Employer Covid-19 Vaccination Mandate: Handling Religious Exemptions
Employer Covid-19 Vaccination Mandate: Handling Religious Exemptions

The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) has provided guidance on handling employee requests for exemptions from the Covid-19 vaccination mandate noting that employees must inform their employer of their request for exemption if there is a conflict between their “sincerely held religious belief” and the employer’s Covid-19 vaccination requirement.  Employers should provide information to employees about the application procedures and who to contact to request religious accommodation. Employers should assume that such a request is based on a sincerely held religious belief, but if an objective basis is held for questioning the sincerity of the request or belief, employers may... READ MORE

Does your small business qualify for a home office tax deduction?

Certain home expenses may be deducted on your tax return if you’re running a business from home. While these deductions may not be applicable to everyone who has been working from home during the pandemic (such as employees), there are a few areas to bring up with your CPA or tax advisor when filing your 2021 taxes. First, the home office tax deduction is available to both homeowners and renters, and certain expenses such as mortgage interest, insurance, utilities, repairs, maintenance, depreciation and rent may be deducted. However, there are certain specific requirements that taxpayers must meet to claim home... READ MORE

Legalities of Book Publishing

By Admin November 09, 2021    Category: Uncategorized

Legalities of Book Publishing

As an entrepreneur, having your own book has a number of benefits in setting yourself apart in your industry and even helping others by sharing your story or experience. Writing a book provides you with credibility, you can call yourself an author, and it opens you up to more opportunities when it comes to being seen in the media or getting speaking opportunities which can also set you up as an expert in your field.  Whether self publishing or working with a book publisher, there are legal considerations you need to be aware of while writing your book, before you... READ MORE

Are your workers employees or independent contractors?

Based on the current laws in place, it’s critical that employers are properly classifying individuals providing services as either employees or independent contractors. Generally speaking, if the business has the right to control the details of how the worker’s services are performed or when and how they will be done, that individual is considered an employee. Whereas, an independent contractor is typically an individual in an independent business, profession or trade who offers their services to the public.  The relationship between the worker and the business can be established by looking at the following categories:  Does the company control or... READ MORE

Enhanced Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to Help Small Business Facing COVID Delta Variant Challenges

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it is accepting new applications from small businesses still being impacted by the pandemic for its enhanced the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Some of the enhancements include increasing the borrowing limit from $500,000 to $2 million with loan funds being used for working capital and normal operating expenses such as payroll, paying debt and purchasing equipment; Offering 24 months of deferment to repay the loan; Expanding eligible use of funds to allow borrowers to prepay higher-interest commercial debt and make payments on federal business debt; and simplifying the application process... READ MORE

Estimated Tax Payments Can Help Business Owners & Self-Employed Avoid Unexpected Tax Bills

As a small business owner, self-employed person or wage earner who may earn income not subject to tax withholding (i.e., your employer withholds tax from your paycheck), you may want to look into making quarterly estimated tax payments to help avoid unexpected tax bills or a penalty. Typically, if one expects to owe $1,000 or more when filing their 2021 tax return, they need to make estimated tax payments. In addition to business owners and self-employed persons, sole proprietors, partners and S corporation shareholders are also expected to make tax payments. Corporations generally must make these payments if they expect... READ MORE

Gross Receipts Safe Harbor for Employers Claiming the Employee Retention Credit

The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a safe harbor allowing employers to exclude certain items from their gross receipts solely for determining eligibility for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). The ERC is a refundable payroll tax credit available to eligible employers whose operations were fully or partially suspended due to a COVID-19 shutdown. Employers may be eligible for the ERC if its gross receipts for a calendar quarter decline by a certain percentage when compared to a prior calendar quarter. This safe harbor permits employers to exclude certain stimulus proceeds from gross receipts... READ MORE

Eligible Employers Can Claim Paid Leave Credit For Employees Providing COVID-19 Immunization Care & Recovery

Paid sick and family leave tax credits under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) are available to eligible employers for providing leave to employees to accompany a family member, household member or certain other individuals to obtain or recover from the COVID-19 immunization. Eligible employers can tax credits for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave for reasons related to COVID-19 including qualified leave wages and certain other wage-related expenses (such as health plan expenses and certain collectively bargained benefits). The ARP tax credits are available to eligible employers that pay sick and family leave for... READ MORE

Living with Your Contract: Enforcement Using Dispute Resolution Provisions

As a business owner, it’s not enough to just have a contract, but truly “living” with your contract is the key to your best business protection. Living with your contract means knowing what your contract says, knowing what your contract means, and knowing how to enforce it when the time comes.  Here at Chase Law Group, we work with business owners on a daily basis and we find that oftentimes new clients come to us using a contract that they may have downloaded from the internet or they’ve borrowed it from someone else in their industry. Now they’re using that... READ MORE

Enacting and Enforcing a Mandatory Vaccination Policy in the Workplace: Understand the Legal Requirements and Issues That Can Arise

In the face of the recent upswing of Covid-19 cases related to the Delta variant, many employers have elected to require all of their workers be vaccinated. But what is an employer to do if an employee refuses to be vaccinated? As a preliminary matter, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) has issued an opinion that California employers may mandate Covid-19 vaccinations for its employees. However, the employer must engage in an interactive dialogue with employees who have a disability-related or religious reason for refusing an FDA-approved vaccine. Note however, an employee who doesn't "trust that the... READ MORE