COVID-19 Resources for Workers and Employers

COVID-19 Resources:

 Unemployment Related Resources

If you are seeking to file an unemployment claim, please file online using this link:
https://www.mass.gov/unemployment-insurance-ui-online

Job Postings

Virtual Services Available from MassHire Greater New Bedford Career Center:
MassHire Greater New Bedford Career Center will be providing virtual services via phone and email beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
https://masshiregreaternewbedford.com/masshire-greater-new-bedford-career-center-open-for-virtual-services/

UPDATE: Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance Announces Guidance On CARES Act Implementation:
The Department of Unemployment Assistance is moving swiftly to implement three new public benefit programs that will expand unemployment eligibility; temporarily increase weekly benefits for all claimants; and allow additional categories of people to claim unemployment benefits.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/update-massachusetts-department-of-unemployment-assistance-announces-guidance-on-cares

Information on Unemployment and Coronavirus (COVID-19):
The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) and the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA), in coordination with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), are taking a series of actions to assist workers and employers.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-covid-19-unemployment-information

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for Nontraditional Claimants Now Available:

The Baker-Polito Administration announced that a new website to accept applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is now live.

PUA provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits.

You should apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance retroactive to your first week of total or partial unemployment. Most regular UI claims are processed within 21-28 days after filing, and many are processed within the first week of filing.

PUA provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency.

Apply for PUA:
https://ui-cares-act.mass.gov/PUA/_/

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Guidebook:
https://www.mass.gov/doc/pandemic-unemployment-assistance-guidebook/download

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance List of Required Documents:
https://www.mass.gov/doc/pandemic-unemployment-assistance-list-of-required-documents/download

CARES Act Flow Chart:
https://www.mass.gov/doc/cares-act-unemployment-flowchart/download

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Overview of Resources:
https://files.constantcontact.com/7d936336001/bd3c4fa9-f0a0-4bc1-a76a-5d6257cf959c.pdf

Information about PUA in Spanish:
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/guia-de-asistencia-para-beneficios-de-desempleo-por-pandemia

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Guidebook Translated into other languages:
https://www.mass.gov/guides/pandemic-unemployment-assistance-benefits-guide#-guidebook-translations-

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Frequently Asked Questions:
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/pandemic-unemployment-assistance-frequently-asked-questions

Massachusetts Implements Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC):

The PEUC program provides up to 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits to individuals who have exhausted their previous unemployment benefits. Individuals who have exhausted their UI benefits on or after July 6, 2019 may receive PEUC.
https://www.mass.gov/news/massachusetts-implements-pandemic-emergency-unemployment-compensation-peuc 

Unemployment Information in Spanish (COVID-19):
The latest information from the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) and COVID-19 available in Spanish.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/informacion-de-desempleo-de-massachusetts-sobre-el-virus-covid-19

Massachusetts DUA Multilingual Services:
Information from the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) available in other languages.
https://www.mass.gov/dua-multilingual-services

Guidance for Unemployment Insurance Applicants:
The latest guidance for employee qualifications and additional resources to further help claimants through the process of applying for benefits.
You can find the following resources:
• FAQs for Business and Employers
• How to file a claim – step by step handbook
• Step-by-Step guide on to reset your password in UI Online – click here
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-covid-19-unemployment-information

Employer Unemployment FAQ for COVID-19:
In order to assist you and your employees, and in order to address the many drastic impacts the current COVID-19 emergency is having on Massachusetts employers and workers, DUA enacted emergency regulations on March 16, 2020, and has taken a number of other steps to assist you and your employees during the current COVID 19 emergency. Additionally, this week Governor Baker signed new legislation waiving the waiting week for unemployment benefits in cases related to COVID-19.

These questions and answers explain the recent changes at DUA and clarify some other questions employers may have regarding DUA during this difficult time.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/employer-unemployment-faq-covid-19

Employee Unemployment FAQ for COVID-19:
In order to assist unemployed workers, and in order to address the many drastic impacts the current COVID-19 emergency is having on Massachusetts employers and workers, the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) enacted emergency regulations on March 16, 2020, and has taken a number of other steps to assist you during the current COVID-19 emergency. Additionally, this week Governor Baker signed new legislation waiving the waiting week for unemployment benefits in cases related to COVID-19.

