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Resources for Small Businesses during COVID-19

Updated: Mar 31


Employment

COVID-19 has impacted businesses in many ways, and one of them is having to lay-off employees. There are certain resources available to both employers and employees. Following you will find information and links to organizations providing resources as well as guidance on what steps to take.

Empleo

COVID-19 a impactado a negocios de muchas maneras y una de ellas es tener que despedir a empleados. Existen algunos recursos disponibles para ambos empleadores y empleados. A continuación encontrara información y enlaces a organizaciones proporcionando recursos al igual que guia en que pases a seguir.

Coronavirus Stimulus Checks WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a mammoth $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic. For the complete article visit the Chattanooga Times Free Press Cheques de Estimulo para el Coronavirus WASHINGTON (AP) - El senado paso un paquete de rescate economico de $2.2 trillones, como asistencia para negocios, trabajadores y sistemas de salud afectados por la pandemia del coronavirus. Para leer el articulo completo en Ingles viste la pagina del Chattanooga Times Free Press.

  • The Employer will submit a Partial Unemployment Spreadsheet. This Spreadsheet containing the employees' information will be uploaded and the employer should file an unemployment claim for the employee during a temporary layoff.

  • The Employee does not need to file their own unemployment claim.

  • It is still the employees` responsibility to file their own weekly certification in a timely manner.

  • The Employee will receive an E-Mail at the E-Mail Address they have provided from JOBS4TN.GOV.

  • The E-Mail will contain instructions and a link to file their weekly certification each Sunday following the week they are laid off.

  • If the Employee fails to do the weekly certification, it can/will result in not serving a Waiting Week if it has not already been served, or Benefits not being paid or delayed.

  • Employee MUST report Holiday and/or Vacation pay.

  • If the Employee does not receive an E-mail with the link, have them check their Junk or Spam folder.

  • If the Employee truly did not receive the E-mail link, they can just create a user name and password on Jobs4tn.com and file their weekly certification that way.

  • Any issues arising from during the employees` weekly certification should be directed to the agency at the following number: 877-813-0950 option 1.

  • The Employee should be directed to the phone number provided above.

  • No list of issues or errors caused by a claimant`s weekly certification should be e-mailed or sent to agency staff.

Instructions for Partial Filed Claims Spreadsheet By Column A-Employer Name B-Employer Account Number C-Employee Social Security Number D-Employee First Name E-Employee Middle Initial (If any, if not, leave blank) F-Employee Last Name G-Employee Street Address H-Leave Blank I-City J-State K-Zip Code L-Employee Phone Number M-Employee E-mail Address N-Employee Date of Birth ( _ _/_ _/_ _ _ _) O-US Citizen (Yes or No) P-Veteran Status (Yes or No) Q-Last Day the Employee Physically Worked R-The Date the Employee will Return to Work S-The Saturday Date Immediately Following the Week of Layoff (ex; last day worked was Friday 05/19/2017, Partial Claim Filed Monday 05/22/2017, Separation Week Ending date is Saturday 05/27/2017)

  • Do not use any punctuation on the spreadsheet (ex; periods on street abbreviations)

  • Save the Excel Spreadsheet file as: CSV (comma delimited)

  • E-mail the Spreadsheet the week before the lay off to: Partial.claims@tn.gov .

  • Inform the Employee that they will receive an E-Mail at the E-Mail Address they have provided from JOBS4TN.GOV.

  • The E-Mail will contain instructions and a link to file their weekly certification each Sunday following the week they are laid off.

  • Inform the Employee that failure to file a Weekly Certification will result in a delay or loss of benefits.

  • If they say they did not receive an E-mail with the link, have them check their Junk or Spam folder.

  • If they truly did not receive the E-mail link, they can just create a user name and password on Jobs4tn.com and file their weekly certification that way.

For Employees If your employer filed a claim on your behalf, do not file an individual claim. If you are uncertain if your employer has filed a claim, call your employer to confirm.

The fastest and most efficient way to file an unemployment claim is to go to www.Jobs4TN.gov. Due to the high volume of claims because of the COVID-19 emergency, if you file with any other method you could significantly delay the processing of your claim.

  • You are required to certify online each Sunday to notify the state you are still not working.

  • You can check the status of your claim on your dashboard at Jobs4TN.gov.

