COVID-19

Coronavirus Resources

CARES Act

Sherman & Howard’s employment law group prepared a summary of key employment provisions found in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” – the “CARES Act”. As you’ll see, the CARES Act provides increased unemployment benefits, including allocating funds for a variety of programs providing new or enhanced unemployment benefits. Click HERE to view the summary.

CARES Act: Key Provisions Regarding SBA Disaster Relief (We thank Sherman & Howard for this information)

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) H.R. 748


Business Practices

The Department of Labor and the Department of Treasury recently issued three pieces of guidance extending certain deadlines as a result of the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. These guidelines impact employee benefit plans, and employers and plan sponsors will need to take responsive steps.

In an advisory accessed HERE, the Sherman & Howard Employee Benefits group summarizes how these guidelines impact employee benefit plans.

Sherman & Howard’s Data Security & Privacy Group prepared the article by link, Business Response to a Confirmed COVID-19 Case: Ensuring Privacy Protection. As government officials expect confirmed cases of COVID-19 to increase in the coming weeks, businesses may have positive tests among their employees or those who regularly interact with their employees. This requires employers and businesses to strike the appropriate balance between alerting employees, customers, and other interested parties to potential exposure to the virus while also protecting the privacy of the person who is infected. This advisory provides a summary of the steps businesses should take upon learning of a confirmed case that may have exposed employees and/or stakeholders. found HERE.

Sherman & Howard’s insurance recovery group developed a short piece titled Business Interruption Coverage for Coronavirus Losses.  Many companies are now looking to their business interruption and contingent business interruption policies to recover some of the losses due to COVID-19.  This recorded twelve minute webinar addresses key coverage issues and what insureds can do to best manage their business interruption losses. Click HERE to view the webinar.

Please see this document for the takeaways that Jon Tandler, Sherman & Howard, view to be most germane to small businesses and non-profit organizations at this time.

Paid Sick Leave, Expanded Family and Medical Leave under Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Government Relief Programs for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

Returning to Work Amid COVID-19 Regulations and Considerations for Employers (webinar) 

National Small Business Town Hall from Inc. & U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Small Business Resources

Knk Software offers these best practices and tips for working in virtual teams at home:

New to working from Home?

knk Software is giving a series of webinars related to using technology remotely, and the associated best practices/processes. For the latest details on the webinars please click here.



Data and Privacy 

Sherman & Howard’s Data Security & Privacy Group prepared the article by link, Best Security and Privacy Practices for Remote Work Environments.  As a result of COVID-19 and stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, many employers have recently moved to 100 percent remote work environments. This transition creates challenges to protecting a company against a security breach or loss of client or company data. As a result, additional security measures are recommended to enhance data security. This advisory outlines important areas for businesses to consider in devising policies, procedures, and employee training programs found HERE.


Loan Assistance

Please see this document of additional information with FAQ’s for those  seeking loan assistance under the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). (We thank Sherman & Howard for this information)

How to Spend Your Paycheck Protection Program Loan

(We thank The American Booksellers Association for the above information)

PPP Round 2: The Next $320 Billion


Supply Chain

 

Edelweiss is offering savings for members. Please use PUBWEST150 for the code. The code can save $150. 

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