These questions and answers explain the recent changes at DUA and clarify some other questions you may have regarding DUA during this difficult time.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/employee-unemployment-faq-covid-19

COVID-19 Unemployment Handbook (Initial claims filed on or after March 15, 2020):
A presentation on handling initial unemployment claims files on or after March 15th.
https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-unemployment-handbook-initial-claims-filed-on-or-after-march-15-2020

COVID-19: Department of Unemployment Assistance Contact Request:
Individuals who fill out and submit the form below will be placed on a list to receive a telephone call from the DUA. Filling out the form is not filing a claim. The fastest way to process a claim for payment is online here.
https://www.mass.gov/forms/covid-19-department-of-unemployment-assistance-contact-request

Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Returning to Work: Guide for Employers:
The DUA’s guide for employers on Unemployemnt Insurance benefits and returning to work.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/unemployment-insurance-benefits-and-returning-to-work-guide-for-employers

Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Returning to Work: Guide for Workers:
The DUA’s guide for workers on Unemployemnt Insurance benefits and returning to work.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/unemployment-insurance-benefits-and-returning-to-work-guide-for-workers

WorkShare Program:
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ WorkShare is a program that offers a smart alternative to layoffs. Employees work reduced hours while collecting unemployment benefits to supplement their lower wages.
https://www.mass.gov/topics/workshare-program

A Guide to Benefits and Employment Services for Claimants:
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development handbook containing general information regarding UI benefits, steps to take in order to receive and maintain those benefits, and how to apply for and request weekly benefits by establishing a UI Online account. This guide will help you understand eligibility requirements and your responsibilities while receiving UI benefits, and assist you in your efforts for re-employment.
https://www.mass.gov/doc/a-guide-to-benefits-and-employment-services-0

Recent Job Postings

 COVID-19 Business / Employer Assistance Resources

MassHire Workforce Association (MHWA):
A one page sheet of resources for businesses from the MHWA. Updated 5/13/2020.
https://masshiregreaternewbedford.com/wp-content/uploads/MWA-Business-Resources-COVID19-5.13.2020.pdf

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Businesses:
The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to partnering with the business community to navigate the outbreak of COVID-19.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-resources-and-guidance-for-businesses

SBA Funding Options:
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s web page of traditional funding and temporary programs established by the CARES Act to address the COVID-19 outbreak.
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options

These include:

    • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
    • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
    • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
    This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program. On May 28 the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent cleared the House-passed bill to extend the Paycheck Protection Program. The bill was signed by the President.

    • Extends to Dec. 31 from June 30 a period in which loans can be forgiven if businesses restore staffing or salary levels that were previously reduced. The provision would apply to worker and wage reductions made from Feb. 15 through 30 days after enactment of the CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27.
    • Maintains forgiveness amounts for companies that document their inability to rehire workers employed as of Feb. 15, and their inability to find similarly qualified workers by the end of the year. Under the modified measure, companies would be covered separately if they show that they couldn’t resume business levels from before Feb. 15 because they were following federal requirements for sanitization or social distancing.
    • Extends the deadline to apply for a PPP loan to Dec. 31 from June 30.
    • Requires at least 60% of forgiven loan amounts to come from payroll expenses.
    • Repeals a provision from the CARES Act that barred companies with forgiven PPP loans from deferring their payroll tax payments.
    • Allows borrowers to defer principal and interest payments on PPP loans until the SBA compensates lenders for any forgiven amounts, instead of the current six-month deferral period. Borrowers that don’t apply for forgiveness would be given at least 10 months after the program expires to start making payments.
    • Establishes a minimum loan maturity period of five years following an application for loan forgiveness, instead of the current two-year deadline set by the SBA. That provision would apply to PPP loans issued after the measure is enacted, though borrowers and lenders could agree to extend current loans.

More information on PPP.
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp

Frequently ask questions about the PPP from the SBA.
http://d31hzlhk6di2h5.cloudfront.net/20200408/b6/25/f0/03/6575ff8ebc9b9f6a8d668d14/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Frequenty-Asked-Questions.pdf

On June 19th the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:

The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers. Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form.

Both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if their loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period. These changes will result in a more efficient process and make it easier for businesses to realize full forgiveness of their PPP loan.

