Congress has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help them keep workers employed. In fact, if small businesses maintain or later restore their payrolls, they may not have to repay some — or possibly any — of the loan. Here’s a guide and checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help your small business through the process.
Hackers Exploit Employees with COVID-19 Phishing Emails
Fraudulent emails may come in the form of a message from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDS), the World Health Organization (WHO), health advice from a medical specialist, or even internal workplace policy notifications.
Best Practices to Avoid a Cyber Incident
Multi Factor Authentication: In order to prevent hackers from obtaining access to emails, we highly recommend utilizing Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) when logging into email related accounts and applications that require a username and password. There are free MFA options with every email service provider.
Phishing Training: One of the best practices that businesses can employ in order to prevent fraudulent email incidents is to train personnel on how to spot them.
Advanced Preparation / Anticipation: In the event of a phishing or ransomware attack, it is important to have a plan of action in place in order to contain the incident as quickly as possible.
SBA Now Accepting Economic Injury Loan Applications from Georgia Businesses
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the CARES Act, which provided additional assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 Advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). This Advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending and will be forgiven. To find out more and to apply – click HERE. SBA Loan PowerPoint HERE.
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, HUD suspending all foreclosures and evictions. Foreclosure moratorium will last for 60 days. More information HERE.
On March 23rd Governor Kemp announced that Georgia would extend the filing date from April 15 to July 15, 2020. More information HERE.
Additional Paycheck Protection Program Resources HERE
The Georgia Department of Labor
The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has adopted an emergency Rule 300-2-4-0.5 Partial Claims, effective March 16, 2020. The rule mandates ALL Georgia employers to file partial claims online on behalf of their employees for any week during which an employee (full-time/part-time) works less than full-time due to a partial or total company shutdown caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Find step-by-step instructions on how to file partial claims as an employer. Please continue to monitor the GDoL website or any updates to these guidelines.
EEOC: Employers Now May Take Employees' Temperatures
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) gave employers the green light to take employees' temperatures to try and ward off the spread of the coronavirus in guidance updated March 18. More information HERE.
Congress Passes Coronavirus Law Requiring Paid Employee Leave
The Act requires employers to provide paid leave for some employees related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, among other measures. More information HERE and HERE.
The Department of Labor has posted important FFCRA posters on their website. Each covered employer must post a notice of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. An employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing the notice to employees or posting the notice on an employee information internal or external website. These provisions will apply beginning April 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020. You can find more information on the Department of Labor website by clicking HERE.
Georgia Department of Education – Suspension of state-wide standardized testing (Milestones)
– More information HERE
Message from the Governor’s office – Requesting Assistance from Georgia Manufacturers and Distributors to Aid with Critical Health Care Needs – Governor Kemp is asking all manufacturers to consider their ability to aid in production, distribution, and storage of critical healthcare supplies and equipment. Press Release HERE and Portal to Help HERE.
Drivers License & Tag Renewals
Driver’s license expiration deadlines are extended 60 days: https://dds.georgia.gov/ and Tag renews are extended to 5/15: https://dor.georgia.gov/vehicle-registration-renewal-faq
GNFCC co-hosted with Forsyth County Chamber - How To Manage a Work-From-Home Workforce teleconference. To view the recorded webinar – click HERE.
Free Teleworking Quick Start Guide from Georgia Commute Options
HERE plus a webinar series that will offer practical guidance on how companies can maximize productivity and decrease employee stress while navigating responses to COVID-19.
Remote Management for Teleworking: Maximizing Productivity for Business Continuity. Download Webinar
Creating A Business Environment That is Safe For Teleworking Download Webinar
Collaborative Technologies for Teleworking Download Webinar
If you need additional assistance implementing a telework program please contact:
Samantha Pratt, Worksite Advisor, Georgia Commute Options
M 678-808-8970, email@example.com
SCORE Business Webinars and Online Resource Library
SCORE offers live and recorded webinars as well as interactive courses on demand.
COVID-19 Resource Link
Upcoming Webinar – April 9: Coronavirus and Your Small Business – Live Q&A with SCORE mentors – Register HERE
North Fulton Non-Profit Organizations
RUMC Job Networking is Going Virtual! More Information HERE.
Senior Services North Fulton remains in operation to deliver Meals on Wheels and to give transportation to our clients to doctor appointments, the grocery store, and the pharmacy. For new clients, call 770-993-1906 x227 for an assessment.
We do not need food donations, just financial to help us order more meals from our supplier. www.ssnorthfulton.org
North Fulton Community Charities
Employees who need financial assistance and live in the NFCC service area should begin the process by going online www.nfcchelp.org online HERE. Additional information HERE and to make a financial donation HERE.
Georgia Businesses Respond to the Coronavirus
Additional business resources being promoted by Georgia CEO, The Georgia Chamber and Atlanta Business Chronicle. On this response page and in our social feed you will find innovative, thoughtful ideas being implemented by fellow goBeyondProfit members. More information HERE
United Way of Greater Atlanta – Fund for Immediate Support
American Red Cross – Donate Blood. Save Lives.
Blood Drive Sponsored by Northside Hospital Alpharetta – April 8 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Make your appointment today! Use sponsor code: NorthsideAlp to find this blood drive fast! Or visit www.redcrossblood.org, 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response – More Information HERE.
Social Security Administration
All local Social Security offices are closed to the public for in-person service as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020. However, we are still able to provide critical services. More information HERE
Beginning Monday, March 30, all bus routes will continue to operate, but with fewer buses on each route, except for those with the heaviest ridership. Rail service will operate on a weekend schedule beginning Monday, March 30. Regular weekday start times will remain in effect to complement bus service. Deep cleaning, repair work, painting, and other small projects will be performed during this temporary closure. More information HERE
GNFCC Banking Resources
Current banking relationships that exist are essential during this time. If you are in need of assistance, contact your bank about the best options for your business. This could be looking at deferred payment options, interest only payments, or other options. The banks are working quickly to create options to support businesses.