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27 May
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ABA Board Member Chris Morrow Speaks at House Small Business Committee Forum about Business Interruption Coverage

“My claims for both stores were rejected, citing language in the policies. There were virus exclusions and the need for physical harm to the buildings,” said Morrow, who filed claims with two different insurers as a result of COVID-19.

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27 May

Paycheck Protection Program: Quick Update on Payroll Costs, New MBAs Fight COVID Initiative

As long as an employee’s total compensation is less than $100,000 annually, bonuses and hazard pay are eligible for loan forgiveness because they are considered a supplement to salary or wages.

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20 May

Additional Loan and Grant Options Available for Small Businesses

Here is an overview of additional loan and grant opportunities beyond the Economic Injury Disaster Loans/Grants and the Paycheck Protection Program loans.

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13 May
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Privacy and Free Speech During COVID-19

Government attempts to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and public fears stemming from COVID-19 have the potential to impact privacy rights. 

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06 May
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House Judiciary Committee Calls on Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos to Testify

According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon used sensitive business information from individual third-party sellers on its platform to inform the development of Amazon’s own competing products. 

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06 May

Free Speech Groups Condemn Alaska School Board’s Book Ban

The National Coalition Against Censorship called the school board’s decision “educationally misguided, disrespectful of teachers’ educational competence, and legally questionable.”

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29 Apr

Early Social Security Disbursement: An FAQ

ABA has heard from members who are struggling financially, including those who are near retirement age (between the ages of 62 and 70) and considering how early Social Security retirement benefits might play a role in easing current financial uncertainty.

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29 Apr
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ABA Joins National Retail Federation in Calling for Pandemic Risk Insurance Program

The act would “mandate that businesses who could demonstrate significant business interruption and sharp decline in present and future revenue would be insured, through a pre-funded risk pool, in the case of a pandemic or epidemic.” 

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21 Apr

Government Relief Webinar Now Available on BookWeb

“Government Relief and Wage Requirements: What You Need to Know” is now available on the Education Resources page on BookWeb.org.

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21 Apr

2020 Banned Books Week Theme Announced

Banned Books Week, which promotes the right to read, will be held September 27–October 3 and feature the theme “Censorship Is a Dead End.”

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21 Apr

ABFE Responds to Raleigh Police Tweet That Protest Is Non-Essential Activity

More than 30 groups condemned an April 14 tweet posted by the Raleigh, North Carolina, police department that declared: “Protesting is a non-essential activity.”

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15 Apr
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Internet Archives’ “National Emergency Library” Draws Criticism

The Internet Archive, home to 1.4 million free digitized books, stirred up controversy when it launched the National Emergency Library (NEL) — a digital library that allows an unlimited number of people to download the same digital file. 

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14 Apr
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ABA to Host Government Relief Webinar on April 16

Experts in employment and labor law will walk booksellers through the federal government relief and wage requirements recently passed in response to COVID-19.

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01 Apr

ABA Joins Broad Coalition of Trade Associations in Urging Congress to Create COVID-19 Business Relief Fund

The Business and Employees Continuity and Recovery Fund would look to distribute federal funds and liquidity to impacted businesses and their employees.

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25 Mar

Senate Debate Continues for Federal Small Business Relief Passage

On the morning of March 25, Republican and Democratic leadership in the U.S. Senate said they had reached a deal on a $2 trillion stimulus package that provides support to small businesses.

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