View the EZ Forgiveness Application

View the Full Forgiveness Application

SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources:
The U.S. Small Business Administration web page of coronaviris resources for funding options, business and employer guidance, local assistance and more.
https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

SBA Local Assistance
Find a U.S. Small Business Administration office near you.
https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance/

SBA Small Business Resource Guide
The SBA also released its Small Business Resource Guide, full of tools and resources to help businesses with everyday operations and COVID-19 related support. https://online.flippingbook.com/view/621186/44/

New Bedford Economic Development Council Provides SBA Loan Application Forms:
In response to reports of difficultly setting up accounts, logging in, and submitting applications in the SBA Disaster Loan Portal web page due to high volume traffic, the NBEDC is now providing the Disaster Loan Application and associated documents for the SBA Loans Application mentioned above on their website. These documents can be completed and submitted by mail, or simply completed in draft so that they are more easily completed and submitted when you are able to login to the SBA Portal.
http://www.nbedc.org/covid-19-resources-and-information/

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Apply for an SBA Disaster Relief Loan by the US Chamber of Commerce:
If your business is struggling in the wake of COVID-19, this guide from the US Chamber of Commerce will help you through the application process for a low-interest small business loan.
https://www.uschamber.com/co/start/strategy/applying-for-sba-disaster-relief-loan

New Bedford Economic Development Council Loans:
While the NBEDC encourages businesses to submit an SBA Disaster Loan Application when able. They also offer loans that have very favorable terms with no obligation to accept the SBA Loan once approved.
http://www.nbedc.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/NBEDC_Loan-Application_fillable.pdf

The Empowerment Grant for Small Businesses:
This grant serves as a funding opportunity to support the needs of Massachusetts small businesses amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the spring of 2020. Grants will be focused on small business owners serving Massachusetts Gateway Cities.

Applicants can request up to $2,500 for needs related to continuing operation during and/or after the COVID-19 outbreak. Applications will be open until May 29th.
https://www.mass.gov/how-to/the-empowerment-grant-for-small-businesses

MassHire Department of Career Services Rapid Response:
Rapid Response is a federally mandated, pre-layoff service designed for companies and employees experiencing a layoff or closing.
https://www.mass.gov/prevent-layoffs-with-rapid-response

A presentation of  resources from Rapid Response for businesses that includes contact information for their regional staff who can help businesses with WorkShare, layoff aversion and other opportunities.
https://www.mass.gov/doc/rapid-response-covid-19-employer-information

WorkShare Program:
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ WorkShare is a program that offers a smart alternative to layoffs. Employees work reduced hours while collecting unemployment benefits to supplement their lower wages.
https://www.mass.gov/topics/workshare-program

National Small Business Town Hall Presented by Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
Find out what the federal government’s coronavirus stimulus programs mean to your small business in this presentation from Inc. in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
https://www.uschamber.com/co/events/national-small-business-town-hall-inc-us-chamber

Coronavirus Small Business Guide by the US Chamber of Commerce:
The US Chamber of Commerce complete coronavirus coverage, updated daily with new resources to assist businesses.
https://www.uschamber.com/co/small-business-coronavirus

Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit by the US Chamber of Commerce:
The US Chamber of Commerce’s guide in response to the CARES Act on the new employee retention tax credit that is available to employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19.
https://www.uschamber.com/report/guide-the-employee-retention-tax-credit

Latest COVID-19 Policies and Options for Small Businesses:
A list of financial resources for businesses from Main Street Alliance.
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e6a768131c8f538ad00b294/t/5e7e7ef3971cba01a84a9c92/1585348339837/What%27s+In+the+Stim+3+Package+032720_0615+ET.pdf

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)Small Business Recovery Grant Program for Massachusetts:
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Citizens are pleased to announce the LISC Small Business Recovery Grant Program which will provide grants to hard-hit small businesses in Massachusetts to weather the immediate financial impact of closures and social distancing measures required to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
https://www.lisc.org/boston/covid-19/small-business-recovery-grant-program/

COVID-19 Worker Relief Funds, Company Actions, and Impact on Frontline Workers:
The Good Job Institute’s posting resources for workers—emergency funds and more—by city and by profession.
https://goodjobsinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Good-Jobs-Lens-on-COVID-19-Responses-3.17.2020.pdf

Disaster and Emergency Relief Resources:
A list of disaster and emergency relief resources in response to COVID-19 from across the state by Philanthropy Massachusetts.
https://philanthropyma.org/grantmakers-philanthropic-advisors/resources/disaster-and-emergency-relief-resources

Coronavirus and Massachusetts Nonprofits:
A list of resources for non-profits across the state in response to COVID-19 from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.
http://massnonprofitnet.org/nonprofit-resources/coronavirus-massachusetts-nonprofits/

 COVID-19  Resources for Manufacturers

Manufacturing Emergency Response:
The leaders of the Baker-Polito Administration’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative established the Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT) to assist in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The M-ERT’s Mission: To mobilize, organize, and operationalize critical path work streams necessary for Massachusetts manufacturers to pivot their operations to produce needed materials in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Massachusetts Technology Colaborative leads the work of the manufacturing emergency response team.

