Philip Rebowe, CPA, Postlethwaite & Netterville & Tim Scott, Labor Attorney for Fisher & Phillips, LLP

Important Matters Affecting Your Business

GNOEA met via Zoom on Tuesday October 20, 2020 for organization updates and to learn about matters affecting your business as a result of COVID-19. Mr. Rebowe, CPA for Postlethwaite & Netterville provided information on tax implications and planning for the 2020 tax year and Mr. Scott shared COVID-19 guidelines and how to address politics in the workplace for employers.

Philip Rebowe Bio      Tim Scott Bio

Tim shared tips on when and how to address employees and their time away if they have become ill or have been exposed to COVID-19 without exposing the company’s liability. He also referenced  tax credited paid leaves for employees such as the Family First leave of absence for companies with fewer than 500 employees.

Philip encouraged all to consider reviewing personal and business tax plans for 2020 and 2021 with their CPA. Programs like the CARES Act, the Payroll Protection Plan, the Louisiana Main Street Grant and Trump’s 2017 Tax Act, may have tax implications. He provided suggestions on how a company can take advantage of these programs.

Recording and presentation will be in meeting archives

Membership News

Ron Blitch announced an employment opportunity in Lake Charles: Blitch Knevel Architects is part of a disaster assessment team under contract to assess schools in Calcasieu Parish damaged by Hurricane Laura.  We are hiring contract workers with some construction experience and ability to be part of a team and follow strict protocols in assessing damage to 71 schools.  Training will be provided on site.  Pay is in the range of $25-35/hour based on experience and qualifications.  Hotel room will be provided and a per diem for meals and travel.  If interested – send resume and contact info to: [email protected]

Kenny Knobloch, Help AC thanked Troy Patterson Oak Family Dental, John Cole, Robert Steeg, Steeg Law Firm and Brandon for work that he did for them.

Robert Ramsey, Ramsey’s Jewelers thanked Rudy Smith of Smith Towing and Wrecker Service.

Potential Members

In Attendance:

Meeting 1:
Jesse Hoppes, P. G. Professional Geologist/Member and co-owner
Leaaf Environmental, LLC
Guest of:  John Zollinger, Home Bank

Cynthia L. Widlitze, Owner / Sales Coach
Adduco Consulting
Guest of: Lola Lass, Adeeta Staffing

New Member Recruitment: If you have a prospect, please have them connect with Julie Couret at [email protected]

A list of open classifications can be found here.

Reminder: Members are asked to email their Re-Qualification form if they are planning to renew 2021 GNOEA membership. This important information is used to prepare the 2021 budget.

Membership Dues

4Q Dues will be invoiced soon.
A GNOEA Paypal account has been established allowing members to pay for dues or events with a credit card if they desire this form of payment. Details to follow.

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

October 27th – Lee Zurik, Fox 8

November 3rd – Amy Glovinsky, Bureau of Government Research

November 17th – Stephen Watson, WWII Musuem

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Please contact Brien Lundin, President-Elect / Programs Chair if you would like to be added to the presentation schedule or would like to recommend a speaker.