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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Links to resources that the state and city have made available.
New York State
- New Paid Leave for COVID-19
- New York State Department of Health
- 5 Steps to Prepare for COVID-19
- Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance for Public and Private Facilities
- Interim Guidance for Procedures When Identifying an Employee with Concerns for COVID-19 Exposures
- Protect yourself from COVID-19 and stop the spread of germs: English, Spanish, Bengali, Chinese, Haitian, Korean, Russian
- Department of Labor
- Unemployment Insurance (seven-day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to COVID-19 closures or quarantines)
- New York State Unemployment Insurance – CARESAct Enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) and NYS Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Flow Chart
- NYS Unemployment Insurance – CARESAct Answers to FAQ’s
- Office of the Attorney General
- New York City Health Dept Info
Links to resources that the federal government have made available.
Keep up to date on CDC guidance for specific industries, latest updates, and resources on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) main page.
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.
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.
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.