If your organization is interested in joining the effort, an online form is available through the link below. If your organization is NOT located in Massachusetts, M-ERT also invites you to fill out this form. This information will be critical for coordinating parallel efforts with other state and federal initiatives.

https://masstech.org/M-ERT

M-RET Request for Funding:
M-ERT, as part of a coordinated response between academia, industry, and government, has provided this form as the method by which manufacturers may request funding from the Commonwealth to support the expansion of their production capabilities to make PPE equipment

https://masstech.org/manufacturing-emergency-response-team-funding-program

Skilled America podcast by the National Skills Coalition
MANUFACTURING A RESPONSE

The leaders of the Baker-Polito Administration’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative established the Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT) to assist in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As skilled workers find themselves on the front lines of the national response to COVID-19, host Rachel Unruh talks to manufacturers Traci Tapani and Mike Tamasi about how their companies have adapted in the age of social distancing, how they’ve shifted production to contribute to the fight against the pandemic, and what they think about the sudden attention their essential work has brought on the industry.

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS85MTQ3MzQucnNz&episode=QnV6enNwcm91dC0zMjA3Mjky

MassMEP
All the states’ Manufacturing Extension Partnerships, including the one in Massachusetts, have formed a national network to offer supply chain solutions to the manufacturers disrupted by the efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus.

https://massmep.org

CDC – Manufacturing Workers and Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Interim guidance for the manufacturing industry from C the DC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) during reopening phases.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-manufacturing-workers-employers.html

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19:
This guidance from OSHA is intended for planning purposes. Employers and workers should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement.
https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

360 Training.com – OSHA CAMPUS Free COVID-19 Awareness Training:
The training is based on the OSHA Guidance. Learn all the basics of COVID-19 symptoms, transmission, and prevention methods, so you’ll be able to identify coronavirus and stop it from spreading. The cours includes 8 Modules and a certificate upone completion. There are 5 links at the end of the presentation that may prove useful for companies.
https://www.360training.com/course/coronavirus-awareness

“COVID-19: Overview” Training Course for Food & Manufacturing Companies:
A complimentary non-certificate training course from Intertek Alchemy’s for frontline manufacturing and food production workers regarding COVID-19. The 12-minute course is available in English, Spanish, and Canadian French. It trains employees on effective measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, how to recognize symptoms, and how to prevent transmission.
https://www.alchemysystems.com/content/covid19-training-course/

 Returning to Work Resources

Massachusetts Reopening: Four-Phase Approach:
The Massachusetts economy will be reopened using a four-phase approach, based on public health guidance.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-four-phase-approach

COVID-19 Update: Four-Phase Reopening Approach, Workplace Safety Standards

Gov. Baker Announces Phase

Gov. Baker on COVID-19, Update on Phase 2 Reopening in Massachusetts

COVID-19 Update: Phase 3

Reopening Massachusetts – First Phase of Four-Phase Approach – May 18, 2020:
The Massachusetts Reopening Advisory Board’s report, which details a four-phased strategy to responsibly reopen businesses and activities while continuing to fight COVID-19.
https://www.mass.gov/doc/reopening-massachusetts/download

Reopening Massachusetts – When can my business reopen?:
This detailed commentary provides guidance for industries on the reopening plan as of May 18, 2020.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-when-can-my-business-reopen

Reopening Massachusetts – What Businesses Can Expect in Phase 1:
https://www.mass.gov/doc/reopening-massachusetts-phase-one-summary/download

Reopening Massachusetts – Specific Protocols and Best Practices for Reopening:
Mandatory safety standards and recommended best practices for sectors that are eligible to open in Phase 1.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts#sector-specific-protocols-and-best-practices-

Reopening: Purchasing Hygienic or Protective Supplies for the Workplace:
These resources are provided to help inform employers and employees about supplies needed to return to workplaces, and connect businesses with manufacturers and distributors. In order to operate in Reopening Phase 1 and all future phases, certain supplies are required.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-purchasing-hygienic-or-protective-supplies-for-the-workplace

