Wednesday August 5, 2020
Here are the latest updates and resources for businesses and employees during this uncertain time. - Onward and Be Well!
WEBINAR: Selection, Interviewing, & Retention
In this class, ‘Selection, Interviewing, & Retention,” President and CEO, Gabrielle Petitto, from Gabrielle Theresa Holistic Coaching & Wellness, will discuss how to best attract, locate and retain top talent for your organization. 

  • Date: August 6, 2020
  • Time: 11:00AM – 12:30PM
  • Instructor: Gabrielle Petitto

What we will cover:

  • Marketing & Sourcing Open Positions
  • Interviewing Best Practices
  • Extending the Job Offer
  • Onboarding for Greater Retention
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that an additional state meets the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. 

The newly-added state is:
  • Rhode Island

The following states have been removed:
  • Delaware
  • Washington DC

This brings the total to 35 states. A full list can be found  here.
When Will Bowling Alleys and Gyms Reopen? It's Not Clear
We share the linked article below as we continue to call on the state for guidelines and communications for remaining businesses still left out of the reopening process, including bowling alleys, gyms and movie theaters. The total lack of any communication from the state is leaving these businesses in total limbo as they now approach five months of closure.

NEW YORK STATE: PLEASE PROVIDE AT LEAST SOME INDICATION OF CURRENT THINKING AND PLANNING, AND AN INDICATION OF WHEN GUIDELINES CAN BE EXPECTED.
CCHD Received National “2020 Promising Practice Award”
One of 36 health departments selected, and among only six in New York State, Clinton County Health Department (CCHD) recently received a national award highlighting its development of a program that could potentially be replicated nationwide.
The 2020 Promising Practice Award, is distributed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

CCHD’s chosen submission, “Leading Local Health Care Transformation: A Collective Impact Initiative”, detailed a partnership with Adirondacks Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in support of local primary care providers, with the project addressing quality improvement and patient education.

The overall project’s goal was to “improve practice performance while simultaneously increasing patient awareness and the practice of preventative health behaviors”, said the release.

Mandy Snay, director of health planning and promotion at CCHD, shared, “[W]e were able to use our skills in facilitating systems changes and for disseminating health messages to help the Adirondacks ACO, local provider offices, and patients.”
What to do When a Customer Claims Exemption from the Mask Requirement?
We thank our friends at the New York State Brewers Association for this insightful response to this question, including the use of fake documentation purporting to approve an individual to not wear a mask where otherwise required.

While aimed at brewers, this information should be of interest to all businesses dealing with such questions.

While you cannot legally ask what their medical condition is, you CAN deny them entry to your breweries if they refuse to wear a mask or face covering. And no, there are no cards being issued allowing mask exemptions, these are fake. 

NYSBA president Chris Ericson recently reached out to the Essex County Department of Health with this issue and they said the following:
 
There is nothing specific to mask wearing in the Americans with Disabilities Act. If a person states they are medically exempt from wearing a mask, you cannot ask for medical documentation, or specific questions about their condition. You can offer to accommodate them in other ways - curbside pickup/take-out/to-go orders - but you do not have to allow them to enter your store or establishment if they cannot or will not comply with the mask mandate.
 
Executive Order 202.34 spells this out.
COVID-19 Impact on Childcare:
Prior to the pandemic, the economic impact of childcare breakdowns cost communities, employers, and states significantly. That was when economies were strong and unemployment low. Now, COVID-19 has changed childcare as we knew it.

To better understand the impact of COVID-19 on childcare, we are looking at every angle of those affected, including the revised childcare equations of parents, employer solutions, and childcare provider needs and capacity constraints. We'll be sharing new data accompanied by the stories behind those numbers over the next several months. Childcare challenges are persistent and complex—further complicated by this pandemic. 

By understanding the diverse perspectives of those impacted, we can begin to identify solutions to recover together.
New Report: Working Parents, Childcare, & COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families are experiencing additional challenges in finding childcare that meets their needs.

In June 2020, the US Chamber Foundation surveyed working parents from across the country to understand the impact that childcare has on their ability to return to work.
Path Forward With Dr. Fauci
The U.S. Chamber Foundation hosted a special Path Forward program featuring a conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Chamber president Suzanne Clark. Dr. Fauci offered his perspectives on the state of the pandemic, prospects for a vaccine, reopening schools, and what businesses should be doing to prepare for the coming months. 
QUICK LINKS:

  • Forward NY: Official State Website for opening procedures and guidelines.

  • Looking for Supplies: If your business is looking for hard to find protective products, we have created a list of businesses offering hand sanitizer, gloves, wipes, masks and other items.


  • Now Hiring: Whether you are hiring or looking for work, we have a page dedicated to helping pair potential employees with employers.

  • Webinars: Did you miss one of our webinars, you can find them all here.

  • SCORE: Visit Scores Coronavirus page for webinars and useful articles for small businesses.
To help the North Country reopen safely and meet the state and local mandates, The North Country Chamber of Commerce has created a comprehensive list of resources to navigate state and local requirements. Check out the home page for details. There is also a series of webinars available for businesses to help educate and provide answers to common questions.
Have Questions? We're here to help!

North Country Chamber of Commerce
518.563.1000