Para Empleados Si su empleador aplico por usted, no haga una aplicación individual. Si usted no esta seguro si su empleador a aplicado por usted, hable a su empleador para confirmar. La manera mas rapida y eficiente de aplicar para desempleo es ir a www.Jobs4TN.gov. Debido al alto volumen de aplicaciones por emergencias de COVID-19, si usted aplica por otro metodo se podria demorar significativamente su aplicación.

  • Se requiere que usted certifique en linea cada Domingo para notificar a los estados que sigue sin empleo.

  • Usted puede revisar el estatus de su aplicación en su cuenta en Jobs4TN.gov.

COVID-19 and the Workplace

The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements

  • COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act: Questions and Answers

  • COVID-19 and the Family and Medical Leave Act: Questions and Answers

  • WHD Response to COVID-19

  • DOL Dialogue on Compliance Materials Needed for FFCRA: https://ffcra.ideascale.com/a/ideas/recent/campaigns/53788 COVID-19 and the Workplace La División de Sueldos y Horas proporciona información en asuntos comunes a los que empleados y empleadores se enfrentan al responder a COVID-19, y el efecto en sueldos y horas bajo el Acto de Estandares Laborales Justos y permisos de ausencia protegidos bajo el Acto de Permiso de Ausencia Familiar y Medica. Use los enlaces de arriba para aprender mas sobre este tema.

El Departamento Laboral de los Estados Unidos Tiene un sitio web en Español. Por favor utilice este enlace.

Visit the website at www.secareercenter.org Register for Job Search at www.jobs4tn.gov Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am –4:30 pm

Hamilton County American Job Center 5600 Brainerd Road Suite A-5 Chattanooga, TN 37411 423-894-5354 McMinn & Meigs County American Job Center 410 North Congress Parkway Athens, TN 37411 423-745-2028

Bradley & Polk County American Job Center 3535 Adkisson Drive Technology Bldg - Suite 130A Cleveland, TN 37311 423-790-5552 Rhea County American Job Center 200 4th Avenue Dayton, TN 37321 423-570-1107

Marion & Sequatchie County American Job Center 5510 US-41 Highway Jasper, TN 37347 423-837-9103 Bledsoe County Municipal Building 25 Municipal Drive Pikeville, TN 37321 423-570-1107

  • Wednesday ONLY

  • 9:00 – 3:30 CST

Financial Aid Available for Certain Families That Lost Employment Due to COVID-19

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is making essential financial resources available to families that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. Beginning 10 A.M. CST Thursday, March 26, families can begin applying, online, for up to two months of emergency cash assistance if they were employed as of March 11, 2020 and they’ve lost employment or at least 50% of their earned income as a result of the pandemic.

All TDHS offices are currently operating on appointment only as a precaution for COVID-19. During this time, the department is asking applicants to complete the application process for emergency cash assistance online at https://tdhs.service-now.com/relief?id=relief_registration. Applicants are required to upload their verification to the application prior to submitting to TDHS. Once the application and verifications have been submitted, no further action will be needed. Applicants DO NOT need to call the DHS office for an interview. Applicants will receive a notification of denial or approval via email within 5 days. If approved, applicants can expect an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card to be sent within 5-7 days of approval via mail.

The Emergency Cash Assistance provides two monthly cash payments to families that were employed as of March 11, 2020 and have lost a job or lost at least 50% of their earned income due to the COVID-19 emergency. This money is funded by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and provides:

· $500 for a household of 1 to 2 persons.

· $750 for a household of 3 to 4 persons.

· $1000 for a household with 5 or more persons.

This assistance is available in addition to any unemployment benefits individuals in the family may be receiving.

To be eligible, families must have been employed as of March 11, 2020 but have since then lost employment or at least 50% of their earned income due to the COVID-19 emergency, include a child under the age of 18 or a pregnant woman, have a valid Social Security Number, must not have resources exceeding $2000, and the gross and/or unearned monthly income may not exceed 85% of the State’s Median Income that’s currently:

· Gross Monthly Income of $2,696 for a household of one.

· Gross Monthly Income of $3,526 for a household of two.

· Gross Monthly Income of $4,356 for a household of three.

· Gross Monthly Income of $5,185 for a household of four.

· Gross Monthly Income of $6,015 for a household of five.

“We know the next few months are going to be a challenge for families across our state who unexpectedly lost a job through no fault of their own,” said TDHS Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes. “This emergency cash assistance will provide families with the temporary resources they need to support themselves during what we hope will be a short time away from their jobs. Helping families through this emergency is how we continue building a thriving Tennessee.”

