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PPP Loan Forgiveness Application – 75% of PPP funds should be directed toward payroll expenses, while the remainder could be spent on overhead costs like mortgage interest, rent and utility costs.

Active Payment Protection Program (PPP) Lenders in Alabama

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – The SBA has a number of resources available to assist small businesses during this time of uncertainty.

SBA 7a & Express Lenders in Alabama

SBA Paycheck Protection Program  Application

FAQs on the Paycheck Protection Program

Updated resources developed by the U.S. Chamber to assist businesses access resources created under the CARES Act (Phase III bill). 

U.S. Department of Treasury issued additional guidance regarding the Paycheck Protection Program.  Links to the resources provided by Treasury can be found, on their webpage.

 

U.S. Department of Labor – The Department of Labor has many resources on preparing workplaces for the COVID-19 virus.

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act Resources
    1. Fact Sheet for Employees
    2. Fact Sheet for Employers
    3. Questions and Answers

 

 

State

NEW REVIVE ALABAMA: COVID-19 Cash Grants for Alabama Small Businesses

The application period for the Revive Alabama Small Business Grant Program will open at noon on July 16, 2020, and run through midnight on July 25, 2020. Click Here for More Details..

 

 

Extended through July 31

Emergency order from the State Health Officer, effective Monday, May 11, affecting the whole state, is  available on ADPH website: go.usa.gov/xv7Et.

Safer at Home flyers:
Guidelines for Safeguarding All Businesses: go.usa.gov/xv7Cb
Guidelines for Athletic Facilities: go.usa.gov/xv7CD
Guidelines for Close Contact Personal Service Businesses: go.usa.gov/xv7C8
Guidelines for Restaurants and Bars: go.usa.gov/xv7C9
Guidelines for Places of Worship: go.usa.gov/xv7CX

 

Ivey Outlines Plan to Reopen Alabama: Here’s what it Means for Businesses

 

Alabama Technology Network (ATN),  an entity of the Alabama Community College System and local MEP center, developed a “Return to Work Plan” as a response to COVID-19 to help guide small business and industry in their effort to resume operations.

Employment/Unemployment News and Resources 

News Release

For Immediate Release: April 15, 2020

ADOL Launches UI Claims Tracker to Assist Unemployment Compensation Claimants

MONTGOMERY – Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced today that the agency has launched a new online tool to enable claimants to see the status of their claim, tell them what the next steps are, and what to expect from the Department.  It includes the following information:

·   What is My Claim Status?  Tells you whether there is a claim in the system and whether it is eligible for benefits.  Allows you to find out if there are any issues stopping payment.

·   What Happens Next?  Tells you exactly what you need to do to move your claim or payment to the next step.

·   When Will I Get Paid?  Tells you how much you are entitled to each week.  Tells you when your next payment will be made and when you can expect to see it in your bank account.

·   What Have I Already Been Paid?  Shows you each of the payments that have already been paid, when the payments were made, and whether there were any deductions.

·   I need to reset my PIN: A link will allow you to reset your pin without assistance from ADOL staff.

“We have been working constantly to come up with innovative ways to help Alabamians get the answers they need during this period of uncertainty,” said Washington.  “We hope that this tool will help people find the information they need without them having to spend hours trying to contact us.  We continue to urge patience as we are dealing with record numbers of unemployment compensation claims.”

Claimants can access the tool at www.labor.alabama.gov.  They will need their login information (SSN and pin) to access it.

altogether  – The state of Alabama has launched altogetheralabama.org, an official state guide to COVID-19 relief efforts — and to help empower those impacted by the outbreak as well as those who want to offer support.

The Alabaster Career CenterWhile the Alabama Career Centers are currently closed to the public due to concerns over COVID-19, Career Center staffers are “working” by taking calls and e-mails to assist employers and job seekers. If are a company in Shelby or Chilton counties looking to hire affected job seekers, please connect with the Alabaster Career Center by calling 205-663-2542 or e-mailing alabaster@alcc.alabama.gov . The Alabaster Career Center is a one-stop resource for both employers and job seekers.

Likewise, if you live in Shelby or Chilton counties and are laid off or otherwise unemployed and need assistance finding a job, please connect with the Alabaster Career Center. The center is closed to in-person visits but those in need of services will still be able to receive assistance via telephone or e-mail.

