COVID-19 Resource Center
DOL releases additional information on small business FFCRA exemption - Updated 4/2/20
Early guidance states exemption applies to leave requirements related only to school and day care closings
Within the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which takes affect today, there is an exemption option for employers with fewer than 50 employees whose business viability would be impacted due to the FFCRA employer requirements.
In DOL guidance (Q58 & Q59) released this past weekend, the exemption would relieve qualified small businesses from providing emergency paid sick leave and paid expanded family and medical leave for reasons only related to school closings and child care unavailability. All employers, even those with fewer than 50 employees, are still required to provide up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for employees under the new Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act when an employee is unable to work or telework and meet one of the criteria listed here
Click here to view entire document
Department of Labor(DOL)/Health and Human Services (HHS) publication
|CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ARTICLES|
GovPredict built a map showing every state’s response to the coronavirus / COVID-19. It’s a free resource as a public service.
For those wanting to help, here are 7 ways you can make a difference
- Donate PPE Supplies. SWR Institute is urging all our member companies who have extra PPE supplies (N95 masks, gloves, safety glasses, Tyvek suits) to please donate to local hospitals right away!! Many hospitals are days away from completely running out of PPE supplies for front-line medical personnel. We cannot let this happen, so we urge our members with a surplus of PPE to donate it to your local hospital. Your company’s donation could really make a difference!
- Listen to Craig Allender's plea to our SWR Institute family to work together and donate any extra unused PPE you may have to your local hospitals.
- Click here to see a list of Donation Centers.
- McGill Restoration, Inc. PPE Emergency Relief Fund: McGill Restoration, Inc. will be placing an order for masks to donate to Hospital Systems in New York, Cleveland, Nebraska, Chicago and Detroit and other hospital systems in need across the country. They need your help to reach their goal of 1,000,000 masks donated. McGill Restoration, Inc. has secured manufacturing capacity with a Chinese EO member company and have arranged DSV Global Support and Logistics to air freight masks from Shanghai to Cleveland AT COST. Click here for more details. Make a difference and Donate Today!
- Can you or someone you know sew? National retailer JOANN Fabrics and Craft Stores released a video tutorial on how to make face masks. The retailer encourages people to drop off them at store locations, where they will be donated to local hospitals. Some JOANN’S are providing free mask making kits, call your local JOANN’S near you
- Contact Your Representatives. Click here to learn how
- Donate Blood. Supplies are critically low, and blood products are still needed. It is safe, easy and takes relatively no time. Plus, you get free snacks!
- Offer a helping hand. Consider delivering food or calling a neighbor isolated by COVID-19. Check sites like NextDoor to join a volunteer group in your area.
- Donate to the COVID-19 General Relief Fund.
- Spread the word. Share fundraisers with your network to bring awareness to causes that matter to you. You can see hundreds of COVID-19 related fundraisers at GoFundMe centralized hub.
- 4/2/2020 - FTA announces aid funding availability, and outlines allocation
- 3/30/2020 - Pelosi: Fourth stimulus bill in early statges. Will focus on recovery, infrastructure.
- 3/29/20 - President Trump extends social distancing guidelines through April.
- 3/27/2020 - House passes historic stimulus package. Getting cash for your small business through the CARES ACT SUMMARY
- 3/26/2020 - Senate package passes vote unanimously.
- 3/25/2020 - Deal struck for COVID-19 aid package.
- 3/24/2020 - Fed moves to boost market liquidity, pledges unlmited purchases of U.S. governmental bonds.
- 3/23/2020 - Fed moves to boost economy with emergency efforts.
- 3/23/2020 - House Dems to introduce aid package bill on Monday.
- 3/20/2020 - Tax day moved to July 15.
- 3/20/2020 - New travel restrictions for southern border expected.
- 3/19/2020 - Lawmakers, Treasury continue to work on relief packages.
- 3/18/2020 - US & Canada working on non-essential travel restrictions.
- 3/17/2020 - Congress working furiously to pass enormous aid package.
- 3/16/2020 - Senate waits on final draft of coronavirus bill from the House.
- 3/14/2020 - House passes coronavirus bill after the President's approval.
- 3/13/2020 - President Trump declares COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency.
- 3/6/2020 - President Trump signed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (H.R. 6074), a $8.3 billion supplemental spending package. The bill designates $1.05 billion for grants to state and local governments and allows funds to be used to reimburse state and local costs already incurred.
- 3/5/2020 - CMS announced the development of a new code that can be used by health care providers and laboratories to bill for certain COVID-19 diagnostic tests to help increase testing and track new cases.
- 3/4/2020 - CDC announces initial funding to jurisdictions to supporting COVID-19 response.
- 3/4/2020 - House of Representatives approves a $8.3 billion emergency supplemental package for the coronavirus, sending it to the Senate for consideration.
- 3/4/2020 - CDC updated its guidance for evaluation of Persons Under Investigation to include a wider group of individuals in an effort to make testing more widely available.
- 3/4/2020 - CMS announces actions to address the coronavirus, including an enhanced focus on infection control procedures and guidance for nursing homes.
- 3/2/2020 - CDC and FDA announced they are taking emergency action to allow more types of respirators to be used in health care settings amid several outbreaks of coronavirus in multiple states.
- 2/29/2020 – President Donald Trump issued a proclamation suspending entry of foreign nationals who have been in Iran within the past 14 days.
- 2/29/2020 - FDA issued a new policy for certain laboratories seeking to develop diagnostic tests for coronavirus in order to achieve more rapid testing capacity in the U.S.
- 2/28/2020 - CDC updated its guidance on testing and evaluation of suspected cases, expanding the criteria for who should be tested.