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is a federal workforce development and employment program emphasizing work, training, and personal responsibility. It is temporary and has a primary focus on gaining self-sufficiency through employment. Existing TANF customers receiving Families First benefits will be eligible to apply for this emergency cash assistance.

Learn more about the Tennessee Department of Human Services at www.tn.gov/humanservices.

NASHVILLE - El Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Tennessee (TDHS) está poniendo a disposición recursos financieros esenciales para las familias que han sido afectadas significativamente por la emergencia COVID-19. A partir de las 10 a.m. CST el jueves 26 de marzo, las familias pueden comenzar a solicitar, en línea, hasta dos meses de asistencia monetaria de emergencia si estaban empleados desde el 11 de marzo de 2020 y como resultado han perdido el empleo o al menos el 50% de sus ingresos ganados de la pandemia.

Actualmente, todas las oficinas de TDHS operan con cita previa solo como precaución para COVID-19. Durante este tiempo, el departamento solicita a los solicitantes que completen el proceso de solicitud de asistencia de emergencia en efectivo en línea en https://tdhs.service-now.com/relief?id=relief_registration. Los solicitantes deben cargar su verificación a la solicitud antes de enviarla a TDHS. Una vez que se hayan presentado la solicitud y las verificaciones, no se necesitarán más acciones. Los solicitantes NO necesitan llamar a la oficina del DHS para una entrevista. Los solicitantes recibirán una notificación de denegación o aprobación por correo electrónico dentro de los 5 días. Si se aprueba, los solicitantes pueden esperar que se envíe una tarjeta de transferencia electrónica de beneficios (EBT) dentro de los 5-7 días posteriores a la aprobación por correo.

La Asistencia en Efectivo de Emergencia proporciona dos pagos mensuales en efectivo a las familias que estaban empleadas a partir del 11 de marzo de 2020 y que han perdido un trabajo o al menos el 50% de sus ingresos ganados debido a la emergencia COVID-19. Este dinero es financiado por el programa de Asistencia Temporal para Familias Necesitadas y proporciona:

· $ 500 para un hogar de 1 a 2 personas.

· $ 750 para un hogar de 3 a 4 personas.

· $ 1000 para un hogar con 5 o más personas.

Esta asistencia está disponible además de los beneficios de desempleo que pueden recibir los individuos de la familia.

Para ser elegible, las familias deben haber estado empleadas a partir del 11 de marzo de 2020, pero desde entonces han perdido el empleo o al menos el 50% de sus ingresos ganados debido a la emergencia de COVID-19, incluido un niño menor de 18 años o una mujer embarazada , tener un Número de Seguro Social válido, no debe tener recursos superiores a $ 2000, y el ingreso mensual bruto y / o no derivado del trabajo no puede exceder el 85% del Ingreso Medio del Estado que actualmente es:

· Ingreso bruto mensual de $ 2,696 para un hogar de uno.

· Ingreso bruto mensual de $ 3,526 para un hogar de dos.

· Ingreso bruto mensual de $ 4,356 para un hogar de tres.

· Ingreso bruto mensual de $ 5,185 para un hogar de cuatro.

· Ingreso bruto mensual de $ 6,015 para un hogar de cinco.

"Sabemos que los próximos meses serán un desafío para las familias en todo nuestro estado que inesperadamente perdieron un trabajo sin culpa propia", dijo la comisionada de TDHS, Danielle W. Barnes. “Esta asistencia monetaria de emergencia proporcionará a las familias los recursos temporales que necesitan para mantenerse durante lo que esperamos que esté a poca distancia de sus trabajos. Ayudar a las familias a superar esta emergencia es cómo continuamos construyendo un próspero Tennessee ”.

El programa de Asistencia Temporal para Familias Necesitadas (TANF) es un programa federal de desarrollo y empleo de la fuerza laboral que enfatiza el trabajo, la capacitación y la responsabilidad personal. Es temporal y se centra principalmente en ganar autosuficiencia a través del empleo. Los clientes existentes de TANF que reciban los beneficios de Families First serán elegibles para solicitar esta asistencia de emergencia en efectivo.

Obtenga más información sobre el Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Tennessee en www.tn.gov/humanservices.

If you have any questions, concerns, feedback or information you would like to share please contact your team at Co. Si tiene alguna pregunta, preocupación, sugerencia o información que desea compartir, por favor contacte a su equipo de Co. Angela Garcia: agarcia@lapazchattanooga.org Irma Velazquez: ivelazquez@lapazchattanooga.org


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