March 20, 2020
Good Friday afternoon.
I have tried not to repeat any information in these emails however, I feel this one is worth repeating. As stated yesterday, Ohio has been approved for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan. The link to the application is on our webpage under the heading “Disaster Loan Assistance.” Clicking that link will take you directly to the application website. In the 24 hours since I announced this program, I have fielded many calls with questions. Complete instructions can be found HERE. As always, I am available to help you navigate.
Earlier today I sent out an email regarding a last-minute Small Business conference call with the President of the United States. Unfortunately, by the time the call reservation link was distributed, the call lines were full. I have asked for transcripts and have been told they will be emailed to me soon. I will pass along that information as soon as it is received.
Today, we learned employers can defer their health insurance premium payments for up to 60 calendar days. Further details will be disseminated as they become available.
As of close of business Monday, March 23, 2020 the following agencies/businesses in the State of Ohio will be closed:
- All senior centers. Services will still be provided on a county by county basis.
- All senior day care centers.
Gov. Husted continues to remind us that the Tech Cred program is still available at this time. Please click THIS LINK for further information. If you find employees with ‘down-time’ during this crisis, this is a great way to upskill them and prepare them for better days ahead. Here is a quick synopsis of the program highlights:
- TechCred reimburses Ohio employers when they invest in their employees by sponsoring them to earn tech-focused credentials.
- Employers can apply for the current round of TechCred, which runs through March 31st.
- TechCred offers employers up to $2,000 in reimbursement for every technology-focused credential earned by an employee, up to $30,000 per employer per round.
- Credentials can be offered by a provider of the company’s choice and many of these trainings can be completed online.
I know each of you are doing your part, but I want to share a few best practices you may want to review and put in place, if you haven’t already:
- Dedicating employees to specifically clean all surfaces throughout each shift
- Taking temperatures of each employee at the beginning of each shift
- Removing waiting chair/break room seating that is too close together
- Staggering lunch and breaks to minimize the amount of people congregating in one area at one time.
- Immediately sending home any employee that shows any signs or symptoms
- Splitting shifts (if possible) to minimize the amount of people in the plant at one time
- No community gathering space (coffee cart/break room/etc.)
- No sharing equipment without disinfection
- Wash your hands – don’t touch your face
With all that said, employees need to sit, rest and eat. Using the best practice of the 6′ rule will help reduce the spread of the virus.
This weekend, I will be monitoring news and correspondence in regards to the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus. I will forward any information as it is received.
May you all have a restful, peaceful weekend with those you love.