The Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 site coronavirus.ohio.gov is the place to go for Ohio-specific information, including the Governor’s Executive Orders and update press conferences.
For the latest updated information on workplace requirements visit: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/responsible-restart-ohio/Sector-Specific-Operating-Requirements/
Beginning on May 4, 2020, manufacturing, distribution, and construction businesses may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan for manufacturing, distribution, and construction can be found at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio.
Beginning on May 4, 2020, general office environments may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan for general office environments can be found at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio.
Beginning on May 12, 2020, consumer, retail and services may reopen if these businesses can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees. The full Responsible RestartOhio plan for consumer, retail and services can be found at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ResponsibleRestartOhio.
Magna developed a Smart Start-Up Interactive Playbook for getting back to work in the “new normal” as their business recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides a framework for restarting their office locations and facilities with a consistent response and strategy throughout the company while protecting employees and making sure everyone stays safe, healthy and confident about returning to work. Magna operates many factories in China and has reopened them successfully. The attached playbook was developed using their experience in reopening these Chinese facilities. Magna has shared this with the auto industry.
ODH recommends to businesses are not able to purchase or find thermometers at this time:
If it is not feasible to take employees’ temperatures at work, employers should require that employees take their temperature before arriving to work. Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 degrees or higher should self-quarantines with members of their household.
This guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of
mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist
employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to comply with safety and health standards and regulations promulgated by OSHA or by a state with an OSHA-approved state plan. In addition, the Act’s General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1), requires employers to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm. Material contained in this publication is in the public domain and may be reproduced, fully or partially, without permission. Source credit is requested but not required.
A cross-disciplinary team of Bricker attorneys is regularly monitoring COVID-19 news and guidance to help our clients assess the potential impacts on their operations.
8. Business Disaster Loan Information
Businesses can now file an application for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.
Once Ohio is declared a state of emergency by the federal gov’t, small business owners can apply for the attached economic disaster loan directly. This loan is for the payment of bills and payroll, not loss of income. The loan process will take up to three weeks. This is a low-interest loan, not a grant.
Please refer to Lisa Becher with questions about the SBA program.
Lisa Becher, Small Business Development Center Consultant
9. Impacted Employee Support/Unemployment
Your employees may be affected by the temporary restrictions put in place. The Governor’s office also announced several initiatives to help:
- They are broadening current state policy to clarify that individuals that are quarantined by a health professional or by their employer are considered to be unemployed and will not be subject to requirements to actively seek work during the period of emergency.
- This also applies to companies that determine it is necessary to temporarily shut down operations due to the current emergency.
To expedite the payments to impacted Ohioans, the waiting week has been waived so that workers eligible for unemployment benefits will receive them for the first week of unemployment.
✅ Enhanced unemployment aid – Apply online here – unemployment.ohio.gov
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
10. Unemployment & Businesses
The Governor announced some relief efforts for businesses regarding unemployment:
- Because they do not want to penalize individual employers for the impact of this outbreak by increasing future taxes, the costs of these additional benefits will be mutualized.
- ODJFS will also waive employer penalties for late reporting and payments for the next quarter to assist employers impacted by lack of staff availability.
✅Upskilling your workforce virtually – TechCred.ohio.gov
Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation
✅ Helping employers avoid laying off workers through SharedWork – http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/SharedWorkOhio/
11. Small Business Support
Ohio Development Services Agency is helping to take the lead and they have asked that any small business owners who have been affected please send your contact information to the following email address: BusinessHelp@Development.Ohio.Gov and they will follow up with you.
12. Bar/Restaurant Owner Information