As HR professionals we know you are at the forefront of navigating the new normal for organizations and businesses small and large across our region. We hope the following resources will be useful to you in this ever-changing environment. New York City SHRM will be updating this COVID-19 Resources Page as developments warrant.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an unprecedented challenge for employers. We’ve put together some links for NYC SHRM Members to help you manage:

COVID-19 and Reopening New York City

On May 14, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that nonessential businesses in each region will reopen in stages and Phase One of that reopening will begin on May 15, 2020. Eligibility for reopening will be determined by health metrics for each region. Additionally, essential businesses and business activities that are open will remain open.

Congress Passes Bill Easing Paycheck Protection Program Requirements; President Signs Into Law 

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle supported making changes to the PPP to address complaints from employers that the existing rules were unfeasible. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) in a 417-1 vote on May 28, and the Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent on June 3. The law gives employers more flexibility when using Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds and applying for loan forgiveness. Some key changes include an extension from the 8 week forgiveness period to a 24 week forgiveness period, a decrease in the minimum amount that must be spent on payroll from 75% to 60%, an increased loan maturity from two years to five years for new PPP loans and an extended deadline to rehire staff

 

New SHRM Affiliate Chapter Website: Navigating COVID-19 A Toolbox to Build a New World of Work

 Click on the above icon to quickly access the toolkit which is full of resources to navigate the new workplace.

New York State SHRM Council: COVID-19 Back-to-Work Checklist- a helpful tool with links for reference

SHRMReturntoWorkChecklist

CityMD’s COVID-19 Return-To-Work Clearance Exams are available at all 120 CityMD locations. 

To mitigate the risk of a recurring outbreak of COVID-19 infections as people return to work, CityMD is offering corporate return-to-work evaluation exams at all locations. This will allow you as the employer to select the testing option that works best for your company and receive medical clearance for your employees to safely return to work. Click on the CityMD logo to learn more about testing options. 

Medication (Rx) Assistance For The Uninsured

If you, a friend, or loved one is uninsured and has no access to affordable healthcare, CIGNA and Express Scripts have rolled out a program called Parachute RX during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a way to lower costs on certain generic medications and select brand name medications. Click on the Logo to learn more about this program.

Federal Resources

Links to resources that the federal government have made available.

DOL

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has created a resource page for workers and employers. The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division has a web page that explains how the Family and Medical Leave Act applies in cases of COVID-19 and other public health emergencies, and a web page that explains how the Fair Labor Standards Act applies in the same circumstances. Fact Sheet #70 provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding furloughs and other reductions in pay or hours worked.

EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has created a landing page entitled What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19, which provides links to resources and guidance.

HHS

In response to COVID-19, the Office of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a bulletin regarding HIPAA Privacy and COVID-19.

OSHA

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a COVID-19 website for workers and employers that addresses the disease and provides guidance and other resources for preventing exposure to and infection with the virus.

Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued guidance entitled SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus, explaining how the SBA is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Also see Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources.

Additional Covid-19 Resources from NYC SHRM's Friends and Partners

The Coronavirus pandemic has raised several legal questions and concerns. Getting sound legal advice and support at a time like this can go a long way in reducing your stress and protecting your rights. LegalShield lawyers have been working around the clock to provide 4.4 million people and businesses the guidance they need. We are committed to remaining open and available throughout the pandemic to provide legal support.

Coronavirus Legal Resource Center- individual/Families

Coronavirus Legal Resource Center- Businesses

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