Workforce Issues

As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, we know many small businesses have questions about implications in the workplace and funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time. On this page, we are compiling relevant tips and resources such as unemployment, paid family leave, paid sick leave, healthcare and more.

Unemployment
Louisiana

City of New Orleans

New York City Meal Assistance Program

The City of New Orleans will provide a COVID-19 Meal Assistance Program, a cost-sharing collaboration with FEMA to qualifying residents. Meals will be provided to a range of vulnerable residents impacted by COVID-19, including high-risk health adults, residents with special medical needs, homeless residents, homebound seniors, and families with children 18 and under who are not receiving other federally supported food assistance.

Audience:

Unemployment
Washington

State of Washington Employment Security Department

Washington State Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment benefits provide you with temporary income when you lose your job through no fault of your own.

Audience: Employees

Unemployment
Washington

State of Washington Employment Security Department

Washington State Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

The federal CARES Act expands unemployment benefits to people affected by COVID-19. If you are not eligible for regular unemployment, learn more about Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

Audience: Employees, Self-employed

Human resources, Unemployment
Washington

State of Washington Employment Security Department

Washington State SharedWork Program

SharedWork is a voluntary business sustainability program that provides flexibility to retain employees at reduced hours. Washington’s SharedWork program helps businesses and employers avoid layoffs by paying employees partial unemployment benefits when their work hours are reduced.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Employees

Human resources, Unemployment
Washington

WorkSource

Washington State WorkSource program

Finding a new job is never easy, but hiring the right talent can be equally tough. To make it easier, WorkSource has teamed up with Monster.com to create a powerful new job-match site that'll change the way employers and job seekers connect in Washington.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Employees

Unemployment
New York

New York State Department of Labor

New York Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a federal program that was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The program provides support for Americans who are unable to work due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but do not qualify for traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI).

Audience: Employees

Unemployment
New York

New York State Department of Labor

New York Unemployment Assistance

Unemployment Insurance is temporary income for eligible workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own.

Audience: Employees

Human resources, Unemployment
New York

New York State Department of Labor

New York Shared Work Program

The Shared Work program is designed to help employers manage business cycles and seasonal adjustments while helping to spare their workers the hardships of full unemployment. The program allows employers to keep trained employees and avoid layoffs by allowing staff members to receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits while working reduced hours.

Audience: Employees

Unemployment
Louisiana

Louisiana Workforce Commision, Department of Labor

Louisiana Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE) program

HiRE can help you find a job and file an unemployment claim or emergency unemployment compensation benefits.

Audience:

Employee relations, Human resources, Staying safe
National

Society for Human Resource Management - SHRM

How to Support Employees with High-Risk Concerns During a COVID-19 Outbreak

When conversations arise about COVID-19 concerns, HR professionals and managers can support their high-risk employees in three ways:

1. Allow flexibility when possible.

Be open to requests from employees for accommodations such as telecommuting and working from home if that is an option. A willingness to listen and discuss concerns is key.

Audience: Small Business Owners

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