Through our alliance with NOACC (Norther Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce), we are able to offer many benefits to our members. NOACC has partnered with a company to off PPE at a discount for Chamber members in need. Please reach out with any questions you may have or if you are in need of help placing an order for your business.
The Ohio Job and Family Service Director Association and the County Commissioners Association of Ohio will host a webinar entitled Navigating Unemployment Insurance During COVID-19: Tips and Pathways for Employers this Thursday, April 23rd at 11:00 AM.
Julie Barone, Legal Chief, OUIO Legal Support at the ODJFS Office of Unemployment Insurance will provide a high-level overview of the SharedWork Ohio program, a vital layoff aversion tool that allows employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. The presentation will also cross-reference the programs and funding options available under the CARES Act.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Julie is chief of the Legal Support Section for the ODJFS Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations. She began her career in 2001 as an Assistant Attorney General for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, litigating on behalf of ODJFS and several other clients. In 2005, she accepted a position as in-house legal counsel for the department, and she has been serving in legal and policy roles for ODJFS ever since. Juliane served as an integral part of the team that oversaw the legislative drafting and implementation of the SharedWork Ohio program, Ohio’s premier layoff aversion program. During the current COVID-19 crisis, she has been volunteering her time promoting SharedWork Ohio to employers to help them retain jobs.
To register for the webinar, please visit this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7673556927810992143
As we all start preparing for what our new normal looks like, it is important to stay connected and communicate with your customers, your staff and your commuity. The Comminucation Recovery Plan is 6 simple things you can implement now to keep your business front and center.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2020
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COVID-19 Update: Liquor Sales, Office of Small Business Relief, Ohio Prisons, SNAP Payments(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH, provided the following updates on Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION VOTE:
The Ohio Liquor Control Commission passed an emergency rule to allow establishments with an existing on-premises liquor permit to sell and deliver alcohol, including high-proof liquor in limited quantity, for off-premises consumption.
Breweries can also now sell beer and wine that are not their own without food purchase, but food purchase is required for the sale of high-proof liquor.
Under the rule, patrons can purchase no more than two drinks per meal. All drinks must be closed and remain closed during transport as per the open container law cited in ORC 4301.01(B)(6). Drinks cannot contain more than two ounces of spirituous liquor per container.
This rule will remain in effect for up to 120 days unless rescinded by the Liquor Control Commission, whichever occurs first.
Similar emergency rulings have been enacted recently in other states, such as New York and Texas, to provide some financial relief to restaurants and bars that have had to close their dining rooms to contain the spread of COVID-19.
As always, patrons are encouraged to drink responsibly and obey all applicable laws.
OFFICE OF SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF:
A new office has been developed within the Ohio Development Services Agency to better coordinate Ohio's efforts to identify and provide support for Ohio’s nearly 950,000 small businesses.
The Office of Small Business Relief will:
Select Offenders Within 90 Days of Release
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Annette Chambers-Smith today recommended to the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee (CIIC) that certain inmates scheduled to be released in the next 90 days be released sooner to allow for increased social distancing between prison staff and inmates, pursuant to Ohio's overcrowding emergency statute (ORC 2967.18).
A total of 141 inmates are under consideration for release.
"We're not looking to release every inmate scheduled to be released in the next 90 days, rather we're talking about specific cases that fit very specific criteria," said Governor DeWine. "We will not be sending murderers, sex offenders, and the like home early."
In determining which inmates may qualify for early release, inmates were disqualified if they:
60+ Years Old with Medical Condition(s)
An additional 26 inmates who are over the age of 60 and suffering from one or more chronic health conditions are also under consideration for release. These inmates have served more than half of their sentences and meet similar criteria to the list above.
Due to these individuals’ medical vulnerability and other factors, Governor DeWine is asking judges and prosecutors associated with these cases to waive the required 60 days' notice so that these cases can move straight to the parole board. The parole board is prepared to begin meeting on Friday to address these matters. In cases where there are specific victims who must be notified, those victims will receive notice and have the opportunity for their voices to be heard.
