“Resources for Businesses and Employers”
Interim Guide for Businesses and Employers
Environmental Cleaning & Disinfection Recommendations
US Chamber of Commerce Combating the Coronavirus
Coronavirus Response Toolkit
The U.S. Chamber has compiled CDC’s coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country. They continue to encourage American businesses to follow data-based guidance from the CDC and state and local officials. In the link above, you’ll find sharable graphics based on the CDC’s latest guidance for businesses and employees. We encourage you to share these assets on social media, websites, and other channels, and send them to your colleagues and employees.
U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM
The Ohio Development Services Agency is preparing to submit an application in the coming week to qualify Ohio for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.
This program provides low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue during the state of emergency.Non profit organizations in Ohio will also be eligible for low-interest loans through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
In order to complete the state’s application, businesses impacted by the current public health crisis should immediately send their contact information to BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.gov. Additional information on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is available at SBA.gov/Disaster.
Ohio’s Shared Work Program is managed by ODJFS. This program could be a powerful tool for employers facing a temporary layoff due to impacts of the coronavirus. In short, this program gives participating employers the opportunity to reduce the number of hours worked by its employees in lieu of laying off its workforce. So the company doesn’t have to lose a good employee, while at the same time employees retain their employment and maintain their retirement and health benefits while collecting shared work compensation for the hours they lose. The only downside is an application process at ODJFS that can take time, so the faster a company acts, the better.
SharedWork Ohio Guide for Employers and Employees
(includes instructions on how to apply)
ENHANCED UNEMPLOYMENT FOR OHIOANS
The Governor issued an executive order which will grant the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) the authority to accept and grant requests for unemployment compensation suspending the normal 1-week waiting period.
This order gives relief to applicants who are not offered paid leave through their job, as well as those who have been quarantined by a medical professional, their employer, or whose employers must temporarily close. Those who apply for unemployment under these circumstances will be exempt from the requirement that they be actively seeking work.
For more information, go to the ODJFS site “Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance Benefits.”
If you are planning mass layoffs, please provide this number to your employees, 2000180 to speed the processing of unemployment benefits. Ohioans can apply for unemployment benefits online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at unemployment.ohio.gov or they may file by phone at 877-644-6562, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
TIPS FOR SMALL BUSINESS ON COMMUNICATING WITH CUSTOMERS & EMPLOYEES
Google for Small Business has created a page with tips and links on communicating with your customers, communicating with your employees and resources for working remotely.
Google for Small Business, “Resources to help your small business manage through uncertainty”
SPECIFIC RESOURCES FOR BAR & RESTAURANT OWNERS
One-Time Liquor Buyback
The Ohio Department of Commerce began on March 16, 2020 to offer a one-time liquor buyback option to support bars and restaurants. This will especially aid those establishments that have stocked up on high-proof liquor ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday for which they now have no use, due to their closure to in-house patrons.
Bars and restaurants wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should return their unopened, high-proof liquor products (obtained within the past 30 days) to the agency where they purchased the product. This opportunity is also extended to those with temporary (F2) permits for events scheduled between March 12 and April 6, 2020. If a business has questions about this program, they should reach out directly to the Liquor Enterprise Service Center (LESC) at 1(877)812-0013 or by emailing OhioLiquorInfo@Com.Ohio.gov. (See release at the Ohio Dept. of Commerce website.)
National Restaurant Association: https://restaurant.org/Covid19