Road to Recovery Roundtable: Employee and Customer Safety

Tuesday, May 19 at 1:30

As you think about reopening one of the things you will be considering is the safety of your employees and customers. Hear from others in the community about what they are doing. 

Greg Anderson - President, Standing Stone Coffee Company

Gloria Carbaugh - HR Manager, Superior Huntingdon Composites, LLC

Mathue Nissley - Store Manager, Cricket Wireless at One-Stop

Jess Peters, President - A-1 Pro Cleaning and Restoration, Inc.

Kammi Plummer - Director of Admissions/Community Outreach, AristaCare at
Huntingdon Park

Doug Roles - Vice President of Member Services, Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Central Keystone Valley HR Professionals …formerly Human Resources Association of Centre County is happy to be back with virtual education opportunities. See below for our upcoming webinar. There is no cost to attend, but registration is necessary to receive the meeting credentials. Please register from our meeting & Events page .

Bringing Employees Back … A Legal Perspective
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 11:00-12:00

As the country moves into the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions are gradually relaxed within states and municipalities, bringing your employees back to work will not be as simple as flipping a switch. We are offering guidance in the form of a webinar featuring Amy McAndrews from MEA with suggestions on best "return to work" practices from legal perspective.

Amy McAndrew, Esq. — Director of Legal and Compliance Services, MEA
Amy McAndrew is MidAtlantic Employers’ Association’s (MEA) Director of Legal and Compliance Services. Amy is a highly skilled labor and employment law attorney who spent 18 years with the Philadelphia-based law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP, a general practice firm with offices throughout the United States. She then spent a year with Littler Mendelson P.C., an international Labor and Employment law firm, before joining MEA. Amy graduated from Rutgers College with a double major in English and Communication, where she received highest honors in Communication and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Amy went on to graduate cum laude from Boston College Law School in 1994.
As Director of Member Legal Services at MEA, Amy provides legal advice and compliance services to the Association’s Members, in addition to providing Members with updates on developments in employment law. Amy is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.                                  
NFIB Webinar
Small Business and COVID-19: PPP Loan Forgiveness Explained and Other Questions Answered

Wed., May 20th, 2020, 12:00 PM ET
Presented by: Elizabeth Milito, Senior Executive Counsel, Legal Foundation, NFIB, Holly Wade Director, NFIB Research Center, Colin Barrett, President/CEO of the Tennessee Bankers Association
This Week on Path Forward: 
Social Distancing, Sanitization, and More: How to Create a Healthy Environment for Employees and Customers.

How will office buildings, storefronts, and other places of business need to change in order to facilitate adequate social-distancing? What new cleaning and sanitization procedures can be put in place to keep customers and employees safe?

Current speakers include:

Joseph Allen, Assistant Professor of Exposure Assessment Science, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Malia Jones, Assistant Scientist, Applied Population Laboratory, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Suzanne Clark, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Host)

More speakers will be announced soon.  Register now
REMINDER: Things to Consider if Reopening Prior to
the Governor's Authorization

Elected officials in several Pennsylvania counties, including Huntingdon County, have indicated plans to deviate from the Governor's businesses shutdown order and expedite the timeline for businesses to resume operations.
The Governor responded to these announcements with threats to withhold federal funding from these counties and revoke licenses or permits from businesses who violate the state order. The Administration also warned that commercial insurance will not cover claims for businesses that resume operations prior to state authorization. 
Many employers are tragically facing an existential dilemma of either resuming operations and risking punishment or remaining closed and possibly shuttering forever.
Here are some things to consider if you do plan to reopen prior to the Governor giving authorization to do so.
·          Whenever a business resumes operations, whether based on state or county direction, they are responsible for the health and safety of their employees and customers and must be prepared to comply with federal and state workplace safety guidelines . The PA Chamber's   Bringing PA Back website   includes helpful information for employers in general and industry-specific guidance.
·        The Governor's threats to revoke licenses and permits should not be taken lightly – the Commonwealth   administers over 250 types of professional licenses  c overing a wide range of industries.  Employers are encouraged to consult with an attorney and understand the ramifications of their decisions. 
·        Despite the Governor's broad statement regarding insurance, it's likely coverage and consideration of claims will be fact-specific and vary based on policy . Employers are encouraged to contact their insurance carrier and inquire whether operating under these circumstances could jeopardize coverage.
·          While the Governor's business shutdown order is being challenged in court, his authority has been upheld up to this point.  

State Police plan to enforce the Governor's orders . Click here to watch.

Here is the process if a business is reported for non-compliance/violation provided by the office of Representative Rich Irvin.

New page added to Huntingdon County Strong. Click here for the Road to Recovery.

PA Chamber Launches 'Bringing PA Back' Initiative Website

Guidance from trusted sources on workplace readiness – such as cleaning and safety standards; employment opportunities; industry-specific guidance; and policy recommendations that will help to revive Pennsylvania's economy. 

Map of the Commonwealth – identifying which phase of the re-opening process each county is currently in – along with an overview of the Wolf administration's guidance for each phase. 
Click here to download.
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Click here to download the Independent Contractors Guide
to download
the Small Business Guide
& Checklist.
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No more applications are being accepted.

The U.S. Small Business Administration  is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans of up to $2 million for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

Currently not accepting applications.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to eligible small businesses during this time.

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