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.
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.
Balance Point has created a resource to help businesses calculate the estimated forgiveness of a Paycheck Protection Program loan under the CARES Act.
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 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.
The CDC has published flowcharts to help businesses and organizations decide whether it’s safe to re-open.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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-based businesses can learn about financial assistance for those who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
This is the destination for Connecticut-based businesses to find state guidance and information on how to request disaster-relief loans.
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