This evolving health crisis has led to unprecedented and uncertain times for both employers and employees, with new laws and updates every day. The Converge team is working hard to provide timely information, resources and tools to help guide employers on compliance and best practices through this uncharted territory. We have provided the below list of important things employers should keep in mind when adjusting to this crisis. Please check back often for updates, as well as reach out to us with any questions you may have firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to support all businesses through this ambiguous time.
What you need to know about COVID-19
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice. Employers are required to post this notice in their offices as soon as possible, in “conspicuous places on the premises, of the employer, where notices to employee are commonly posted.” Employers who implemented Work From Home should send the notice via direct mail, email and/or post it on an internal (or external) website. The poster outlines: Paid Leave Entitlements, Eligible Employees, Qualifying Reasons for Leave Related to Covid-19, and Enforcement.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Work From Home Resources
Furlough’s, Lay-offs, and Reductions-in-Force
Resources for Employers
For PA employers: for information on Pennsylvania mandated business closures, submitting a wavier to be considered a life-sustaining-business, or to apply for a loan through the Small Business Administration (SBA), visit this website: www.pasenategop.com/business-closures
On Wednesday, March 25, Governor Tom Wolf announced that new funding is available to help small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority's (PIDA) Small Business First Fund, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA). The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) recently authorized the transfer of $40 million to the Small Business First Fund for CWCA. PIDA authorized making $60 million available to provide loans of $100,000 or less to for-profit businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees.
New Jersey Employers
For Information on COVID-19 and its impact on businesses, please visit the State of New jersey business portal at https://cv.business.nj.gov
Although a bill has not yet been passed on small business loans, we believe it will happen soon and we want you to be prepared. The bill is contemplating an approval to allow businesses with less than 500 employees to access funding for payroll, for a period of two and a half months. Employers will be asked to keep their employees on their payroll or follow guidance set forth in the Family Medical and Leave Act. The loan will be forgiven and will not need to be repaid as long as the conditions are met. To apply for a loan with the Small Business Administration. Loan Application approval.
For more information regarding the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program visit
Resources for Employees
The US Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidance on Unemployment Compensation for workers affected by temporary closures, companies going out of business, split shifts, or decrease in work hours due to COVID-19. Many states, in coordination with the US DOL, are taking a series of actions to assist workers and employers with this.
The US DOL is instructing state agencies to apply existing unemployment law flexibly related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). You can find more information and links to your specific state unemployment website here: www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20200312-0
For employers in the state of PA, information is available here.
Here are instructions on filing for unemployment through PA:
For specific questions about certain parts of the application, we would suggest using their chat feature. UC call centers are experiencing extremely high call volumes, so claimants are encouraged to get help by email at email@example.com, or via UC LiveChat. Their customer support would be able to walk you through anything.
More details about benefits for affected employees are available here.
Re-opening/Returning to Work