10/12/21: Tools, Information, Resources and Connections Bulletin October 12 - 16, 2021

WBENC

October is National Women’s Small Business Mont and WBENC is kicking things off with a campaign in support of women-owned business. 
Our key message? Make One Switch  take one everyday essential you use and consciously choose to instead source it from a women-owned business.
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This is a great opportunity to showcase your status as a certified women-owned business, and show support for your fellow female entrepreneurs. 
This month and the rest of fall, help us drive the conversation on social media and generate awareness and support for women business owners like you. 

  • Access our custom WBE media kit to view sample social media posts and graphics. (Note: you will need to enter your name, email and company name in order to access the kit.)

Share a post on social media tomorrow (and throughout the campaign!) about the #BuyWomenOwned campaign, your certification, your founders or leadership team, or why you #BuyWomenOwned. Access the Campaign Media Kit Here!

Registration for the Facebook Invoice Fast Track program is officially open!
What is the Facebook Invoice Fast Track program?
The Facebook Invoice Fast Track program is an unprecedented early invoice payment solution for certified diverse-owned businesses across the United States. The program provides WBEs that meet the eligibility criteria with the opportunity to apply for immediate payments for the goods and services you’ve invoiced your customers for — but would otherwise have waited months to get paid. Learn More and Register.

General

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is hosting a public meeting on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 1:00 PM EDT. This online meeting will allow the Council to provide an update on its latest initiatives and policy development. Each of the Council’s subcommittees (Access to Capital & Opportunity, Women in S.T.E.M., and Rural Women’s Entrepreneurship) will present their priorities and projects before the full body and the public. 
Supplementary Information
NWBC strongly encourages that public comments and questions be submitted in advance by October 19th. Individuals can provide comments when registering on the Eventbrite or individuals may also email info@nwbc.gov with the subject line – “[Name/Organization] Comment for 10/25/21 Public Meeting.” NWBC staff will read the first five submitted statements during the final 20 minutes of the program.
During the live event, attendees will be in listen-only mode and may submit additional questions via the Q&A feature. This meeting will be streamed using Microsoft Teams. For technical assistance, please visit the Microsoft Teams Support Page. All public comments will be included on the meeting record, which will be available on www.nwbc.gov under the “2022 Public Meetings” section. REGISTER HERE.

ATTENTION FEDERAL CONTRACTORS: Task Force Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Safety Protocol Mandate; All Covered Employees to be Fully Vaccinated by December 8, 2021. In accordance with President Biden’s “Path Out of the Pandemic”, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (the “Task Force”) has issued “COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors” (the “Guidance”). [CLICK HERE for our September 13, 2021 eAlert explaining the various elements of the “Path Out of the Pandemic” plan.] Pursuant to Executive Order 14042, Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors (the “Order”), federal contracts and contract-like instruments (as broadly defined in the Order) must contain a clause requiring the contractor and its subcontractors to comply with the Guidance starting October 15, 2021

Small Business Administration

Thursday October 14 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm ET |SBA Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month: Testimonies of Excellence & Pride (Excelencia y Orgullo). The U.S. Small Business Administration will hold a virtual fireside chat to discuss entrepreneurship in the Hispanic community with SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, Associate Administrator of the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Mark Madrid, and Bibi Hidalgo, Associate Administrator of the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development. The fireside chat will be followed by a live online panel discussion with Hispanic small business owners about how they’ve used critical financial lifelines to help them pivot and overcome adversity during the pandemic. Isabella Casillas Guzman, SBA Administrator  
Mark Madrid, Associate Administrator, SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development  
Bibi Hidalgo, Associate Administrator, SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development  
Ryan Bethencourt, CEO, Wild Earth, Las Vegas, NV 
Teresa Razo, CEO and Owner, Cambalache and Villa Roma Argentine and Italian Restaurants, Fountain Valley, CA 
Registration is required. Click here to register or visit  https://sbahispanicheritagemonth.eventbrite.com

The SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute have teamed up for a series of webinars that will help your business get back on track. Join us for our next session on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET: Resources and Relief for Your Small Business – Supporting Women Business Owners and Women’s Programs. During this webinar, you will:

  • Learn more about COVID EIDL and how you can take advantage before December 31, 2021
  • Discover tools and resources you can use to start and grow your business
  • Have your questions answered by SBA leadership and small business experts
  • Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community

Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration. REGISTER HERE.

New Jersey

New Legislation Expands Employment Protections for Individuals Over 70. As of October 5, 2021, individuals over 70 years of age are entitled to all of the protections of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”). The relevant legislation, Assembly Bill 681, went into immediate effect upon approval by Governor Murphy. Until now, NJLAD had permitted private employers to refuse to hire or promote individuals over 70 years for the sole reason of their age without running afoul of its age discrimination protections. Going forward, private employers may not discriminate against applicants and employees in their 70’s and beyond on the basis of age in all terms and conditions of employment. For public employers, the new legislation removed a carve-out from the age discrimination law that allowed mandatory retirement policies where employers could show that the retirement age bore a “manifest relationship” to the employment at issue.

Now a public employer may require retirement at a particular age only where it can demonstrate that the employee is unable to adequately perform their duties. Similarly, institutions of higher education are no longer permitted to require the retirement of tenured employees at 70 years old. (The new legislation did not remove a narrow exception allowing employers to mandate the retirement of an employee who is in a bona fide executive or high policy-making position for the prior two-year period where the employee is entitled to certain annual retirement benefits amounting to $27,000 or more.)

Finally, an employee who claims they were unlawfully required to retire because of age is no longer limited to filing a complaint with the Attorney General (with relief restricted to reinstatement with back pay and interest), but rather has all of the available remedies under NJLAD, including compensatory, emotional distress and punitive damages and front pay.

All New Jersey employers should examine their hiring and promotion policies in light of this new legislation and ensure that any unlawful age-based restrictions are removed.

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