COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
Newsletter on restaurant closing, unemployment
Newletter on SBA loans, assistance
Applying for an SBA disaster Loan
SBA Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Maine DECD information sheets
Bernstein Shur webinar for employers on legal issues with COVID-19
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Fact sheet from webinar
Maine Disaster Unemployment Assistance for the Self-Employed (not yey triggered, but waiting for federal declaration)
Southern Maine Finance Agency
Maine Department of Labor Guidance
Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201 summary from Sen. Collins' office
CDC Guidance For Healthcare Facilities
Red Cross tips/supplies list
about-us/news-and-events/news/ 2020/coronavirus-safety-and- readiness-tips-for-you.html
OSHA on preparing workplaces for COVID-19
RSU COVID-19 page
From the State of Maine:
Regarding unemployment, the Governor has proposed new legislation that would enhance the flexibility of the Unemployment Insurance program to address issues that arise during a public health emergency. We expect that the bill will be taken up by the Legislature on Tuesday, March 17. Once final action on the new bill is taken, the Department will post information about the adjustments to the program as well as answers to common questions.
For the time being, the Department advises all individuals who are out of work either partially or totally to visit www.maine.gov/unemployment/ to file a claim. The Department will update this page once the legislation is enacted. Please check back to the site above.
Background on the Governor’s proposed unemployment insurance bill:
It would temporarily revise eligibility requirements to include situations not typically covered unemployment insurance, such as:
Please note, the proposed legislation is not intended to provide sick leave or short-term disability payments.
The bill would also waive the work search requirement for individuals still connected to their employer and would waive the one-week waiting period so that benefits will be available sooner.
In addition, any benefits paid under these provisions would not affect the employer’s experience rating record. These measures will help relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation, and medically-necessary quarantine on Maine workers and small businesses.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits.
When a major disaster has been declared by the President, DUA is generally available to any unemployed worker or self-employed individual who lived, worked, or was scheduled to work in the disaster area at the time of the disaster; and due to the disaster:
- no longer has a job or a place to work; or
- cannot reach the place of work; or
- cannot work due to damage to the place of work; or
- cannot work because of an injury caused by the disaster.
An individual who becomes the head of household and is seeking work because the former head of household died as a result of the disaster may also qualify for DUA benefits.
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