MARCH 22 - MARCH 28, 2020
Greetings!

Many of you reading this are settled into your new home office, adjusting to a new of way of working. Our team has gone remote too, and we use our daily virtual meetings to keep us connected and inspired. If this is all new to you, we are offering a virtual event just for you. In fact, we have lawyers on hand to answer your contract and employment needs, and two listening sessions with Congressman Jared Golden this week. Scroll down for all virtual events. We have worked hard to respond to your questions and needs- and are taking seriously how hard this is for you right now.

Many of you are making changes- big and small- to your teams and operations. We want to promote your new curbside, takeout, or delivery services as you introduce them. Check out #LAAdapts , a new site from us for all in the LA Region, with a business directory anyone can add to, and a listing of who is open and adapting.

We know the coming weeks will require a lot from us in LA, and we know this business community is one that can meet the challenge. Business leaders everywhere are innovating , swapping their primary product for one that is in high demand for the health of our communities. If this might be you, contact me - we are actively looking to connect manufacturers, brewers, and distilleries with innovative roles.


Stay safe,
 
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Pay it Forward Maine
Check out #PayItForwardMaine
You can Pay It Forward, Maine! Support small business- right now! You can share posts, photos, and actions about how you are paying it forward with #PayItForwardMaine. Things you can do today:
  • Buy a gift certificate- for goods, services, and food. Enjoy later.
  • Get takeout or curbside. Check here, and list yourself here. It's free for all.
  • Purchase merchandise- retail, salons, and restaurants.
  • Check out the statewide campaign with a free toolkit.
NEW! VIRTUAL EVENTS
General Business Law Topics with Brann & Isaacson Law
Corona Virus Specific - Attorneys will focus on force majeure contract defenses, business interruption insurance, and loan forbearance strategies and programs, and what a business needs to know regarding the state’s new law providing unemployment coverage for employees laid off because of the corona virus.  Program will be 30 minutes long with ample time for Q&A.

Monday, March 23, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Leading Teams in a Virtual Environment with Jill Parker
If you are now leading a team through Zoom or other virtual meeting tools, join this free virtual learning session. Your team will thank you.

Tuesday Mar 24, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

Employment Law Topics with Brann & Isaacson Law
Corona Virus Specific - Emergency employment legislation and Families First Corona Virus Response Act h ave introduced new employment laws to navigate. Attorney will address key issues of pay, leaves, quarantine, return to work, travel bans, medical notes, confidentiality, and disability rights. Get the overview with discussion and moderated Q&A.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Listening Session with Congressman Jared Golden for Employers
Hear updates on the status of emergency legislation in Congress, and share how you are being impacted. Moderated discussion is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
3:00 PM -4:00 PM EDT

Listening Session with Congressman Jared Golden for Employees
Hear updates on the status of emergency legislation in Congress, and share more about the shifts to your own employment status. Moderated discussion is free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 26, 2020
10:30 AM-11:30 AM EDT
BUSINESS SUPPORTS
Local Tax Relief + Time Sensitive Info. for Maine Small Businesses
There is widespread recognition that our small businesses are the heart of our local economy, and local, state and federal officials are acting fast to provide relief. Visit each of the links below for the most up to date information regarding your business and employees.
COVID-19 Information for Agriculture + Food Businesses
Keeping Maine's agricultural producers, businesses and service providers as up-to-date as possible on health and safety issues with the ongoing COVID-19 situation,
Local Multi-Language Resources

The city of Lewiston is providing several videos explaining general CDC information and specific State of Maine guidelines regarding COVID-19 in multiple languages.
EDUCATION
Pandemic Resources for Schools
As schools review plans and guidelines, pandemic resources can be found here.
Museums Around the World
12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch
COMMUNITY + QUALITY OF LIFE
Available Local Farm Products and
Alternative Pick-Up Options
Many farms across Maine have added alternative ways customers can obtain farm products to accommodate for social distancing in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Free Wifi for Families with Students
You can get free Spectrum internet for 60 days if you live in a household with a K-12 or college student
UNEMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS
Unemployment Insurance FAQs
Governor Mills has introduced, and on March 17 the Legislature passed, emergency legislation to support workers and businesses economically impacted by COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Paid sick leave and paid family leave to address work and employment interruptions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. 

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