March 25, 2020
Many of you have reached out regarding the CARES Act and specifically, how the bill supports small business. Please remember, the US Small Business Administration defines a small business as any business employing less than 500 people. The link below will take you to an article written by the National Law Review that speaks directly to how this bill lends support, should it pass. Furthermore, Lt. Governor Husted will keep Ohio updated on the portion of the bill that includes possible for relief for 1099 workers. As any updates become available, I will pass those along.
Lt. Governor Husted continues to receive calls regarding what is and is not essential business. He asks that all employers read the Stay at Home order and then read item #18 to make sure you are in compliance. He notes that even when the Stay at Home order is lifted, the safe work environment guideline will last for an indefinite amount of time. Please reach out if you have any questions regarding the order and I will get answers to your questions.
Yesterday, a joint statement to all employers in Fayette County was sent to our members and published in the Record Herald. It is imperative that essential employers are compliant with the current regulations. If you have employees that can complete their job functions remotely, please allow them to do so (Item #18a of the Stay at Home order). Allow employees time to wash/sanitize hands, declutter breakrooms and areas where employees gather so as to allow a 6′ distance between all (Item #15 of the Stay at Home order). As our health professionals continue to state, this is real. This is here and we are responsible for stopping the virus in Fayette County.
REMINDER: For those in the 15th District, Congressman Steve Stivers is hosting a Small Business Conference Call. As you are aware, the call hosted last week by the White House was essentially ‘sold out’ and many of us were unable to log on. The call will take place Friday, March 27th at 2:30 PM. Please follow the link below to get registered. Representative Stivers states “As Congress considers ways to support small businesses through this pandemic, I want to hear what you need and what would be most helpful. We’ll also be discussing some of the options already available, including the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and other options that may benefit your business.” I would suggest registering as soon as possible, should you wish to participate.
Henry Ford said it best – “When everything seems to be going against you, remember the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” Enjoy the rest of your day.
Be well – stay well,