COVID-19 Resources for Employers

COVID-19 Resources for Employers

COVID-19 Resources for Employers

Help for employers and businesses during the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak.

Unemployment Insurance

It’s likely that your employees have expanded access to unemployment insurance benefits due to COVID-19. In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the federal government is allowing new options for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits. For example, federal law now allows states to pay benefits where:

  • An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work;
  • An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and
  • An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member.

In addition, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19.

Visit the Unemployment Benefits Finder to learn about your state’s Unemployment Insurance program and any changes they have made in response to COVID-19.

Disaster Loan Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is working with many states to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Visit Disaster Loan Assistance to see if your state is eligible and to apply or learn more.

Local SBA Assistance

The SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses, and can offer guidance during the COVID-19 outbreak. Search for local SBA assistance near you.

Wages and leave policies

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division provides Guidance for COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies regarding wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Workplace and employee health and safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers Guidance for Businesses and Employers to help plan, prepare, and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 with information on safe work practices and more.