U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – The SBA has a number of resources available to assist small businesses during this time of uncertainty.
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.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.
altogether NEW – 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 Center – While 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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 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.
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
EOS Company’s Guide to Surviving Coronavirus – 6 Ways to Prevent Disrupting Your Business