- Reopen NY – Implementing CDC guidelines (posted May 20, 2021)
- Rockland Forward– Policies, practices, and processes for welcoming employees and visitors back into County facilities
- NY Forward – Reopening guidelines and micro-cluster strategy
- CDC’s Resuming Business Toolkit
- Empire State Development: COVID-19 Business Resources
- Rockland Small Business Development Center
- NYSDOL’s Frequently Asked Questions for Employers
- NY Forward Safety Plan Template
- CDC released additional industry and community specific guidance on mitigation activities and actions.
- Save Small Businesses – An initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Guidance for Determining whether a business enterprise is subject to workforce reduction under recent executive orders.
- Request for designation as an essential business for the purposes of Executive Order 202.6
- Guidance for self-employed individuals claiming unemployment insurance
- COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act FAQs
- ESD’s Coronavirus FAQ for Businesses
- COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave guidance
- Guidance for Businesses on executive order 202.6
- SBA COVID-19 Relief Options
- COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Business FAQs
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance FAQ
- COVID-19 Employment Law Resource Center by Greenwald-Doherty Counsel for Employers
- United Way of Rockland County Business Resources: COVID-19 Resource Page
- USDOL revised enforcement policies that require businesses to keep records of any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 and is work related.
- NYATEP COVID-19 Resource Page
|OSHA COVID-19 website here you will find:
SBA updated information for business
There are some excellent financial resources available to assist small business partners during the this trying time. Businesses should apply for all benefits-because they can turn down funds if the discover that the program does not suit their needs. Funding is available under the Cares Act. This will assist owners of multiple businesses to apply for loans for each business separately. Loans covers- past due expenses- not a loss of sales and 75% of the funds must be used for payroll.
From Congresswoman Nita Lowey: Supporting Small Business Community with Disaster Loan Assistance: As of March 18, SBA has made a disaster declaration for the state of New Jersey, and has named both Rockland County and Westchester County as contiguous counties eligible for disaster loan assistance. The Disaster # to reference in your application is NJ-00057.
|Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
If your business is forced to close, you should provide required notices as soon as possible and identify the circumstances that required the closure. The 90 day notice requirement has been waived due to COVID-19
Private sector employers in New York State that employ more than 50 employees must file a WARN notice when:
Notice must be sent to:
|Shared Work Program
Consider the Shared Work program as you manage business cycles and seasonal adjustments. Shared Work lets you keep trained staff and avoid layoffs. Employees can receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits while working reduced hours. Full-time, part-time and seasonal employees are eligible. For more information call 518-549-0496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligible business will have:
Businesses cannot hire additional employees for the work group covered by the plan. If there is a collective bargaining agreement in effect, the collective bargaining agent must agree to take part in the Shared Work plan.
|The FFCRA Employee Notice Requirements are now in effect, meaning your business must either post the informational poster at your work place, or digitally send the poster to your employees if they are not on site. The poster can be found HERE.|