Additional resources to access for reopening guidance and recovery tools…
LINKS TO OTHER RESOURCES THAT MAY HELP YOUR BUSINESS
SAVE SMALL BUSINESS FUND
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Save Small Business Fund is a grantmaking initiative offering short-term relief for small employers in the United States and its territories, funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, as a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as can be assisted.
– Small Business employing between 3 and 20 people
– Located in an economically vulnerable community per zip code on IRS forms…(Zip codes for Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon, and Winn Parishes all “return” as eligible.)
– Have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic
A short application will go live on their page on April 20, 2020, at 12:00PM PT. If you’d like a reminder, please sign up with your email address.
FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.
Generally, the Act provides that covered employers must provide to all employees:
- Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or
- Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), or care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor.
A covered employer must provide to employees that it has employed for at least 30 days:
- Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.
Covered Employers: The paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the FFCRA apply to certain public employers, and private employers with fewer than 500 employees. Most employees of the federal government are covered by Title II of the Family and Medical Leave Act, which was not amended by this Act, and are therefore not covered by the expanded family and medical leave provisions of the FFCRA. However, federal employees covered by Title II of the Family and Medical Leave Act are covered by the paid sick leave provision.
Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may qualify for exemption from the requirement to provide leave due to school closings or child care unavailability if the leave requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.
Opening Up America Again
Federal recommendations on developing your business’/entity’s establishment to reopen safely can help you determine cleaning and disinfecting procedures in advance of your return.
USE CENSUS INFO FOR REVIEWING IMPLICATIONS RELATIVE TO YOUR BUSINESS RECOVERY
COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources, using ‘County Business Patterns and other data collected by the Bureau of Census.