Reopening Massachusetts – Workplace Posters:
Employer mandatory safety standards for workplaces poster.
https://files.constantcontact.com/1ae59e37001/3c1b15bb-1b1e-43e2-a998-3e24b4ecefca.pdf

Worker mandatory safety standards for workplaces poster.
https://files.constantcontact.com/1ae59e37001/6ec5d040-37f0-4576-8b14-e86527ad790a.pdf

This workplace compliance attestation poster should be completed and displayed in an area within the business premises that is visible to employees and visitors.
https://files.constantcontact.com/1ae59e37001/de36d6d5-884d-406c-956c-b3548138fa3e.pdf

All businesses in the state of MA must develop a written control plan COVID-19 Workplace Control Plan outlining how its workplace will comply with the mandatory safety standards for operation in the COVID-19 reopening period. This template may be filled out to meet that requirement.
https://files.constantcontact.com/1ae59e37001/590b50e6-2070-4a2a-a24f-00bc500eb252.pdf

Submit questions and comments about Reopening Massachusetts:
Online form to submit questions and input as part of the Reopening Massachusetts effort to methodically reopen the economy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://www.mass.gov/forms/submit-questions-and-comments-about-reopening-massachusetts

Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Returning to Work: Guide for Workers:
The DUA’s guide for workers on Unemployemnt Insurance benefits and returning to work.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/unemployment-insurance-benefits-and-returning-to-work-guide-for-workers

Massachusetts Guidance Regarding the Operation of Essential Services:
Guidance and strategies to implement certain practices and procedures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 for businesses that have been deemed essential and are open to the public.
https://www.mass.gov/doc/guidance-regarding-the-operation-of-essential-services/download

Massachusetts Guidance for Fulfillment of Remote Orders By Retail Businesses:
Under this guidance, non-essential businesses are allowed to bring in a small number of employees in order to remotely fulfill online or phone orders, provided they can meet safety protocols. This guidance is available in the COVID-19 Essential Services FAQs.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-essential-services-faqs

Massachusetts Reopening Advisory Board Prestenation:
The Reopening Advisory Board’s PowerPoint presentation about the four-phased reopening approach.
https://www.mass.gov/doc/reopening-advisory-board-presentation-may-11-2020/download

Massachusetts Reopening: Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces:
These new standards will apply universally to all workplaces that are open in Phase 1, and are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to employees and customers.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-mandatory-safety-standards-for-workplaces

Massachusetts High Tech Council Coronavirus Back-to-Work Strategy:
An Executive Summary from the Massachusetts High Tech Council for a back-to-work strategy, informed by McKinsey & Co. data and insights.
http://www.mhtc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/RRTW-Executive-Summary-Slides-for-Media-Statement-4.23.20.pdf

CDC – Guidance for Businesses and Workplaces During the COVID-19 Pandemic:
The CDC’s web page for businesses and workplaces to help them plan, prepare and respond during reopening phases.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html

CDC – General Business FAQs During the COVID-19 Pandemic:
The CDC’s web page of frequently ask questions for general business during reopening phases.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/general-business-faq.html

CDC – Manufacturing Workers and Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Interim guidance for the manufacturing industry from C the DC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) during reopening phases.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-manufacturing-workers-employers.html

New Bedford – City Guidance on the Reopening of Dining Establishments:
City of New Bedford information on dining establishment reopening guidance and permitting.
https://www.newbedford-ma.gov/health-department/city-guidance-on-reopening-of-dining-establishments/

CDC – Decision Tool for Restaurants and Bars During the COVID-19 Pandemic:
The purpose of this tool is to assist businesses in the food service industry, such as restaurants and bars, in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community/restaurants-and-bars-decision-tree.pdf

US Chamber of Commerce – Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for Your Small Business:
A guide to helping businesses of all types and in all regions navigate the complex process of reopening and evolving post-coronavirus pandemic.
https://www.uschamber.com/co/start/strategy/small-business-coronavirus-reopening-guide

AIM – Return to the Workplace Guide For Massachusetts Employers:
The Return to the Workplace Guide is a free 80-page handbook for employers containing guidance, templates and checklists on inviting employees back to work, workplace safety guidance and compliance with state and federal regulations from Associates Industries of Massachusetts.
https://my.aimnet.org/Product-Details?productid=%7bBAE113F4-5C99-EA11-8109-000D3A0DE1A1%7d

American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP):
The ASSP’s website provides information geared towards safety professionals, however many of our small business owners do not have dedicated safety personnel and need to act as their own safety officer. This website has articles, webinars and podcasts available to assist.

