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Tonda Rush

Tonda Rush is the director of public policy and serves as general counsel to the National Newspaper Association. Email her at tonda@nna.org

Legislative Alert⁠ — help newspapers to use Paycheck Protection Program Loans more efficiently

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote next week on a change in the PPP loans that would provide the flexibility to allow publishers to stretch out the use of funds for a longer period and to ...

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Issue brief ⁠— partnerships in Paycheck Protection Program applications

As of that date, owners in businesses set up as partnerships were instructed not to submit applications as self-employed individuals but to add their compensation (up to $100,000 annually) to the payroll ...

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Issue brief: PPP loan forgiveness

The Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration yesterday released the form that borrowers must complete for loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program.

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NNA applauds Small Business Expense Protection Act introduction

National Newspaper Association today cheered a bipartisan group of senators who are out to correct the Treasury Department’s decision that Paycheck Protection Act recipients cannot deduct their payroll ...

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LEGISLATIVE ALERT — Please call your senators and representatives NOW

Congress is working this week on the next version of the Paycheck Protection Program loans to repair gaps left by previous versions. Being considered are three provisions that NNA supports. 

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Issue brief – what if laid off employees decline to return?

This week, new guidance has been issued on what happens if an employer tries to return a laid-off or furloughed employee to his or her old job and the employee decides not to come back. 

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Community newspapers ask Congress to support the Postal Service

Amid the flurries of legislation to protect the U.S. economy from the coronavirus damage, Congress has been asked to recognize the needs of the Postal Service.  

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ISSUE BRIEF: PPP portal has reopened for loans with additional $310 billion

The Paycheck Protection Act (PPP) portal has reopened for loans with an additional $310 billion in newly appropriated funds from Congress.

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Congress created the PPP in a matter of days, leaving a lot of questions for managing agencies to resolve

The Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration have both published rules that fill in some of the blanks. The two agencies are not always totally in sync but if you are willing to visit their ...

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Further explanation of the Payroll Protection Program

The Small Business Administration and the Treasury Departments have updated their FAQs about the Payroll Protection Program.  

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US Chamber creates coronavirus loan guide to help small businesses

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a guide to help small businesses, independent contractors, and gig economy workers prepare to file for a coronavirus relief loan under the  Coronavirus Aid, ...

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NNA applauds passage of small business relief legislation

National Newspaper Association today expressed its appreciation to members of Congress for moving quickly to adopt the $2 trillion Coronavirus Act, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that contains ...

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PRC outlines future ‘skyrocketing’ postal costs

Imagine that you are spending $250 a week at your local post office, mailing some 2,000 newspapers to your readers. Service is pretty good, so long as you do most of the work: sort the papers by the carrier’s ...

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Rejection of massive postage increase; it is time to call on Congress to fix the postal service with public funding

National Newspaper Association has urged the Postal Regulatory Commission to abandon its proposal for postage increases for small newspapers that could add nearly 50% to distribution costs over the next ...

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Ads for CBD oil are mailable

Gentle Reader, Can you stand one more column about cannabis ads? The guidance on mailing advertising for such products through USPS is becoming clearer, and I want to revisit this topic once more.  First, ...

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Copyright Office publishes new filing deadline and formatting rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Copyright Office has published its final rules requiring newspapers filing for copyright under group registration rules to file online. Paper applications will ...

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HR 2382 would remove 100% prefunding requirement enacted in 2006

Legislation that would relieve the U.S. Postal Service of more than $50 billion in debt is nearing a critical support threshold that could finally reach the House of Representatives floor in the 116th ...

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Publishers evaluate payroll with FLSA salary threshold increase on the horizon

Q: Please explain again how a nonexempt journalist can be paid a salary. A: Happy to. Now that the new Fair Labor Standards Act salary threshold is set to go into effect next year, a lot of companies ...

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Court declines to review cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Supreme Court left the newspaper industry with more questions than answers during its first session in October by declining to review two cases that create new ...

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