Vaccine Gate: President Biden’s sweeping vaccine mandate could impact nearly 100 million Americans.
President Biden unveiled a vaccine mandate aimed at curbing the Delta variant.AP. On Thursday, Biden announced sweeping new federal vaccine mandates affecting nearly 100 million Americans, his most aggressive pandemic action yet. During his speech at the White House regarding this controversial executive order, Biden criticized Americans who are not yet vaccinated. Growing inpatient, Biden told Americans that the unvaccinated minority “can cause a lot of damage, and they are.”Read full story
Everything's Bigger in Texas and the Laws are no Exception: 666 new laws took effect in Texas on September 1, 2021.
Well folks, everything is bigger in Texas and our laws and penalties are certainly no exception. Despite the efforts of Texas Democrats to block a voting restriction bill, that bill and 665 additional bills were passed, many of which took effect on September 1, 2021. Here are some of the major new laws that took effect on Wednesday:Read full story
Give me a Break: Are Texans entitled to Lunch breaks?
Aside from New York’s magnificent architectural treasures and California’s amazing weather and beautiful beaches, what sets these two states apart from Texas? New York and California have strict requirements for employers to provide meal and rest breaks to employees, while Texas does not.Read full story
Always Read the Fine Print: American Rescue Plan Act Gives Americans Free COBRA.
Section 9501 of the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) fully funds COBRA health insurance plan payments for qualifying individuals between the dates of April 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021. This benefit is funded by the employers who will then receive a tax credit to offset the cost of COBRA coverage. Notably, the benefit is not available to employees who voluntarily quit their job or who were terminated on the basis of “gross misconduct,” and the 18- and 36-month limit to coverage still apply.Read full story
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Programs Ending: What does that mean for Texans?
In an unsurprising turn of events, the State of Texas is ending its participation in the federal pandemic unemployment benefit programs early. Jobless Texans will lose access to federal unemployment aid, including a $300 per week supplemental benefit effective June 26, 2021, three months prior to the federal expiration of the programs. More than a million Texans will be impacted when the State stops receiving unemployment benefits under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The final benefit week that the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will pay federal pandemic unemployment benefits under the ARPA is the benefit week ending June 26, 2021.Read full story