Please note that Career Centers are NOT “unemployment offices.” There are no “unemployment offices” in Alabama. The only way to file an unemployment compensation claim are by calling 1-866-234-5382 or by visiting www.labor.alabama.gov. Online filing is strongly encouraged.

Alabama Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network – The University of Alabama – The Alabama SBDC Network is a statewide, inter-institutional program to enhance economic growth in Alabama by providing management and technical assistance to small businesses. Learn more at SBA Disaster Loans for COVID-19.

Alabama Department of Insurance – The Alabama Department of Insurance has issued guidance to health insurance carriers responding to the COVID-19 virus.

Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL)

COVID-19 Benefits Table

– Alabama workers who are not able to work due to COVID-19 will be eligible to file for unemployment benefits. Based on current guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Alabama Department of Labor is modifying existing unemployment compensation rules to allow workers to file a claim for unemployment compensation benefits who are affected in any of the following way:

  • Those who are quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency,
  • Those who are laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period by their employer due to COVID-19 concerns,
  • Those who are diagnosed with COVID-19,
  • Or, those who are caring for an immediate family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19.

The requirement that a laid-off worker be “able and available” to work while receiving unemployment compensation benefits has been modified for claimants who are affected by COVID-19 in any of the situations listed above. Additionally, claimants will also not have to search for other work provided they take reasonable steps to preserve their ability to come back to that job when the quarantine is lifted or the illness subsides. The waiting week, which is typically the first week of compensable benefits, will also be waived. Certain criteria and exceptions may apply, and are subject to change. Verification of illness or quarantine may be required. Workers can file for benefits online atwww.labor.alabama.gov or by calling 1-866-234-5382. Online filing is encouraged.

People who are being paid to work from home, or those receiving paid sick or vacation leave are NOT eligible for unemployment compensation benefits, regardless if they experience any or all of the situations listed above. Claimants can begin filing these claims on Monday, March 23, 2020. Employers who decide to shut down due to causes related to COVID-19 should treat the shutdown as a temporary layoff. These rules are subject to change pending congressional action.

 

News Release – Alabama Department of Labor For Immediate Release: April 23, 2020 Refusal of Work Can Cause a Disqualification in Unemployment Compensation Benefits MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Department of Labor is reminding unemployment claimants that if their employer calls them back they must accept work. To remain eligible for unemployment benefits, federal law requires that those who have been placed on a temporary layoff related to the COVID-19 pandemic must return to work if called back. Not returning to work when there is available work could be considered a “refusal of work” and could potentially disqualify claimants from receiving unemployment insurance benefits. “It’s important for workers to know that if their employer reopens or otherwise calls them back to work, they must do so, unless they have a good work-related cause for not returning,” said Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington. “Quitting work without good cause to obtain additional benefits under the regular unemployment program or CARES Act programs qualifies as fraud.” Employers are encouraged to utilize the New Hire system to report those employees who fail to return to work. Information about the New Hire System can be found HERE. The CARES Act specifically provides for serious consequences for fraudulent cases including fines, confinement, and an inability to receive future unemployment benefits until all fraudulent claims and fines have been repaid.
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Additional Resources

Express Employment Professionals

 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Fund

Crisis Childcare through YMCA  – received written exemption to provide childcare serviced to essential employees with children currently enrolled in grades k-8. Childcare is available at the Trussville, Hoover, Pelham, Shades Valley and Youth Center locations from 7:00AM to 6:00PM with an additional cost for early drop off (6:00AM-7:00AM) or late pick up (6:00PM-7:30PM). The cost is $20 per day with a discount available for additional child. No child will be turned away due to inability to pay.

Facebook for Business – Managing through and building resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) – Six Ways to Prevent a Virus From Disrupting Your Business

Open for Business™ – Prevent Business Disruption With a Business Continuity Plan

International Franchise Association

National Restaurant Association

American Hotel & Lodging Association

U.S. Travel Association

National Retail Federation

International Council of Shopping Centers

EOS Company’s Guide to Surviving Coronavirus – 6 Ways to Prevent Disrupting Your Business