Coronavirus

Additional Resources:

      • PHONE: For questions you have about COVID-19, please call
        1 (833) 4-ASK-ODH from the hours of 9 am -8 pm or use the local Hancock County Resource Call Center by calling 419-425-9999 from the hours of 9 am – 8 pm Monday through Friday.
      • SOCIAL MEDIA: @GovMikeDeWine, @LtGovHusted and @OHDeptofHealth
      • DAILY UPDATES: Governor DeWine is holding daily press briefings at 2:00 p.m. to
        deliver the most recent updates as well as give updated guidance
        for the state’s response. These press events are carried live at
        www.OhioChannel.org.

Educational Resources

Chamber YouTube Video Library

Webinar Replay: Bugbee & Conkle: What Employers Need to Know About Coronavirus

Webinar Replay: RCO Law: Top Questions Employers Have About Coronavirus Handout

Governor DeWine’s Re-Open Plan

Governor DeWine has announced the beginning of the State’s plan to re-open businesses throughout Ohio. Please use the guides below for each sector that list the various requirements and specifications for each business type.

Ohio’s Safe Business Practices for Getting Back to Work

May 1: Healthcare Opening
May 4: Manufacturing, Distribution, Construction, & General Offices Opening
May 12: Consumer, Retail, & Services Opening
May 15: Personal Services, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Cosmetic Therapy, Outside Dining at Bars & Restaurants
May 21: Inside Dining at Bars & Restaurants and Campgrounds
May 26: Gyms & Fitness Centers, Baseball/Softball & Batting Cages, Golf & Mini Golf, Tennis Courts, Skills Training, Bowling Alleys, and Pools Opening
May 29: Expiration of Stay Safe Ohio Order
May 31: Childcare Facility and Day Camp Opening
June 1: Catering & Banquet Halls

Local ReStart Resources

Employee & Small Business Support

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Ohio did apply with U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to qualify Ohio small businesses and non-profits for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. That request has been approved.

The loans can be used to pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills. Businesses who wish to apply for a disaster loan can do so at disaster.sba.gov/ELA.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Congress has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help them keep workers employed. In fact, if small businesses maintain or later restore their payrolls, they may not have to repay some — or possibly any — of the loan. Here’s a guide and checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help your small business through the process.

Impacted Employee Support

Your employees may be affected by the temporary restrictions put in place. The Governor’s office also announced several initiatives to help:

      • They are broadening current state policy to clarify that individuals that are quarantined by a health professional or by their employer are considered to be unemployed and will not be subject to requirements to actively seek work during the period of emergency.
      • This also applies to companies that determine it is necessary to temporarily shut down operations due to the current emergency.
      • Ohio currently has a 1-week waiting period before an individual can receive unemployment. In order to expedite the payments to impacted Ohioans, they are waiving the waiting week so that workers eligible for unemployment benefits will receive them for the first week of unemployment.

The Ohio Department of Job & Family Services also issued a FAQ page that you can use to share with affected employees if they need to access services.

Unemployment

Substantial but temporary changes have been made to Ohio’s Unemployment Comp System:

      • Allows for individuals ordered to self-quarantine by a medical professional or their employer to be eligible for unemployment compensation
      • Eliminates the one-week waiting period and work search requirements
      • Holds harmless an employer’s experience rating due to layoffs resulting from the coronavirus
      • Waives employer penalties for late reporting and payment of next quarter’s unemployment compensation contributions.

Lt. Governor Jon Husted has announced the development of a website specifically geared toward matching essential businesses with Ohioans who are able and willing to work as an essential employee during this crisis. Coronavirus.Ohio.gov/JobSearch

Ohioans who are unemployed as a result of COVID-19 but who don’t qualify for regular unemployment benefits can begin pre-registering for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a new federal program that covers many more categories of workers. To pre-register for PUA benefits, Ohioans should visit unemployment.ohio.gov and click on “Get Started Now.”

SharedWork Ohio Program

Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) Act

The U.S. Department of Labor has compliance assistance materials to help workers and employers understand their rights and responsibilities under the provisions of WARN. The employer guide provides a brief overview of the WARN Act provisions and answers to frequently asked questions about employer responsibilities and requirements. View the guide.

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) has the SharedWork Ohio Program, a voluntary layoff aversion program. It allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity.

Ohio employers may apply if they meet the following criteria:

      • Have at least two affected employees that do not work on a seasonal, temporary or intermittent basis
      • Are current on all Ohio unemployment insurance reporting, contributions, reimbursements, interest and penalties due
      • Agree to the program requirements

More information on SharedWork Ohio, including employer FAQ, can be found on their website.

Bar/Restaurant Owner Support

Jobs Ohio and the Ohio Department of Commerce will offer a one-time rebate to bars and restaurants to defray the cost of restocking high-proof spirituous liquor. For more information visit: visit Wholesale.OHLQ.com.

Workers’ Compensation

Blog Post: Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Payroll Reporting Guidelines

The Ohio BWC is waiving several requirements for employers participating in programs that lower their premiums as a reward for creating safer workplaces and doing BWC business online and on time.

BWC is waiving all safety education and training requirements for this policy year — July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, for private employers; calendar year 2019 for public employers — for participants in the following programs:

      •  Drug Free Safety Program.
      •  EM Cap Program.
      •  Grow Ohio.
      •  Industry Specific Safety Program.
      •  One Claim Program.
      •  Policy Activity Rebate Program.

Discounts offered through these programs will be applied automatically. Additionally, the annual report deadline submission for Drug Free Safety Program participants has been extended to June 1, 2020.

Additionally, unpaid insurance premium installment amounts due for March, April, and May for the current policy year can be deferred until June 1, 2020.  BWC will consider the issue further as we approach June 1, 2020.

BWC will not refund amounts to employers who have already paid some or all of their premiums that were scheduled to be paid during those months. Employers that wish to submit payments for March, April, and May are free to do

For more on COVID-19 as it relates to BWC, visit this Frequently Asked Questions page. For the latest on COVID-19, visit the Ohio Department of Health website coronavirus.ohio.gov, or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Tax Payment Deadline Extension

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the Treasury Department has pushed back both the April 15, 2020 tax filing and payment deadlines by 90 days to give businesses and individuals additional time, potentially lessening cash-flow issues that many are facing. Full tax payment relief details can be found on the IRS info page.

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