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March 31, 2020

Alabama Department of Commerce: Information and resources for business

Alabama Public Health Information
For COVID-19 testing sites and hours of operation, call the Alabama Department of Public Health’s 24-hour hotline at 1-888-264-2256

Visit ADPH’s Coronavirus website.

By order of the State Health Officer, all non-work related gatherings of 10 persons or more, or non-work gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited. Governor Ivey also ordered the closing on non-essential businesses. Read the order: Amended Statewide Social Distancing SHO Order (3.27.2020)

Information and Resources for Businesses
Small business impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Apply for assistance under the SBA’s Economic Industry Disaster Loan program for COVID-19.

The SBA is automatically deferring payments on previous disaster loans through the end of the year. Learn more details.

Visit the SBA’s Alabama District Office website.

Visit the Alabama Small Business Development Network’s website.

Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Revenue have extended the state income tax filing due date from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Read the announcement.

For small businesses, restaurants and other food service businesses unable to pay their state sales taxes due to the impact of COVID-19, the Alabama Department of Revenue is waiving late payment penalties for returns filed in February, March and April 2020. Visit the Department of Revenue’s COVID-19 updates webpage.

The Alabama Department of Labor is waiving charges for employers whose employees must file unemployment compensation claims due to COVID-19. The department is encouraging all employers who can file on their employees’ behalf to do so. Read the announcement.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has information for 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. Read the guidance.

The federal government is providing small and midsize employers refundable payroll tax credits, designed to them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. Get full details.

For exporters, the Export-Import Bank of the United States is offering unprecedented financing flexibility.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued interim guidance for business and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19. Visit the CDC guidance web page.

Information and Resources for Employees
The Alabama Department of Labor has announced that Alabama workers who are not able to work due to COVID-19 are eligible to file for unemployment benefits. Workers can file for benefits online or by calling 1-866-234-5382. Online filing is encouraged.

Read the Department of Labor’s FAQ on unemployment insurance benefits.

Visit the Department of Labor’s COVID-19 web page.

Employers seeking help with layoff aversion ideas or help with a temporary layoff should contact the State Rapid Response Team’s David Niesen at (334) 242-5417 | David.Niesen@commerce.alabama.gov

Read the AlabamaWorks Handout on the Rapid Response Team’s assistance for dislocated workers.

COVID-19 Information
The CDC offers comprehensive information for employers, health care workers and others on COVID-19 on its Coronavirus web page.

The World Health Organization has created a myth-busting web page to dispel some false impressions about COVID-19.

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