Unemployment Assistance Guidance, PPP Extension, Health Inspection Resources

May 8, 2020
Massachusetts Restaurant Association

Division of Unemployment Assistance issues guidance for employers regarding employees returning to work after being furloughed or laid off.

This guidance provides an FAQ on a number of questions, including employees who refuse to report back to work when their employer is offering hours.

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SBA extends safe harbor for returning PPP funds.  

The U.S. SBA has extended the  safe - harbor  period for returning Paycheck Protection Program ( PPP ) funds to  May 14.
New guidance question released this week:
Question : Is an employer that repays its PPP loan by the safe harbor deadline (May 14, 2020) eligible for the Employee Retention Credit?

Answer: Yes. An employer that applied for a PPP loan, received payment, and repays the loan by the safe harbor deadline (May 14, 2020) will be treated as though the employer had not received a covered loan under the PPP for purposes of the Employee Retention Credit. Therefore, the employer will be eligible for the credit if the employer is otherwise an eligible employer for purposes of the credit. 
For operators that have not previously looked into the Employee Retention Credit. More information can be found here:
Free resource to help streamline the health inspection process

As restaurants get closer to a return to on-premise dining, much attention is being paid to safety and sanitation.  Restaurants are the leader in safe sanitation practices, as we already operate in conjunction with FDA, state and local officials to ensure and comply with mandated high standards. Food and beverage operations are uniquely positioned to safely serve their customers, because they already do.

FoodCode-Pro COVID-19 Reopening Action Plan & Self Inspection  insures that you are in compliance with local health departments inspections and will allow for a much more seamless transition to on-premise dining. The following COVID 19 Reopening Action Plan and Self Inspection is a detailed and educational tool to ensure you have hit all the key areas.