• Support Our Businesses in Crisis

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  • We are in this Together!

    We are going through unprecedented times right now and things are constantly influx with our world right now.  The Chamber believes that we have an amazing community and each day there are businesses and people demonstrating simple ways we are supporting each other through this time of crisis.

    When you can - please shop local! Support the people and businesses that were sponsors or donated to your child's team, school, or event.  They need you the most now - together we will persevere and be that much stronger!

    We have put together a list resources to assist our business community. Please check back often as we update our website. 


  • Important Resources:
    • The Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery is dedicated to the timely, fair and transparent allocation and disbursement of CARES Act emergency relief funds to COVID-19 pandemic impacted communities, organizations and businesses. COVID expenditures such as Main Street Relief Fund, Housing Relief Funds, Child Care, Non-Profit Grants, Broadband, Agriculture, Healthcare and more can be found here: https://www.goferr.nh.gov/covid-expenditures

     

    • Information on Stay at Home 2.0 along with Universal Guidance and specific industry modified guidance can be found here

    • For details on the Governor's Re-Opening Task Force, including meeting information and minutes from previous meetings, visit this link.

     

     

    • Restaurant Strong Fund: Samuel Adams and The Greg Hill Foundation have teamed up to support those from the restaurant industry across the country who have been impacted by the Covid-19 closures. For employees that work in a bar, restaurant, or cafe can apply for a grant.

     

    • NH Responds - Call for medical and non-medical volunteers - This effort will serve as a secure online registration system for medical and non-medical volunteers who can quickly mobilize if needed. NHResponds is part of a nationwide volunteer management system that was established after 9/11 to get medical professionals quickly, and properly deploy them during a public health emergency or disaster.

     

    • VolunteerNH.org: New Hampshire is blessed to have many amazing non-profits which do critical work 365 days a year – and especially in times like these. Individuals interested in volunteering for a local non-profit can visit volunteernh.org to be connected with an organization in their area

     

    • Call to Businesses for COVID-19 PPE & Other Supplies - can your business manufacture or donate supplies, specifics on items requested visit here

     

     

    • NH Department of Health and Human Services  New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides services to ensure the health and well-being of citizens during a layoff. Dislocated workers can discuss healthcare options, apply for food stamps, cash assistance, medical assistance, childcare and medical savings. Individuals can apply online at NHEasy or by calling 603-271-9700

     

    • Small Business Development Center - The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) experts are available to provide free consultations and services to help businesses navigate the difficult decisions they are making such as layoffs/furloughs, closings, reduced revenue and cost/revenue projections. Additionally, SBDC can help to prepare businesses for relief measures as they are introduced.  

     

    • IRS:  Facts and Questions on the Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act.  The IRS, at the direction of the President, has moved Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.  For more information, visit the IRS Coronavirus site and their FAQs

     

     

     

     

     


  • NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS & ECONOMIC AFFAIRS

    The BEA has a website specifically designed to address business-related COVID-19 issues. Information addressed includes: layoffs, unemployment, insurance issues, potential shutdowns, the Governor's Executive Orders as well as up to date information from state and federal agencies.

    NH COVID-19 Resources for Businesses - State & Federal Information

    The NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs website is continually updating to provide you with the most recent information and has now added a "Business Help" button if anyone has a business related question that needs answered in a timely manner.

     


  • NH Employment Security

    NH UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

    Individuals who are unable to work or who have reduced hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have immediate access to unemployment benefits. Anyone in the following situations will now be eligible for state unemployment: If your employer temporarily closes due to COVID-19; Individuals that need to self-quarantine or are directed to quarantine at the instruction of a health care provider, employer or government official; Individuals that need to care for a family member that has COVID-19 or is under quarantine; Individuals that need to care for a dependent because of school closures, child care facility closures or other similar types of care programs; Self-employed individuals that are temporarily unable to operate their business because of any of the above listed situations will also be eligible .

    Individuals will need to file for each week of temporary unemployment and all of this can and should be done online at http://www.nhes.nh.gov Or call 603-271-7700.

    Layoffs and business closures: If your business faces a potential layoff, the State of New Hampshire offers services through its Rapid Response program. Rapid Response is a comprehensive, collaborative and immediate initiative to respond to and mitigate layoffs and closures. Rapid Response benefits both employers and employees through services to workers who are laid off, as well as layoff aversion information for businesses.

    Employers facing potential layoffs or closures should contact Joe Doiron at Joseph.Doiron@livefree.nh.gov, 603-271-0146, to activate a Rapid Response team. More information can be found at NH Works.

    Employees experiencing layoffs: The State of New Hampshire offers a number of services for employees who have been laid off. New Hampshire Employment Security has a list of available services. Individuals will need to file for unemployment each week of temporary unemployment and this can and should be done online or by calling 603-271-7700.


  • US Department of Labor

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced on March 24th its first round of published guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.

    FFCRA will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation will ensure that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus while at the same time reimbursing businesses.

    The guidance – provided in a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers document – addresses critical questions, such as how an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage; how small businesses can obtain an exemption; how to count hours for part-time employees; and how to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law.

    The Department has released posters for the FFCRA, along with guidance notice requirements. Here are the direct links:

    ·       Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

    ·       Federal Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

    ·       Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice – Frequently Asked Questions

    The Department has also recently released a Field Assistance Bulletin regarding a temporary non-enforcement period to the FFCRA: The Department will not bring enforcement actions against any public or private employer for violations of the Act occurring within 30 days of the enactment of the FFCRA, i.e. March 18 through April 17, 2020, provided that the employer has made reasonable, good faith efforts to comply with the Act. 

    For more information about the laws enforced by the WHD, call 866-4US-WAGE, or visit https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd.


  • *The above information is subject to change as things continue to evolve during this situation.

    Stay safe and healthy!


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