(Updated 3/30/2020 2:44 pm) – This page will be updated with new and relevant resources as they become available. If you have information you’d like to share with the Dayton Region’s business community regarding Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19), please email us.
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DIRECTOR’S STAY AT HOME ORDER:
SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS
SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS
Please feel free to share the attached SBA handouts as well as the below links to disaster assistance:
The SBA will continue to support small businesses through this difficult time, and are urged to visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus and follow @SBA_Columbus on Twitter or sign up for their newsletter for more updates.
Ohio utility companies are providing relief for business and residential ratepayers during the COVID-19 pandemic by developing payment options and ceasing disconnections for overdue customers. Although all Ohio utilities have ceased suspensions, some of them were unable to stop the disconnection notices. The utilities will not follow through with those disconnections.
If you have any questions or concerns about your utility connections, please contact your utility provider, or visit the PUCO website.
FEDERAL TAX RELIEF
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the deadline for filing 2019 federal tax returns will be postponed 3 months to July 15, 2020. The due date for estimated federal tax for 2020 has also been postponed from April 15, 2020 until July 15, 2020 as described in section III of the IRS publication. Read more.
DISASTER PAYMENTS TO EMPLOYEES
Employers Can Immediately Provide Tax-free Qualified Disaster Payments to Employees in Connection with COVID-19. Read more from chamber member Brixey & Meyer.
SHAREDWORK OHIO – ALTERNATIVE TO LAYOFFS FOR EMPLOYERS
Allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain their staff during times of reduced business activity. Under a SharedWork Ohio plan, employers reduce hours to avert a layoff. The participating employee works the reduced hours, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours. Read more.
OHIO TECHCRED PROGRAM
Please encourage employees to be trained during this downtime. The TechCred program will reimburse employers up to $2,000 per credential (cap of $30,000 per company). Trainings/credentials can be taken right away but the application needs to be completed before March 31. Learn more.
The Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center is asking for your help securing supplies for the response to COVID-19. We are asking local businesses to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) critical to protect frontline workers. Read the letter from Montgomery County Emergency Operations to learn how you can help.
The link above contains a brief outline of how to prepare before and respond during a pandemic by Ready.gov, official website of the Department of Homeland Security.
Webinar about the impact of Coronavirus on the private sector and how companies should consider their response, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Jan 27, 2020)
With Coronavirus dominating the news, now is a good time to communicate with your employees. CDC recommended guidance for employers, including advice for developing a response plan and steps that all employers can implement now. Based on what is currently known about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Feb 2020)
This page offers current travel warning, alert and watches, as well as destinations with risk of community spread.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this pandemic influenza planning guidance based upon traditional infection control and industrial hygiene practices.
An overview of information for workers and employers about the evolving Coronavirus outbreak. Includes links to OSHA standards, control and prevention, by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
A resource page by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, including links to Resilience in a Box and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Quick Guides.
Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed the following checklist for large businesses. It identifies important, specific activities large businesses can do now to prepare, many of which will also help you in other emergencies.
The United States Government has created the following guide to help U.S. businesses with overseas operations prepare and implement pandemic business continuity. This is a list of suggestions and can serve as a starting point for developing a comprehensive plan. The checklist highlights actions applicable to businesses of all sizes, although each item does not necessarily apply to every overseas business.
This technical assistance document provides information about Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and pandemic planning in the workplace. It identifies established ADA principles that are relevant to questions frequently asked about workplace pandemic planning such as:
Courtesy of a member company, this is a suggested macro-checklist for multinational employers to help you prepare.
Courtesy of a member company, this is a sample of pandemic threat condition levels that could be implemented at your business.
Courtesy of a member company, questions to ask during an outbreak, questions to ask once an outbreak becomes a pandemic, and which actions your crisis management team should perform regularly afterward to stay prepared.