Loans

January 7, 2021

The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (The Economic Aid Act) was signed into law by President Trump on December 27, 2020. This legislation includes a provision for a second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lending of forgivable loans to small businesses struggling due to…

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Department of Labor Finalizes Definition of Independent Contractor Status

January 6, 2021

The U.S Department of Labor announced a final rule today clarifying the standards for independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This rule is intended to mitigate worker misclassification by detailing the qualifications for an independent contractor.   Under this new rule, independent contractors will continue to use…

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NHTSA Allows Domestic Vehicles to Apply for Research Exemptions– AV Rule Does Not Contain Vehicle Data Access Pathway

January 5, 2021

NHTSA has recently released an interim final rule that would allow manufacturers in the United States, particularly those manufacturing autonomous vehicles, to obtain permission from NHTSA to manufacture and test vehicles that do not currently comply with the Federal motor safety standards.   To date, NHTSA has only allowed manufacturers…

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Automakers Withdrawal from California Emissions Litigation

February 2, 2021

The Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation (CSAR), a coalition of automakers including Toyota Motor Corp., Fiat Chrysler, and Hyundai, announced this morning their withdrawal from an emissions lawsuit between California and the federal government. The group of automakers have been defending the federal government in their petition to revoke California’s…

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Analysis: Electric Vehicle Adoption

January 28, 2021

The Biden administration has made it clear that environmental reform and fighting climate change will be a top policy issue for the next four years. A central tenet of new environmental policy is likely to be a push for electric and zero-emission vehicles. Read an analysis of electric vehicle adoption…

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President Biden Signs Executive Order on the Climate Crisis

January 27, 2021

President Biden signed today an “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad”. This executive order is the first step in the Biden administration’s sweeping plans for environmental reform over the next four years. In the order, President Biden reiterates his goal of for a carbon-free electricity…

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