The Ultimate COVID-19 #ConnectorsWhoCare Survival Kit - Second Edition
Posted by The O'Connor Group on March 31, 2020
Thank you for your amazing feedback from our first edition of The Ultimate #ConnectorsWhoCare Survival Kit! We are so excited to continue sharing information we feel would be of interest to all of you. Again, we welcome your ideas and thoughts and never forget that we WILL get through this together!
Tip #1: Family First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA)
What exactly is the FFCRA? We put together some information to try to help you navigate through this new law that goes into effect this Wednesday, April 1st.
Please click on the links below to learn more.
Tip #2: Remote Work Resources
We are getting a lot of questions about the new normal, the remote workforce. So, we wanted to share with you a couple of helpful guides!
- Our friends at Delegate Solutions who have been remote for over a decade, share their expertise on how to quickly roll out a successful remote work strategy to keep you and your team productive and connected during this time of crisis. Learn more here: Delegate Solutions Running Remote Resources.
- Our friend Keca Ward, from Phenom People put together this wonderful article about how to keep employees productive during a crisis.
- Lastly, one of our strategic partners, Inspirit Growth, offers 20 Tips To Sustain Working Remotely.
Tip #3: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
President Donald Trump signed into law the third and largest coronavirus relief package, which is meant to help struggling businesses and displaced workers during the pandemic. The U.S. Senate approved the $2 trillion response bill on March 25 and the House of Representatives followed suit on March 27.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act aims to boost the economy with provisions that impact:
- Unemployment insurance
- Business loans
- Employer-sponsored health insurance
- Retirement savings
- Employer-provided education assistance
Here are a few other helpful resources:
- CARES Act Check List from the US Chamber of Commerce
- SHRM Analysis CARES Act
- The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
Need help navigating what this means for your organization? Let’s chat!
Tip #4: Employee Benefits
If you offer benefits, it’s really important to understand what you can and cannot do if you are planning to go through layoffs or a furlough. It’s equally important to know what your carrier offers to your employees when they are being tested or need to be hospitalized. We have provided a few links that will help answer some of your questions.
Tip #5: Give Back
We need your help!
- Some of our team members have been working diligently to make face masks for health care facilities all over the country. Elastic has been extremely hard to find! If you have access to elastic or know where to find it, please contact us. For those of you that are interested in making face masks, or even if you want to whip out your sewing machine and give it a whirl, here is a Face Mask Pattern and Face Mask Cut Out. Keep in mind these are not surgical or medical masks, but they will help prevent the spread of the virus. These masks can be washed and re-worn. Some people have stated using a hot iron after washing will also help with the disinfecting.
- The need for blood is constant and patients need your help. The American Red Cross is working quickly to identify and replace blood drives canceled due to workplace and school closures. Visit their website to find a location near you.
- Our friends at Life Sciences Pennsylvania put out an Urgent Call for Supplies and Expertise letter asking all organizations to consider how you may be able to help bring additional supplies and other resources to our Commonwealth’s healthcare institutions so they can continue to test and treat patients with COVID-19. View the List of Needed Supplies.
Tip #6: Layoff Survival Guide
Last week unemployment claims were at 3.3 million. It is a difficult time for so many of us and we really want to help. Our long-term friend and colleague, Carolyn Cott, sole proprietor of www.CarolynCottResumes.com, offers writing and revamping of resumes, LinkedIn profiles, bios, and cover letters. We worked together to create a Layoff Survival Guide that will help you position yourself in the current job market.
Tip #7: Navigating Furloughs & Layoffs
Last week, we were a part of a webinar that discussed the Best Practices to Implementing a Furlough in 2020. We had over 750 people in attendance, so we know it’s a hot topic. We are excited to share with you the recording as well as the date of our next webinar with this team to discuss How to Conduct Remote Layoffs on April 9 at 2:00 PM EST. Register here!
Tip #8: Talent Pool of Working Moms
Après is on a mission to help women reenter the workplace after a break in their career. If you're hiring, now is a great time to source from this work-ready talent pool already adept at working from home. Après will market each job to their 35K+ professionals.
Check out this article 7 Things Employers Can Do for Working Moms During COVID-19. I think we can all agree that this applies to our working Dad’s out there, too!
Tip #9: COVID-19 "Ask the EEOC" Webinar
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted a webinar addressing questions arising under any of the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The webinar answers questions submitted by the public about how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in light of the federal employment nondiscrimination laws the EEOC enforces – including the American’s with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII, and GINA. The webinar supplements the COVID-19 publications already available on the EEOC’s website: “What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19” and "Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act".
Tip #10: Useful Information
- If you cannot get to the grocery story, a family owned farm in NJ (Giordano) is offering a box of fresh food delivered to your home for $35. You will need to order online using this link.
- National Geographic is offering free stories for us to read – click here for more information.
- Can’t get out to send a card? No problem – this great service will help you do that! It’s called Group Ecard.
- Yes, we know cash is king – and if you haven’t signed up for our friend Ami Kassar's daily newsletter about the various loan choices out there, please do so. He has been amazing on explaining how to navigate the process.
- Visit the Yellowstone sound library, where you can immerse yourself in the aural landscape of America’s first national park. The files were actually recorded in the park – so soothing to hear!
Listen, the landscape of our businesses is changing rapidly. We understand and have experienced the challenges and confusion that comes along with the current work environment. We are here for you, and ready to help you gain the right Talent for your team AND support you in all of your Human Resources needs. We are here for you during this crazy time in our world.
Join us every Thursday afternoon for Ask HR Office Hours! Our experts will be hosting a live Q&A for all of your unanswered HR questions.
Use our Zoom Link to join!
Next session: Thursday, April 2 from 3-4PM EST
It’s another week...we can do this...we need to stick together AND let’s really try to help each other. Thank you for reading our Second Edition of The Ultimate #ConnectorsWhoCare Survival Kit. Remember to look for the silver lining during this challenging situation. We WILL get through this together. Stay well friends.
This information is provided for informational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. The O’Connor Group makes no representations as to the completeness, suitability, or validity of any information contained herein and will not be liable for any errors or omissions.