Employees are the lifeblood of many small businesses, but often staff members must pay the price when business slows down. Here is some guidance for handling employee relations if your business is facing hard times.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
The new program opens up state-level unemployment benefits to those who are typically not eligible, including self-employed individuals, independent contractors and workers with limited employment history. PUA goes hand in hand with other changes that extend unemployment benefits for an extra 11 weeks and gives workers an additional $300 a week. Read more.
If business is going strong but your employees are personally struggling, you may consider lending them money. Read more.
Keep employees safe if your business stays open or reopens
For businesses that are open during the crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been promoting best practices for businesses and employers during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.