Workforce Development & COVID-19 – Today’s Update
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April 28, 2020
Getting Employees Back from Unemployment

As New York businesses slowly begin to reopen, many are having difficulty getting employees previously furloughed or laid off to return to work. One reason may be the generous unemployment (UI) benefits provided as part of the federal CARES Act passed in March. In addition to extending the period benefits are available by an additional 13 weeks and adding additional qualifying reasons for receiving benefits, the CARES Act provided an additional temporary $600 per week for each UI recipient affected by the COVID pandemic. As a result, it is entirely possible that employees you furloughed/laid off are receiving more from UI than they did working for you. 

Impact of the Coronavirus on Employers Part IV: Reopening
It’s time to consider the human resource impact of bringing our workforce back to full speed as the virus winds down. We’ll discuss getting employees back from unemployment, developing a workplace safety plan and interacting safely with customers.
Date | TOMORROW, Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Time | 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost | Free for Business Council members, $99 for non-members
Presented By | Frank Kerbein, Director of the Center for Human Resources
FEMA Grants for Fire Service Organizations

Fire service organizations nationwide with membership on the front lines in the fight against the coro navirus (COVID-19) pandemic can apply for a share of $100 million in funding to purchase personal protective equipment and supplies.

The funding is part of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act through FEMA Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).
FEMA will begin accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant - COVID-19 Supplemental Program (AFG-S) on Tuesday, April 28. 
The deadline for applications is May 15.

AFG-S provides direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations and state fire training academies.

The online AFG-S Grant Program application is available through the AFGP FEMA Grants Outcomes (GO) application portal .
COVID-19 Prevention, Preparedness and Response Plan to Return to Work
DATE: Thursday, April 30th
TIME: 1:00pm
With plans to re-open hopefully just around the corner, business leaders and owners must be prepared to bring employees back to the workplace, address new concerns and navigate updated safety measures.
Join the Chamber for a webinar with Scott McKenna, from Catamount Consulting , who will give us an update on the current workplace environment, how-to maintain social distancing and necessary precautions businesses will need to be aware of moving forward. He will provide professional guidance and share documents on protocols for your staff to safely return to work.

Click below to register
SNAP-Ed News & Updates

SNAP-Ed is a FREE, confidential nutrition education program that helps families manage food resources during tough economic times. The Extension Nutrition Team of knowledgeable nutrition educators provide practical, hands-on activities and skills for healthy meal prep, as well as explore the importance of physical activity in a healthy lifestyle for the community members in the North Country.
Read more Here

Sign up for Benefits now!

The Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. it can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet.
To find out more about SNAP Benefits and other assistance program you may be eligible for visit:

If you need help applying for SNAP, call or email a Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) Coordinator. NOEP Coordinators tell you if you may be eligible for SNAP, answer any questions you may have, and help you complete and submit your application. It is free and confidential.
Clinton -Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc.- 518-563-4022 x112
Franklin - Maximizing Independent Living Center - 518-483-2151
Jefferson - Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County, Inc. - 315-955-9319
 St. Lawrence - Maximizing Independent Living Center- 315-764-9442 x405
**Unemployment Insurance**
Filing for Unemployment Insurance

Extended telephone filing hours as follows:
Monday through Thursday, 8am to 7:30pm.
Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm.
Saturday, 7:30am to 8:00pm.

  • Click HERE for the link to our website
  • Click on Covid-19 Workforce Resources
  • Unemployment Insurance Information
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