WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY:
You are advised to set guidelines for your employees while they are working. Washing hands regularly with soap and water, using antibacterial sanitizers, disinfecting work areas, and refraining from sharing food and non-essential group events are all suggested. If possible, you may choose to have your employees work remotely, or at least prepare them to be able to work remotely in the event that any of your employees or your business is directly impacted by Coronavirus. Many companies have canceled all non-essential business travel, especially to those highly affected countries such as Iran, Italy, China, and Israel.
REDUCED WORK HOURS:
Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the
UI Work Sharing Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs — retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent.
Work Sharing Program
to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.
Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the
oronavirus can get help through the
Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. For more information, refer to the
Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF)