USDOL Guidance on Phase 2, Fed Stimulus, Local Stay-at-Home Orders (Email 3/26/20)

Check out the latest COVID-19 business information compiled by your SC Chamber Team. 

USDOL Issues New Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Phase 2 Federal Legislation)

This week, the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) released updated information and resources for businesses and employees concerning the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Phase 2 of the federal legislation passed last week (click here for the Chamber’s summary of that bill).

The new information includes fact sheets for employees and employers and a poster which clearly explains the rights of employees under the new legislation:

*For more information, you can visit the USDOL Wage and Hour Division’s COVID-19 webpage 

The USDOL also announced that they would hold an online dialogue to allow employers and employees to offer their perspective as the Department develops further informational materials related to the FFCRA. Input is required by March 29th, 2020. Anyone interested can participate online from March 23rd through March 29th.

Federal Stimulus Bill (Phase 3) – Update

ICYMI – we summarized HR 748, Phase 3 of the federal response to COVID-19, in our email update yesterday. The US Senate passed the bill last night with no amendments, so our summary remains up-to-date at this time.

Here are some key highlights of the bill:

  • $350 billion for forgivable small business loans.
  • Expansion of unemployment benefit coverage and amount
  • $500 billion for corporate aid
  • $1,200 checks for certain single filers and $2,400 for certain joint filers
  • $340 billion for healthcare-related programs
  • $150 billion for state and local governments

The US House expects to pass the legislation tomorrow, with the President signing shortly after that. The SC Chamber Team will continue to provide the latest information on the Federal Stimulus Bill and the potential impact it will have for you and your business.

Local Stay-at-Home Ordinances

Yesterday, we provided an update on the first Stay-at-Home ordinances affecting South Carolina, in the City of Charleston and Mecklenburg County, a border county in NC. Today, the City of Columbia passed a Stay-at-Home ordinance similar to the Charleston ordinance. Both the Charleston and Columbia ordinances allow essential businesses (defined in the ordinances) to operate using social distancing guidelines. The City of Columbia ordinance can be found here and will go into effect on Sunday, March 29th, at 12:01 am and remain effective for 14 days. 

We will continue to keep you updated as other cities and counties consider and adopt these ordinances.    

As of today, Governor McMaster is not considering a statewide Stay-at-Home order.  We continue to communicate with his office daily to ensure that businesses have advance notice to prepare in the event an order is issued.

Member in Need:

Many of our members have done amazing work responding to the needs in our community caused by COVID-19. To that end, we are encouraging businesses in need, and businesses that are filling needs, to share their stories with us. We will post these in our regular email updates to help get the word out and help one another. See our first “member in need” request below.

Enterprise Rent a Car: The impacts across our communities and businesses have been extremely challenging. One of the immediate challenges we are facing at Enterprise is parking space with the sudden drop in the rental business. I am reaching out to see if you would allow us to use some temporary parking you may have at your office sites. We have a one-page document that releases the liability and allows for quick termination to alleviate any legal concerns. It would be a great help to us. 

If you have parking availability (25-100) where we could temporarily park some vehicles, would you reach out to TJ Watkins at 803-546-0866 or Thanks in advance!