BREAKING AS OF 4/2/2020: STATE OF OHIO STAY AT HOME ORDER
ODH Stay at Home Order – Extended to May 1
Department of Homeland Security Guide to Essential Critical Infrastructure
Any entity with questions about their “essential” status should review the ODH Order, Homeland Security Guidelines, and the www.coronavirus.ohio.gov website Frequently Asked Questions section. If you are still unsure about your entity’s status please discuss the ODH Order with your legal counsel.
If an employee is concerned about unsafe working conditions at their place of work, speak to the supervisor or business owner to express concerns. If an employee doesn’t feel like the precautions in the order are being carried out or are uncomfortable speaking with their employer directly, contact the local health department or law enforcement.
Williams County Businesses: WEDCO is tracking a list of businesses decisions to remain open or close. If you deem your business as essential, please share a letter or email outlining the reasons why (again, refer to the ODH Order).
This information is valuable in responding to needs throughout Williams County, and understanding the current and future impact to our community. This a request, and not mandated by any entity.
Cell Phone: 419-356-7405
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.
The U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.
The Act will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation will enable employers to keep their workers on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus.
3. Ohio Manufacturers’ Association Webinar with Bricker & Eckler
Webinar: COVID-19 Legal Issues for Employers – click here to tune in
Bricker’s employment attorneys will review several key employment issues related to pandemic responses. There will be ample time for questions during this webinar.
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.
5. ODSA Economic Damage Assessment
The Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) asks all Ohio businesses to complete this Economic Damage Assessment Survey, designed to help determine economic impacts caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Your responses will help Ohio’s state government leaders as they develop response plans.
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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/
9. 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.
10. Bar/Restaurant Owner Support
Department of Commerce Press Release
The Lt. Governor announced a temporary buy-back of high proof liquor products purchased within the last 30 days. The goal of this is to ease cash flow for bar/restaurant owners. If you have questions call 1-877-812-0013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.