COVID-19 Business Resources
To meet the increased need for information regarding resources and local efforts on the current Coronavirus (know as COVID-19), we have added this page to our site which will include links to information from local governments, agencies, and other entities related to COVID-19. We will continue to update this page with reliable and accurate information as this situation continues.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R.6201)
Phase 2 Updates
This week, the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) released updated information and resources for businesses and employees concerning the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Phase 2 of the federal legislation passed last week (click here for the SC Chamber’s summary of that bill).
The new information includes fact sheets for employees and employers and a poster which clearly explains the rights of employees under the new legislation:
- Fact Sheet for Employees
- Fact Sheets for Employers
- FFCRA Q&A
- Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under the FFCRA
For more information, you can visit the USDOL Wage and Hour Division’s COVID-19 webpage
Phase 3 Updates
The SC Chamber summarized HR 748, Phase 3 of the federal response to COVID-19 on Thursday. The US Senate passed the bill with no amendments, so their summary remains up-to-date at this time.
Here are some key highlights of the bill:
- $350 billion for forgivable small business loans.
- Expansion of unemployment benefit coverage and amount
- $500 billion for corporate aid
- $1,200 checks for certain single filers and $2,400 for certain joint filers
- $340 billion for healthcare-related programs
- $150 billion for state and local governments
The US House expects to pass the legislation on Friday 3/27, with the President signing shortly after that.
SCDEW Employer Resource Hub
The SCDEW is encouraging impacted employers to file on behalf of their employees to streamline the process for filing unemployment claims. Employer Filed Claims are more convenient and eliminate the step of an employer having to verify a worker’s claim. An Employer Filed Claim is a way in which workers who have been laid off or whose hours have been reduced, but are still “job attached” to the employer, can potentially receive Unemployment Insurance benefits to provide monetary support. Click here to visit the SCDEW's Employer Resource Hub.
The City of Simpsonville has provided this webpage is a resource for information and updates about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID - 2019) as it pertains to the City of Simpsonville. Click here to visit the City's page.
Greenville County is working internally and with many public and private organizations to assure that in case of extreme emergency that essential County government services would continue.
County leaders and Greenville County Emergency Management have already met, discussed, and updated the existing Continuity of Operations Plan. This detailed document has contingency plans that ensure performance, protect human and natural resources, identify line of succession, and much more. Procedures and policies have been in place for decades but are consistently being modernized, modified and improved to effectively deal with unique situations.
Guidelines for Workplace Safety & Protection
Measures for protecting workers from exposure to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 depend on the type of work being performed and exposure risk, including potential for interaction with infectious people and contamination of the work environment. OSHA has created standards and directives (instructions for compliance officers) and other related information that may apply to worker exposure to novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Click here to learn more on the OSHA website.
Guidelines for General Health & Disease Control
The CDC has extensive information on protecting yourself from disease, what to do if you think you are sick, resources for the community, and resources for businesses and employers. Click here to view the full resource page.
State Tax Relief & Temporary Regulation Suspension
As South Carolina responds to the COVID-19 virus, the Department of Revenue remains ready to assist taxpayers. Their website includes information on delayed income tax deadlines, temporary allowances for curbside/drive-thru off-premise beer and wine sales, and more. Click here to visit their site.
Identifying Critical Workforce
Functioning critical infrastructure is imperative during the response to the COVID-19 emergency for both public health and safety as well as community well-being, but it can be difficult to determine who is and who isn't included in this workforce category.
This guidance and accompanying list from CISA are intended to support State, Local, and industry partners in identifying the critical infrastructure sectors and the essential workers needed to maintain the services and functions Americans depend on daily.
Small Business Loan Resources
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to apply.
Business Communications Toolkit
The U.S. Chamber has compiled a toolkit with sharable graphics based on the CDC’s latest guidance for businesses and employees. Businesses are encouraged to share these assets on social media, websites, and other channels, and send them to colleagues and employees. The toolkit includes key messages and example posts, downloadable graphics for social media, policy trackers, and more. Explore the toolkit here.