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SBA Updates Guidance On Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

May 04, 2020

Last night, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released further guidance concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in the form of new “frequently asked questions”. Specifically, new question and answer #40 provides, as follows:

Question: Will a borrower’s PPP loan forgiveness amount (pursuant to section 1106 of the CARES Act and SBA’s implementing rules and guidance) be reduced if the borrower laid off an employee, offered to rehire the same employee, but the employee declined the offer?

Answer: No. As an exercise of the Administrator’s and the Secretary’s authority under Section 1106(d)(6) of the CARES Act to prescribe regulations granting de minimis exemptions from the Act’s limits on loan forgiveness, SBA and Treasury intend to issue an interim final rule excluding laid-off employees whom the borrower offered to rehire (for the same salary/wages and same number of hours) from the CARES Act’s loan forgiveness reduction calculation. The interim final rule will specify that, to qualify for this exception, the borrower must have made a good faith, written offer of rehire, and the employee’s rejection of that offer must be documented by the borrower. Employees and employers should be aware that employees who reject offers of re-employment may forfeit eligibility for continued unemployment compensation.

This new guidance raises further questions, but is a very welcome development because it is apparently intended to resolve the issue of employees refusing offers of re-employment due to their misconception that continued unemployment compensation is available (and more lucrative) despite the offer. NJ CAR awaits further clarification from NADA on this development and will provide further updates upon receipt of more information.

You can view the full updated SBA FAQs HERE.