COVID-19 Resources for Employers

COVID-19 Resources for Employers 600 400 Balance Point Team

With the abundance of advice circulating surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak, it’s understandable if you are overwhelmed. To help employers cut through the clutter, we’ve curated the following list of reputable resources.

SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released a form that borrowers of a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan will have to file in order to apply for loan forgiveness. It also includes detailed instructions and worksheets for calculating forgiveness.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Calculator

Balance Point has created a resource to help businesses calculate the estimated forgiveness of a Paycheck Protection Program loan under the CARES Act.

OSHA’s Guidance on Returning to Work

Guidance to assist employers and workers in safely returning to work can be found in this comprehensive guide put forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an agency of the United States Department of Labor.

The CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who is at the forefront of the nation’s efforts to control the outbreak, has published interim guidance to help employers plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19. The advice seeks to help prevent workplace exposure and to provide planning considerations in the event of more widespread community outbreaks of the virus.

CDC Workplace Decision Tools

The CDC has published flowcharts to help businesses and organizations decide whether it’s safe to re-open.

Businesses

Schools

Restaurants/Bars

Childcare

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Combating the Coronavirus

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce visually summarizes what you need to know in their Business Preparedness Checklist. You’ll also find resources to help you communicate with your employees including a link to a customizable workplace flyer.

COVID-19 and the American Workplace

The Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Department of Labor’s FFCRA: Questions and Answers

The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division has published this Q&A to provide compliance assistance to employers on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.

Online Web Tool to Determine FFCRA Eligibility

The U.S. Department of Labor launched an interactive online tool to help workers determine eligibility for paid sick leave due to coronavirus. A similar tool for employers will be released soon.

Unemployment Insurance Relief During COVID-19 Outbreak

The CARES Act expands states’ ability to provide unemployment insurance for workers, including those who are not ordinarily eligible for unemployment benefits. The DOL link provides guidance on this, including state-by-state contact information for unemployment insurance offices.

State-specific Resources

COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Businesses

Business.NJ.gov compiled this Q&A format that provides New Jersey employers with guidance on all topics from what to do if an employee becomes sick to who to reach out to for financial support. You can search by topic and even submit a question via chat.

New York State Interim Guidance for Procedures When Identifying an Employee with Concerns for COVID-19 Exposures

This fact sheet provides guidance specifically for New York-state based businesses.

NYC Small Business Services Assistance & Guidance for Businesses Impacted Due to Novel Coronavirus

NYC-based businesses can learn about financial assistance for those who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Connecticut State Coronavirus Disease 2019

This is the destination for Connecticut-based businesses to find state guidance and information on how to request disaster-relief loans.

Reopening Requirements and Self-Certifications

Click on the link below to access your state’s guidance on reopening businesses.

New Jersey

New York

Connecticut

Pennsylvania

For additional state-specific resources visit our comprehensive state-by-state breakdown.

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