After the parole board makes a recommendation on these 26 cases, Governor DeWine committed to acting quickly to decide in favor of or against a commutation in each case.
If the parole board recommends that a sentence be commuted, the board can also recommend additional conditions upon the release of the inmate. The governor can accept those conditions or add to them. If the conditions are violated, the offender would be sent back to prison to complete his/her sentence.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced today that those who did not already receive the maximum monthly allotment for their household size from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in March will be issued an additional payment beginning this week.
All SNAP-eligible households will also soon be able to pick up a pre-packaged box of food at their local food bank. Ohio obtained federal approval to waive the administrative verification normally required at food banks to streamline the process and limit person-to-person contact.
CURRENT OHIO DATA:
There are 4,782 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 167 deaths. A total of 1,354 people have been hospitalized, including 417 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Video of today's full update, including versions with foreign language closed captioning, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel's YouTube page.
For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
BREAKING: With $349 billion in emergency capital cleared, SBA and The U.S. Department of the Treasury begin an unprecedented public-private mobilization effort to distribute funds to help small businesses.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (#CARESAct) established a new $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program, which will provide much-needed relief to millions of small businesses so they can sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed.
The new program will help small businesses with their payroll and other business operating expenses. It will provide critical capital to businesses without collateral requirements, personal guarantees, or SBA fees – all with a 100% guarantee from SBA. All loan payments will be deferred for six months. SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first eight weeks of payroll costs, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest.
▶️ Read the full press release: http://ow.ly/2OYT50z1xEU
▶️ Learn more about the Paycheck Protection Program and how to apply: https://sba.gov/coronavirus
Governor DeWine signed House Bill 197 which states that Ohio licenses (including driver licenses, Commercial Drivers License, and registrations) expiring during the declared State of Emergency shall remain valid until either 90 days after the declared emergency ends, or December 1st, 2020, which ever comes sooner. The State of Emergency was declared on March 9, 2020.
Good morning members,
I have attached the guidelines for both the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program as well as the Corona Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). Under the CARES Act, businesses may be eligible for a $10,000 advance on the EIDL, which does not need to be paid back.
All of the information being shared with you is now being condensed in to 1 page on our website and will be updated daily with any new information that is relevant to our business community. https://www.portclintonchamber.com/chamber-blog
If your business can offer help to other members at this time, please email me and let me know how and what services you are offering . This information will be added to the Blog/News page on our website.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program
Ohio has been declared a disaster state, therefore making Ohio businesses and non-profits statewide eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance through the Small Business Administration (SBA). Please understand that these will be loans, requiring repayment. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
These loans are only intended as working capital loans utilized to assist with impact caused by the coronavirus emergency efforts. The EIDL’s are not for other purposes such as expansion, new equipment, property purchase, etc. that do not have anything to do with the national emergency we are facing.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been signed into law. This Act provides additional assistance for small business owners, including the opportunity to receive up to a $10,000 Advance (which does not have to be repaid) on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for emergency capital. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is updating its system to implement this provision so small businesses can request an EIDL advance when they apply for the loan. This update will be available in the coming days.
In the interim period, you can still apply for a full Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), but will need to reapply for the Advance when the system is updated with a streamlined application. Once updated, the Advance will be included in your EIDL application process.
Ohio’s Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) system is the exclusive provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Ohio and serves 249,000 public and private employers.
To help businesses facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio BWC is announcing that insurance premium installment payments due for March, April, and May for the current policy year may be deferred until June 1, 2020. At that time the matter will be reconsidered.
"BWC will not cancel coverage or assess penalties for amounts not paid because of the coronavirus pandemic," said Lt. Governor Husted. "Installment payments due for the three-month period are totaled at approximately $200 million, and that money will now stay in the economy."
For more information, visit bwc.ohio.gov.