Dutchess Business Notification Network Update for Monday, May 4, 2020

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Below are updates and resources for businesses, employers, and employees. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you believe would benefit from this information.

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Update for Monday, May 4, 2020:

  • The SBA has released a PPP Loan FAQ document. It can be found HERE. They also released a “Talking Points” document for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program for agricultural businesses. That can be found HERE.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor released new guidance regarding deadlines for a number of employee benefits, including COBRA. For more information, click HERE.
  • ​A new classification code has been created for employer’s worker compensation insurance. Employees reassigned to either not perform any work duties or perform clerical work duties at home due to New York’s stay-at-home order may now be classified under new classification code 8873, Telecommuter Reassigned Employee. The update can be found HERE.
  • In today’s (Monday) press conference, Governor Cuomo announced regions would not be allowed to begin Phase 1 reopening unless they have less than 15 new cases and 5 deaths on a three day rolling average.
  • Governor Cuomo reiterated that in Phase 1 of the reopening, construction, manufacturing, and select retail with curb-side pick-up will be allowed to start operations again. Phase 2 will allow professional services, retail, real estate, and finance to reopen. Phase 3 will allow restaurants and hotels to reopen. And Phase 4 will allow arts, recreation and education to reopen. These industries must still create a plan to ensure employee and customer safety based on CDC guidelines.

If you have any questions regarding the information in this notification or any other business related concerns and suggestions, please email Contact@DutchessBNN.com. Please do NOT contact elected officials regarding information in this email as they are currently inundated with handling the government response to this crisis. This network was created to help coordinate responses and share the burden, and we ask that you please contact us with any questions or concerns so our elected officials can focus on their task at hand. Thank you for your continued support through this time.

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