SC Chamber Team: Business Resources for COVID-19 (Email 3/24/20)
Dear Chamber Member,
Since the COVID-19 crisis began, the SC Chamber Team continues to work daily to provide the most up-to-date COVID-19 information via email and social media, provide timely responses to your questions, work with state and federal officials on legislation and orders affecting businesses, and highlight the amazing efforts of SC businesses to help our community. Today’s email provides the latest updates from your SC Chamber Team.
SC BUSINESSES MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Use #SCisOurBusiness on social media to share what your company is doing to make a difference.
Member Company: Nephron Pharmaceuticals
- The Post and Courier: ‘Essential’ businesses making their case with SC governor to remain open
- On March 23rd, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued updated guidance (Version 1.1) on Critical Infrastructure Industries, which adds industries that are supply chains to critical infrastructure industries to the list.
- CISA plans to update this list regularly and invites businesses to email them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The SC Chamber Team participates in weekly calls with CISA organized by the White House.
- Latest Update: 15 states have shelter in place orders; 42 states have partial closure orders (e.g., restaurants, bars)
FEDERAL STIMULUS BILL
Today, the SC Chamber joined dozens of state chambers in a letter from the Council of State Chambers (COSC) to congressional leaders, urging the passage of legislation that will support the American economy and preserve jobs during this time of crisis. The letter asks Congress to pass legislation that will:
- Help businesses and nonprofits of all sizes and kinds improve their liquidity — so that they can support their employees — by delaying or suspending the remittance of all payroll taxes.
- Expand and streamline loan programs for as many businesses and nonprofits as possible, experiencing revenue loss as a result of the coronavirus and allow them to convert the loans to grants to the extent that they use the funds to pay their employees.
- Enable the creation of credit facilities to provide loans and loan guarantees to all employers negatively impacted by the coronavirus so that they can maintain operations and pay their employees.
The letter was delivered to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and is available here.
CDC UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES
On March 21st, the Centers for Disease Control issued updated guidance for businesses and employers related to the below items to help keep workers safe. The SC Chamber Team participates in weekly National Association of Manufacturers, and US Chamber calls to get the latest information from federal agencies and policymakers.
- Updated cleaning and disinfection guidance
- Updated best practices for conducting social distancing
- Updated strategies and recommendations that can be implemented now to respond to COVID-19
EMPLOYER FILED UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS
The SC Department of Employment and Workforce is encouraging impacted employers to consider filing on behalf of their employees to streamline the process for filing unemployment claims for all parties involved. Employer Filed Claims are more convenient and eliminate the step of an employer having to verify a worker’s claim.
These and other resources for businesses are available on our COVID-19 website.
As always, we will keep you up-to-date on any new information as it becomes available. Please feel free to reach out to us at COVID19Response@scchamber.net with questions.