The Indiana Chamber’s top priority is the safety of its employees, members, investors and other partners/guests. While there is a large volume of information being circulated about the coronavirus pandemic from a wide variety of sources, we encourage you to utilize the information below in helping make the decisions that are best for your organization. You may also submit a related question that will be answered by staff or private sector professionals.
FREE Employer Webinars and Replays
– April 6, noon-1:30 p.m.: Contracts, Force Majeure and Other Provisions
– April 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m.: Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Unemployment Issues
– April 9, 1:00-2:00 p.m.: Conversation With U.S. Sen. Todd Young
– Missed one? Zoom replays available.
Urgent Call for Personal Protective Equipment: If your company can donate current inventory or possibly manufacture any of the personal protective equipment listed here for use by Indiana health care professionals, please use the state of Indiana’s dedicated email address, [email protected]. If you would like to donate any of these supplies directly to your local hospital, you can use the Indiana Hospital Association’s dedicated email at [email protected] for contact information.
Governor Holcomb issues “stay at home” order from March 25-April 7. Text of Governor’s remarks; FAQ. The Critical Industries Hotline is open – 877-820-0890 or email [email protected] – to help guide businesses and industries with the Governor’s executive order that closes all “non-essential” businesses; definition of an “essential” business. Callers able to get through on the hotline report being directed to this web page to further assess “essential business” question and/or submit your specific question to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
GOVERNMENT / COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE
- NEW U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Includes a Q&A, fact sheet for employers and fact sheet for employees. Among the highlights: The tax credit is NOT retroactive for providing leave before the effective start date of April 1. The fewer than 500 employee threshold counts 1) all employees under a single employer identification number, 2) employees working for you at least 30 days, 3) employees you share with another entity and 4) temporary employees. Please refer to the Q&A for details. | FFCRA poster and NEW FAQ on posting requirements
- NEW U.S. Department of Treasury Information on Paycheck Protection Program (applications begin April 3): Overview; Lender information; Borrower information; Application
- NEW IRS COVID-19 Tax Credits FAQ: Details reimbursement process for the emergency paid sick leave
- NEW Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide and Checklist
- NEW From U.S. Sen. Mike Braun: COVID-19 Affected Business and Employee Resource Guide (a three-page summary that highlights the major relief provisions in both the FFCRA and CARES Act, plus the SBA economic disaster loan process); March 30 webinar for Hoosier business community; send comments/questions to [email protected]
- NEW From U.S. Sen. Todd Young: Coronavirus Assistance Toolkit, a comprehensive guide for Hoosier businesses and individuals
- U.S. Small Business Administration Coronavirus Disaster Loans: Application deadline is December 18, 2020, but you are encouraged to apply ASAP. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate credit history, the ability to repay the loan and proof of physical presence in Indiana and working capital losses. Contact 1-800-659-2955 or [email protected] with additional questions, plus free advising and application assistance via Indiana Small Business Development Center. | SBA Disaster Assistance One-Pager
- Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Development Fund
- March 19 – Governor’s Executive Orders: Actions taken on tax and unemployment insurance provisions among others
- H.R. 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Official Summary: Effective April 1 to December 31, the federal law enables businesses to take advantage of new tax credits to offset new costs associated with paid emergency leave and sick leave benefits, among other things.
- Summaries of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by the U.S. Senate late on March 25, with a House vote expected March 27
- Governor Holcomb is waiving the one-week waiting period to receive unemployment benefits, with many other provisions coming at the state level and in the federal CARES Act noted above
TOOLS YOU CAN USE
- UPDATED Ice Miller: Indiana Chamber legal counsel has Resource Center on Coronavirus in the Workplace, including summary of federal loan programs available for small businesses
- UPDATED Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD): Unemployment insurance FAQ for Claimants and FAQ for Employers; information for employers on large layoffs due to COVID-19. DWD has introduced a rolling layoffs process. Currently, there is one example on the DWD web site of how this process might work; it is NOT the only way to structure layoffs.
- UPDATED U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Response Toolkit
- UPDATED Indiana Chamber Webinar Recordings: SBA Disaster Assistance Loan Program (April 1); Washington and the Coronavirus With Sen. Mike Braun (March 30); Families First Coronavirus Act and Your Business (March 25); Managing the Impact on Your Workplace (March 23)
- NEW State Government Assistance: Who to call or contact for state-specific guidance
- NEW Indiana State Department of Health: COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- Department of Homeland Security (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency): Security in Remote Working Situations
- How Essential Workers Can Protect Themselves in the Workplace: Indy Star article featuring Dr. Christopher Doehring of Franciscan Health
- CVC Communications: 10 Ways to Economically Vaccinate Your Business Against Coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- Indiana State Department of Health: State-Specific Updates
- Indiana State Department of Health hotline: (317) 233-7125 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and (317) 233-1325 outside those hours
- Johns Hopkins: Coronavirus at a Glance
- Indiana Medicaid: Telemedicine, telephone options available
- Indiana Rural Health Association: Connecting Kids to Coverage-Indiana
- Anthem: Coronavirus and COVID-19: What You Need to Know
Effective Monday, March 16:
- The Indiana Chamber office will be closed to visitors. The majority of staff will be working remotely, with a limited number of team members also in the office. Both groups will be available to help meet your needs. As of March 23, all staff working remotely
- Employee training conferences and seminars will be either rescheduled or conducted on a virtual basis. Registered attendees will be informed of changes impacting their events, and the Chamber web site will be updated with the latest information
- The April 30 Best Places to Work in Indiana awards dinner and program has been rescheduled for June 4 at the Indiana Convention Center
- Policy and committee meetings, as needed, will take place virtually for the time being
We will, of course, be monitoring ongoing developments, re-evaluating and keeping you informed of changes. We encourage you to take the best steps necessary for your individual organization. We are confident that the many positive attributes of Hoosiers will help us all persevere through these challenges and thrive once again for many years to come.