Articles
https://www.assp.org/resources/covid-19/articles

Free Webinars
https://www.assp.org/resources/covid-19/webinars/covid-19-safety-in-essential-manufacturing-operations

The COVID 19 Challenge: Managing Sick and Exposed Employees at Work and Returning to Work
ASSP President-Elect Deborah Roy shares insight on how to managing employees who have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it at work and reviews guidelines for their return to work.
https://www.assp.org/resources/covid-19/webinars/covid-19-safety-in-essential-manufacturing-operations

Masschusetts The Way Forward:
An agenda for reopening from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
https://www.bostonchamber.com/public-policy/issues-impact/the-massachusetts-way-forward/

How to Scenario Plan for COVID-19:
A scenario planning guide and tool for COVID-19 from the Management Center.
http://www.managementcenter.org/resources/how-to-scenario-plan-for-covid-19/

A Five-Layered Defense for Workplace Reopening:
A lower-cost, five-layered approach for employers and building managers as they consider how to safely reopen their establishments from Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health.
https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2020/04/looking-at-covid-19-through-healthy-building-eyes/

 COVID-19 Directives & Guidance Resources

COVID-19 Update: June 15, 2020:
Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will join Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders to provide an update on Coronavirus.

May 8, 2020 Executive Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public when Social Distancing is Not Possible:
https://www.mass.gov/doc/may-1-2020-masks-and-face-coverings/download

Department of Public Health’s Guide on Wearing Face Masks in Public:
Learn about wearing face coverings and cloth masks in public, to slow the spread of COVID-19, as required in Governor Baker’s Executive Order.
https://www.mass.gov/news/wear-a-mask-in-public

March 31, 2020 Essential Services Order:
Massachusetts Governor Baker issued an extension of the Essential Services executive order until May 4th. This order extends the closing of certain workplaces and the prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people.
https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-31-2020-essential-services-extension-order

COVID-19 Essential Services:
Learn about businesses and organizations defined as providing “COVID-19 Essential Services” under Governor Baker’s March 23, 2020 Emergency Order, updated March 31, 2020.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-essential-services

COVID-19 Essential Services FAQ:
A list of FAQs below which address many of the submissions received by EOHED relating to “COVID-19 Essential Services” guidance associated with Governor Baker’s March 23, 2020 Emergency Order (which was updated and extended on March 31, 2020)
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-essential-services-faqs

Essential Service Designation Request:
Only complete this form if your business is NOT covered under the “COVID-19 Essential Services” guidance link above.
https://www.mass.gov/forms/essential-service-designation-request

DPH Public Health Assemblage Guidance:
Revised guidance regarding the order by the Govenor prohibiting assemblages of more thatn 10 people and the on-premises consumption of food and beverages.
https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-23-assemblage-guidance

DPH Public Health Stay-at-Home Advisory:
Stay-at-home advisory for individuals over 70 and for those with underlying health conditions; and safe practices for the general public.
https://www.mass.gov/news/dph-public-health-advisory-stay-at-home-advisory

Multilingual resources on COVID-19:
MA COVID-19 Printable Fact sheets: Information in English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese with more languages coming soon. Includes visual communication tool to help people who are deaf and hard of hearing communicate with health care providers.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/multilingual-resources-on-covid-19

Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):
Updated information about the novel coronavirus outbreak from the Commonwealth of Masschusetts in conjunction with the CDC.
https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

COVID-19 Guidance and Directives:
Guidance and directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and other state agencies related to COVID-19.
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-guidance-and-directives#businesses-&-employers-

City of New Bedford COVID-19 Information and Resources:
Latest updates and resources on COVID-19 from the City of New Bedford.
https://www.newbedford-ma.gov/health-department/coronavirus/

COVID-19 and the American Workplace Temporary Rule: Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act :
The U.S. Department of Labor’s action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Employer Paid Leave Requirements:
DOL webpage regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave

