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SMB News Daily Rundown: Update for June 16

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Small Business News Highlights for June 16: 

  • Members of Congress directly benefited from Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
  • Presidential candidate Joe Biden calls for coronavirus testing of every U.S. worker
  • Tips for talking about race in the workplace

“Among other steps, the Administration should release the names of all PPP borrowers.” 

Never mind beleaguered small business owners, the Paycheck Protection Program just can’t seem to catch a break. 

Emerging reports indicate that at least four members of Congress directly benefited from the program that they helped create, and are now behind efforts to block efforts to disclose recipients of the federal aid program. 

The list of known congressional recipients contains both Republicans and Democrats and many point to the high likelihood that many more lawmakers benefitted than the ones currently facing scrutiny. 

“Unfortunately, the federal government seems to have abandoned a focus on testing and left it up to the states and counties to figure it out.” 

Presidential candidate Joe Biden recently laid out his plan to reopen the economy and it includes regular and routine COVID-19 testing for every worker that would be funded by the federal government.  

In addition to testing, the former vice president’s plan would include guaranteed paid sick leave for any worker who does contract COVID-19. The plan did not come with an estimated price tag. 

Currently the U.S. is testing about 460,000 people per day, which is only half the minimum number of tests to safely reopen according to public health officials’ estimates. 

“To eradicate systemic racism, it is important for managers to empower employees and provide them with resources for having productive conversations about race.”

Religion, politics, and money aren’t topics for dinner conversation or the workplace, the adage goes, and many would add racial issues as another taboo subjective. The recent protests and social turmoil have made it a topic that can, and should, no longer be avoided. 

For employers who would like to start this conversation but don’t know how, this article lays out a helpful framework for broaching race-related issues in the workplace in a constructive way. 


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