Coronavirus: Small Business Assistance Information

In this time of emergency, the U.S. Federal government has passed bills making additional funds available for Non-Traditional Workers, Paid Sick Leave, Unemployment Insurance, Tax Rebates, and Assistance and Exemptions for Small Businesses; below you will find information on some of this additional funding.

  • For a Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA)/HR 6201 Employer obligations Explainer: click HERE
    • Exemptions information is on page 3 in the above link: “Secretary of Labor has authority to issue regulations to exempt small businesses with fewer than 50 employees if the above requirements would jeopardize the going concern of the business”
  • My small business can’t afford to pay sick leave: click HERE
  • Are the paid leave mandates optional for small businesses? Click HERE
  • NEW Information for unemployment filings, mandatory filing by employers for partial claims, and reemployment services: click HERE
  • Do you need business support? Reach out to the Gwinnett Chamber by clicking HERE 
    • If you have questions regarding whether your business constitutes critical infrastructure, click HERE
    • For additional information about whether your business should stay open, or is critical infrastructure, click HERE
  • Frequently Asked Questions from Individuals to the GA Dept of Labor regarding COVID-19, click HERE
  • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, allocates $349 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the current circumstances they are encountering. The CARES Act provides funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, modifies the existing Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, and provides immediate loan payment relief for businesses with current SBA guaranteed loans.
    • Click HERE for key points from the GOP Ways and Means Committee.
    • Click HERE for a guide to the CARES Act
    • Click HERE for an overview of the key components of and eligibility requirements of these programs:
    • Paycheck Protection Program: “The bill creates a “paycheck protection program” for small employers, self-employed individuals, and “gig economy” workers, with $350 billion to help prevent workers from losing their jobs and small businesses from going under due to economic losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. the “Paycheck Protection Program” would provide 8 weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to small employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If the employer maintains its payroll, the portion of the loans used to cover payroll costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent, and utilities would be forgiven, which would help workers to remain employed and affected small businesses and our economy to recover quickly from this crisis. This proposal would be retroactive to February 15, 2020, to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls.” Click HERE for more information.
    • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL); to apply click HERE

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