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COVID-19 Resources

Kansas Department of Labor- COVID-19 Site - This site provides employers facing layoffs with filing information.  It also provides information to employees who are filing for unemployment.  Use Code 4 as the layoff reason, during upload you will be asked if it is COVID-19 related. 

 

BlueCrossBlueShield of Kansas - Employer Group - Updated information from BCBS of Kansas on COVID-19 - The FAQs are helpful.

 

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offering disaster assistance in response to COVID-19

Update 03/26/20 - New SBA Disaster Loan Application System

03/21/20 - Under the recently enacted Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (the Act), small businesses that have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 can apply for low-interest federal disaster loans through SBA. Small businesses and nonprofits can apply for working capital loans of up to $2 million.

We’ve highlighted the following key details of the Act for you here, but you can also learn more by visiting the COVID-19 disaster assistance page on SBA’s website.

  • State governors must first request access to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Once the declaration is made, information on the application process for disaster loan assistance will be made available to affected small businesses within the given state.
  • Loans carry an interest rate of 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits.
  • Loans can be used to cover accounts payable, debts, payroll and other bills.
  • Loans can be offered with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable—up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Businesses will apply for loans online and select “Economic Injury” as the reason for seeking assistance.
  • SBA offers disaster assistance via its customer service center. If you have questions or want to check if your state is eligible, contact U.S. Small Business Administration via phone at 800.659. 2955 (TTY: 800.877.8339) or e-mail  disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

 

US Department of Labor

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) expanded to provide relief to those affected by COVID-19

 

Update 03/28/20 - Recorded Zoom Discussion on The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

03/20/20 - “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (FFCRA), which goes into effect April 1, 2020 and expires December 31, 2020, responds to the coronavirus outbreak by providing additional assistance in the areas of COVID-19 testing, sick leave, food assistance, and more. We’ve compiled key details of FFCRA that we believe you need to know.

In summary, the Act:

  • Requires private insurance plans to provide free COVID-19 testing
  • Requires employers to provide emergency paid sick leave to workers affected by
    COVID-19 and expands family and medical leave.
  • Offers increased funding for state unemployment insurance, food stamp and nutritional programs.

More specifically, here’s what The Families First Coronavirus Response Act means for both business owners and employees in the areas of sick leave and expanded family and medical leave.

  • Employees are eligible for up to two weeks of sick leave (full pay for self, 2/3 pay for family care) for illness, quarantine or school closures.
  • Employees are eligible for up to 12 weeks of FMLA leave for school closures (10 days unpaid and then up to 10 weeks at 2/3 pay).
  • FMLA expansion covers:
  •      Employers with fewer than 500 employees
  •      Employees who have been employed for at least 30 calendar days (some exclusions may apply)
  •      Employees who must care for children under the age of 18 in the event of school and place-of-care closures or if care provider is unavailable due to a public health emergency with respect to COVID-19.
  • Emergency paid sick leave covers:
  •      Employers with fewer than 500 employees
  •      All employees no matter the length of employment (some exclusions may apply)

 

For more information on HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

 

The Coronavirus situation is changing rapidly, as are the updates to various relief efforts. We will continue to monitor news and keep you updated as clarification is provided.

If you have questions, be sure to reach out to us. Our entire team is here to support and guide you!