Today's Top 3: Webinars, Stay-at-Home Orders, ICYMI
March 30, 2020
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In the coming weeks, the SC Chamber and our partners will co-host a series of webinars to help members navigate the impacts of COVID-19 and the ever-changing business environment.
- Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 4:00 PM ET
- Presenter: Perry MacLennan, Associate, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd PA, Chris Gantt-Sorenson, and Denny Major
- Topic: Policies to consider, how to manage remote employees (including exempt vs. non-exempt staff), how to track time, and privacy issues
- The Impact of the CARES Act on Unemployment and Incentives for Employers to Keep Employees Working
- Date: Wednesday, April 1st, 12:00 PM ET
- Presenter: Ashley Cuttino, Ogletree Deakins
- Topic: On March 27th, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This webinar will discuss the expansion of unemployment benefits in five key ways and will discuss incentives for employers to keep workers employed through additional SBA loans and tax credits.
- Paycheck Protection Plan: Navigating the SBA Loan Application Process
- Date and Time: TBA
- Topic: Who is eligible? How to apply? What information is required?
- Presenter: US Small Business Administration and the SC Bankers Association.
- See the SC Chamber’s Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist here.
View all of our COVID-19 Virtual Events on our website.
Last week, the SC Chamber advocated for state and local officials to carefully balance the interests of business and public health as they contemplate further actions affecting businesses, including stay-at-home orders. Read about our message to the Governor and local officials in the news stories below.
- ‘Essential’ businesses making their case with SC governor to remain open
- SC Governor McMaster says a statewide stay-at-home order is unnecessary
- Chamber to Governor: ‘We are facing a crisis like nothing we’ve seen before.’
- SC Chamber of Commerce supports South Carolina businesses in amid coronavirus response
Stay-At-Home Orders Update: Over the weekend, the number of states issuing stay-at-home orders totaled 29, with four additional states closing nonessential businesses. In South Carolina, the cities of Charleston and Columbia have Stay-at-Home ordinances in place, and some SC coastal towns have begun closing beach access to limit crowds this past weekend. So far, very few actions have been taken by local law enforcement to enforce the ordinances, other than to break up crowds and groups of 3 or more individuals.
The SC Attorney General issued an amended advisory opinion reaffirming his legal opinion that local governments cannot legally issue stay-at-home ordinances yesterday. It also clarified that the local ordinances are presumed lawful until a court finds them to be unlawful. Attorney General Wilson and Governor McMaster have said they will not file a lawsuit to challenge these ordinances.
Governor McMaster is not considering a stay-at-home order at this time.
Version 2.0 CISA Guidance: On March 28th, DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) updated its “Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.” This guidance helps state and local governments, as well as the private sector, ensure that employees essential to operations of critical infrastructure can continue working with as little interruption as possible. The guidance is the second update issued by CIS. It adds more businesses to the list, including construction, call centers, staffing operations centers, maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure, among other businesses. Version 2.0 guidance is here.
Maintaining the ability of businesses to operate safely is a top priority for the Chamber. Our staff is working closely with both national and state-level officials to convey this priority. We have asked Governor McMaster and his team to consult with the business community well before making any decisions that will affect them. See our March 22nd letter to the Governor here.