If you believe an employee has symptoms of COVID-19, our recommendation is that you send them home. If they have serious symptoms, they should call their health care provider. If they are not sick enough to seek health care, they should stay home until their symptoms are gone as follows: At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms and at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
The Seneca County General Health District, along with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health recommends employers do not require a health care provider’s note to validate the illness or return to work of employees sick with acute respiratory illness. Health care provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.
In addition, do not require employees with symptoms to be tested for coronavirus before returning to work. Current testing guidelines limit who is eligible for testing to the sickest and/or the most at risk of serious illness. An employee with mild symptoms may not need medical care and may not be suitable for testing. Additionally, testing employees who do not have symptoms is not effective, wastes time and valuable resources, and is not an approved use of test kits.
The U.S. Department of Treasury issued additional guidance Tuesday regarding the Paycheck Protection Program.
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
The Paycheck Protection Program will be available retroactive from February 15, 2020, so employers can rehire their recently laid-off employees, through June 30, 2020. Small businesses and sole proprietors may begin applying on April 3, 2020. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply beginning April 10, 2020.
Links to the resources provided by Treasury can be found below, or on their webpage. A top-line overview of the program can be found here. If you’re a lender, more information can be found here. If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here. The application for borrowers can be found here.
As the number of reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, employers are increasingly confronted with the possibility of an outbreak in the workplace.
Employers are obligated to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for their employees, but are also subject to a number of legal requirements protecting workers. For example, employers must comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act in their approach to dealing with
This Compliance Bulletin provides a summary of the compliance issues facing employers in this type of situation.
Update: Economic Injury Disaster Loan Response (EIDL)
If you have applied for the EIDL previously, you do not need to re-apply. The application number you were given is still good.
A response will come in the form of an e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org. There are some scams and computer viruses out there, please be careful. The Small Business Administration (SBA) will not send anything for you to download. The SBA is not giving any grants or vouchers.
The first step(s) will be an e-mail from email@example.com and the cash advance will show up in the account that you put on the application. These will quite possibly happen close together.
The second step will be another e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org which will invite you to create a portal and it will include your application number. You will need to create the portal to be able to upload the information for the loan. This will be a secure hyperlink. You need to watch for the second e-mail.
We were told by the SBA that they recommend using Internet Explorer or Edge when applying for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan. For help with applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan or check on the status: Call 800-659-2955 or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.