E-Alert #11 | COVID-19
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North SA Chamber Supports HEROES Act | PPP Expansion Bill
Health & Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act | The U.S. House passed the HEROES Act bill, which responds to the COVID-19 its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.

Local Chamber, Tourism, and 501(c)(6) Protection Act - 2020 | T his bill amends the Small Business Act to expand the Paycheck Protection Program for certain organizations, such as 501(c)6 non-profits. Find details of the bill at Paycheck Protection Program Expansion Bill as introduced and referred to the House Committee on Small Business .

The 4 th Congressional relief package passed in March excluded chambers and trade, professional, and destination management organizations that play a critical role in providing services and support to local business and workforce communities and more so when rebuilding our local economy. The North Chamber joined other San Antonio area partners by signing on to these letters sent to House and Senate Congressional Leaders.
Governor Abbott and State Leaders
Urge Congress to Support Employer Liability Protections
May 12 | In a letter to Congressional leaders, the State of Texas urged support for liability protections for Texas employers in the next phase of federal COVID-19 relief legislation. This legislation would protect business owners, healthcare facilities and employees, and first responders from being held liable for COVID-19 exposure claims when they adhere to relevant public health guidelines and make good faith efforts to limit the risk of exposure and infection. Read more .
Monthly Survey Results
U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) Poll | Americans support protecting employers from coronavirus lawsuits. ILR National COVID-19 Liability Survey results revealed that Americans across the political spectrum believe that employers must have protections from COVID-related lawsuits as they make decisions about how to safely and sustainably reopen their businesses.

More than six in ten Americans say that Congress should extend liability protections to employers from lawsuits related to the coronavirus.

U.S. Chamber & MetLife Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll | Results of the Small Business Impact Poll show small businesses adopted new practices. To mitigate financial impact of the pandemic:

  • 27% shortened their hours
  • 26% asked customers for support or started a crowdfunding campaign
  • 19% adjusted employee salaries or hours
  • 19% applied for a working capital loan, an almost five-fold increase since last March

U.S. Chamber executive vice president & chief policy officer, Neil Bradley's statement
Re-Open SA | Information & Resources
Download CO-Reopening Guide by U.S. Chamber for with tools and strategy needed to communicate with employees, customers and business partners.
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