To help keep up with the quickly changing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, below are some important resources related to the economic impacts for businesses and workers:
Governor Cuomo late yesterday issued an executive order that directs non-essential businesses to implement work-from-home policies effective Friday, March 20. Businesses that rely on in-office personnel must decrease their in-office workforce by 50 percent: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-2026-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency.
Governor Cuomo earlier yesterday issued a separate executive order that includes several health care items and also information about closures at malls and amusement-related businesses:
ESD has set up a web portal and FAQ page for individuals and businesses with business-related COVID-19 issues and questions on this website with all COVID-19 info: https://esd.ny.gov/esd-covid-19-related-resources
ESD supported Governor Cuomo in New York State’s declaration for SBA disaster assistance. We expect approval by the end of the week. This will allow small businesses and not-for-profits to apply for SBA disaster loans.
Many businesses and organizations have expressed a desire to support New York State as it responds to the virus outbreak. Individuals or groups looking to volunteer or contribute to the State’s effort should contact the Governor’s Office at covid19assistance [at] exec [dot] ny [dot] gov.
DOL has been working hard to keep up with the new demand for Unemployment Insurance and has institute new rules that include extended ours and restrictions about when to file based on your last name:
DOL is also reminding businesses of its Shared Work Program that can provide an alternative to laying off employees during business downturns by allowing workers to work a reduced work schedule and collect partial unemployment insurance benefits for up to 26 weeks. Instead of cutting staff, you able to reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a certain group:
Below is the main NYS page for all COVID-19 information:
The Niagara USA Chamber has announced that the 2020 Annual Awards Dinner has been postponed. The event was scheduled for Friday March 13th at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino. This annual event recognizes the best in business excellence in Niagara County.
“While we understand there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Niagara County out of an abundance of caution we thought it would be best to postpone this large event,” stated Kory Schuler, the Chamber’s Executive Director. “In the current environment in which we find ourselves this really is the right decision. We will reschedule for a future time,” Schuler said.
The Niagara USA Chamber is the county wide Chamber in Niagara County and one of the largest business advocacy organizations in the region.
The Niagara USA Chamber and Niagara University cordially invite you to our signature event:
Economic Vision 2020 and Beyond: Creating a Vibrant Future
Thursday, November 21, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:30 PM
Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons
5795 Lewiston Road, Lewiston NY
Mr. Gary Keith, Vice President & Regional Economist, M&T Bank
Mr. Damon Piatek, President & CEO, Welke Customs Brokers, USA
The Niagara USA Chamber is committed to shaping our region’s future. The program will provide insight into the region’s economic competitiveness and issues that will impact businesses though local, national and global perspective.
Topics will include:
What are the national trends & what is the outlook for 2020?
Is Niagara County winning or losing regarding regional performance?
What are the economic advantages to be capitalized on and challenges for future growth in the country?