We've provided a list of resources and links to support our members through the pandemic. Click on an area below to view all resources available.
The COVID-19 Human Resources page provides updates, guidelines and resources for your business and employees.
Returning to the Workplace after the Great Coronavirus Shutdown
As we embark on this journey of re-opening business and calling our employees back to work, we realize that we're going to have to do some things differently, certainly for the short-haul, perhaps for the long run.
It has been six weeks since business owners nationwide faced major employment decisions due to COVID-19. Now, it appears that we are on the downfield side of the virus and most states, but not all, are beginning to open up for business, on some kind of a graduated basis.
Click here for some thoughts provided by Seay Management Consultants about bringing employees back to work after the Great Coronavirus Shutdown.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued the first round of regulations and guidance implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
- Further information provided by Seay Management Consultants on these regulations is available here.
See the attached summary of the benefits and employer responsibilities provided by Scott Kamins of Offit Kurman.
The act requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide two weeks' worth of paid sick leave if employees are unable to work because they're subject to quarantine or isolation, are experiencing symptoms of COVID–19, are caring for someone who is in quarantine or isolation and/or have children in schools that have closed.
- Employers themselves will receive tax credits to offset the costs of providing this paid leave.
- Under the legislation, an employer cannot require employees to find a replacement worker for themselves or require them to use other paid time off.
- The legislation also gives up to three months of paid family and medical leave, equivalent to no less than two-thirds of the person's pay.
FFCRA Exemption for Small Employers
Employers have spent the past few weeks seeking clarification in many areas specific to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the paid sick leave and expanded FMLA it provides.
If you have a small business (under 50 employees), you may have questions, specifically surrounding whether or not you too are covered under FFCRA.
Click here for further information provided by Seay Management Consultants on these regulations.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act Poster
If adjusting your workforce is required due to the COVID-19 virus, below is a quicker way for your impacted employees to get benefits. Some states do have a provision to allow the employer to file a notification of mass claims to get the impacted employees into the unemployment system and receive their benefits quicker. Please review the provisions for each state as some states still require action on the part of impacted employees.
Click on your state below to review provisions:
- South Carolina
Four state agencies have a provision for allowing benefits to those whose hours have been reduced. A partially unemployed person is one who, during a calendar week, was employed by a regular employer and had earnings that were less than their weekly benefit amount and who worked less than his normal customary full-time hours because of a lack of full-time work.
The COVID-19 Financial and Tax Assistance page provides updates on financial/tax guidelines and updates for your business.
CSCNetwork is committed to keeping our Members abreast of the changes as quickly as possible. Please see the resources below.
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources with detailed information on funding options for your small business.
- America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) produced Small Business Resiliency materials to help you plan for unexpected disruptions.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce created a Coronavirus Small Business Guide, which is updated daily.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Click below to see if you qualify.