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With rules for pay for salaried employees changing last July, understanding salaried overtime rules is a challenge. Fortunately, L&I has some tools to help. Beginning July 1, 2020, salaried employees minimum pay must have met the threshold of 1.25 times the state minimum wage. The multiplier rate varies each year by the size of the…Read More
Does your nonprofit qualify for the new nonprofit Community Recovery Grant? The recent Restaurant Revitalization Grants offered relief aimed at a sector of the hospitality industry. And now, The WA State Department of Commerce has partnered with Artfunds to ensure that other nonprofits are included. Recognizing nonprofits play a vital role in helping our community…Read More
While we expected a new evaluation of movement between phases, the governor announced a pause on the roadmap to recovery. On April 16, Pierce County moved backwards into phase 2. This meant reduced capacity for retail stores, indoor dining, gyms, salons, and more. The capacity limit dropped from 50% capacity permitted in Phase 3 to…Read More
The SBA is offering a Restaurant Revitalization Fund to provide emergency assistance to qualifying businesses. Qualifying food establishments who have experienced revenue loss due to the pandemic are eligible to apply for grant funds. Awards range from a minimum of $1000 to a maximum of $5 million per location ($10 million max per business.) The…Read More
The 2021 Legislature adjourned on Sunday and we will likely see some upcoming tax increases. Capital Gains Tax The Legislature adopted Senate Bill 5096, a 7% capital gains tax for capital gains of $250,000 or more from the sale of stocks and other investments. While this sounds like it is a tax on only the…Read More
Do you wonder about the state of our cities in 2021? While you have a good idea of what the pandemic has done to you and your business, do you know how Fife, Milton and Edgewood are faring? Please join us for our Annual State of the Cities report to find out! This year’s meeting…Read More
Starting Tuesday, April 27, Covid vaccines will be available at the Tacoma Dome for drive thru or walk up service. Pierce County Department of Emergency Management has shared the following information in a press release on the 21st. Tacoma Dome is home for Pierce County’s vaccination effort for six weeks starting April 27. Pierce County…Read More
Eligible employers can now receive a paid leave tax credit for allowing their workers paid time off for Covid vaccines. Small and midsize employers, and some governmental employers, can claim refundable tax credits. These credits reimburse businesses for the cost of providing paid time off for COVID-19 vaccinations. Additionally, they include leave taken to recover…Read More
A short-term extension of property tax may be a bit of relief for certain businesses. Businesses that can show a loss of a quarter of their revenues due to Covid can apply for the extension. Additionally, qualifying businesses will not need to pay penalties or interest. To request an extension and a payment plane, be…Read More
Roll back relief grants are now available to qualifying businesses and non profits. On Friday, April 16, restrictions rolled back to Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington Reopening. That means reducing capacity for indoor activities back down to 25%. These restrictions significantly impact businesses such as restaurants and gyms. Pierce County has created a grant…Read More
The FME Chamber exists to be the CATALYST for business growth,
The CONVENER of Leaders & Influencers,
And the CHAMPION for a stronger community.