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SHRM Coronavirus & COVID-19 Resources

SHRM Coronavirus & COVID-19 Resources include resources, latest government updates, policies, express requests, Q&A, forms and more.

Arkansas Division of Workforce Services (DWS) includes:

Effective 4/27/2020 and Expires on 12/31/2020  -  Emergency Rule 30 of the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services now requires employers to notify employees of the availability of unemployment compensation benefits to an employee upon separation from employment (Appendix A to Rule 30). You can read the Rule and the required notice here.

Small Business Assistance

Payroll Protection Act under the CARES Act provides small businesses the opportunity to borrow money for payroll (if funding is available). The Loan may be forgiven if the employer maintains their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payroll afterward. Contact your local banker for more information and for help on applying. Here are a variety of resources:

Legal Assistance

Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus blog includes required posters, checklists for notary public, webinars and more.

 Friday Eldredge & Clark Alerts include information about CARES Act, UI, SBA Loans, Retirement Plans, Litigation, Company operations, and more.

 Wright Lindsey Jennings COVID-19 Resources includes employment law, small business aid, state aid, contracts as well as specific industry guidance such as healthcare, hospitality, banking and more.

 Department of Labor (DOL) Coronavirus Resources includes: 

  • Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) with Fact Sheets, Q&A, FAQs, and Posters.
    • Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) – Provides paid leave related to COVID-19. (see poster for qualifying reasons)
    • Extended Family Medicine Leave Act (EFLMA) – Provides additional 10 weeks of partially paid expanded FMLA for employees caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed due to COVID-19.
    • Applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees and certain public sector employers.
    • Both include tax credits for employers.
  • Workplace Safety and OSHA

CDC Resources 

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention include Resources for Businesses & Employers, factsheets for industries, OSHA/HHS Guidance, and webinar.

State Resources

 Arkansas Governor website includes news and executive orders:

 Arkansas COVID-19 Update from Arkansas Department of Health includes the latest number of results.

 There are a number of posters 

Federal Resources 

US Department of Treasury details CARES Act which provides assistance to small business including the Payroll Protection Program (PPP)

US Chamber of Commerce website includes help for small businesses including the PPP, guide to employee retention tax credit, state by state essential workforce tracker, communication toolkit, blog and more.

Small Business Administration website includes information on Funding Options including Payroll Protection Program, Economic Relief, Bridge Loans and Debt relief.

Gallagher Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Resources include business continuity, compliance resources and cybersecurity information.

OSHA has information available including links to interim guidance and other resources for preventing exposures to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus—officially named SARS-CoV-2, which causes the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

 

 More Federal Law guidance:

If you would like to report an allegation of fraud involving unemployment insurance or other U.S. Department of Labor activities or programs, please contact the OIG Hotline at: https://www.oig.dol.gov/hotline.htm