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Weekly Newsletter & updates
COVID-19 Information
Facebook Live with Governor Pete Rickets today, March 24th at 4:00pm CT / 3:00pm MT
Labor Commissioner Urges Nebraskans to File for Unemployment Benefits Online During COVID-19 Pandemic
Resources Available at NEworks.nebraska.gov
 
LINCOLN – Commissioner of Labor John H. Albin encourages workers and businesses to utilize resources available through the Nebraska Department of Labor as they respond to COVID-19.
 
“We understand this is a time of uncertainty for all Nebraskans, and we are here to support workers and employers as they navigate this challenging situation,” said Commissioner Albin.
 
Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Any workers in a non-paid status due to COVID-19 may file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits. Unemployment claims in Nebraska are filed online at NEworks.nebraska.gov . The NEworks mobile app is available to download for free.
 
On Tuesday, Governor Ricketts announced that from March 22 through May 2, NDOL would be waiving the requirement to search for work, as well as the requirement to serve an unpaid waiting week once eligibility is determined. Employers whose workers file claims tied to COVID-19 will also not be charged for those benefits. Nebraska’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund will instead be used. The Governor’s press release and Executive Order can be viewed here .
 
If an employer is laying off a large number of workers, they may file a claim in NEworks on behalf of these workers. Instructions are found on the NDOL website at: https://dol.nebraska.gov/UIBenefits
 
Short-Time Compensation
In addition to regular unemployment insurance benefits, employers also have the option of utilizing Short-Time Compensation (STC). The Short-Time Compensation program helps prevent layoffs by allowing employers to uniformly reduce affected employees’ hours by 10 to 60 percent while permitting the employees to receive a prorated unemployment benefit. For more information, see the information on this page: https://dol.nebraska.gov/stc
 
Assistance
Due to high call volume, unemployment insurance questions should be emailed to ndol.nichelp@nebraska.gov and should include contact information. Live chat assistance is available on NEworks.nebraska.gov .
 
Questions specific to short-time compensation should be sent to NDOL.STCLegal@nebraska.gov
 
There is no requirement to visit a job center to access these benefit programs. The job centers are adhering to social distancing guidance to protect the health of customers and the NDOL team. Job center locations and numbers are listed here .
Scotts Bluff County

Due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Scotts Bluff County announces that the Scotts Bluff County Administration Building is temporarily restricted to the public. If you have business with any office located within the Administration Building, please contact that office to set up an appointment in order to transact that business, or determine whether your business can be handled by telephone, online or via email. An attendant will be stationed at the west doors (11 th Street entrance) and anyone entering the building will be required to provide information to that attendant before entering the building.
Scotts Bluff County encourages citizens to use the online services available at the Scotts Bluff County website to cut down the amount of foot traffic in the courthouse and to limit the opportunity for community spread.

Drop boxes are being installed for public use beginning March 24, 2020 between the Courthouse and Administration Buildings, one for each building.
These boxes are for persons to drop off documents/payments for processing by a County office.  If you choose to utilize the drop box, be sure to place your documents/information inside an envelope which is clearly marked for a particular office.

For further resources, please visit the Scotts Bluff County website at www.scottsbluffcounty.org or the Nebraska Association of Counties’ website at www.nacone.org .

Phone numbers are as follows: 
  • Auto Registration 308-436-6616
  • Assessor 308-436-6627                    
  • Clerk 308-436-6600
  • Driver’s License – State of Nebraska 308-436-6597
  • Election Office 308-436-6653
  • General Assistance AND Health Department 308-436-6636
  • Human Resources 308-436-6718
  • Juvenile Probation 308-436-6655
  • Register of Deeds 308-436-6607
  • Sheriff 308-436-6667
  • Treasurer 308-436-6617
  • Tri-City Roadrunner 308-436-6687
  • Veterans Service 308-436-6643
  • W.I.N.G 308-436-4544

Public Works located at 785 Rundell Road which includes: Building & Zoning, GIS Mapping, Roads Department and Weed Control Offices 308-436-6700, will make arrangements to work with the public for permits or questions. 
COVID-19 Panhandle Update to Businesses & Employers  
Join us for a webinar on Mar 26, 2020 at 9:00 AM MDT.
We've updated our system to accommodate for more to participate.
 
Please join us for a COVID-19 virtual update for Panhandle Businesses & Employers. We'll share the most updated guidance and resources during this critical time.
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Restaurant Information

If anyone has questions about restaurants and what each might be doing please click on the button below. This gives an overveiw of what they are doing by clicking on the restaurants name.
Rolls & Issues Conference Calls
Rolls & Issues Conference Calls with Senator Stinner

The next Rolls & Issues Conference Call with Senator Stinner will be on Thursday, April 2nd at 7:30 a.m. You can use the phone bridge connection sponsored by CenturyLink and call in from your own office, from home or join us at the Chamber Office. The phone number to call is 308-635-8300.

This conference call with District 48 State Senator John Stinner gives you the opportunity to share your concerns and issues and stay informed on issues that pertain to our area and your business.
Additional Dates: April 16th.

If you have any questions please call the Chamber office at 308-632-2133
WNCC Upcoming Classes & Events
For more information or to register, call 308-635-6700 or visit www.wncc.edu/community/lifelong-learning
Upcoming Business After Hours
Postponed
WyoBraska Gives

Thursday, March 19, 2020
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Gering High School
Postponed
Champion Realty

Thursday, March 26, 2020
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

1904 1st Avenue
Scottsbluff
Main Street Market /
Rural Radio Scottsbluff

Thursday, May 7, 2020
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

401 S Beltline Hwy W
Main Street Market
Scottsbluff
Western Heritage Federal Credit Union

Thursday, May 21, 2020
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

901 W 29th Street
Scottsbluff
Western Nebraska Pioneers

Thursday, May 28, 2020
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

800 13th Street
Oregon Trail Park Stadium
Gering
1517 Broadway, Suite 104 | Scottsbluff, NE 69361
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