U.S. Department of Labor Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Questions and Answers:
DOL web page for questions and answers regarding paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 – Employee Rights and Employer Obligations:
General guidance to frequently ask questions about employee rights and employer obligations from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division (FLD). Available in English, Portugese, Spanish and Chinese.
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/frequently-asked-questions-about-covid-19-employee-rights-and-employer-obligations

COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers
If your business has a shortage of workers and is looking to “volunteers” to help out, be aware that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has stringent requirements with respect to the use of volunteers. In general, covered, nonexempt workers working for private, for-profit employers have to be paid at least the minimum wage and cannot volunteer their services.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/pandemic

COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers
If your business has a shortage of workers and is looking to “volunteers” to help out, be aware that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has stringent requirements with respect to the use of volunteers. In general, covered, nonexempt workers working for private, for-profit employers have to be paid at least the minimum wage and cannot volunteer their services.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/flsa/pandemic

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19:
This guidance from OSHA is intended for planning purposes. Employers and workers should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement.
https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

360 Training.com – OSHA CAMPUS Free COVID-19 Awareness Training:
The training is based on the OSHA Guidance. Learn all the basics of COVID-19 symptoms, transmission, and prevention methods, so you’ll be able to identify coronavirus and stop it from spreading. The cours includes 8 Modules and a certificate upone completion. There are 5 links at the end of the presentation that may prove useful for companies.
https://www.360training.com/course/coronavirus-awareness

US Chamber of Commerce Resources for Business:
Resources available from the US Chamber of Commerce to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.
https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus

Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) COVID-19 Resource Page for Employers:
Resources and links for to employers relating to COVID-19 from AIM’s blog.
https://aimnet.org/covid-19-resource-page-for-employers/

The Employers’ Guide to COVID-19 from Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM):
Information related to employers and COVID-19 from AIM’s blog.
https://aimnet.org/blog/the-employers-guide-to-covid-19/

Travel Health Notices from the CDC:
The CDC’s Travel Health Notices inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues that impact travelers’ health, like disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, and natural disasters, in specific international destinations.
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

 COVID-19 Resources for Restaurants & Food Service Staff

Massachusetts Safety Standards and Checklist: Restaurants:
Reopening Phase III mandatory safety standards, recommended best practices and a checklist for restaurants. Updated: August 10, 2020 (updated standards take effect August 11, 2020)
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/safety-standards-and-checklist-restaurants

New Bedford – City Guidance on the Reopening of Dining Establishments:
City of New Bedford information on dining establishment reopening guidance and permitting.
https://www.newbedford-ma.gov/health-department/city-guidance-on-reopening-of-dining-establishments/

CDC – Considerations for Restaurants and Bars:
CDC offers these considerations for ways in which restaurant and bar operators can protect employees, customers, and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/business-employers/bars-restaurants.html

Massachusetts Restaurant Association Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resource Page:
The MRA is considered a leading voice of the state’s restaurant and hospitality industry in city halls and on Beacon Hill. They have set up an information center with continuous updates.
https://www.themassrest.org/coronavirus-resources.html

How to Manage Your Restaurant During the Coronavirus (COVID-19):
A page from Toast’s website that includes some comprehensive guidance on how to; take care of your staff, communicate with guests, manage finances, and sanitizing your store. Toast is a company that works with restaurants of all sizes to combine point of sale, front of house, back of house, and guest-facing technology.
https://pos.toasttab.com/resources/how-to-manage-a-restaurant-during-coronavirus

Resources and Relief Programs Available to Restaurants During COVID-19:
A list of helpful resources for the restaurant industry from Toast.
https://pos.toasttab.com/blog/relief-programs-and-helpful-assets-available-during-covid-19

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program:
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program is a financial assistance grant program from the USBG National Charity Foundation.
https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap

Restaurant Strong Fund:
The Greg Hill Foundation has teamed up with Samuel Adams to support those from the Massachusetts restaurant industry who have been impacted by the Covid-19 closures. Their goal is to provide $1,000 grants to as many qualifying grantees as possible.
https://thegreghillfoundation.submittable.com/submit/163383/restaurant-strong-grant-application

“COVID-19: Overview” Training Course for Food & Manufacturing Companies:
A complimentary non-certificate training course from Intertek Alchemy’s for frontline manufacturing and food production workers regarding COVID-19. The 12-minute course is available in English, Spanish, and Canadian French. It trains employees on effective measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, how to recognize symptoms, and how to prevent transmission.
https://www.alchemysystems.com/content/covid19-training-course/

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