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The circumstances surrounding the coronavirus are continuing to develop each day, and with the rapid-fire nature of the modern media, you may be unsure of the next steps you should take. The health and safety of our members is a priority for NPTA.

Please use the following resources from our partners to help you understand and prepare:

Leadership

Harvard Business Review Articles on Remote Work 

Business Resources

Human Resources

Return to Work Sample Policy

In a continuing effort to provide resources necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic, Affinity HR Group has developed the following sample policy. While it is not necessary that employers have a policy for this purpose, some are requesting this guidance.

Preparing for Workplace Re-Entry During COVID-19

As state, local, and municipal governments take steps to re-open businesses across the country, employers must take a fresh look at their physical workspace, their workplace practices, and their communication and training of employees in order to prohibit the spread of the coronavirus and to protect their employees and clients to keep them safe.

Q&A: Returning to Work After COVID-19 Exposure

Q: We have an employee whose daughter tested positive for COVID-19.  Her daughter is now feeling better and my employee would like to come back to work, but I want to make sure she is not carrying the virus. What do you advise? Read more.

What to Do When COVID-19 Comes to Your Workplace

With the number of coronavirus cases growing exponentially across the country, all companies can expect to have at least one of their employees diagnosed with COVID-19, if they haven’t already. By establishing and communicating clear expectations and procedures now, you will help your employees know what to do to stay healthy and what to do if someone becomes sick.

COVID-19 HR Support by Affinity HR Group

Affinity HR Group is rolling out a new program for businesses to pre-purchase a discounted hour of consulting to be used in 10-minute increments to help companies manage through the COVID-19 crisis, including managing ongoing COVID-19 infections, risks, leave requests and more. Purchase your discounted hour of COVID-19 HR Support here.

Request for Emergency Paid Leave

To assist your company in managing paid sick leave or emergency FMLA as provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, NPTA partner, Affinity HR Group has provided a Request for Emergency Paid Leave form. Download the Word document here. Download the PDF file here.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, CARES Act for Small Businesses

The CARES Act tasks the Small Business Administration with overseeing the distribution of millions of dollars of loans and grants to help small businesses survive the pandemic. It also provides additional funding for SBA's Resource Partners to provide advice and training to help small businesses respond to the unprecedented challenges in communities throughout the country.

Webinar: Families First Coronavirus Response Act - What You Need to Know

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act established two new federal laws: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family & Medical Expansion Act. In this webinar, Affinity HR Group's Claudia St. John will go over the provisions of the new laws, what they cover, what they don't, and what employers need to know. We will also be taking questions from participants on topics such as:

  • How to comply with the new Families First Act
  • Issues relating to telecommuting
  • Impacts of "Remain in Place" requirements, definitions of "essential businesses"
  • And more

Access a summary of the Summary of H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act here. Access the presentation deck here.

 

Webinar: Workplace Response: COVID-19 How to Plan

NPTA partnered with Affinity HR Group to deliver a complimentary webinar to help member firms navigate the many human resource issues that senior executives must address during these unprecedented times. The webinar was a huge success, maxing-out at 1,000 connections and receiving positive evaluations. Topics addressed included:

  • Advise on how to manage sick, vulnerable and at-risk employees
  • Offer suggestions on establishing various PTO and sick leave scenarios
  • Cover work-from-home, leave-of-absence and other temporary workplace policies
  • Review federal and state laws that may impact your preparations

 

 

 

Mitigating the Effects of COVID-19 in the Workplace

The World Health Organization (WHO) has now classified COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, as a worldwide pandemic. While other countries are seeing more fatal impacts than we are in the US, the situation here grows more serious and wide-spread every day.

With COVID-19 impacting people and businesses across the country and around the world, many companies are trying to figure out their options of how best to balance business needs with employee health. It is becoming more likely that every business will be impacted in some way. To help you prepare and hopefully mitigate any lasting damages, we have compiled some important information for you to consider in handling your employees during this escalating situation.

 

Government Relations

Paycheck Protection Program Loans: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

$349 Billion in Forgivable Paycheck Protection Program Loans for Small Businesses

The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Recovery (CARES) Act includes $349 billion in forgivable loans for small businesses. The main purpose is to help organizations keep their employees on the payroll between now and the end of June 2020. Hence, the name of the program: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The application window opens on April 3.

The PPP will be administered through the Small Business Administration (SBA) and implemented by banks around the country that are already approved as SBA lenders, as well as other banks and credit unions who opt in to the program. The money will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Below is information about how the loans work, and some tips and concrete steps you can take right now to be ready to apply when the window opens on April 3.


COVID-19 Relief Bill Summary

The CARES Act passed late last night by the U.S. Senate creates a $2 trillion relief package that will help shore up the U.S. economy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The bill builds upon the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed recently and contains a number measures aimed at helping a wide range of sectors, especially smaller businesses and unemployed individuals as well as other measures that are beneficial to the window, door and skylight industry. While it continues to be reviewed, we have compiled a summary of those key provisions based on initial review is provided below. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives, where a vote is likely to take place on Friday and is expected to pass by a large majority.

CISA Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

The Department of Homeland Security has released guidance to state and local officials on determining “essential critical infrastructure workers.” This will impact who should continue to work and what types of businesses should stay open when governments during the pandemic.

 

Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Frequently asked questions.

 

Sales & Marketing

Webinar: Selling to Fearful Customers

Many customers have all but shut down. Most are afraid. A great majority are not taking meetings. How do we sell into this situation?

  • How salespeople can frame this situation properly to understand the fear customers are feeling, and how to help them with it
  • Where there is opportunity for sales growth
  • Where to find the optimism, confidence and boldness necessary for succeeding in sales during an epidemic

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