(Updated 7.1.2020)

Resources for employers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Latest News

  •  NEW  Prepare your business for a safe re-opening! AWB's new Rebound & Recovery website contains the following free resources to help you succeed:
    • The PPE Connect portal is a free tool that matches local manufacturers of PPE with the businesses in need of these supplies.
    • Download a customizable Business Tool kit, complete with things like safety posters, floor stickers, communication documents and much more.
    • For additional guidance links, check out the list of re-opening resources available here.  This contains the latest info on Washington state's phased re-opening, industry guidance, HR and safety considerations...and more!
  •  FREE  The state has asked AWB to distribute free thermometers to manufacturers, and we are thrilled to help. Sign up here if you are a manufacturer in WA for this no-strings-attached opportunity!
  •  APPLY NOW 
    • The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) is once again accepting applications. Applications for the loan already in the queue will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. More details on this loan can be found in "Financial Resources" below.
    • USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) - This program will provide direct relief to agricultural producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. See details about CFAP here.
  •  NEW  The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) expired June 30, but there is a possibility the program may be revived and extended. See "Financial Resources" for more information on this program.
  • Washington State's official Coronavirus Response (COVID-19) page for business and workers



AWB's COVID-19 Employer Resources Webinar Series

 UP NEXT 
July 8: 9-10a.m.
Free webinar! Focus: The Future of Child Care and Early Childhood Learning - Join Deann Burtch Puffert (chief executive officer, Child Care Aware of Washington) and Ross Hunter (secretary of the department of children, youth and families, Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families) to learn how the availability of child care during the COVID crisis will affect your workforce.

Previous webinar: Health Care Impact - June 17

More COVID-19 webinars and videos available at AWB's COVID-19 Videos page.

Audio only is available on our Soundcloud channel.





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Rebound & Recovery

How to Help

FAQs

Financial Resources

Nonprofit Funding and Resources

Small Business Guidance

Legislation of Note

Health Care

Telecommuting Resources

Layoffs

Hiring Immediately

Education

More Federal, State and Local Resources








How to Help

State Federal
  • Manufacturers needed
    • If you are a company willing to shift gears and re-purpose manufacturing operations to help with the COVID-19 crisis, fill out this form.
    • National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
      • Has created a COVID-19 portal on its Manufacturers Marketplace. This is a free site for manufacturers to register what they can create, and a place to find suppliers.
      • Creators Respond - Resources for manufacturers desiring to take action
  • FEMA's How To Help page and the contact information for private-sector liaisons.
  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, submit information here.
    • This requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM). Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov.
  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, provide details here.
  • If your company is willing to produce a product related to the COVID response, email nbeoc@max.gov.
  • If you are a hospital or healthcare provider in need of medical supplies, contact your state, local, tribal or territory department of public health and/or emergency management agency.
  • If you are willing to do business with FEMA to support the COVID-19 response with non-medical goods and/or services, submit an inquiry to DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov.






FAQs

All topics
  • AWB's Frequently Asked Questions has the most relevant answers to employer-specific questions.
  • Washington state's official COVID-19 Spread the Facts page
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers' FAQ page has great info on Phase 3 Response. Scroll down to the section specifically for Small Business, Nonprofits, & Farmers.
Unemployment / Paid Leave - Employment Security Department's FAQ page
Health Care
  • Health Benefit Exchange FAQ page and the Centers for Disease Control FAQ page
  • The Department of Health and Human Services issued a Provider Relief Fund FAQ document which provides clarification for those who received this fund.
Taxes - IRS Filing and Payment Deadlines FAQ page
Legal






Financial Resources

Loans
  • A comprehensive summary of loan facilities from the Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness - Small, Medium and Large Business Financing under the CARES Act
  • CARES Act loans
    • The Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), is offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). An advance up to $10k is available within 3 days and will not have to be repaid. There is an interest rate of 3.75% for small businesses. Nonprofits are eligible for a 2.75% interest rate. See this EIDL guide for further information and to find answers to your questions on the SBA Disaster Loan FAQ page.
    • The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a provision of the CARES Act that authorized loans with forgiveness and deferral possibilities, expired June 30. This loan was available for small businesses, sole proprietors, self-employed and independent contractors. There may be the possibility of an extension.
      • PPP info, FAQs and guides
      • PPP Loan forgiveness information
        • The PPP Flexibility Act was passed 6.5.20 to include the following rule changes:
          • The time period to use your funds has been extended from 8 weeks to 24 weeks.
          • Payroll costs must account for 60% of the loan, down from 75%.
          • The covered period has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31.
          • You won't have to make employer payroll tax payments through the end of 2020.
          • You won't lose eligibility if you can show that some employees declined to return to their jobs.
          • Payback period has been extended from 2 years to 5+ years for those not seeking (or not eligible for) loan forgiveness.
        • Here is the form for PPP Loan Forgiveness application (updated June 16) which includes the policy rule on how forgiveness will be calculated. A new PPP Loan Forgiveness EZ application is now available for those who qualify with the following conditions:
          1. Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
          2. Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
          3. Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.