Coronavirus

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      • 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.
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      • 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

Small Business & Non-Profit 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.

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.

SharedWork Ohio Program

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

The Lt. Governor announced a temporary buy-back of high proof liquor products purchased within the last 30 days. The goal of this is to ease cash flow for bar/restaurant owners. Here is a release by the Department of Commerce that shares more. It should be returned to the Agency where it was purchased. If you have questions you may call 1-877-812-0013 or email ohioliquorinfo@com.ohio.gov

Workers’ Compensation

On March 21st, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced a BWC policy directive that will enable employers to defer workers’ compensation premium payments until June 1, 2020. More information about the policy change can be found here.

For answers to other important workers’ compensation questions, go to Ohio’s BWC Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions page here.

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.

Federal Response

Legislation was passed to support businesses and families affected by the disruption. Here is a great overview by the US Chamber which breaks down what is included.

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